The Magic Lantern film club for children aged 6 to 12 is showing six shorts representing different countries, genres, and techniques that address all sorts of mysteries. Audiences will experience magic moments in various worlds and lots of surprises in stories that arouse viewers’ curiosity, empathy, and creativity. Young and old are invited to discover these wondrous shorts on the big screen.
Go Away, Alfred!
Célia Tisserant/Arnaud Demuynck / France/Belgium 2023 / 11' / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
Alfred had to flee his country because of the war. Without housing, he wanders around, from rejection to rejection. One day he meets Sonia, who offers him a coffee…
Lloyd Choi / USA 2022 / 17'14" / DCP / colour / English / Fic
Queenie, a precocious seven-year-old, brims with confidence and swagger. She fearlessly scours the subways and streets of New York City, searching for ways to make a dollar. From basketball charity schemes to peddling roses, Queenie is relentless and unstoppable. As we follow a day in her life, we ultimately wonder what Queenie's true intentions are, and why this little girl is working so hard on a school day.
Eva Rust/Lena von Döhren / Switzerland 2023 / 8'30" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
A shoal of herrings is roaming the vast ocean in fantastic formations. When seagulls suddenly attack, one small herring finds itself stranded in a tidal pool. In its desperate search for a way out, it discovers many other sea creatures there. But there is no time for fear: only by joining forces can they hope to defend themselves against the hungry seagull.
Pablo Millan / Spain 2022 / 6'18" / DCP / colour/black & white / no dialogue / Ani/Fic
A man gets stuck in a rut due to a dominating presence. He moves from moment to moment without being able to employ his own free will, because something outside his control pushes him into a stressful and uncomfortable routine. Time and space are manipulated to dominate him, making him a victim of an empty and insignificant life.
Luce and the Rock
Britt Raes / Netherlands/Belgium/France 2022 / 13' / DCP / colour / English / Ani
One day, out of nowhere, a giant rock appears in the middle of the peaceful little village where Luce lives. The villagers can’t even open the doors to their houses anymore! Luce is angry: go away rock, you don’t belong here! And why are you here anyway?
Queralt Antú Serrano / Spain 2022 / 3'31" / colour / no dialogue / Ani
«Let's Dance!» is a vibrant rotoscoped short film created by a talented collective of students from TecnoCampus University in Mataró, Spain. The film captures the essence of a snappy dance number, where colourful figures gracefully whirl across the screen in movement sequences meticulously drawn frame by frame. The project showcases the pure joy and fun the makers experienced throughout the creative process. Let’s just join the dance!