x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

The magic of movies for little eyes in Dubai

The children's segment of the Dubai International Film Festival will feature six films from around the world.

A still from the movie Magic Silver.
A still from the movie Magic Silver.

DUBAI // The children's segment of the Dubai International Film Festival will feature six films from around the world.

The family-friendly selections in the Cinema for Children programme include Japanese anime and fairy tales from France, Poland, Norway, Japan, Russia and the United States.

The Magic Tree from Poland, based on a popular children's television show, was a winner at the Chicago International Film Festival and the BAMkids Film Festival in Brooklyn. The film tells the story of a magic oak tree with mysterious powers.

Another festival selection, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, from Japan, combines traditional anime with CGI animation. The film focuses on 16-year-old Haruka as she travels through dimensions.

The film festival will also serve as the backdrop for the international premiere of The Nutcracker in 3D, a reworked version of the Tchaikovsky classic featuring eight new songs from the award-winning lyricist Tim Rice. The Nutcracker in 3D will be shown at the Cinema for Children red carpet gala.

"This year the segment presents an electric mix of whimsical, entertaining and imaginative films that will appeal to kids and adults alike," Myrna Maakaron, the programmer for Cinema for Children, said. "We've got stories of adventure, fantasy, childhood heroes and festive cheer, slices of different cultural backgrounds."

The seventh annual Dubai International Film Festival will be held from December 12 to December 19, and the box office will open this month.

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