Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. August’s theme is French Gems.

The Aug. 16 film is "Jacquot," a 118-minute movie from 1991. The title character is a little boy at the end of the 1930s whose father owns a garage and mother is a hairdresser. The whole family lives happily and likes to sing and to go to the movies. Jacquot is fascinated by every kind of show (theater, cinema, puppets), and he buys a camera to shoot his first amateur film. The film is an evocation of French New Wave filmmaker Jacques Demy's childhood and vocation for the cinema and the musicals; he is best known for "Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.