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dc-h ere is a list of films representative of the type we intend to screen at the Groton Film Society. A film's presence on this listing does not guarantee that we will show it, or when we will show it. We welcome your suggestions for films you would like to see; please email us at .

At the bottom of the page is some background on the Groton Film Society: how we formed, how we got to where we are, and what we envision.

Films

The emphasis is on high-quality, well-made independent films with strong themes and broad appeal to an adult audience. While some of the films that will be shown by GFS may be appropriate for family viewing, most of the films will be intended for mature audiences and may contain elements not suitable for children or teenagers. We feel that the need for family-appropriate films is already well served by other organizations in town such as the Library, the Grange, and the schools.

The film titles link to writeups about the films at the Internet Movie Database site (these links open in a new window). The IMDB rating at the bottom of each listing represents the popular sentiment for that film at imdb.com. If fewer than 1,000 IMDB members have voted on a film, the number is noted.

  1. The Counterfeiters (2007) (R)
    “The moral quandary of Nazi complicity is revisited in a taut drama which tells the true story of a disparate group of imprisoned artists, financiers and swindlers secretly assembled in a concentration camp to forge millions of pound and dollar notes to support the German war effort.”
    IMDB 7.7 / 10
  2. Fugitive Pieces (2007) (R)
    “Fragments of past and present create a haunting kaleidoscope of words and emotions. Lyrical and complex, Jeremy Podeswa’s adaptation of Anne Michael’s beloved novel builds into a breathtaking mosaic as fragments of the past and present reveal the inner depths of a writer who can’t let go of the ghosts that haunt him.”
    IMDB 7.1 / 10 [197 votes]
  3. Elsa and Fred (2005) (PG)
    “Aging widowers Elsa and Fred visit the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the landmark from Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita,’ and the experience rekindles their passion for love.”
    IMDB 7.6 / 10 [836 votes]
  4. Live and Become (Va, vis et deviens) (2005) (NR)
    “At a 1984 Sudanese refugee camp sheltering Ethiopians displaced by civil war and famine, the Israeli secret service has begun Operation Moses, airlifting thousands of Falashas, Ethiopian Jews, to Israel. A non-Jewish Ethiopian woman finds a way for her 9-year-old son (Moshe Agazai) to join the Falashas, telling him to ‘go, live and become.’ Renamed Schlomo, the boy is adopted by a loving, liberal Israeli family. However Israel, rather than being the promised land, turns out to be rife with racism and intolerance. Through an Ethiopian-community leader Qes Amhra (Yitzhak Edgar), the teenage Shlomo (Moshe Abebe) is helped to write letters in Amharic to his mother (Meskie Shribu Sivan). But it takes several more years, and some heartbreak, before the grown up Shlomo (Sirak M. Sahabat) can ‘become.’”
    IMDB 8.0 / 10
  5. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007) (PG-13)
    “Blake Morrison’s moving and candid memoir of his father in the weeks leading up to his death. When Arthur Morrison was diagnosed with terminal cancer he had only a few weeks left to live. Morrison traveled to Yorkshire to stay with his mother in the village where he grew up. He visited his father at the hospital where he had spent so much time with his own patients as a GP. As his father’s condition worsened Morrison contemplated their shared experiences, the intimacies and the irritations of their relationship. After his father’s death Morrison questions the nature of the bond between them, articulately expressing the contradictions, frustrations, love and loss bound into the complicated relationships which most of us have with our parents as we grow up.”
    IMDB 6.9 / 10 [719 votes]

History

GFS is a new organization developed by a committee formed in January of 2007 to explore the possibility of bringing cultural independent films to Groton, MA.

We first considered the option of opening an art-house theater in town, on either a not-for-profit or a profit basis. We quickly learned from those who had been through this experience that we would likely need startup of over half a million dollars.

We settled on the idea of starting a film society instead. A film society is an educational entity that shows films to a closed membership (not to the general public), and that features an educational and/or cultural component such as talks or discussions around the films. Such a society is authorized to license films at a very favorable rate, compared to a public theater (whether for-profit or not).

We launched the society at Grotonfest in September 2007 and screened our first film — The World’s Fastest Indian — on Dec. 1, 2007.

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