ALLEZ, EDDY!
2012, 100 min, Belgium, Dir: Gert Embrechts

For his feature debut, writer-director Gert Embrechts turns the clock back to 1975 in this charming family comedy. When the first supermarket arrives in his rural village, 11-year-old cycling fan Freddy (Jelte Blommaert) is thrilled to learn that there will be a bicycle race to promote the grand opening. The boy’s father is a butcher, and vehemently opposed to the new store and its competition, but the winner gets to meet cycling star Eddy Merckx - and that may be enough to lure Freddy into the race. In Dutch and French with English subtitles.


UNCLE BUCK
1989, Universal, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

John Candy plays the irrepressible title character in this comedy from writer-director John Hughes. When Bob and Cindy Russell need to leave their new home in Chicago to deal with a family emergency, they reluctantly turn to Bob’s brother Buck to watch the children for a few days. While Uncle Buck is hardly a role model - he makes his living betting on rigged horse races - he proves remarkably adept with kids. Costarring Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffmann and Macaulay Culkin, whom Hughes would leave HOME ALONE a year later.


THE ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN
DIE ABENTEUER DES HUCK FINN
2012, Betacinema, 102 min, Germany, Dir: Hermine Huntgeburth

A lively German language adaptation of Mark Twain's classic satire. Huck Finn, having found treasure with his best friend Tom Sawyer, is now chafing in the shoes and starched shirts that come with his new wealthy lifestyle. He'd like nothing more than to kick off his shoes and run wild along the river. He gets his chance when his drunken father (August Diehl) arrives and demands a share of Huck's money. Huck decides to escape downriver and he brings along Jim, the house slave who has recently discovered that he will be handed over to a slave trader. The two travel the Mississippi River on a makeshift raft, hoping to outrun Huck's violent father and find a place where Jim can be accepted as a free man. Twain's timeless adventure is exuberantly brought to the screen in a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family. In German with English subtitles.


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