Gosh, it’s just blummin’ all change at the festival this year, with not only new programme Vanguard for you hip young things, but the new Sprockets Family Zone for even younger things (some people call these things “children.”) It makes sense! The kids might get their own festival (Sprockets) but they ran a matinee gala last year (the horsey Dreamer) and we believe they have done for a while, so expanding the festival to feature more kids stuff, and remind people about Sprockets, is probably a good idea.
This year’s matinee gala is The White Planet, a documentary from Thierry Piantanida and Thierry Ragobert in collaboration with Jean Lemire. An exploration of the change from winter to spring at the North Pole, apparently. Because, you know, kids were mad for that March of the Penguins, right?
(“Penguins live at the SOUTH pole” – Everyone)
Ah. Well, this has, like, baby polar bears and stuff, anyway.
Other films in the Sprockets Family Zone programme include U, an animated story about a little princess and a unicorn from France’s Serge Elissalde and Grégoire Solotareff, and the North American premiere of Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, some kind of spy nonsense that was making big waves in the kiddie pool when we were in the UK recently. Ewan McGregor’s in it???
There are a couple of other releases, too. One revealing the festival will be showing seven films commissioned for Mozart’s 250th birthday (why? He won’t get to see them, he’s dead! ba-boom-tish), and that they’re showing Jesper Just’s black box installation It Will All End In Tears, at N()ir, 151 Bloor Street West from September 10th.