Experience Foreign Countries Without Leaving Essex

April 30, 2012

You’ve heard of them because of the Academy Awards: “Nominated for Best Foreign Film …” Or you read about small independent movies that were the hit of the Sundance or Toronto Film Festivals. But where can you get these movies? Every day at the  Essex Library.

Currently, there are more than 60 international films available for patrons to borrow. Our collection for the next three months includes movies such as:

  • “The Year Of The Yao” – before there was Lin mania there was Yao Ming, a Chinese basketball player who traveled from Shanghai to Houston to become a sports superstar.
  • “Immigration Tango” – a romantic comedy about Russian and Colombian immigrants who plan to swap partners with some American friends.
  • “The Girl Who Played With Fire” – the Swedish version of the hit series, soon to be followed by an American version of the same.
  • “Somers Town” – A Polish teenager and a runaway from Nottingham strike up a friendship over a hot summer in London.

Owned by the Connecticut Library Consortium, these films rotate between the participating lending libraries every 3 months. A Connecticut library card is all it takes to have a front-row seat.

Thanks to Librarian Marge Ruschau for help with this article.