Film festival for kids features international movies

Movies geared to cinema fans aged 2 to 14 will be shown at various venues around Montreal

The Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal is celebrating its 20th edition by showcasing 20 movies from around the world including Germany, Switzerland, South Korea and Taiwan.

From March 4-12, films geared to young cinema aficionados aged 2 to 14 will be shown at various venues around Montreal, including Cinéma Beaubien, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Cinéma du Parc. This year also marks the first time films will be screened at the Pointe à Callière Museum in Old Montreal.

To mark its anniversary milestone, FIFEM is introducing short films to the lineup along with the traditional full-length features. The festival will also offer workshops for kids, including a stop motion activity, a green screen workshop and a drawing on film workshop.

Highlights from the film festival lineup include:

Le coeur en braille (France): This French film kicks off the festival. Based on the novel with the same title, Le coeur en braille tells the story of two teenagers and the relationship that develops between them. Marie, an avid cello player who is losing her eyesight, meets Victor, a student struggling with his academics. After agreeing to aid him with his studies, Marie reveals to Victor her secret. Realizing he is falling in love with her, Victor tries to help Marie overcome obstacles in order to win a coveted music competition.

​Deux escargots s’en vont (France): From the director of acclaimed film Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulin, this short animated film was inspired by a song from Jacques Prévert. Featuring the vocal talents of Audrey Tatou, Dominique Pinon and several other French actors, the film  tells the melancholy tale of two snails attending a funeral for fallen leaves.

Ma vie de courgette (Switzerland): This is a stop-motion tale about a boy named Zucchini by director Claude Barras. Mourning the death of his mother, Zucchini is taken to an orphanage where he meets other children who help him rise above his tragic situation and find a new home.

Mr. Frog (Belgium/Netherlands): Based on the novel by the same name, by Dutch writer Paul Van Loon, Mr. Frog is a live action film about a teacher who has the power to turn into a frog. When he takes this shape, his students try to protect him at all costs from the amphibian’s natural enemies.

Ma vie de courgette and Mr. Frog will be shown in English at Cinéma du Parc. Movie tickets are $9 per person and family passes (which include 10 tickets) cost $75.

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