Films

Cuties

Maïmouna Doucouré

2020

Original title: Mignonnes

Director: Maïmouna Doucouré

Cast: Fathia Youssouf, Médina El Aidi-Azouni, Esther Gohourou, Ilanah Cami-Goursolas, Maïmouna Gueye

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: A film that addresses the sexualization of childhood from Amy, an 11-year-old Senegalese girl, who joins a dance group inspired by the world of the Internet and social networks, which contrasts with her family’s traditional values. A look at the complexities of childhood in the modern era and at the hypersexualization of children.

Teenage lockdown tale

Marie Pierre Jaury, Charlotte Ballet-Baz

2020

Original title: Teenage lockdown tale

Director: Marie Pierre Jaury, Charlotte Ballet-Baz

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: Documentary on how a group of five teenagers from a French school and with different social and economic backgrounds dealt with compulsory confinement in France. The lockdown is seen through the eyes of teenagers and filmed by their cell phones.

The boy who harnessed the wind

Chiwetel Ejiofor

2020

Original title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: United Kingdom, Malawi

Storyline: William Kamkwamba, a 13-year-old African boy, belongs to a family of farming parents. Due to the strong floods and subsequent drought that devastated his country and ruined the plantations, William saw his village suffer from hunger. Inspired by a science book, William builds a wind turbine to create energy and pump water to grow food, saving his family and community.

In My Blood It Runs

Maya Newell

2019

Original title: In my blood it runs

Director: Maya Newell

Cast: Carol Turner, Dujuan Turner, Megan Turner

Genre: Documentary

Country of origin: Australia

Storyline: Documentary showing the perspective of a 10-year-old Australian Aboriginal boy, Dujuan, who navigates between two completely different universes: his native family and the Australian educational system dominated by white and western culture.

O OUTRO LADO DO OUTRO

Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva, Kurt Shaw

2019

Original title: O outro lado do outro

Director: Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva, Kurt Shaw

Cast: João Cavalcanti Buarque, Helena Iara da Silva Shaw, Layza da Silva Brito

Genre: Comedy, Adventure

Country of origin: Brazil

Storyline: Children from Recife’s favelas make a film about how they imagine the life of middle class “apartment kids”, while middle class children make a film about how they imagine life in the favela. As they show each other the movies they made and finally get to know each other, these kids teach us about segregation, curiosity, and the human condition.

Capernaum

Nadine Labaki

2018

Original title: Capharnaüm

Director: Nadine Labaki

Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Nadine Labaki, Yordanos Shifera

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Lebanon, United States, France, Cyprus, Qatar, United Kingdom

Storyline: With the camera pointed at Beirut’s poorest social landscape, the film tells the story of Zain, a 12-year-old boy struggling to survive in Lebanon’s ghettos. Determined to sue his own parents, Zain asks why they brought him into the world if they couldn’t emotionally or economically to care for him. Capernaum reveals the survival journey of a young man of unexpected maturity for his age.

Os guerreiros da rua

Erickson Marinho

2018

Original title: Os guerreiros da Rua

Director: Erickson Marinho

Cast: Glauber Araújo, Kivison Santana, Vítor Justino, Wilamis Ramos, Mariano Oliveira, Temesson Yang, Vadinho Gomes.

Genre: Adventure

Country of origin: Brazil

Storyline: Recife, 1990s. Four friends play in the streets of their community, imagining missions, fantastic beings and imagining themselves as warriors endowed with special powers. With great creativity, the group takes on the important task of defending the neighborhood from the clutches of a powerful imaginary enemy who plans to dominate everything.

The Breadwinner

Nora Twomey, Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis

2017

Original title: The Breadwinner

Director: Nora Twomey, Anita Doron e Deborah Ellis

Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, War

Country of origin: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, United States, United Kingdom, France

Storyline: Animated film portraying Parvana, an 11-year-old Afghan girl, the daughter of a teacher and a writer. She can read and write (unlike the majority of the population), but is denied the right to study by the Taliban forces that govern the country, simply because she is a girl. With her parents banned from exercising the profession, Parvana makes a courageous decision to save her family: she cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy and looks for work to support her family.

Boyhood

Richard Linklater

2014

Original title: Boyhood

Director: Richard Linklater.

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: United Satates

Storyline: An innovative film, which followed, during 12 years of shooting, the growth of a boy, Mason, from entering school at age 6 to entering higher education at age 18. Every year, for a week, the film crew would meet him and the characters in his life. The narrative runs through his childhood and adolescence, and analyzes his relationship with his parents as he grows up.

