Press Release
Posted April 4, 2019

Stocker Arts Center at Lorain County Community College will host the film “Shoplifters” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 in the Hoke Theatre as part of the LCCC Film Society series.

The 2018 Japanese film, (R) with subtitles, stars Lily Franky, Sakura Ando and Mayu Matsuoka. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner for best film is a heartrending glimpse into an often-invisible segment of Japanese society: those struggling to stay afloat in the face of crushing poverty. On the margins of Tokyo, a most unusual “family,” a collection of societal castoffs united by their shared outsider-hood and fierce loyalty to one another, survives by petty stealing and grifting. When they welcome into their fold a young girl who has been abused by her parents, they risk exposing themselves to the authorities and upending their tenuous, below-the-radar existence. The director’s latest masterful, richly observed human drama makes the quietly radical case that it is love, not blood that defines a family.

A discussion session will follow the film in the Stocker Cinema Hall.

Tickets for films are $7 each. The Stocker Box Office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to ticketed events. Call (440) 366-4040 for tickets or for a season calendar. Tickets are also available online at Click on “buy tickets.”

For more information about the Stocker Film Series, contact Robert Dudash at or (440) 366-7420.