2012 NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Square Eyes is once again delighted to partner with the New Zealand International Film Festival to present films for 'All Ages'. We hope to see your Square Eyes at screenings around the country.



LE TABLEAU

Belgium/France, Jean-François Laguionie
2011, 76min
In French with English subtitles
Recommended ages 9 to adult

LE TABLEAU

The inhabitants of an unfinished artwork decide to take over governance of the painting themselves in this delightful and innovative animated fable. Smart, lyrical and above all charming, LE TABLEAU set within the world of an idyllic, but incomplete painting, whose painter has long since abandoned his creations. In his absence, a power structure emerges, dominated by the fully coloured, finished characters (the 'All-Dones') who subjugate the near-complete characters (the 'Halfies'), and the bare-bones, near-invisible ones (the 'Sketchies'), relegating them to a segregated and hopeless existence.

However, when a Halfie, a Sketchie and an altruistic All-Done unwittingly find a way to leave their painting, they undertake a journey to meet their creator, and along the way, learn the value of equality and acceptance, all told in a story that is as colourful as it is warm.

"With swirls of vibrant color that burst from the screen, and nearly every frame a breathtaking wonder,LE TABLEAU is a captivating, enormously enjoyable animated treat for both children and adults." The New York International Children's Film Festival

"Questions of social stratification, class injustice, racism, and existential uncertainty abound in Jean-Francois Laguionie’s animated featureLE TABLEAU, a children’s film – yes, that’s right – whose plain, unadorned title belies the artistic beauty that saturates each and every one of its 76 minutes." Toronto Film Scene, Noam Kaufman

Please Note: Contains some animated violence and a voluptuous painted Matisse-esque nude woman who comes to life and becomes a talking character.


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A MONSTER IN PARIS

France, Bibo Bergeron
2011, 82min
PG - low level violence. Recommended ages 5 to adult.


MONSTER

Written and directed by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale/The Road To Eldorado), A MONSTER IN PARIS is a most charming CGI animation, mixing the traditional fairytale 'boy meets girl, girl dismisses boy, boy gets girl in the end' formula with romantic French gothic misunderstood monster literature such as Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It's 1910, and Raoul, a Parisian delivery man by day and scientist by night, is determined to brainstorm an important new invention. With the help of his projectionist friend Emile, Raoul attempts an experiment in a greenhouse that has an unexpected side effect – a tiny flea has suddenly expanded until it's seven feet tall. The enormous flea gets loose and it's not long before word is out that a monstrous bug is haunting Paris. While classic bad-guy politician Victor tries to snare some publicity by making people afraid of the bug before he catches it, Lucille, a sassy and impossibly tiny-waisted chanteuse, makes a surprising discovery; the giant seemingly scary flea is not only gentle and soft-centered, he's a terrific guitar player with an impressive singing voice (honey-toned vocals courtesy of Sean Lennon). Decked out in quasi-zoot-suit and hat, he's soon delighting patrons as part of a cabaret act.

With brilliantly catchy songs – in particular one of the best pieces of end-credit music that you're likely to hear all festival, excellent use of a comedy monkey named Charles, and gorgeous attention to animated detail that really captures early 20th century Paris.

"If you’re after a piece of escapism or have young ones to entertain: Voila... an animated Gallic romp offering a much-needed life buoy of originality on the high-definition seas of Pixar domination." Little White Lies, Dan Brightmore

Please Note: Contains guns and classic maniacal bad-guy antics.

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FIRST POSITION

United States, Bess Kargman,
2011, 94 mins
Recommended ages 8 to adult

FIRST POSITION

An upbeat, touching and visually dramatic documentary examining the world of children's ballet, FIRST POSITION displays the potential of the human spirit when fostered at a young age.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world's most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. Award-winning documentary, FIRST POSITION, follows six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion and debilitating injuries, all while navigating the drama of adolescence.

From adopted Sierra Leone orphan Michaela and Colombian-born Joan Sebastian to military-family prodigy Aran and brother-sister, first time director Bess Kargman's subjects are a uniformly gifted and engaging group - luckily for us, just as fascinating are the families who support them.

The nonfiction formula pioneered by Spellbound showcases awe-inspiring talent, tenacity and passion, painting a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted young dance stars of tomorrow.

"With tensions building as we progress to the make-or-break finals, the film supplies all the drama you would expect – but even more than a dance movie, FIRST POSITION captures the universal trials and triumphs of childhood across all walks of life." New York International Children's Film Festival

"To be so devoted to your art, especially when you are obviously gifted at a young age, makes FIRST POSITION an enthralling documentary – even for viewers who have little interest in dance.” Jessica Mosby, WIP

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FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

Japan, Goro Miyazaki,
2011, 91 mins
Recommended ages 10 to adult

POPPY HILL

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL poses the interesting question of how one balances the past with the future. Suggesting all that is lost when people rush to replace the old ways with shiny new alternatives, this gorgeously hand-drawn animation tells the story of how a young couple intervene in the demolition of a classic building on their school campus.

An atmospheric high school drama, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is the second feature film directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. Following in his father's footsteps, Goro creates a charmingly nostalgic, sometimes tragic story of young love and student protest against the period of revitalization before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

1963 Japan was a nation caught between worlds. Still recovering from the after effects of the war, a generation of adult men largely gone forever, but with the Tokyo Olympics looming as an event to usher Japan back into a prominent international position, the nation was caught between the painful past and a hopeful future with the youth of the time left to chart a course between the two.

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL explores some of the common themes found in Studio Ghibli's previous work, in particular, a strong female lead and children being forced to grow up fast due to the absence of a parent. In this case, it's Umi Komatsuzaki, a teenager in 1963 who is must fend for herself when her sailor father goes missing in the seaside town of Yokohama. With her photographer mother also absent, Umi must manage the family's boarding house - alongside her feelings for Shun, adopted into a working class family when he too lost his father.

"Poppy Hill features all the gorgeous artwork that you would expect from a Studio Ghibli film. The sheer craftsmanship on display here is astounding and it is balanced with a careful attention to detail and character that grants as much importance to the quiet moments as it does to any of the plot events." Twitch, Todd Brown

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TOONS FOR TOTS

Various, 63 mins,
G - recommended ages
3 to 6

TOONS FOR TOTS

A programme of animated gems from all around the world for the very youngest Festival-goer, selected with those aged three to six in mind.

Please Note: THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD, the much anticipated sequel to last year’s hit THE GRUFFALO is a little scary in places, but happily resolved.

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ANIMATION FOR KIDS

Various, 64 mins,
G - recommended ages
7 to 11

ANIMATION FOR KIDS

This collection of recent animated shorts from eight countries is designed to amaze and delight audiences aged 7–11, along with more senior companions luckily enough to join them.

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See our 2011 Film Festivals programme here.
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See our 2009 Film Festivals programme here.
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See our 2007 Film Festivals programme here.
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