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June 2 & July 1, 2018

Saturday Matinee

The HFA continues its special $5 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. To accommodate the World Cup games, Bend It Like Beckham will be shown on a Sunday!

Film descriptions by Brittany Gravely and Karin Kolb.

Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
Saturday June 2 at 3pm

The Incredibles

Directed by Brad Bird. With Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
US 2004, 35mm, color and b/w, 115 min

Much like the Parr family themselves— unappreciated, undercover superheroes reassigned by the government into adopting nondescript, suburban lifestyles—this groundbreaking, Academy Award-winning Pixar animation deserves more than life on a small screen. Mr. Incredible is just as thrilled as we are at the prospect of getting back in the game after years behind an office desk. But the invitation to accept an exciting new mission comes with strings and supervillains attached and eventually requires back-up. In this case, it’s his wife Helen/Elastigirl, his children Dash, Violet and baby Jack-Jack, along with an assortment of entertaining sidekicks such as good friend Lucius AKA Frozone, the chic fashion designer Edna Mode, and Kari the anxious babysitter. As incredible as its characters, the film’s innovative visual style was made possible with computer-generated imagery that created, for the first time, a more convincing look to the “human” cast’s movement, clothing and hair. Join us for this milestone in animation history right before its sequel arrives in theaters this June. Rated PG.

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Special $5 Saturday Matinee Admission
And free admission to all who wear their soccer team's jersey!

Sunday July 1 at 4pm

Bend It Like Beckham

Directed by Gurinder Chadha. With Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
UK/Germany/US 2002, 35mm, color, 112 min. English, Punjabi, Hindi and German with English subtitles

A surprise hit at the box office, Gurinder Chadha’s international crowd-pleaser was even broadcast—in an edited version—on North Korean television. The film centers around West Londoner Jess’ exhilarating love of football—despite her Punjabi Sikh family’s traditions and wishes. As the director explains, David Beckham’s signature kick is “a great metaphor for a lot of us, especially girls. We can see our goal but instead of going straight there, we too have to twist and bend the rules sometimes to get what we want—no matter where ‘we’ reside, no matter what group ‘we’ claim or do not embrace as part of ‘our’ ethnic lineage.” While engaging in the challenges and thrills of the sport, Jess continues to trespass various social and cultural boundaries and encounter others who also feel divided or excluded because of an aspect of their identity, whether chosen or inherited. Ultimately, Jess’ friends and family must be as flexible as she is in negotiating the new shape of modern playing fields. Rated PG-13.

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