We have some super films for the 20th anniversary of Freeze Frame’s International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages! We will be posting some preview information to whet your appetite, check in often to see more film teasers! Please note – the Festival schedule to be determined.
Belgium (Flemish with English Subtitles) 2014, 95 mins
Director: Douglas Boswell
Fourteen-year-old Frikke knows his way around computer games but this one has a shocking surprise: its protagonists are real kids and real animals whose lives are mysteriously uploaded into the game’s labyrinth. To play or not to play is the question, especially when the fate of loved ones is at stake in the cyberworld… from the Oscar nominated producer (Bullhead).
The Sword of D’Artagnan
In the new, thrilling and adventurous family film ‘The Sword of D’Artagnan’, the strong-willed Isabel (11) takes over her ill grandfather’s search for the legendary sword of the world famous musketeer D’Artagnan, against her family’s wishes. The sword has been missing for centuries and Isabel’s only clue to its location is a secret code. Together with her cousin Rik (13) and friend Jules (12), she embarks on an exciting quest that takes them through caves and past castles. But they soon discover they are not the only ones looking for the sword. Who can Isabel trust and who has a hidden agenda?
The Backward Class
THE BACKWARD CLASS // FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY // HD
They come from the poorest of the Indian poor, but they’re being given an education worthy of the wealthiest of the wealthy.
Their school is a social experiment, whose sources of funding are struggling through the economic crisis. Their families and socio-economic contemporaries remain entrenched in the generations of destitution long associated with their Dalit (‘untouchable’) caste. They are the twelfth graders of Shanti Bhavan School, living proof of the forgotten potential of the rural poor.
A hopeful coming-of-age story – the first class of Dalit (“untouchable”) caste students in India’s history, undertake the national ISC high school graduation exams as a means to a brighter future for themselves, and an opportunity to break their families out of the destitution they’ve been entrenched in for generations.
Aylin, is a 17 year old Muslim girl living in Mannheim, who has taken over the running of the household and caring for her little brother Emre (5), following the tragic death of her mother. As the pressure builds at home, a run in with the school bully pushes her over the edge. The pent up emotions come out in a sudden rush of violence landing Aylin in court, where she’s sentenced to do community service at an out of town stable.
It is here that she forms an unexpected bond with the seemingly cold-hearted stable owner, Iris (34). Like many other girls her age, she becomes mesmerized by the horses, and one in particular; the stallion Hördur.
By having the courage to challenge the status quo, she opens a door between worlds, and creates a bridge between them; a bridge that we should always be able to cross.