It may be too late to partake in Enzian’s Young Filmmakers’ Camp this week, but you’re still in luck if you want to see some great and unusual family films in gorgeous 35mm–and admission is only $5! The KidFest Film Series opened this past weekend and continues daily (except Friday) through Sunday, and the three remaining titles should excite moviegoers of all ages.
Tuesday (tomorrow), July 21at 3:30 PM will be the second and final screening of one of the most under-appreciated children’s classics of the past two decades, the live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s creepy/funny dark fantasy, THE WITCHES. What else would you expect from the writer of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and many a short story that ended up on ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents?” Produced by Jim Henson, directed by Nicolas Roeg (DON’T LOOK NOW, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH), and featuring a wonderful cast including Anjelica Huston, Rowan Atkinson, Jane Horrocks, and Brenda Blethyn, the story revolves around a young boy and his grandmother who happen to be vacationing in the same hotel where a convention of witches are about to hatch a most-evil plan.
Wednesday, July 22 at 3:00 PM and Sunday, July 26 at 1:00 PM is AZUR AND ASMAR, the long-awaited new film from Michel Ocelot, director of one of the most beloved films in the history of KidFest, KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS. Critically acclaimed as an animated masterpiece and one of the most visually stunning films of the year, this magical medieval adventure follows two foster brothers of different color, separated as children but reunited years later as adversaries on a dangerous quest. Enzian is proud to present the first screening of the film in 35mm in the state of Florida!
And finally on Thursday, July 23 at 3:00 PM and Saturday, July 25 at 12:30 PM, just in time for its 25th anniversary, Enzian’s Spielberg Summer continues with the first RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK sequel, INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. Directed by Steven Spielberg from a story by George Lucas, the rollercoaster-ride plot and cliffhanger stunt pieces actually are a prequel to the RAIDERS storyline, and more than live up to the spirit of the Saturday morning serials that served as their inspiration. Harrison Ford reprises his (most famous?) role as the resourceful archaelogist/adventurer, and Kate Capshaw, Roshan Seth, Dan Aykroyd, Amrish Puri, and Ke Huy Quan as “Short Round” help fill out the cast. We don’t often say this about KidFest movies, but INDIANA JONES in 35mm Cinemascope on the big screen at Enzian? It might be a smart idea to go ahead and buy your tickets in advance, especially for the Saturday matinee. I know I’ll be there, popcorn in hand.