Lila’s Book (CFFS 2018)

Sunday, Jan 28,2018 @ 1 PM

(Marcela Rincón, Colombia & Uruguay, animation, 2017. 76 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
For ages 7+

Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival! West Coast Premiere!

Lila, a character in a children’s story book, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. And so begins this great adventure, where Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, her best friend. But first, she must convince him to start reading again, and believing in fantasy!

Content advisory: Some content in this animated film may be too intense for especially sensitive young children.  Scenes include the death of the (very mildly depicted) mother of one of the characters, which explains the motivation and conflict of the character. Scary birds chase characters multiple times, and music is dramatically menacing at these times. A character who is a villain works in a grim factory where memories are destroyed.



Bamse and the Witch’s Daughter (CFFS 2018)

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 @ 11 AM

(Maria Blom and Christian Ryltenius, Sweden, animation, 2016, 65 min, in Swedish with English subtitles)
For ages 5+

Co-presented with Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum! US Premiere!

Sweden’s most popular comic book character, the world’s strongest bear Bamse, is back for another film adventure! In this charming animated tale, Croesus Vole finds gold in the beavers’ dam. To demolish the dam and get the gold, he tricks the witch’s daughter, Lova, to conjure away Bamse . With Bamse gone, it’s up to the children to save the dam and Bamse — but first, they must learn to get along with each other! Full of magic and lessons, this film celebrates friendship, tolerance and love of the environment.



Invention for Destruction (CFFS 2018)

Friday, Jan 26, 2018 @ 7 PM

(Karel Zeman, Czech Republic, live action and animation, 1958, 81 min, in Czech with English subtitles)
For ages 8+

Preceded by a short film about the Karel Zeman Museum!

Inspired by the novels of Jules Verne, this rediscovered and newly restored gem by renowned Czech animator and designer, Karel Zeman, pays tribute to the films of Georges Méliès, and predates the steampunk craze by decades. Fantastical machines, a deadly submarine, and science put to nefarious ends all figure into the film, which seems, at times, ripped from today’s headlines.  A maniacal mogul kidnaps a brilliant but doddering scientist and tricks him into creating a weapon of mass destruction, while his enslaved assistant seeks a way to warn the world. Live action combines with innovative and quirky animated imagery based on Victorian steel engravings. Once seen, you’ll never forget this classic film!

“The digital restoration of the film “Invention for Destruction” is a part of the project “Restoring The World of Fantasy”. Project partners are The Czech Film Foundation, The Karel Zeman Museum and Czech Television in cooperation with Universal Production Partners with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and with support of The Minister of Culture of Czech Republic Mgr. Daniel Herman.”

Content advisory: Kidnapping, fighting and a futuristic story about a giant weapon, told with great imagination and artistry.