Refreshing takeson the world of film

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 24 Jul 2019

The International Children's and Youth Film Carnival 2019 is currently under way.

Thanks to the efforts of the organizers to choose productions from Europe and elsewhere, the choice of titles - international animations, feature films and short films - is quite different from the sort of material usually seen in local cinemas.

One of the better-known films will be The Never Ending Story, the 1980s German fantasy classic. Other familiar titles lined up are Little Miss Doolittle (Germany, 2018) about a girl who can talk with animals, Help, I Shrunk My Parents (Germany, 2018) which is perhaps self-explanatory, and My Giraffe (Netherlands and Belgium, 2017) about a boy planning to bring his outsize pet friend to school.

Animals are a popular theme with the animated productions. In Maya the Bee - Honey Games (Australia and Germany, 2018), a hive of bees deals with a greedy empress who wants all their honey. Cattle Hill (Norway, 2018) is about a city cow wanting to be a star who goes to the countryside to help her father. In Marnie's World (Belgium and Germany, 2018) an indoors cat goes out into the world to become a detective. (This is a 3D production, so bring glasses.)

There are also several films aimed at young people aged 12 and over, including rags-to-riches soccer drama Home Team (South America, 2017).

These are at various venues, including City Hall and the cinema at the Hong Kong Film Archive, and there are different language arrangements. But all include English in some way.

For details, see the Film Programs Office site at

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

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