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A scene from the Oscar-nominated film "A Cat in Paris," to be screened at the Tumbleweeds Film Festival, March 23-25 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City.
Tumbleweeds festival's slate for kids includes an Oscar nominee

Ten feature films -- including a recent Oscar nominee -- will delight audiences from 4 to 14, and their parents, at the upcoming Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

The Utah Film Center today announced the slate of the second annual festival, which runs March 23-25 at the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City.

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The films will be in five languages, from seven countries. Subtitled films will be shown with an in-theater reader to narrate them for younger audiences.

Here's the slate:

  • "Amazing Animations!" • (for 6 and up) A collection of colorful animated short films, which range "from four sisters trying to pass the time on a long trip, to a pigeon that sabotages a secret mission, to a dog that finds a new best friend – its own tail!" (Disclosure: Mrs. Cricket, Leslie Sorensen-Means, programmed the shorts selection.)
  • "Aurélie LaFlamme's Diary (Le Journal D'Aurélie LaFlamme)" • (Canada, in French with English subtitles; for 12 and up) A girl wonders if she might be an alien, as she begins her journey through adolescence.
  • "Bacalar" • (Mexico, in Spanish with English subtitles; for 9 and up) Best friends Santiago and Mariana try to rescue endangered wolf cubs from smugglers, with help from mystical animal spirits.
  • "A Cat in Paris (Un Vie de Chat)" • (France, in French with subtitles; for 8 and up) One of this year's nominees for best animated feature, this action-packed adventure about a cat leading a double life -- as companion to a cop's daughter, and accomplice to a thief -- features rich hand-drawn animation and a jazzy soundtrack.
  • "Circus Dreams" • (USA; for 8 and up) A documentary that chronicles a summer with Circus Smirkus, the nation's only traveling youth circus.
  • "Friends Forever (Mullewapp)" • (Germany; for 4 and up) A mouse, pig and rooster must ride to the rescue when their lamb friend is kidnapped in this animated adventure.
  • "The Letter for the King (De Brief Voor de Koning)" • (The Netherlands, in Dutch with English subtitles; for 8 and up) A teen-age squire must deliver a fateful letter in this medieval adventure.
  • "Louder Than a Bomb" • (USA; for 13 and up) An inspiring documentary set in the nation's biggest youth poetry slam, through the success and failure of four diverse high-school teams.
  • "The Magicians (Het Gheim)" • (The Netherlands, in Dutch with English subtitles; for 7 and up) An aspiring magician must solve his best friend's disappearance, and discovers all is not what it seems, in this family film.
  • "Moonbeam Bear and His Friends (Der Mondbaer)" • (Germany; for 4 and up) In this animated tale, Moonbeam Bear and his friends must help get Mr. Moon back into the night sky.
  • "Tiger Team" • (Germany, in German with English subtitles; for 8 and up) Luk and Patrick race to be the first to unlock an ancient palace of riches hidden in a mountain in China.

Tickets are $6 per screening, available at ArtTix. The festival also features workshops presented with Spy Hop Productions, for $30 each.

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