BAR HARBOR — Reel Pizza will screen a trio of acclaimed, family-friendly and accessible international films over school vacation and the weekends before and after.
Oscar nominee “The Red Turtle” (rated PG) will be shown from Friday, April 14, through Monday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This stunningly beautiful and magical animated fantasy, with no dialogue, can be understood by all who watch. A man washes ashore on a remote tropical island, but when he builds a raft and tries to leave, he finds an unknown force impelling him to stay, with unexpected results.
The film, the first collaboration between Japan’s animation house Studio Ghibli (“Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro”) and a filmmaker from outside of Japan, was created by short-film Oscar-winning Dutch director Michael Dudok DeWit from his own original story.
“Kedi” (not rated) will be shown from Tuesday, April 18, through Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This new documentary is about the cats of Istanbul, Turkey, who have co-existed with humans in this culturally rich but rapidly growing city for thousands of years.
“My Life as a Zucchini” (rated PG-13) will play over the weekend of Friday, April 21, through Monday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The debut feature of Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras, adopted from a French language young adult novel, this Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film has a unique look and a terrific story.
The film will be presented in two different formats. The early screening will be in English, dubbed by a voice cast that includes Will Forte, Amy Sedaris, Nick Offerman and Ellen Page. The later screening will be presented in the original French with English subtitles.