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Dystopia! Film Festival

February 5, 2014

Join us for a happy-go-lucky trip into the future, where three iconoclastic filmmakers present their visions of a world where everything – and everyone – are expected to work happily together for the common good. So what if everyone doesn’t have a say in what happiness is?

METROPOLIS (1926, Not Rated)

Thursday February 13th, 7:00pm
Columbus Public Library Auditorium

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. Known to film buffs for its iconic visual style, director Fritz Lang’s immortal silent classic has beautifully restored with footage recently discovered in South America.

BRAZIL (1985, Rated R)

Thursday February 27th, 7:00pm
Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) directs this serio-comic classic about a nerdy clerk in a futuristic world who finds himself dragged into the middle of a revolution against the austere governing state. Stunning visual style and absurdist comedy mix to vividly portray a world gone seriously amok.

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006, Rated R)

Tuesday March 4th, 7:00pm
Columbus Public Library Auditorium

Alfonso Cuaron, director of this year’s Oscar-nominated Gravity, places us in the chaotic world of 2027 in which the world’s youngest citizen has died at 18 and mankind is facing its own extinction. Starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, the movie follows the story of a lone pregnant woman and desperate journey to deliver her to safety amongst the nationalistic sects currently at war.


Especially for our teens (but open to anyone), we are screening Francois Truffaut’s 1966 adaption of our The Big Read book Fahrenheit 451. The movie starts Oskar Werner and Julie Christie
Marion County Public Library – February 15, 12noon
Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library – February 25, 4:00pm
North Columbus Public Library – March 8, 2:00pm

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