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.


THE ELEPHANT GOD
JOI BABA FELUNATH
1979, Janus Films, 112 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

“The Bengali Sherlock Holmes” returns to the screen in director Satyajit Ray’s adaptation of his popular children’s novel. With cousin Topshe (Siddhartha Chatterjee) and mystery writer Jatayu (Santosh Dutta) in tow, private investigator Feluda (Soumitra Chatterjee) travels to the sacred city of Varanasi, where a priceless statue of Ganesh, the elephant god, has been stolen from the Ghosal household. As the storied sleuth zeroes in on the culprit, thrills and laughs pour forth - along with an ending sure to surprise. In Bengali with English subtitles.


THE ADVENTURES OF GOOPY AND BAGHA
GOOPY GYNE BAGHA BYNE
1969, 132 min, India, Dir: Satyajit Ray

Adapted by Satyajit Ray from a story by his grandfather, this enchanting children’s fantasy was one of the director’s most successful films in India, spawning two more installments in the series. An aspiring singer and drummer team up and are granted three magical powers, which they use to bring harmony to two kingdoms on the brink of war. A light-hearted romp with some impressive, if simple, special effects and plenty of joyful music (all of it written by Ray). In Bengali with English subtitles.


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