Introducing the selected titles of 29th Tokyo International Film Festival – Youth Section – TIFF Children
Orphan girl Heidi happily lives with her grandfather in a remote cabin in the Swiss mountains. But one day, Heidi is taken to the city by her aunt… A heartwarming story set in beautiful Alps.
Director: Alain Gsponer
Cast: Anuk Steffen, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Ottmann
In the depths of grief following the death of his older brother, Adam meets an ancient monster called Abulele. They soon become friends but one day Special Forces comes to capture Abulele, and…
Director: Jonathan Geva
How to Steal a Dog
Ji-so lives with mom and a brother in a truck. So, she decides to buy a house by stealing a dog from a rich owner, and returning for a reward. Will she finally move into a house with this plan?
Director: Kim Sung-ho
Cast: KIM Hye-ja, KANG Hae-jung, LEE Re
The Pasta Detectives
While searching for the “lost and found macaroni”, the lowly gifted Rico meets the highly gifted Oskar, and they become friends for life. Across Berlin, they are after Mr. 2000, a notorious kidnapper.
Director: Neele Leana Vollmar
Cast: Anton Petzold, Juri Winkler, Karoline Herfurth
Zoli is a dog trainer. One day he finds an orphaned dog, Paw. Zoli and Paw become friends. There is no such thing as a hurdle when they are together, and they find purpose and meaning in their lives.
Director: Robert Pejo
Cast: Zsolt Trill, Tamás Keresztes, László Szacsvay
A small white goat and a big brown goat. Even though they have different talents, they learn something important by helping each other.
Director: Gottfried Mentor
A happy little tiger is imprinted on a food plate. But if you leave him alone and he can’t find anything to eat on his plate, he will leave it and explore the table to satisfy his appetite.
Director: Kariem Saleh
SPRING IN AUTUMN
In the dark cold autumn, little Janka is sick in his bed. He wishes that the sun would shine again. His big sister asks animals to wake the sun with her. Is it going to work?
Director: Tatiana Koublitskaja
The Things My Father Never Taught Me
Melvin, whose father never taught him how to talk to girls, starts giving his 3-year-old son dating tips. The technique Melvin teaches his son is…
Director: Burleigh Smith
Cast: Burleigh Smith, Aiden Papamihail, Bridie Carter
Adorable cocoa-drinking deer is eager to tidy up and shovel every day. However, one night an earthquake ruins the effort. Between two cups of cocoa the life-changing truth comes out…
Director: Örs Bárczy
Every forgotten object has a memory with its previous owner still attached. This is a story of Moom, one of those memories stuck in this world. One day, Moom meets another memory just like him.
Director: Robert Kondo, Daisuke ‘Dice’ Tsutsumi
In the scorched desert, three burnt plant creatures meet something green. As they chase the object, strange things occur…
Director: Devin Bell
Cast: Caitline Savage, Joshua Jones, Devin Bell
Kiwi & Strit, The Noisy Cow
Kiwi and Strit want to sleep, but when they are interrupted by a noisy forest cow, they are kept awake. Now Kiwi and Strit have to come up with a solution.
Director: Esben Toft Jacobsen
Love-struck 10-year-old Daithi falls for his beautiful classmate Jessica. He turns to his best friend Penny, a rough and tumble tomboy from a broken home, to help him win Jessica’s heart.
Director: Helen Flanagan
Cast: Lee O’Donoghue, Susie Power
Bernard, a veteran cryptozoologist, has a chance to hunt the Mosquifant. After travelling to a distant island, he is very close to capturing the strange creature. Is he going to make it?
Director: Vicente Mallols
Cast: Toby Harper, Joe Lewis
An Object at Rest
An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature’s greatest obstacle: human civilization. Is he ever able to find his own place and settle down?
Director: Seth Boyden
Cast (Voice): Filip Hofman, Sarah Parsons, Pola Pilnik
Maria’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon they become close friends. The film is full of nuances and it relates a tender story of a friendship between two very special children.
Director: Pedro Solís García
Cast: Belén Rueda, Miriam Martín
I’ve Just Had a Dream
8-year-old Irene dreamt of being someone different. The girl in her dream dreamt of being Irene. What should we make of these dreams?
Director: Javi Navarro
Cast: Andrea Mas, Estela del Carmen
The Wet Hair
Sophie wants to have curls like her friend Camille, so she steps out into the rain, even though her mother told her not to go outside.
Director: Rebecca Akoun
Cast: Eva Belcastro, Cécile Montillet, Cédric Allard
My Stuffed Granny
Sofía loves her grumpy Granny even though she eats most of the scarce food they can afford. Granny’s pension is what keeps Sofía and her father alive. What will happen to them once Granny is gone?
Director: Effie Pappa
Cast: Effie Pappa, Jo Ann Kaplan, Agis Pirlis
Two Left Feet
In the street of Rome, Mirko realizes there is a cute girl sitting nearby and watching him playing soccer with his friends. Her name is Luana. He eventually finds out her surprising truth but his honest remark makes her smile.
Director: Isabella Salvetti
Cast: Gabriele Sgrignuoli, Maria Elena Schiorlin
This is a story of a girl named Lila who likes drawing. When she takes pencils, every day can be a little bit more fun and miracles can happen in a café and at a park. But what is the miracle she really wants?
Director: Carlos Lascano
Cast: Alma García
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