Sunday evenings are going to take on an international flavor this spring as the annual Sundries of the World Film Series is set to kick off this weekend.
A joint effort between Albany County Public Library and Laramie Film Society, the series is scheduled to run weekly at 7 p.m. Sundays in the library’s large meeting room through May 10, except for April 12.
Admission is free, and popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Sunday is also the first day the library will resume Sunday hours, from 1-5 p.m.
Tyler Brown, who started the series in 2014, said the weekly series draws regular attendees and new viewers interested in learning about different cultures.
“We get new people every year that discover it, and now it’s a community staple,” he said.
Brown, the library’s adult services specialist, said this year’s line-up features some of the silliest movies he’s shown yet, contrasted with some of the most intense.
“It’s definitely a broad spectrum,” he said.
One theme he noticed among the group was a number of movies depicting youth in influential positions. In one movie, two teens run away and become outlaws. In another, a child sues his parents for letting him be born. A film set in Rwanda, “Munyurangabo,” depicts a friendship between two children from opposing tribes, the Hutus and Tutsis.
“Seven out of 17 movies are about kids being powerful, running away, causing destruction or saving the world,” he said.
Sunday’s film, “Adam’s Apples,” is a Danish movie about a priest who takes in a group of misfits in his country church.
“He’s eternally optimistic and wants to make everybody happy and give everybody hope and acceptance, and it doesn’t go well,” Brown said.
Viewers might recognize actor Mads Mikkelsen, who has appeared in American blockbusters such as “Rogue One” and “Casino Royale.”
“La Familia” is a 2017 Venezuelan film set in Caracas about a father who takes his son into hiding after the boy gets into trouble with a local gang, changing their familial relationship.
“The father is trying to save his child, and the child is being rebellious and thinks he knows better,” Brown said.
Other films are from Czech Republic, Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Sweden, Israel, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Spain and Iceland.
Many of the films have won awards, and one hasn’t even been released in the United States yet.
Brown said the aim of the series is to give viewers a chance to learn about different cultures while experiencing the universality of the human condition.
“We want to show movies that people in Laramie can’t usually get or don’t have access to,” he said.