Cambrian: Arts & Events

Film club to launch international offerings in Cambria

There’s no movie theater in Cambria. If you want to see a movie, you’ve got to head over the hill to the Park Cinemas in Paso Robles or the Galaxy in Atascadero, or down to the Bay Theatre in Morro Bay.

But that’s about to change.

No, there aren’t any plans to build a theater in Cambria, but the newly formed Cambria Film Club plans to show a series of films at the Unitarian Universalist Community, 786 Arlington St. In a news release, the club describes the offerings as “international motion pictures that are unlikely to be screened in local theaters.”

The series kicks off July 9 with a showing of “The Lunchbox,” a 2014 BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominee. The Indian film in Hindi is set in Mumbai and focuses on a middle-class housewife who tries to add some spice to her marriage through her cooking. When she puts a note in a special lunchbox to be delivered to her husband at work, it mistakenly winds up with a lonely man named Saajan who’s nearing retirement.

The note begins a lunchbox correspondence between the two in the film from first-time director Ritesh Batra.

Two other films have also been selected for the series: “Monseiur Lazhar,” a French Canadian film that screens Sept. 10, and the Saudi Arabian “Wadjda,” presented in Arabic, which shows Nov. 12.

All films in the series will be shown twice, at 4 and 7 p.m. on a Saturday. The Cambria Film Club is the newest organization to form at the Joslyn Recreation Center.