Once in a lifetime

Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

2014

Original title: Les héritiers

Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Ahmed Dramé, Noémie Merlant

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: Based on a true story, the film tells the story of a history teacher and her problematic and undisciplined 10th grade class at a French high school. Faced with conflicting teenagers with little desire to learn, the teacher challenges them: to participate in the National Competition for Resistance and Deportation, which proposes a reflection on the memories of the Holocaust. Against everyone’s expectations, the class unites, commits itself, discovers the desire to learn and wins the competition.

Rich Hill

Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

2014

Original title: Rich Hill

Director: Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo

Cast: Tracy droz tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo, Nathan Halpern, Jim Hession

Genre: Documentário

Country of origin: United States

Storyline: It tells the story of three teenage boys who live in an impoverished town called Rich Hills. The film portrays the fragile family ties that sustain them and the difficult choices they have to make.

Wadjda

Haifaa Al-Mansour

2012

Original title: Wadjda

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Cast: Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Saudi Arabia

Storyline: Wadjda is 10 years old and the biggest dream of her life is to own a bicycle, however, for the society in which she lives, in the suburbs of the Saudi Arabian capital, having a bicycle “is something for the boys”. Determined not to give in to the impositions of an overly conservative culture, she will try to find a way to obtain the necessary money to buy it and, in that way, be able to race with her best friend.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin

2012

Original title: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Country of Origin: United States

Storyline: A poor six-year-old girl who lives in the southern United States recounts the difficult life she has with her father, a temperamental man in poor health.

The kid with a bike

Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

2011

Original title: Le Gamin au vélo

Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Cast: Cécile de France, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: 12-year-old Cyril was abandoned by his father in a boys’ shelter without any explanation. Angry, the boy is determined to find his father again, convincing his friend Samantha, who receives him on weekends, to look for him. Cyril believes he will find an explanation for his father’s departure, but not everything goes as he hoped and wished.

Cores e botas

Juliana Vicente

2010

Original title: Cores e botas

Director: Juliana Vicente

Cast:Bruno Lourenço, Dani Ornellas, Jhenyfer Lauren e Luciano Quirino

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Brazil

Storyline: This short film tells the story of Joana, a Brazilian girl who has a dream common to the Brazilian girls in the late 80’s: to be a “paquita”, a dancer in the Xuxa television program. But this possibility, although remote for all the girls, seemed impossible for Joana, because she is black and Xuxa had never had a black paquita in her team. The film discusses racial prejudice and the influence of the media in the construction of unattainable aesthetic standards.

CRIANÇA, A ALMA DO NEGÓCIO

Estela Renner

2008

Original title: Criança, a alma do negócio

Director: Estela Renner

Genre: Documentary

Country of origin: Brazil

Storyline: A critique of exacerbated consumerism in childhood, driven by unlimited advertising, ethics or regulation. An invitation to parents and educators to reflect on their roles in this consumer society and how they can collaborate to change the scenario.

The class

Laurent Cantet

2008

Original title: Entre les Murs

Director: Laurent Cantet

Cast: Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela

Genre: Drama

Country of Origin: France

Storyline: Film that portrays the daily school life of a teacher and a multiethnic class in a problematic neighborhood in Paris, which leads to reflection on the challenges of education and teaching. An interesting aspect is the fact that the class is composed of non-professional actors, chosen from students of a French high school, with whom the director worked weekly during a school year in improvisation workshops.

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

2007

Original title: Persepolis

Director: Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud

Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux 

Genre: Drama, Animation

Country of origin: France, United States

Storyline: Animated film that tells the story of Marjane, a 9-year-old girl, smart and fearless, who grows up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through her eyes that we see the hope of a people being destroyed when fundamentalists take power, forcing women to wear the veil and arresting thousands of people. Marjane’s boldness becomes a concern for parents who end up sending her to a school in Austria, where she is mistaken for religious fundamentalism, exactly the reason that led her to fled from her country.

The Way I Spent the End of the World

Cătălin Mitulescu

2006

Original title: Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii

Director: Cătălin Mitulescu

Cast: Dorotheea Petre, Timotei Duma

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Romania

Storyline: The film is about brothers Eva, 17, and Lilu, 7, who lived in Bucharest during the last years of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s communist regime. In the last year of the dictatorship, Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of the dictator at school. Transferred to a reformatory as punishment, she meets Andrei, with whom she decides to flee communist Romania across the Danube River to Italy.

Butterfly

 José Luis Cuerda

1999

Original title :La lengua de las mariposas

Director: José Luis Cuerda

Cast: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Manuel Lozano, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte, Alexis de los Santos, Jesús Castejón, Guillermo Toledo

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Spain

Storyline: A film that shows the relationship between Poncho, a seven-year-old boy who lives in a small village in Galicia with his teacher, for whom he develops an affection. However, this relationship is one day transformed by the start of the Spanish Civil War, due to the teacher’s involvement in the war.

