Saturday, February 2 – 1:30pm
These evocative animated and live-action films for older kids show how easy it is to tear the fabric between what is real and what could be real, if we only imagined it. See how an artist brings her paintings to life, how a big bad wolf is not so bad, how a girl can turn into a horse, how all things in nature are truly connected, how time can stand still when you realize a grandmother and mother’s love, and how to step inside the mind of another person to change it.
Content advisory: Horse’s Stone is about a girl with a terminal illness, with an ending that is magical. Beyond Horizons can be a bit spooky, like an episode of the old Twilight Zone TV series. Auuuna which has overtones of a folk tale, might seem a bit scary to the most sensitive viewers. Tweet-Tweet is a somewhat solemn but magical film about the long life of the filmmaker’s grandmother.
Short Films in this Program:
(Lina Šuková, Slovakia, animation, 2018, 8 min, in English)
In a new take on Red Riding Hood a girl makes peace with the power and mystery of nature, and finds the big bad wolf is not bad at all.
The Dachshund in a Picture Frame
(Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, animation & live action, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
A painter has a special talent to bring her paintings to life. But what she does for love cannot also be done for money.
Beware of the Sad Man
(Benny Goldman, Australia, animation, 4 min, nonverbal)
A happy-go-lucky guy tries to cheer someone up, until he realizes that words won’t make the difference that is needed.
(Cynthia Fernández Trejo, Mexico, live action, 2017, 20 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
Matilde, who is very sick, searches for the stone that allows her fulfill her dream of becoming a horse.
The Little Fish and the Crocodile
(Stefanie Plattner, Germany & Republic of Congo, live action, 2018, 15 min, Lingala with English subtitles) US premiere!
A fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarten.
(Stefan Wink, UK, live action, 2018, 13 min, English) Seattle premiere!
Alex feels she’s too old to spend time with her mom, so she dashes off on her own to explore an intriguing shop. There, she discovers a miniature world with a strange secret, and also, how much she loves her mom.
(Zhanna Bekmambetova, Russia, animation, 2018, 11 min, nonverbal) Washington State premiere!
This is a fable about the power of a grandmother’s spirit and the journey of her life, as seen by a bird who represents her spirit.