DIFF has announced the Cinema for Children line-up. The showcase will include a number of new releases and a good mix of films to spark the imaginations of kids of all ages. The Peanuts Movie, which brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang to the big screen like youve never seen them before. […]
DIFF has announced the Cinema for Children line-up. The showcase will include a number of new releases and a good mix of films to spark the imaginations of kids of all ages.
The Peanuts Movie, which brings Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang to the big screen like youve never seen them before. Director Steve Martino, presents this film in which Charlie Brown embarks on a life changing quest and the worlds most famous beagle, Snoopy, takes to the skies to take on his nemesis the Red Baron. Whether youre someone who grew up with Charles Schultz beloved characters or a child meeting these characters for the first time, this film promises to be a delight.
From director Thale Persen and just in time for the holidays Valley of Knights; Miras Magical Christmas, set in two separate but connected worlds, the world we see around us and the magical world just beyond our eyes. In the Valley of Knights an evil lord intent on total power steals an enchanted suit of armour and is determined to hunt down the young Queen Eiril who has the final missing piece. But two courageous kids in our world arent going to let that happen without a fight and are coming to Eirils rescue. Thats if they can find the secret entrance to the kingdom. A beautifully shot family adventure to put everyone in the mood for a magical Christmas.
Director Nagesh Kukunoor brings his endearing film Rainbow to DIFF15. Pari and her blind younger brother Chotu are inseparable. With their parents gone and their uncle absent most of the time they have come to rely on each other entirely. Desperate to fulfill her promise to Chotu that he would be able to see by his ninth birthday Pari decides they should embark on journey to the meet the great Shah Rukh Khan, whom Pari believes to be the answer to their prayers. The only problem is that Shah Rukn Khan is 300kms away, across vast uncompromising terrain. Undeterred the siblings will persevere across the harsh yet magical landscape, driven on by their quest, by their sense of adventure and by the irrepressible spirit of childhood.
Savva. Heart of the Warrior is a family fantasy adventure from first time director Maksim Fadeev in which Savva, our 10 year old hero, must try and save his family and the whole village from the vicious hyenas intent on running the humans out of town. Savva, in trying to escape the hyenas wrath, finds himself stumbling through a magical forest where he meets Angee, an enormous white wolf and Puffy a wisecracking little creature that takes a shine to Savva. Together the new friends must make their way to the Magician on the Mountain, the only one capable of making their dreams come true and helping Savva rid his village of the hyena threat. The journey may prove to be the most perilous part of all and the three friends must pull together in order to make it. Savva. Heart of a Warrior is full of courage, adventure and action as well as many heartfelt moments, this film is about dreaming big and the strength of true friendship.
Rounding off the programme is the coming of age story Birds of Passage that has valuable lessons for people in all stages of life. In Olivier Ringers film, Cathy is gifted a duck egg by her eccentric father with the express warning that the baby duck will think that the person it sees first is its mother. In this case that person happens to be Margaux. Whilst Cathy doesnt have a problem with this new arrangement, Margauxs parents certainly do, believing that their wheelchair bound daughter cannot handle the responsibility of this duckling, they refuse to allow it into house. Margaux and Cathy, desperate for some freedom, run away so that they can look after and love the little duckling away from the prying eyes, only to be pursued by the anxious adults who are desperate to keep their children safe from harm. Birds of Passage is a touching film about childhood adventure, friendship, independence and family.
Myrna Maakaron, DIFFs Cinema for Children programmer said: This years Cinema for Children line up really does stand out from the crowd. The variety in subject matter, style and tone provides the opportunity for everyone to find something to love at this years DIFF. All of our films this year are imbued with a sense of genuine wonder at the world that people of all ages can appreciate. So whether youre reminiscing about the Peanuts cartoons you loved years ago, or youre a child looking for a new hero the Cinema for Children programme has something for you.