KIDS FIRST! Film Festival/Hawaiʻi

ALL KINE KIDS (9 films•Varied Age Groups)

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9 films in package
(Ages 5-12) An urban fairy tale about Ashton, a lonely boy with neglectful parents, who embarks on a global adventure when he enters a contest to become the new butler of Bob Chan, a grieving, reclusive singer. The first film by nine-year-old writer/director Andrew Chan-Possemato.
(Ages 8-18) Smothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It’s time to ripen. Bloom. Break the shackles of parental paranoia. It’s the Age of Bryce. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
(Ages 10-18) This short film is about one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world - the Mongolian Dukha tribe. The film focuses on their way of life, how reindeers came to live with humans, and discusses the life of five-year old Tuvshuu, who may be destined to be one of the last reindeer herders.
(Ages 8-14) Hassan has just moved to the US from Egypt and to make things harder, this 2nd grader is a shy little guy.
(Ages 6-18) Six teenage boys in a remote village decide to work in the village cages to rent an 8 mm projector from a tour guide..
(Ages 10-18) It was a blistering hot day, and, as a chubby kid on summer break, Bruno's only goals were to avoid his chores and stay cool while awaiting the sweet jingle of the ice cream truck.
(Ages 10-18) Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal.
(Ages 12-14) Close friends Alex and Yan Bo, eighth-graders, cram for a test in a prestigious prep school. Once they're accused of cheating off of one another, their friendship is threatened.
(Ages 12-18) Yana, a heroic 10-year-old girl, is given the task of cleaning up the shards of her parents' broken marriage in the attic of her former home.
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9 films • 1h49m • Varied Age Groups

Delightful tales of kids being kids, everywhere -- from the US, Canada, Belgium, Iran, and Mongolia.

Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight-year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal. From Canada.

Juror comments: Wednesday is a cute story about the adventures of friendship at a young age, the excitement to do something out of the ordinary, the challenges, and the risks that come with it. We get an inside look at the adventures of an eight-year-old boy and girl. I should point out that there is the issue of two young children wandering off on their own, which generally would be considered a dangerous thing. But, I’m going to forgo that for now and just look at the magic of this, as if it existed in someone’s imagination. Think of it is sort of a return to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – but for 8-year-olds.

Wednesday is engaging from the beginning. The story is intriguing because you don't know where they are going to end up. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t more resolution to the mystery of the key. The colors and light are very subdued and appropriate for the story. I like the locations the kids visit in their adventures. I love the song they use, which adds great atmosphere to the story. Both Leo and Iris are very relatable and they perfectly carry the whole story. The actors that play them are absolutely adorable.

The message of this film is - don't go far from home or school. You may get lost and regret it.

An issue that some festival may have is that it shows kids doing risky things that kids might imitate. When the two kids decide to take off on an adventure when their school bus is late, they do simple things that kids love to do - go to a park, play on the soccer field and go to the movies. I love the scene with Leo and Iris in the movie theater. It made me remember the film La La Land. However, at a young age going without an adult could be very risky. Also, the kids steal a Piñata. It may seem like a simple childish prank, but it is still stealing and can have bad consequences. In the end, there's no place like home.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 10 to 18, plus adults. I would highly recommend a discussion afterward about the risks of taking off on your own adventure. The dialogue is in French with English subtitles.

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  • Director
    Lisa Delhomm, Jérémy Paquet
  • Screenwriter
    Lisa Delhomm, Jérémy Paquet
  • Producer
    Lisa Delhom, Jérémy Paquet, Maybe February Films
  • Cast
    Alex Dupras, Alessia Leblanc
  • Cinematographer
    Chris Rob, Ludovic Pronko
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