World Film Fest at Skokie Public Library
Spring 2014

The Library will present another season of critically acclaimed world films, reflective of the diverse culture of Skokie. A short discussion will follow each movie, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, March 3 Adrift
Monday, April 7 Wadjda

Monday, March 3 at 7:00pm

Cover of AdriftAdrift (Portugal)

Released 2009 – 97 minutes – Not rated
In Portuguese with English subtitles

While vacationing in Brazil with her family for summer vacation, Filipa discovers her father is having an affair. While going through her own crises that are part of adolescence, Filipa’s discovery about her father forces her to examine what else she might not be seeing in her “perfect” family in this 1980s coming-of-age drama. Starring French actor Vincent Cassel, Camilla Belle, and Debora Bloch.


  • ABC Trophy – winner - Best Cinematography
  • Cannes Film Festival – official selection
  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize – winner - Best Cinematography
  • Cinema Brazil Grand Prize – nominated – Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, Best Sound
  • Havana Film Festival –winner – Best Cinematography
  • Premio Contigo Cinema, Brazil – winner – Best Cinematography
  • Premio Contigo Cinema, Brazil – nominated – Best Actress – Best Director, Best Costume Design

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Monday, April 7 at 7:00pm

Cover of WadjdaWadjda (Saudi Arabia)

Released 2012 – 98 minutes – PG for thematic elements, brief mild language and smoking
In Arabic with English subtitles

Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle. However, her mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Determined to turn her dreams into reality and buy the bike on her own, Wadjda uncovers the contradictions and opportunities in her world. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this groundbreaking film has charmed critics and audiences all over the globe.


  • BAFTA Awards – nominated – Best Film not in the English Language
  • Asian Pacific Screen Awards – nominated – Best Children’s Feature Film
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Awards – winner – Best Foreign Language Film
  • British Film Institute Awards – nominated – Sutherland Trophy
  • British Independent Film Awards – nominated – Best International Independent Film
  • Broadcast Film Critic Association Awards – nominated – Best Foreign Language Film
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards – nominated – Best Foreign Language Film
  • Dubai International Film Festival – winner- Best Actress, Best Feature Film
  • Independent Spirit Awards – nominated – Best First Feature
  • Los Angeles Film Festival – winner – Best International Feature
  • National Board of Review, USA – winner – Freedom of Expression Award
  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle – nominated – Best Foreign Language Picture
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – winner – Most Popular International First Feature
  • Selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards

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National Medal

2008 Winner

National Medal for Museum & Library Service