2011 film guide

Antje Starost & Hans Helmut Grotjahn

Seven children between the ages of seven and 13, who come from Germany, Greece, France and Ecuador, talk about their world, their aspirations, dreams, and beliefs. In German, French, & Spanish with English subtitles. Rated: G – course language


Saturday, April 9, 4:00 PM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Friday, April 15, 10:00 AM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Bernard Attal

Nina, a young girl whose parents recently divorced, reconciles the uncertainties of life during bicycle rides with her father. Each day they observe the lives of neighbors and share their thoughts about love, death, separation, and the joy and challenges sudden changes bring to one's existence.

Scott Kiborn

Spaceships soar into space. Dots dance on a page. Rocks and twigs transform into expressive faces. Kids can easily create this kind of magic themselves, and all they require are a few simple tools. Explaining visually with colourful images, siblings Lindsay and Will demonstrate how to bring everyday objects to life — and even how to animate people! Animate Everything encourages you to “make your own magic in whatever style you want.”

Felix Gönnert

A tiny rocket makes an impact on a big wish. Seen from a distance, the earth is the most beautiful place in space.

Christian Laurence

Aurelie Laflamme feels alone in the world, especially since her father's death five years ago. What if her father had been an alien who left Earth to return to his own planet? In that case, Aurelie would be an alien too. That would explain many things, such as why she feels different from others, why she can't string two words together without making a mistake, and why boys really get on her nerves. Through the pages of her diary, Aurelie confides her joys and sorrows, successes and failures, love and friendships, and tries to find her place. Rated: PG  Recommended for ages 8-12/ Grades 5-7


Sunday, April 10, 1:00 PM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Friday, April 15, 1:00 PM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Marly Reed

This is a story about the whimsical adventures of one kid and a fistful of candy.

Jonathan Wright

A self-important colonial explorer emerges from a sailing ship and plants a flag on the Arctic ice, as a bemused Inuit hunter looks on. Then the explorer plants another, and another, and another, while the hunter, clearly not impressed that his land has been “discovered,” quietly goes about his business.

In this charming and humorous re-imagining of first contact between Inuit and European, Jonathan Wright brings us the story of a savvy hunter and the ill-equipped explorer he outwits.

Anita Lebeau

This is the story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s. In an era before in-car movies and video games, four sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just
before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy. Suddenly, the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure. A story about sisterhood and the impulse to create.

Big Drive showcases Lebeau’s signature blend of classical hand-drawn animation and photo-realistic images. The film is complemented by a lively score from Winnipeg composer Dan Frechette.


Taika Waititi
New Zealand

The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. Boy is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins, and his Nan. He imagines that his absent father Alamein is a deep sea diver, war hero, and a close relation of Michael Jackson. When Alamein returns home after 7 years away, Boy has to learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. This hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale is about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. From the director of Eagle vs Shark. Rated: PG: course language; drug use; violence.

Prededed by Award Presentation.

Thursday, April 14, 7:30 PM -Closing Night Screening, Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Presented in partnership with the New Zealand High Commission.

New Zealand High Commission

Peter Bromley

Ms Hedley and Mr Frump teach you how to get REALLY REALLY BIG numbers with multiplication!