Foreign Film Series – Spring 2019
All films screening at the Scarsdale Alternative School
“Boy” directed by Taika Waititi
New Zealand – 88 minutes – English and Maori
The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson’s ”Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. ”Boy” (James Rolleston) is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. While Boy idolizes Michael Jackson his other hero is his father, Alamein (played by director / writer Taika Waititi), who is a distant memory to him, but is the subject of Boy’s dreams and fantasies. Boy imagines his father as a deep sea diver, a war hero and a close relative of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him), but in reality he’s ”in the can for robbery”. When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. Inspired by the Oscar nominated ”Two Cars, One Night”, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.
“Blancanieves” directed by Pablo Berger
Spain – Silent Film – 105 minutes
Once upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarves, and became a legend. A re-telling of the classic Snow White, Blancanieves is a breathtakingly beautiful homage to the black-and-white Golden Age of European silent cinema, set in a romanticized 1920s Seville.
“A Cat in Paris” – An animated film by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
France – French & English – 62 minutes
The Academy Award nominated A CAT IN PARIS is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico – a slinky cat burgler with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. A delightful animated adventure perfect for both adults and children – a witty and stylish “animated noir” with a jazzy soundtrack featuring Billie Holiday and a thrilling climax on top of Notre Dame cathedral.
Featuring the voices of Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket).