This summer, we will showcase high-quality feature films from around the world.
We have chosen four films suitable for younger children, including Lotte and the Lost Dragons, the latest film of Lotte, the most beloved character of Estonian children and grown-ups; Anchors Up – Boats to the Rescue, created from the most popular children series in Norway Elias: The Little Rescue Boat; My Giraffe, adapted from the famous verse by Annie M. G. Schmidt, the queen of Dutch children's literature; and Maya the Bee – The Honey Games, based on the character of the famous German children classic by Waldemar Bonsels.
Children love animations. We have selected a wide range of wonderful animated features this year: Cattle Hill, an inspirational story with sweet and lovely songs; Ploey – You Never Fly Alone, an exciting adventure of a little plover – a type of migratory bird in Iceland; and Harvie and the Magic Museum, a fantasy film full of imaginations. We also bring you a 3D animation created by Academy Awards Winner of animated short – Marnie's World.
If you are an animal lover, Little Miss Dolittle is the film you must not miss. Help, I Shrunk My Parents is the sequel of Help, I Shrunk My Teacher that we showed in 2016. Not only the Principal but Felix's parents are also shrunk this time! For the fans of detective dramas, come and join Jerry and Maya in their latest film JerryMaya's Detective Agency – The First Mystery.
Three films of different themes and styles deliver all sorts of bittersweet moments of youth.
How was your life when you were six? The Little Comrade is set in Soviet Estonia in the 1950s when the Stalinist terror machine works at full steam. Through the eyes of a six-year-old girl, the film shows an odd two-faced world from the children's angle.
Filled with music, Los Bando is a feel-good road movie with a crazy journey. When pursuing their dreams, youngsters inevitably encounter obstacles and challenges. With the support of buddies and friends, the protagonists find comfort and confidence in each other and solve problems together.
Home Team is a football tale. Through the ups and downs on and off the pitch, the protagonist is transformed into a brand new self.
Fantasy films are popular nowadays, and The NeverEnding Story in 1984 is one of the classics in this genre for sure. We believe it is one of the films that many parents have great childhood memories.
The film is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, a German writer of fantasy and children's fiction. The NeverEnding Story was the most expensive film in the history of German cinema at the time of its release. Considering the technology back in the eighties, the hand-crafted props and special effects in The NeverEnding Story are amazing. Many creatures and scenes in the magical land of Fantasia, in particular the vivid facial expression of the iconic lucky dragon Falkor,
are still incredible after three decades.
The eponymous theme song of the film performed by pop singer Limahl is impressive as well. This earworm song was a smash hit in Europe and America and became one of the classics of the 1980s. There were two sequels of The NeverEnding Story in 1990 and 1994, but the first one is always the most popular among the three.
Feature films curated and programme notes provided by Edmund Chiu
World Animation & Shorts
Short films curated and programme notes provided by Luka Wong
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