SHANA: THE WOLF’S MUSIC
Co-presented with Longhouse Media!
Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
Saturday, January 31, 7pm
(Nino Jacusso, Canada/Switzerland, live action, 2014, 96 min)
Ages 10+. In English.
Shana is a Canadian First Nations girl who is a gifted violinist. But she has problems no young person should have to face: her mother has died, and her father is struggling with his own demons. Only Shana’s new teacher seems to care about her, and at first, Shana pushes her away. But she meets another, more mystical being to accompany her on her journey: a wild wolf who helps her reconnect with her ancestors, make peace with her circumstances, and use her talents to express her passions.
Filming with a cast made up of People of the Creeks, the Lower Nicola Indian Band, near Merritt, British Columbia, the Swiss director spent seven months making this moving, magical and authentically intercultural motion picture.
Saturday, January 24, 3 pm
(Douglas Boswell, Belgium, live action, 2014, 98 min)
Notes for parents: This is a fast-paced thriller, with lots of adventure, cliffhangers, and a real villain who might be too scary for the most sensitive young viewers. There is some minor name-calling, coarse language, and one instance of discreet urinating in public.
Clara’s connection with nature enables her to see and feel things others can’t perceive. Only in her friend, Thomas, does Clara find a confidant. Together, the pair discovers an ancient shoe, and Clara gets in touch with Susanna, a girl who wore it two centuries ago.
Susanna’s spirit is uneasy, and she warns that an age-old curse is about to fall on those who do wrong to bears. Soon, Clara and Thomas must travel across the gulf of time to repair the rift between humans and the rest of nature.
Notes for parents: Some bad pirate behavior in this stop-action animated film includes mild cursing and one instance of a derogatory comment about the girl, but there is also a strong female lead.
West Coast premiere!
Saturday, January 24, 5 pm
(Nils Tavernier, France, 2013, live action, 95 min)
Ages 12+. In French with English subtitles.
Julien is 17, has a great sense of humor, lots of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy. His parents love him, but the family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. His mother is overprotective, and his father has become withdrawn and self-destructive. In a bid to both bond with his father and help him, Julien challenges him to participate (with him) in the Ironman race in Nice, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. This time, he’ll not only have to finish the difficult race, but also help his teen throughout the course.
- Notes to parents: There is a very brief glimpse of nudity, seen from a distance, as well as one coarse gesture and very limited coarse language. Julien’s dad smokes, but gives it up halfway through the film.
Co-presented with the Seattle Latino Film Festival
This film is a documentary about Mica, a young teen. He’s enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age rite. Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball, and that Cuba was the place where his grandpa received refuge during the Holocaust. On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba will throw him a curveball.
- Screens with: Falling Planes (Mario Piredda, Cuba, 2012, live action, 12 min)
They live in all four corners of the planet and share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively, they know that their survival depends on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaus of Patagonia, these children are all united by the same quest, the same dream: to go to school.
Jackson, Zahira, Samuel and Carlito are the heroes of On the Way to School, a documentary film that interweaves four pupils forced to confront and overcome countless, often dangerous obstacles— enormous distances over treacherous territory, snakes, elephants, even bandits—on their journey to the classroom.
By setting foot on their extraordinary path, and embarking on an adventure littered with traps and challenges, they will begin to leave their childhoods behind.
Note for parents: This film is recommended for ages 9+ because of subtitles and a structure that suggests a more mature attention span. However, some younger children may also enjoy the film.
Nine-year-old Lola lives on a charming old houseboat with her mother. But life isn’t exactly going swimmingly for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. But one day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. Rebin’s family is secluded and mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don’t have the proper documents to live and work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage and hope.
Saturday, January 31, 3:30pm
Free stickers for every audience members, with drawings for other great prizes!
- Join us before the screening of Bubble Bubble Meows for a coloring book party in the Film Forum lobby. Create your own baked potato car and crayon actual frames from the film!
Notes to parents: This charming, DIY Seattle-made film truly is for all ages, with songs, dialogue, and characters that will bring smiles and laughter to different ages, for different reasons.
Remember (Peter Ray, USA, 2014, live action, 2 min)
Sally, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by HIV/AIDS, needs to use her ingenuity to help her ailing grandmother, who is the only family she has left. Set in the lush Caribbean, the film has a universal message of how to thrive despite the odds, and face the challenges of displacement and loss with positivity and creativity.
Sally’s way is not easy—she must battle bullies and integrate herself into the life of the household that has taken her in, a place her grandmother once worked as a maid. But along the way, terrified that she is about to be sent to an orphanage, she overcomes obstacles no 12-year-old child should have to face.
Notes for parents: This film, filled with the colors, music, and sunlight of Trinidad, provides great examples of the things kids can accomplish with determination and a little help from family and friends.
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PIM & POM: THE BIG ADVENTURE
West Coast premiere!
Sunday, February 1, 11am
(Gioia Smid, the Netherlands, animation, 2014, 70 min)
Ages 3+. In English.
Two cats, Pim and Pom, are best friends who live together with “The Lady.” But one day, the lady’s nieces come to visit, and they take the cats to the park for a picnic. However, what they really want to do is keep Pim and Pom for themselves, and they’ve come up with a plan to “cat-nap” them!
The kitties manage to escape the girls’ clutches, but soon, they are tired, lost, and hungry. Just then, a band of alley cats appears to show them the ropes of surviving on the streets. Will Pim and Pom ever be able to stay together and find their way home? A musical, gentle and yet action-packed film about the power of friendship, with a stylish 1960s look that will make Mom and Dad smile, too.
Note for parents: This is a film made for very young children, but the plot is about two lost cats who sometimes face dangers as they try to find their way home. Some scenes might be too intense for the most extremely sensitive young viewers. But it won’t spoil anything to say the movie has a very happy ending!
Screens with LAMI (Christophe and Oliver Defaye, Japan, animation, 2013, 2:30 min).
Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives with his mom and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier, and Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.
Summer vacation is the chance for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. But a big obstacle greets the kids who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.
With Nicolas as their leader, the village kids will resist the mayor’s machinations with ferocity and, much to their surprise, they will also receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.
Notes for parents: This uplifting film includes a few coarse words and a frank depiction of an alcoholic but loving grandfather.