Sprockets kids fest sets public line up

16 countries, 11 languages repped at Canadian film show

TORONTO — The public portion of the Sprockets Toronto Intl. Film Festival for Children was announced Tuesday.

The lineup includes “Naran,” a Japanese film directed by Makoto Shiina about a seven-year old boy who, after the death of his older brother, enters Mongolia’s most famous horse race; Netherlands film “The Purse Snatcher,” directed by Maria Peters, in which a young boy and his grandmother successfully team up against a pair of young thugs; and “Kayla,” a Canadian film directed by Nicholas Kendall and starring Henry Czerny about a fatherless young boy in 1920s Quebec who befriends a wild dog and builds a dog sled to race.

Inspirational films

The Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group, which presents Sprockets, also announced “First Impressions,” a special series in which three renowned Canadian filmmakers show films from their childhood that inspired them.

Clement Virgo will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mina Shum will show “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” and Guy Maddin will present “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

The inaugural Sprockets fest will take place in Toronto from April 21-26. The festival’s two components are the previously announced school portion of the program aimed at students ages eight to 14 (April 21-24), and the public program, for families with children ages four to 12 (April 24-26).

16 countries repped

Sprockets will screen a total of 15 features and 34 short films from 16 countries in 11 languages.

“A lot of filmmakers around the world want their work to be seen in North America, and we want to give them that opportunity,” said Sprockets director Jane Schoettle. “We want to be the port of entry for these films.”

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