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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Spanning theaters across New York City, the New York International Children’s Film Festival features new and classic films from around the world for all audiences. Founded in 1997, the festival has screened hundreds of films from the world over for audiences from toddler to teen to parent.
The fest opens with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, from director Chiwetel Ejiofor. Produced in Malawi, the film (based on a true story) follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine.
In the Peruvian themed animated film Pachamama Tepulpai and his pet armadillo embark on a young heroes’ quest to locate their community’s stolen treasure, and must confront the Inca and newly arrived Spanish to retain their indigenous ways.
Hiroyasu Ishida’s Penguin Highway a young boy must juggle theoretical physics, the onset of puberty, and hordes of penguins mysteriously appearing in his quiet Japanese suburb.
The German film Queen of Niendorf is the coming of age story of a girl who bucks the expectations of the world and discovers a makeshift raft and treehouse boys’ club. Skeptical because she’s a girl, the club members make her prove her mettle. Lea realizes that true bravery is not just what you do, but sometimes what you don’t do—and isn’t afraid to prove it.
The festival also has special segments for shorts and animation, as well as Girls’ POV, a special selection of shorts by and for girls.
To learn more, go to: https://nyicff.org/
New York International Children’s Film FestivalFebruary 22 - March 17, 2019
With legalized marijuana hitting New York in the near future, the New York City Cannabis Film Festival has some fortuitous timing. Held at Brooklyn’s House of Yes (2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn NY), the festival runs all day on January 13 with eight shorts, two features, and one web series. According to festival founder, Michael Zaytsev, the festival aims to “reverse the stigmas that have been perpetuated against Cannabis for decades – largely through media – and provide a safe space for filmmakers and enthusiasts to celebrate Cannabis positive art.” This event is produced by High NY, which has been building NYC's Cannabis community through educational and cultural events since 2014.
Films running at the fest include:
Expect films and an ample supply of popcorn and munchies too.
To learn more, go to: https://www.nyccff.com/
New York City Cannabis Film FestivalJanuary 13, 2019
House of Yes2 Wyckoff Ave.Brooklyn, NY 11237
Featuring brand new works as well as art-house favorite, the first Iranian Film Festival New York comes to the IFC Center January 10 - 15. New, old, daring, frightening, and funny, these films represent a country’s work that is virtually unseen in the United States. The IrFFNY Opening Night selection will be the NY premiere of Bahman Farmanara’s Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) on Thursday, Jan 10 at 7pm. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with writer-producer-director-star Farmanara. The veteran producer and director has been active in Iranian cinema since the 1970s, and the festival is proud to have him as its Guest of Honor.
IrFFNY is co-founded and co-programmed by film critic Godfrey Cheshire, who has written extensively about Iranian cinema, and Festival Director Armin Miladi, who distributes Iranian films and runs the annual Iranian Film Festival of Australia. Of the three most prominent directors represented in the first IrFFNY, Farmanara and Abbas Kiarostami have had films banned in Iran, while Jafar Panahi was banned from making films for 20 years, an order he has defied by continuing to make them.
To learn more, go to: http://www.ifccenter.com/series/iranian-film-festival-new-york/
1st Iranian Film Festival New YorkJanuary 10 - 15, 2019
IFC Film Center323 6th Ave.New York, NY 10014
Italy has had reverberations on the world of cinema that have been felt for decades. The Italy On Screen Today Festival, running December 8 to 15, celebrates the country’s cinematic heritage while looking at filmmakers of today. Held at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (1871 Broadway, NY, NY) and at other venues in NYC.
The festival will have a special NY premiere screening of Euforia with special guests actress and director Valeria Golino, the novelist André Aciman and director Julie Taymor. Euforia follows Matteo and Ettore, two brothers that couldn’t be more dissimilar forced to reunite and reconcile in the face of life’s ebb and flow. A special screening of Call Me By Your Name will be followed by a Q&A with author André Aciman at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. The strange Little Tito and the Aliens, about a lonely Professor living in the Nevada desert that is joined by his niece and nephew from his dying brother, set against the backdrop of Area 51 and alien weddings for tourists. The film will be introduced by director Paola Randi in conversation with journalist Silvia Bizio.
To learn more, go to: http://www.italyonscreentoday.it/
Italy On Screen TodayDecember 8 - 15, 2018
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