Arts Council of Tamworth's Spring Film Series Starts Happy

Arts Council of Tamworth will present a three-week three-film series beginning Monday, April 13. The films will be shown on Monday evenings at 7:00 at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 at the Moultonborough Library. In director Mike Leigh’s latest film, Happy-Go-Lucky, presented on April 13 and 15, free-spirited and effervescent Poppy is a schoolteacher whose unstoppable optimism guides her life. Bubbling forth with giggles, laughter and jokes, life’s a bowl of cherries even when she comes across a few pits. Happy-Go-Lucky is rated R and is 118 minutes long.

Next up, on April 20 and 22, is the acclaimed Son of Rambow. The 1980s have hit the English countryside, but Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner, My Boy Jack), whose father recently passed away, avoids all entertainment media as his strict Brethren religion forbids such frivolity. In this fantastical coming-of-age tale from director Garth Jennings, Son of Rambow shows how a shared artistic and creative endeavor can bring out the best in two lonely boys. The film, rated PG-13, runs 96 minutes.

In the emotionally charged Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which completes the series on April 27 and 29, the innocence of childhood savagely collides with the Holocaust. Bruno (Asa Butterfield) knows that his father is a soldier and that they have to move to a new house in the country, a house near what he thinks is a farm. But his father isn't just a soldier; he's a high-ranking officer in Hitler's elite SS troops who's just been placed in command of Auschwitz. We see the casual brutality of a Nazi lieutenant, the uncomfortable juxtaposition of the family's domestic life with glimpses of the treatment of the imprisoned Jews, a ghastly propaganda film suggesting that life at Auschwitz was like a holiday. But more than anything else, it is Butterfield's performance that makes this film compelling. Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 94 minutes long, is rated PG-13.

No set admission is charged; instead ACT suggests a donation of $3-4 per person, which helps the non-profit organization continue to offer eclectic and innovative films for public viewing. The film series is also made possible through the support of Spring Film Series sponsor Settlers’ Green and season sponsor Silver Lake Home Center. For more information call the Cook Memorial Library at 323-8510 or the Moultonborough Library at 476-8895.