If you love cinematic offerings from around the world, and you're a parent, we'll assume (and perhaps outrightly hope) that your kids have been introduced to films like Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro" as well as John Sayles' "The Secret of Roan Inish."
(Just typing the words "The Secret of Roan Inish" tugged our heartstrings. Fact.)
But finding a wide array of foreign films for kids on the big screen is always a challenge, even here in Movie Central. American Cinematheque, in partnership with the New York International Children's Film Festival, will change that, at least for a good long run at the end of April and beginning of May.
The Los Angeles Children's Film Festival, which opens on Friday, April 26, will put the emphasis on beautifully told and beautifully made films for and starring young people from around the globe. Some are live action, many are animated, and they hail from Japan, France, and, yep, the United States, too, as well as other places.
"The Painting" from France, in which paintings come to life, and "Cinderella Moon," a whimsical live-action film set to get its LA premiere, are two gems waiting to be enjoyed. But, really, they all are.
And this is nice: American Cinematheque includes age suggestions, the film's language, and more important details. Start here.
Oh, and there are kid critic reviews, too, of the festival. Helpful.
We're certainly not saying that there's a dearth of fine foreign family cinema, and American cinema, here in Southern California. On the contrary, we're one of the capitals for it, and thank goodness.
Seeing so many great works over several days, though, is a rare gift. And if you want your tot to love global cinema like you do, this couldn't be a better square one.
The Los Angeles Children's Film Festival rolls at the Aero in Santa Monica from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, May 5.