Opening night at Belmont World Film's Family Festival is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Filmmaker George Méliès, famously depicted in Martin Scorcese’s Hugo, is considered the inventor of cinema by France’s Lumiere brothers, and the undisputed father of special effects. The members of Alcolea & Company will perform an original musical score to accompany a collage of his most famous silent films. Right in the Eye (“En Plein Dans L’Oeil” in French) is a reference to one of Méliès’s most famous images in which a spacecraft crashes into the eye of the moon. (Age 5-Adult). 75 min.
Belmont World Film‘s 16th Annual Family Festival, “Where Stories Come Alive,” offers nearly four full days of some of the world’s best films for children and adults, as well as a live concert on opening night accompanying the silent films of George Méliès (the subject of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo) and a live version of WBUR’s “Circle Round,” which sold out last year at the Regent. Films are screened in English or their native language with subtitles, most of which will be read aloud via headphones for young readers, and many are being screened in the US for the first time. It might even be your only time to see them in New England.
Each day revolves around a different theme: Saturday’s Day 2 (STUDIO CINEMA, Belmont) is devoted to nature; Sunday (REGENT THEATRE, Arlington) to kids not limited by their disabilities; and Monday (BRATTLE THEATRE, Cambridge) to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many films are based on international children’s literature and include stories about birds, nature, a swashbuckling rat, a magical train, a winning lacrosse team, and more.
For a complete schedule and more information visit www.belmontworldfilm.org