On Sunday 12 April, Sydney Film Festival returns to Casula Powerhouse with Moomins on the Riviera, a rather eccentric and charmingly funny family of hippopotamuses, who have been a Finnish national treasure since they were first sketched in Tove Jansson’s comic strips in 1954.
Moomins on the Riviera is a Finnish-French co-production with French director Xavier Picard and Finnish co-director and producer Finn Hanna Hemilä. The production uses traditional hand-drawn animation, giving a clean but intentionally retro look to the movie.
“This is a really enchanting film for all ages,” said Director of Casula Powerhouse Kiersten Fishburn. “We’ve scheduled the screening at 2pm so kids and their parents can all come down and enjoy.”
Recently premiering at the BFI London Film Festival, the film has been delighting both kids and adults around the world. Moominmamma and Moominpappa, Snorkmaiden, Snufkin, and Little My are much more than caricatures. The Moomins embrace cross-cultural understanding and tolerance, addressing universal themes such as family, optimism and finding joy in the small things in life—in colour and beautiful imagery true to the original drawings.
“This delightful film echoes the values of our community: to be neighbourly to one another,” said Liverpool’s Mayor Ned Mannoun. “Families and people of all ages will get something special from this lovely movie.”
Moomins on the Riviera is the third film to be screened at Casula under a new partnership between Sydney Film Festival, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Council. The Festival is undertaking monthly screenings throughout 2015, delivering an incredible film experience in the uniquely re-purposed power station.
What: Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse
Where: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170
When: Sunday 12 April, 2pm
Prices: Adult $15, Concession $13, Child (under 16 years) $10
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