A Film Lovers’ Window

Given the special circumstances currently affecting schools throughout Spain, the Valladolid International Film Festival (SEMINCI) and the Seville European Film Festival have joined forces in a pioneering initiative  to open a “FILM LOVERS’ WINDOW” to younger audiences.  This new online section jointly  released through the FILMIN platform by both film festivals, will run for three weeks, beginning with the start of the Valladolid Film Week  on October 24 and ending on November 14, the day of the Seville Festival’s close.

Convinced of the power of cinema as a teaching tool, the festivals of Valladolid and Seville share their interest in the education of audiences from an early age. This is a goal  that both events have consolidated by implementing  educational programs through events  and screenings targeted at younger audiences, such as ‘Miniminci’ and ‘Young Seminci’ in the case of Valladolid,  and Seville’s ‘Europa Junior’ and ‘Film Lovers of the Future’.

The initiative,  open to primary and secondary  schools in Castile and León, offers an exclusive selection of the best and most recent European cinephile stories: a film channel featuring 10 movies that will make it possible to  work in depth and in a transversal way on subjects like  history, natural sciences, languages or art. Interested schools will also receive a complete teaching guide published in Spanish and English or French, which teachers can use to work with students.

Registration can be made until September 27 by submitting the following form (link).

The programme’s design meets  the criteria of quality, variety of topics and age balance (with titles that cover an age-range between 6 and 17),  and includes  both animated and live-action films. The ten-title lineup of the “FILM LOVERS’ WINDOW” include topics such as sensationalism in the media, roots and immigration, school bullying or new views on traditional tales.

The selection includes the following titles:

À voix haute – La force de la parole

Stéphane de Freitas y Ladj Ly, Francia, 99’

Years: 12+

Every year the University of Saint-Denis holds the Eloquence Contest in order to choose ‘The best orator of 93’ (the latter figure being the number assigned to the Seine-Saint-Denis department). Students of all grades can participate with the assistance of professionals who coach them in the tricky art of speaking in public. During several weeks, they learn the subtle mechanisms of rhetoric and affirm their talents, making themselves known to others, but, above all, to themselves. With their newly acquired oratorial arsenal, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the rest of them face off in a bid to show who is the best speaker of 93.

 

Ernest et Célestine en hiver

Jean- Christophe Roger, Julien Chheng, France / Luxembourg / Belgium, 52’ (animation film)

Years: 3 to 7

Ernest is a very big bear with an artistic spirit and a generous heart. He lives with Célestine, a little orphan rat whom he welcomed into his home some time ago. Together they will live all kinds of adventures while they get ready for the arrival of winter.

A new adaptation of the popular children’s stories by Gabrielle Vincent full of charm and positive values that preserves the beauty of the original illustrations.

 

Fritzi – eine Wendewundergeschichte

Matthias Bruhn y Ralf Kukula, Germany /Belgium/Luxembourg/Czech Republic, 80’ (animation film)

Years: 7+

East Germany, 1989. Summertime. No one knows the Iron Curtain is about to fall. When twelve-year-old Fritzi‘s best friend Sophie goes on vacation to Hungary with her family, she leaves her little dog Sputnik with her. Fritzi lovingly takes care of Sputnik, who misses Sophie a lot. When school starts again in fall, however, Sophie doesn‘t come back. Fritzi has to face up to the fact Sophie’s mother has stayed in Hungary with her daughter, like so many other East Germans hoping to reach the West from there.

Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes

Patrick Imbert y Benjamin Renner, France, 80’ (animation film)

Years: 6+

A fox who is incapable of scaring or hunting down anyone has the clever idea of stealing eggs from a most peculiar farm. After incubating them and rearing the chicks…he will eat them. But upon hatching, the chicks think that the fox is their mother and he grows fond of them, which will complicate things for this neither evil nor big bad fox. This delightful farm is also home to a rabbit who acts like a stork under the watchful eye of a crazy duck.

How to Fake a War

Rudolph Herzog, United Kingdom/Ireland/Georgia, 84’

Years: 14+

When an unexpected outbreak of peace leads to a ceasefire between Russian forces and Georgian rebels, arrogant rock star Harry Hope fears for the success of his heavily hyped Piece of Peace global charity concert. Desperate, he dispatches his PR consultant, Kate, and her naïve intern, Peggy, to create a fake war story —until the concert, at least. Things go hilariously pear-shaped when rivals take up arms for real, with Kate and Peggy caught in the middle.

Les Oiseaux de passage

Olivier Ringer, France/Belgium, 84’ 

Years: 8+

Cathy has a father with some very odd ideas: for her birthday, he gives her a duck egg to hatch and then become its mother. However, by chance, the first person the duckling claps its eyes on is Cathy’s wheelchair- bound friend Margaux. The newborn has identified her as its mama, but the girl’s parents don’t want to take care of it. To protect and save the bird, the two girls escape and embark on a journey of freedom, a voyage that will help them discover much more about themselves than about rescuing their web-footed friend

Perfect 10

Eva Riley, United Kingdom, 84’

Years: 13+

14-year-old Leigh lives with her neglectful father on the outskirts of Brighton. She’s a talented gymnast, training hard for her first competition despite her lack of confidence, some bitchy fellow gymnasts and little money to pay for her fees. When an older half-brother appears at her house one night, Leigh’s lonely existence is altered. Mistrust gradually transforms into exciting new feelings as Leigh receives the attention she craves. But she is also exposed to the thrill and danger of moped crime.

 

Phantom Boy

Alain Gagnol y Jean Loup Felicioli, France / Belgium, 78’ (animation film)

Years: 8+

Leo, an 11-year old boy from New York who suffers a serious illness, is a phantom boy: he can become invisible and fly through walls. He befriends Alex, a police officer temporarily stuck in a wheelchair. Alex was hurt by a mysterious gangster threatening the city with a dangerous computer virus. Together they are forced to look after Mary, a willful journalist who goes in search of the dangerous criminal and whom Alex secretly has a crush on. When Mary falls prey to the gangster, our duo has to use all their powers to find her, and save New York from destruction.

Revolting Rhymes

Jakob Schuh y Jan Lachauer, United Kingdom, 58’ (animation film)

Years: 7+

What if Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t so innocent or so red; what if the Three Little Pigs had speculated on their houses; what if Snow White had moved out because she couldn’t take her stepmother anymore; and what if Cinderella only dreamt of finding an honest man? If these were true, our classic tales would have originated from the imagination of Roald Dahl. This film is based on the much-loved children’s stories that the great Dahl revisited in his witty and caustic style.

Wallay

Berni Goldblat, France/Burkina Faso/Qatar, 84’

Years: 12+

‘Wallay’ depicts everyday life in Burkina Faso through the eyes of 13-year-old Ady. Ady actually lives in France, but his father has decided to send him on a long journey to relatives in West Africa. The boy is super excited at the prospect of a laid-back vacation in his father’s country of origin, but when he finally gets there, his uncle’s welcome is cold and reproachful. The other members of the family are happy to see this visitor from afar and try to ease the situation, but Ady soon realizes that his stay is not going to be exactly relaxing.