The Knoxville Public Library got plenty of usage on the last day of the year, with people checking out books and movies before the building closed for the New Year’s Day holiday. But they’ll soon have a chance to sit down with a good movie at the library itself.

The International Film Fan Club presentation for January will be “A Bag of Marbles,” based on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo.

Roslin Thompson from the Knoxville Public Library tells KNIA/KRLS News it retells the story of how the Jewish-born Joffo and his brother tried to stay one step ahead of the Nazis as they fled from occupied France.

“It’s a French movie, and it’s about two brothers who try to get their family together; and this is a Holocaust movie, but it is supposed to be not so down and it’s supposed to be a little uplifting, about families coming together,” Thompson says.

Joseph Joffo died on December 8th in France, at the age of 87.

The movie will be presented on Thursday, January 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the library’s temporary home inside the former East Elementary School. These films are normally shown on the third Thursday of the month, but it had to be moved up this month due to a schedule conflict.

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