Young festival goers will get to enjoy a huge array of screenings and events as part of the LuxFilmFest 2019 (7th – 17th March) in the city of Luxembourg. Every year the festival further builds out its Young Audience programme with features and shorts (morning school screenings are open to the public as part of the new “All Day Long” policy) and hands-on workshops in which children can make household objects come alive or learn about the early days of moving image.
At the Filem’on International Exchange, LuxFilmFest’s Gloria Morano spoke about the specific language situation in Luxembourg, exposing the festival to some unique challenges: “In a country with three official languages and 77% of the capital’s population that are non-Luxembourgish European employees, language problems are always around the corner.” The adventurous INVISIBLE SUE (Markus Dietrich) and the animated tale FUNAN (Denis Do), about a family taken in the storm of the Khmer Rouge revolution, are both co-produced with Luxembourg, and are both screened at the festival in the original language version: one in German and one in French. Thus turning the festival’s biggest challenge into its most unique selling point.
The show that’s tickling the imagination more than all others is ‘Crazy Cinématographe’, a show that makes the audience discover the extravagant roots of science fiction films in a tented fairground cinema. The playful, educational media project pays tribute to the famous film magician Georges Méliès and takes viewers on an extraordinary journey back in time. A storyteller comments on the film and explains the development of early film screening, while a projectionist, a pianist and a foley artist together re-enact a film screening from bygone days.