WAITING FOR AUGUST
2014, 88 min, Belgium/Romania, Dir: Teodora Ana Mihai

This fly-on-the-wall documentary profiles young Georgiana Halmac, who lives with her six siblings on the outskirts of Bacau, Romania. While her mother works in Italy during the summer, the 15-year-old must act as head of the household, sacrificing her adolescence to shoulder family responsibilities. This remarkable look at the daily challenges she faces and her often-ingenious survival strategies won the Best International Feature Award at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival. In Romanian with English subtitles.


THE LEGO MOVIE
2014, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Everything is awesome about the hit computer animated family adventure, which turns what could have been a feature-length toy commercial on its head to become a celebration of childhood creativity. An ordinary construction worker named Emmet (Chris Pratt) is mistaken for “the Special,” chosen to save the LEGO universe from the evil plans of Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The star-studded voice cast includes Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Elizabeth Banks. “Pop-culture jokes ricochet off the heads of younger viewers to tickle the world-weary adults in the audience, with just enough sentimental goo applied at the end to unite the generations.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.


WINDSTORM
OSTWIND
2013, 103 min, Dir: Katja von Garnier

14-year-old Mika (Hanna Binke) cannot seem to stay out of trouble, so her parents send her to spend the summer with her grandmother (Cornelia Froboess ), who runs a prestigious riding school and demands discipline from horses and students alike. Mika soon clashes with her grandmother until she discovers an untamed stallion, Windstorm, in the stables. The horse matches the girl in willfulness, and the two form a mystical bond that gives Mika confidence - and the chance to prove herself to her grandmother. Winner of the German Film Award for best Children’s film. In German with English subtitles.


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