Arts on Grand will present another series of Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged in February. This series will feature four films, on consecutive Monday evenings, starting Feb. 4 and running through Feb. 25. The films are shown in the screening room upstairs at Carey's Electronics beginning at 7 p.m.
The series features films from the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, and France, and is sponsored by Gary and Ann Holck.
The series will open with a 2001 Czech comedy, "Autumn Spring." Terminal prankster Fanda, an elderly former actor, refuses to grow up and take certain responsibilities, despite his wife Em'lie's constant badgering to do so. Even faced with his own looming death and an ungrateful son who wants to whisk his parents off to the old folks' home, Fanda's wit won't quit as he vies to live until he dies.
The second film in the series is a Japanese light drama from 1996, "Shall We Dance?" Shohei Sugiyama has attained all that he has wanted in life. But he is still depressed and unhappy. One day, he gathers up the courage to sign up for dancing lessons. He hopes they will rid his depression and help him get his life back together.
Next up is "War of the Arrows," a 2011 South Korean historical action film that takes place in the 17th century, during the second Manchu invasion of Korea. Nam-yi, the best archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing army to save his younger sister Ja-in, who has been taken away by the invaders.
The series will close with a 2009 French drama, "Queen to Play." Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (played by Kevin Kline, in his first French-speaking role), transforming both of their humdrum lives in the process.
Films for the Cinematically Disadvantaged is a partnership between Arts on Grand and Carey's Electronics. Admission to the films is free to the public, but free-will donations are accepted to help support the series.