El Barrio Children and Youth Film Showcase
June 12th Thursday (For schools)
10am – Ernest and Celestine – 2012, 79 minutes, Animation, France / Belgium / Luxembourg, English - Recommended for the whole family
Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two forms an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto, Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bug Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart grow.
1pm – Felix –2010, 97 minutes, Feature film, English, South Africa - Recommended for ages 8 and up.
13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil's music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
June 13th Friday (For schools)
10am – Eleanor’s Secret -2009, 76 minutes, Animation, France, English - Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a shelter for all the heroes found in children's literature. They are the original characters and are counting on him for protection. For if they leave the library, they will disappear along with their stories forever! When his parents start selling off the books, Nathanaël, who is shrunk by the evil witch Carabosse, braves everything to save his tiny friends.
1pm – Tio Papi –2013, 90 minutes, Feature film, USA, English - Recommended for the whole family
It was a bachelor’s life for hard-working and fun-loving Ray Ray Dominguez (Joey Dedio) who dreams of leaving the barrio for a more carefree existence in Miami. That’s until one day when everything changed – and he became a reluctant “Tio Papi” to his sister’s six children ages six to 16. Now, in charge of raising this energetic (and expensive) clan, Ray Ray must make important decisions on what life really is all about. Combining heart-warming drama with light-hearted comedy, “TIO PAPI,” directed by Fro Rojas from the original screenplay by Joey Dedio and Brian Herskowitz, is an upbeat story of life’s unexpected surprises and ultimately what matters the most — the love of family.
June 14th – Family Fun day
10am – Ernest and Celestine – 79 minutes - Recommended for the whole family
11:30am – Eleanor’s Secret – 76 minutes - Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
1:30pm – Felix – 97 minutes - Recommended for ages 8 and up.
3:30pm – Tio Papi – 90 minutes - Recommended for the whole family