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25 Nov 2015 - 5:08 PM  UPDATED 26 Nov 2015 - 3:00 PM


The Secret World of Arrietty

Saturday 28 November, 6:00pm

(Japan, 2010)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett *
What's it about?
From Japanese powerhouse Studio Ghibli comes the beautiful story of Arrietty, a tiny but tenacious 14-year-old, who lives with her parents in the recesses of a suburban house, borrowing scrap supplies from her supersized human hosts. When a boy discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. However, their relationship could spell danger for Arrietty's family.


Tales From Earthsea

Saturday 5 December, 5:50pm

(Japan, 2006)

Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Starring: Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay *
What's it about?
This is the feature debut of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro Miyazaki. The land of Earthsea's crops start failing and livestock dying, and two dragons appear from the storm clouds and devour each other - an omen of impending disaster. In his search for the cause of this encroaching catastrophe, a great wizard meets an exiled prince, and together, they journey through ruined landscapes to investigate these unusual occurrences. 



Saturday 12 December, 6:00pm

(France, 2009)

Director: Nicolas Vanier
Starring: Nicolas Brioudes, Pom Klementieff, Min Man Ma
What's it about?
A deeply touching friendship story filmed on location in the striking Siberian mountains. Sixteen-year-old Sergei has been entrusted to drive his clan's reindeer herd across the summer pastures and protect them with his life against the wolves that hunt them. Trained from childhood to kill the dreaded wolves, he is forced to question his mission when he comes face to face with some wolf cubs and their mother.


Howl's Moving Castle

Saturday 19 December, 6:00pm

(Japan, 2004)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale *
What's it about?
This delightful film by animation master Hayao Miyazaki follows Sophie, a teenage girl working in a hat shop, who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is swept off her feet by a wizard named Howl, and is turned into a 90-year old woman by the Wicked Witch of the Waste. Embarking on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, she finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle.

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Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar

Saturday 26 December, 6:00pm

France, 1999
Director: Claude Zidi
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier
What's it about?
Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar is the first of four live-action movie adaptations of the cult Franco-Belgian comic book that was first published in 1959 and has since garnered millions of fans around the world. In 50 B.C., the whole Gaul country is under Roman occupation... except for one small village, which keeps defending itself to the invaders. That is until Roman Emperor Julius Caesar hatches a plan to kidnap the village druid, Getafix, and thus seize the village. The shrewd Asterix (Christian Clavier), and his large and naive friend Obelix (Gérard Depardieu), decide to go on a mission to rescue Getafix.


Asterix & Obelix in Britain

Saturday 2 January, 6:00pm

(France, 2012)

Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Catherine Deneuve
What's it about?
La "crème de la crème" of French actors star in this adventure which sees our favourite Gallic duo travel to Britain, which is being invaded by Julius Caesar (Fabrice Luchini) and his armies. A small village still holds out bravely against the Roman legions, but the situation becomes critical and one of the villagers (Guillaume Gallienne) seeks help from his second-cousin Asterix the Gaul (Edouard Baer) and asks him to bring back a barrel of "magic potion" from the Breton village of the indomitable heroes. Also stars Vincent Lacoste (The French Kissers) at his best as the village chief's young nephew, a blasé, irritating slacker visiting from the capital.


Editor's note: Films marked with * are the English language version, to enable very young viewers to enjoy them as well! 

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