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Feast of fun films in International Children's Film Carnival

The little prince from outer planet, lovely orphan Heidi, grandpa with a strange temper, exciting Red Head, a dog and a fish and an array of fun characters will be all featured in the International Childrenˇ¦s Film Carnival 2006 from July 17 to August 26 in the annual summer extravaganza of ˇ§International Arts Carnivalˇ¨ (IAC).

This yearˇ¦s carnival will showcase many outstanding feature films, animations and shorts from around the world. They include Antoine de Saint-Exuperyˇ¦s ˇ§The Little Princeˇ¨, childrenˇ¦s classics ˇ§Heidiˇ¨, ˇ§Percy, Buffalo Bill and Iˇ¨ and the animated feature ˇ§Fire Ballˇ¨.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the screenings will take place at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall, the Lecture Halls of Hong Kong Space Museum and Hong Kong Science Museum, and the Cinema of Hong Kong Film Archive.

The magical fable, ˇ§The Little Princeˇ¨(1975) won the Best Original Score at the Golden Globe Awards in 1975. It was also nominated for the Best Song (ˇ§The Little Princeˇ¨) and Best Scoring: Adaptation at the 1975 Academy Awards. The little prince from planet Asteroid B-612 has planet-hopping journeys in which he meets a king, a businessman, an historian and a general. It isnˇ¦t until he comes to the Earth that the little prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a fox, a snake and the pilot.

The Swiss film ˇ§Heidiˇ¨(1952) features the lovely orphan who lives happily with her grandfather in the mountain region of the Swiss Alps. She is taken to a rich family in Frankfurt by her aunt and has new friends, but why is she still not very happy?

For FIFA World-Cup buffs, ˇ§We are the Championsˇ¨ (2005) is a must. Former pro-footballer Torben offers to coach his 13-year-old sonˇ¦s football team which is at the bottom of their league. Yet both the boys and the management seriously doubt Torbenˇ¦s ability. How can he win his sonˇ¦s confidence and make a winning team?

In ˇ§Oskar and Josefineˇ¨ (2005), the two Danish kids have an unforgettable summer holiday to travel back in time 400 years. Also on adventure, ˇ§Percy, Buffalo Bill and Iˇ¨(2005) is a classical Scandinavian childrenˇ¦s film based on the autobiographical event of one of Swedenˇ¦s most popular childrenˇ¦s authors, Ulf Stark and his family spending the summer at his Grandpaˇ¦s farm. Both films have English subtitles with live Cantonese interpretation from popular dubbing artist Ms Pat Kwok.

Adapted from the Chinese mythical tale ˇ§Journey to the Westˇ¨, ˇ§Fire Ballˇ¨(2005) is a full-length animated feature on the episode when Monk Triptaka and his fairy animal disciples plan to borrow the mighty fan from the Princess to extinguish the flame at the Flame Mountain but are met with ambush by Redhead and traps set by Spider Evil Queen. The film won the Best Animation Award at Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2005. ˇ§Fire Ballˇ¨ will be shown in Mandarin with Chinese subtitles.

ˇ§Valoˇ¨(2005) is based on the true events of Finnish artist and philosopher Aleksanteri Ahola-Valo. Banished from St Petersburg to a little Finnish town with his father, Valo fights with perseverance for justice and childrenˇ¦s rights. It is a Dickens-like story depicting courage, friendship and the importance of believing in oneself.

Not-to-be-missed is ˇ§Innocent Voicesˇ¨(2004). A courageous story of an 11-year-old boy who has to choose between entering the government army or joining the guerrillas when El Salvador was in the middle of a civil war. Since this film contains war scenes, parents should be especially careful about letting their younger children attend and are encouraged to learn more about the background of the film before taking their children to see it. A social worker will discuss the film with the audience after the screening.

ˇ§The Little Princeˇ¨, ˇ§Heidiˇ¨ are in English with Chinese subtitles, ˇ§Valoˇ¨, ˇ§We are the Championsˇ¨ and ˇ§Innocent Voicesˇ¨ are in Finnish, Danish and Spanish respectively with both English and Chinese subtitles, ˇ§Fire Ball ˇ¨ is in Mandarin with Chinese subtitles.

Animations and shorts including award winning ones from various countries like Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Australia and the United States of America are joining the carnival this year.

Some of the highlights include ˇ§Birthday Boyˇ¨(2004) which won the 1st Prize, Animated Short Film or Video Category at Chicago International Childrenˇ¦s Film Festival 2004 and was nominated for Best Short Film (Animated) at Academy Awards 2005, ˇ§A Tale with an Angelˇ¨(2004) and ˇ§The Fourth Kingˇ¨(2004).

Most works in the ˇ§World Animation and Shortsˇ¨ series are in their original languages with English and Chinese subtitles together with a Cantonese introduction from Mr Ting Yu.

Tickets priced at $40 are available at URBTIX outlets from tomorrow (May 19). Half-price concessionary tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. There will be a 10% discount for each purchase of three to four different events of IAC and 15% discount for five more different events.

Programme details can be found in the programme booklet of ˇ§International Childrenˇ¦s Film Carnival 2006/Youth in Love with Video Project 2006ˇ¨ or in the IAC programme brochure at all LCSDˇ¦s performing venues. Reservations can be made by phone on 2734 9009 or on the Internet at http://www.urbtix.hk .

For information call 2734 2900 or browse the website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp .

Ends/Thursday, May 18, 2006
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