"Christmas Family Screen 2017" to offer heart-warming viewing this festive season (with photos)

     The Film Programmes Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will screen four joyful movies from December 23 to 31 in its series "Christmas Family Screen". The inaugural Christmas Family Screen programme will feature screenings at the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive, the STAR Cinema and the Grand Kornhill Cinema to offer heart-warming Christmas viewing for families.
     In "Jill and Joy's Winter" (2015), Jill and Joy meet the homeless teensy-weensy McTinies family and invite them to stay at their place temporarily. But not all big people have good intentions towards the tiny. The two girls turn to seek help from their neighbours, who are capable of all kinds of magical things, plus the Police Chief and his wife, setting off an unforgettable adventure in Christmas. The film won Best Feature Film for Ages 5+ (Jury Prize) at the Children's Film Festival Seattle 2017, the Audience Award at the Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience 2016 and the Audience Award for Best Film for Children at the KINOdiseea International Children's Film Festival 2016.
     "Little Mountain Boy" (2015) features Ursli, who lives up in the Swiss Alps and is preparing for the celebration of Chalandamarz, a mountain ritual in which kids chime the bells to mark the end of winter and to welcome spring. Faced with various challenges, Ursli decides to take matters into his own hands in tackling all the difficulties so as to find the biggest bell hidden in a cabin on top of a mountain. In 2016, the film won the Swiss Film Award for Best Cinematography, the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Children's Film Festival Seattle and the Live-action Feature Film 2nd Prize (Adult & Children's Jury) at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival.
     Also not to be missed are two adorable animations. Marie and Fritz in "The Nutcracker Sweet" (2015) receive a nutcracker as a Christmas gift. The nutcracker turns out to be alive and is ready to lead a vast army of toy soldiers fighting against the Mouse King and his platoon. The two kids decide to join the nutcracker and embark on a wonderful journey in the Kingdom of Dolls. "Oddsockeaters" (2016) tells the story of Hugo, who is a small and invisible oddsockeater living alongside humans and eating socks - only one from each pair. Hugo tries his best to face every challenge with courage, love towards family and good manners. The film won the Animated Feature Film 1st Prize (Children's Jury) at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2017.
     Experienced dubbing artists Pat Kwok and Kinson Lai will perform live Cantonese dubbing for "Jill and Joy's Winter" and "The Nutcracker Sweet", which will also have English subtitles. "Little Mountain Boy" is in Swiss German with Chinese and English subtitles, and "Oddsockeaters" is in Czech with Chinese and English subtitles.
     Tickets priced at $60 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries, please call 2734 2900 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp/en_US/web/fpo/programmes/cfs2017/index.html.

Ends/Friday, November 17, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:06