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September 9 – November 18, 2017

Saturday Matinee

On Saturday afternoons the HFA presents monthly screenings of family-friendly features and shorts for children, teenagers and their families. Whether drawn from the collection, fellow film archives, or from international cutting-edge festivals, these classic and contemporary films are screened in their original formats and are guaranteed to expand young and older minds alike. The special admission fee for these daytime screenings is only $5 and the rewards of regular attendance are immeasurable.– Karin Kolb

Special thanks: Robert Diestelrath and Karin Oehlenschläger—Goethe-Institut and Matt Pierson.

Saturday September 9 at 3pm

At Eye Level (Auf Augenhöhe)

Directed by Joachim Dollhopf and Evi Goldbrunner. With Luis Vorbach, Jordan Prentice, Ella Frey
Germany 2016, DCP, color, 98 min. German with English subtitles

Goldbrunner’s and Dollhopf’s feature film debut is a testament to the remarkable relationships that are only possible when perspectives are broadened and individuals embrace each other's differences. Eleven-year-old Michi lives in a group home. His dream of finding his unknown father seems to come true after he discovers an unsent letter from his late mother. But Michi is surprised to find out that he and his long lost dad are the same height, and soon discovers they have even more in common than other sons and fathers. Their blossoming relationship is eventually put to the test. Filled with witty dialogue and shot by one of the Germany’s great cinematographers, Jürgen Jürges, At Eye Level won audience awards at numerous film festivals as well as the German Film Critics' Award for Best Children's Film of the Year. Supported by the Goethe-Institut Boston.

Age recommendation 12+ (Content Advisory: coarse language, derogatory language and actions, and some sexual references)

Print courtesy Goethe Institut Munich.

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Saturday October 28 at 3pm

Frankenweenie

Directed by Tim Burton. With Charlie Tahan, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara
US 2012, 35mm, b/w, 97 min

Frankenweenie is Tim Burton’s sweetly macabre homage to gothic horror and an expanded revision of his 1984 stop-motion animated short. High costs initially prohibited completion of Burton’s feature film about a young boy who brings his beloved pet dog back to life with a Frankensteinian science experiment. After winning two Academy Awards for Alice in Wonderland (2010), the then twelfth highest-earning film of all time, Burton’s standing radically changed. Eighteen years later, using his original 1984 drawings, the director was able to complete the full-length film, produced by the same studio that would not release the earlier short, considering it too morbid.

Age recommendation: 10+ (Content Advisory: thematic elements, scary images and action)

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Saturday November 18 at 3pm

Good-bye, My Lady

Directed by William Wellman. With Walter Brennan, Brandon de Wilde, Sidney Poitier
US 1956, 35mm, b/w, 95 min

[My Lady] is a Basenji dog (sometimes said to be able to “laugh and cry, but not bark”), one of the most memorable canine performers in the history of film. The title relates to the touching and real relationship between the young orphan boy and the dog… It’s the kind of relationship that most films miss or fake; here everything is concrete, emotions as well as the vision of nature, the swamp, the forest.

The film, one of the finest in Wellman’s oeuvre and the kind of pastoral masterpiece that every great American director was due to sign at some time or other, is about an old man and a boy, both excellent as played by Walter Brennan (one of the greatest roles of that actor so dear to all of us) and Brandon de Wilde, in a relationship where both change as human beings. That is the film’s beautifully-conveyed leitmotif.

It’s Americana at the root level, as basic as the purest Hemingway short stories or moments that Flaherty captured on film. Like the more famous The Yearling (Clarence Brown) but with all the Hollywood characteristics wiped away, running underneath it all is a sense of sad tenderness, the knowledge that every age, and becoming an adult and being accepted as a true member of a community, requires something and sometimes almost too much. – Peter von Bagh

Age recommendation: 10+

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