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June 10 – August 19, 2017

Saturday Matinee

The HFA continues its monthly screenings of family-friendly feature and short films for children, teenagers and their families. Many from the HFA collection, classic and contemporary films from around the world will be shown in their original formats. The special admission fee for these daytime screenings is only $5. – Karin Kolb 

Special thanks: Mary Engel—Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive; Ryan Kane, Chance Huskey—GKIDS; Jake Perlin and Matt Pierson.


Saturday June 10 at 3pm

Howl’s Moving Castle
(Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. With Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall
Japan 2004, 35mm, color, 119 min. In English

Three years after winning an Academy Award for Spirited Away, Miyazaki delighted audiences with another stunning animation. Based on Diana Wynne Jones’ children’s book with the same title, the film differs in its message and shifts the focus to love, personal loyalty and the destructive effects of war. Sophie, who works in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl—voiced by Christian Bale. But after this chance meeting, the young girl is turned into a 90-year-old woman by the Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible adventure to lift her curse, she finds refuge in what Roger Ebert calls “one of the great unique places in the movies,” Howl’s Moving Castle. As the true power of Howl’s wizardry is revealed, the young, greying heroine finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery. Not only does Howl’s Moving Castle deserve its nomination for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 2006 Academy Awards, it deserves to be seen on the big screen—the only way to appreciate all of its remarkable details. Print courtesy GKIDS.

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Saturday July 15 at 3pm

Little Fugitive

Directed by Morris Engel, Ray Ashley, Ruth Orkin. With Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing
US 1953, 35mm, b/w, 80 min

After being tricked into thinking he has killed his older brother Lennie, seven-year-old Joey runs away to Coney Island. While Joey has his own adventures on the beach, the very alive Lennie is looking everywhere for his lost little brother. Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for best story, this landmark film is famous for its naturalistic, detailed depiction of 1950s Brooklyn; its innovative use of on-location shooting, portable equipment and low-budget workarounds heavily influenced the French New Wave. Print courtesy Kino Lorber.

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Saturday August 19 at 3pm

WALL-E

Directed by Andrew Stanton. With Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
US 2008, 35mm, color, 98 min

WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, and when he is done enjoys Hello, Dolly! on videotape. But WALL-E is not only a robot: he has developed a personality and a heart after his 700 years on the planet. With only a cockroach friend named Hal around, he is also a little lonely. Then EVE, a sleek and shapely probe droid, sent back from a spaceship on a scanning mission for self-sustaining plants on Earth, makes her dramatic entrance. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure when he follows EVE through space on a journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. WALL-E won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film in 2009. This Pixar classic is best experienced projected in its original widescreen format in a theater surrounded by fellow Earthlings.

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