The Apple

Samira Makhmalbaf

1998

Original title: Sib

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf

Cast: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France, Iran

Storyline: It tells the story Zahra and Masume, two 11-year-old sisters who lived trapped at home by their own parents until the intervention of social workers, who released them to the outside world. In this documentary, the two sisters describe how they lived and their desire to play outside the gates of their home.

The butcher boy

Neil Jordan

1997

Original title: The butcher boy

Director: Neil Jordan

Cast: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: Ireland

Storyline: Francie grew up in Ireland in the 1960s and is the son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother. The film portrays the dark journey through the mind of Francie, who in an effort to escape the misery that surrounds him, seeks refuge in her imagination, in her fantasy world.

Ponette

Jacques Doillon

1996

Original title: Ponette

Director: Jacques Doillon

Cast: Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: Pontette tells the story of a 4-year-old girl who is faced with the death of her mother. The film portrays her constant struggle to accept this loss that brings her so much pain. The film reveals the universe of preschool-age children.

Hope and Glory

John Boorman

1987

Original title: Hope and glory

Director: John Boorman

Cast: Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sammi Davis

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Storyline: The film portrays the story of a family seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old child, Billy, for whom the war (World War II) appears as a kind of “game”. Billy has to adapt to living in a London that is always being the target of air attacks by the Nazis. Under the guise of the presence of war, the film illustrates the resistance of the English nation through family and community union.

Goodbye, children

Louis Malle

1987

Original title: Au revoir les enfants

Director: Louis Malle

Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtő, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Francine Racette

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: In the winter of 1944, 11-year-old Julien, the son of a wealthy family in northern France, is sent to a French college run by priests. The arrival of a new student, Bonnet, arises his curiosity and Julian is determined to discover his secret: Bonnet is Jewish and lives under a false name. Julien and Bonnet get closer and form a strong bond of friendship, but the harsh reality of the war separates them: Bonnet is caught by the Gestapo and they never see each other again.

The Spirit of the Beehive

Víctor Erice

1973

Original title: El espiritu de la colmena

Director: Víctor Erice

Cast: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: Spain

Storyline: Isabel and Ana, two sisters aged eight and six, live in a rural village in Spain. After watching the horror film “Doctor Frankenstein” (1931) they are fascinated by the strange character and try to look for him. This film represents the children’s inability to distinguish between reality and fiction and also explores their family and school life.

Good morning

Yasujirô Ozu

1959

Original title: Ohayô

Director: Yasujirô Ozu

Cast: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Country of origin: Japan

Storyline: Unhappy with the parents’ decision, who refuse to buy a television, two brothers decide to go on a silence strike as a form of protest and swear not to say a word again until the parents buy a television. It is the beginning of a moment of crisis, but also of change within the Hayashi family.

I WAS BORN, BUT...​

Yasujirô Ozu

1932

Original title: Otona no miru ehon – Umarete wa mita keredo

Director: Yasujirô Ozu

Cast: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: Japan

Storyline: Tragic-comic story about the relationship between the father and his two sons who do not understand why the father has to act with such subservience to the boss. The two young brothers have a tantrum when they discover that their father is not the most important man in their workplace.

Aniki Bóbó

Manoel de Oliveira

1942

Original title: Aniki Bóbó

Director: Manoel de Oliveira

Cast: Feliciano David, Fernanda Matos, Nascimento Fernandes

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: Portugal

Storyline: The film illustrates the adventures and loves of young men of low social status in the city of Porto, who play in the streets as “policemen and thieves”. It is an invocation of childhood through the camera’s eye, which goes back to the 1940s, in the midst of the Second World War, at the height of Oliveira Salazar’s fascist regime. Between magical realism and documentary lyricism, “Aniki-Bóbó” asserts itself as a pioneering work of neo-realism.

My uncle

Jacques Tati

1958

Original title: Mon oncle

Director: Jacques Tati

Cast: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Alain Bécourt

Genre: Comedy

Country of origin: France

Storyline: The Arpel family lives in an extremely modern house, a product of the latest technology and design, but little Gérard Arpel lives sad and bored in such a sophisticated and comfortable environment. Gérard only feels alive and happy when he visits his uncle Hulot, who lives in an old house in a picturesque and noisy neighborhood. However, the Arpel family, concerned about Hulot’s influence on Gérard, will do everything in their power to change the situation.

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut

1959

Original title: Los 400 coups 

Director: François Truffaut

Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier

Genre: Drama

Country of origin: France

Storyline: The film tells the story of Antoine, a 14-year-old Parisian teenager, who comes out against the school’s authoritarianism, as well as the contempt and neglect of his mother and stepfather. Rejected, Antoine misses classes to go to the movies or play with friends. Over time, Antoine commits minor crimes, seeking attention, until he is sent by his parents to a reformatory, from which he will eventually flee.

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