THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
ANNOUNCES FAMILY FILMS TAPPED FOR MAY AND JUNE
AND THE RETURN OF MIDNIGHT MOVIES
NEW YORK, NY – (April 19, 2013) The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the May and June lineup for its ongoing Family Films series as well as the return of FSLC’s popular Midnight Movies series in June.
The Family Films series will celebrate artful animation and amazing animal adventures during the next two months led by Tomm Moore’s Academy Award-nominated animated film THE SECRET OF THE KELLS (2009), and 1940s animated classics MAKE MINE MUSIC (Dave Cormack’s follow-up to Disney’s FANTASIA) (1946) and Dave Fleischer’s HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN (1941). Additional highlights include family favorites out of France like Jean-Jacques Annaud THE BEAR (1988), Jacques Perrin WINGED MIGRATION (2001), and Claude Nuridsany’s MICROCOSMOS (1996), which feature bears, birds and bugs for the kids’ delight.
The return of the Midnight Movies series in June will be bookended by two John Carpenter/Kurt Russell crowd pleasers, with THE THING (1982), the edge-of-your-seat thriller of a body-duplicating alien versus a handful of men, re-opening the series on Friday, June 7, and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986), which both begs definition while it gleefully mixes genre, closing out the month on Friday, June 28. In between, Midnight Movies will screen Wes Craven’s DEADLY BLESSING (1981), a tale of horror in Amish country and Richard Donner’s anti-Christ horror staple, THE OMEN (1976).
Film, Description & Schedule
THE SECRET OF THE KELLS (2009) 75min
Director: Tomm Moore
Irish legends come to life as barbarians invade medieval villages and an old monk asks Brendan, a 12-year-old novice, to help him complete a magical book of knowledge before it’s too late. Facing his worst fears, Brendan travels into the forest… Ages 7+
Screens May 4 and 5 at 2:00PM
MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946) 75min
Director: Bob Cormack
Disney’s follow-up to Fantasia combines shorts set to the popular music of the time: Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore and Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf,” among others. From ballet to baseball, dancing hat racks to singing whales, there is something for everyone. Ages 6+
Screens May 11 and 12 at 2:00PM
THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A BEAR (2002) 75min
Director: Jannik Hastrup
A winner at children’s film festivals in Berlin and Chicago, this animated story tells of a mother polar bear that steals a human baby to raise as her own. When the human family fights to bring him back, he must decide whether to be a human or bear.
Screens May 18 and 19 at 2:00PM
MICROCOSMOS (1996) 80min
Director: Claude Nuridsany
It’s a bug’s life, in close-up, slow motion, and brilliant time-lapse photography. This fascinating documentary takes you into the daily life of a variety of insects, a world more complicated and beautiful than imagined. Rated G
Screens May 25 and 26 at 2:00PM
ARCTIC TALE (2007) 96min
Director: Sarah Robertson
Real-life Seela, a newborn walrus, and Nanu, a newborn polar bear are guided through their early years by their mothers, learning how to hunt and survive in the arctic while climate change threatens to melt the ice they live on. Rated G
Screens June 1 and 2 at 2:00PM
MIA AND THE MIGOO (2008) 92min
DIRECTOR: Jacques-Remy Girerd
In the beautifully drawn animation film, Mia sets off to save her dad, who is trapped in a collapsed construction in a magical forest. Migoo is the spirit guardian of the Tree of Life and together they thwart the destruction of the forest. Rated PG
Screens June 8 and 9 at 2:00PM
THE BEAR (1988) 96min
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Although filmed with trained bears, The Bear realistically depicts a bear cub’s
first year of life. When his mother is killed, the cub is adopted by a male grizzly. A beautiful, engrossing film. Rated PG
Screens June 15 and 16 at 2:00PM
HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN (MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN) (1941) 78min
Director: Dave Fleischer
The Fleischer brothers created a swinging bug town in the middle of NYC! Our hero Hoppity has to fend off C. Bagley Beetle from his girl Honey, but those trampling, littering Humans are threatening the neighborhood! Rated G
Screens June 22 and 23 at 2:00PM
WINGED MIGRATION (2001) 89min
Director: Jacques Perrin
Follow a panoply of species of birds—ducks, arctic terns, penguins, pelicans and more—on their annual migration of thousands of miles. The stunning, close-up photography captures their perilous yet amazing journey. Rated G
Screens June 29 and 30 at 2:00PM
Film, Description & Schedule
THE THING (1982) 109min
Director: John Carpenter
This chilling (and hilarious) remake of the 1951 classic showcases some of the greatest analogue monster SPX ever. Led by Kurt Russell in top form, the staff of an Antarctic research outpost battle a shape-shifting alien lifeform in an atmosphere of escalating paranoia.
Screens June 7
DEADLY BLESSING (1981) 102min
Director: Wes Craven
Craven’s underrated third feature follows a psycho on the loose in Amish-like country, with Ernest Borgnine as a loopy religious leader and an early appearance by Sharon Stone.
Screens June 14
THE OMEN (1976) 111min
Director: Richard Donner
The antichrist arrives in London in the form of the spookily silent child of U.S. ambassador Gregory Peck, who begins to realize his son is not what he seems as the “accidental” body count rises. Tightly plotted, and with a classic score by Jerry Goldsmith, this ultimate satanic conspiracy thriller features a classic cast, including Lee Remick, David Warner, and Billie Whitelaw.
Screens June 21
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) 100min
Director: John Carpenter
Meathead trucker Kurt Russell descends into the underground catacombs of San Francisco’s Chinatown to battle an assortment of tong gangs, ape men, demons, and three “human storms” in an effort to rescue two kidnapped women and thwart the evil plot of an age-old mythical magician. A special New York Asian Film Festival tie-in!
Screens June 28
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