Foreign films are the theme for the upcoming weekend at both the Thousand Oaks Library and the Ojai Playhouse.
First up, on Saturday, is the 1982 Turkish/Swiss production "Yol." It was written by the late Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Guney, known for his movies of social protest. The movie, started while Guney was serving a prison term, takes a look at the bleakness of life in Turkey through the eyes of five convicts given a week's leave.
A discussion of the film will follow the showing. Show time is 7 p.m. at the library, 1401 E. Janss Rd.
On Sunday, the Ojai Film Society will present the 1989 Italian film "The Icicle Thief," directed by and starring Maurizio Nichetti.
In part a takeoff on an Italian film of 40 years earlier, "The Bicycle Thief," the film takes a comic look at commercialism in modern-day society. It follows a director of a television show and his family. The story focuses on the director's dilemma: His black-and-white television drama is being intercut with elaborate color commercials, causing confusion for the audience. Eventually it is difficult for anyone to tell the commercials from the drama.
Show time is 4:30 p.m. at the Ojai Playhouse, located at 145 E. Ojai Ave.
Back to the Thousand Oaks Library for a moment. The extensive video collection there continues to get more extensive.
The library's more recent video additions include "The Mahabharata," a three-part cable production directed by Peter Brook. Each segment delves into an aspect of Indian mythology and history by following the conflict between a pair of feuding families. "The Mahabharata" is based on a Sanskrit poem.
Videos coming soon to the library include the following:
* The re-release of the 1977 movie "The Last Wave," directed by Peter Weir, who also directed "Witness." The film stars Richard Chamberlain as an Australian lawyer assigned the task of defending an aborigine accused of murder.
* A Bette Davis collection including "All This and Heaven Too" (1940), "The Bride Came C.O.D" (1941), "Beyond the Forest" (1946) and "The Catered Affair" (1956).
* Silent films, including "The Cameraman" starring Buster Keaton, "A Woman of Affairs" starring Greta Garbo and "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" starring Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer.