5 films to watch with your kids this March break
The International Children's Film Festival hits Montreal just in time for March break
If you're a parent and March break is shaping up to be days on end of watching yet another Disney or Pixar film, try heading to the Montreal International Children's Film Festival (FIFEM) instead.
It's a chance to catch movies and animated features from around the world.
Jo-Anne Blouin, FIFEM's president and CEO, said the 21st edition of the festival features films from 30 countries around the world, from Canada to as far away as India, Burkina Faso and China.
For the third year in a row, the festival has an English section.
When Blouin selects the festival's lineup, she does it knowing the festival coincides with March break.
Here are some of her recommendations.
The Sun at Midnight
Lia eventually decides to return to Dawson City. On her journey she meets an Indigenous huntsman who helps guide her discovery of the territory she is crossing.
"The script was really intelligent in that it really tackles some challenging topics and it was credible," said Blouin.
Kiss and Cry
"The fact that's it's a true story, it's very touching. It's very emotional and for me it's a film that has to be seen with your parents or with your whole family," Blouin said.
It's appropriate for all ages.
Le Rêve de Pichku
A couple of films are making their world debut at the festival this week, and they're in the competition category.
"It's a comedy but a very sad comedy because [director] Nila Madhab Panda, his goal is to make films that make people understand the challenge of the Indian society, where the rich are very rich and the poor are very poor and millions of people live in these terrible conditions," said Blouin.
The movie is dubbed in French.
Rosie and Moussa
The Belgian film tells the story of a mother and daughter who move into a new apartment building. That's where Rosie meets a boy in her new neighbourhood, Moussa, who promises to accompany Rosie when she goes to visit her dad in prison.
"It's the age where you go from childhood to youth and it's a very delicate and emotional film — very slow and very touching," said Blouin.
Montreal's International Children's Film Festival runs until Sunday, March 11. The English movies play at Cinéma Beaubien and Cinéma du Parc.
In Quebec City, a similar family film festival is also underway until March 11 at at the Cinéma Le Clap.
With files from CBC's All In a Weekend