2019 Childish Films at the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival

I can’t believe another year has passed and this weekend is already the first weekend of 2019 Childish Films at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. This is my annual opportunity to binge-watch movies. While I always hope to see my favorites streaming at a later date, there is a good chance this will be the only opportunity I get to experience these films. 

While last year seemed to have a journey theme. This year’s films appear to focus on overcoming obstacles to reach a goal. Let’s take a quick peek at what is coming up this year:

Most of the following films have a minimum age recommendation of 9 to 12. The one I couldn’t find an age recommendation for — Looking For The Wild — is probably the best bet for younger kids. It is in English and follows a family of a nature photographer. This year, has more films in English than some past years. While I feel that foreign-language films are best enjoyed by strong readers, they can also help strengthen reading skills, so don’t shy away just because your kids are on the young side of the recommendations.

Unless otherwise indicated, all films are shown at St. Anthony Main Theater. Ticket prices for these films are $15 for the general public and $8 for youth (25 and under). The film society offers a family membership level, you can read my review of that deal here. Find more information and tickets here.


Fans of Stranger Things will recognize Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) in this movie about twelve-year-old Abraham Solomon-Odeh dealing with family strife in his mixed Israeli/Palestinian family. He decides to use his love of cooking to unite his family and finds work with a Brazlilian fusion chef to build his culinary skills in the process. 

  • Sun, Apr 7; 12:00 PM
  • Sun, Apr 14; 2:00 PM
  • Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Age Recommendation: 11+
  • Language: English with some Arabic & Portuguese
  • Release Year: 2019
  • Country: Brazil/USA


The story of a young girl who refuses to give up her dreams of an education after an accident causes a debilitating injry.
  • Sat, Apr 6; 12:10 PM
  • Sat, Apr 13; 10:00 AM
  • Director: Priya Ramasubban
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Age Recommendation: 9+
  • Language: Ladakhi
  • Release Year: 2018
  • Country: India

Fight Girl

Twelve-year-old Bo joins a neighborhood kickboxing club to help her cope with her disintegrating family. Finding she has a talent for fighting, she must learn to control her temper, accept the things she can’t change and find a balance that will take her to the kickboxing championship.

  • Sat, Apr 6 2:20 PM
  • Sun, Apr 14 12:00 PM
  • Director: Johan Timmers
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Age Recommendation: 11+
  • Language: Dutch
  • Release Year: 2018
  • Country: Netherlands/Belgium

Kayak to Klemtu

Kayak to Klemtu_Trailer from TriCoast Studios on Vimeo.

Fourteen-year-old Ella, takes on a kayaking adventure to protect her homeland waters from an oil pipeline’s oil tanker traffic. Taking her family with her on this journey, she has a chance to connect with her own identity. 

  • Sun, Apr 7; 2:05 PM
  • Sat, Apr 13 12:10 PM
  • Sat, Apr 20 2:00 PM (Parkway Theater)
  • Director: Zoe Leigh Hopkins
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Age Recommendation: 12+
  • Language: English
  • Release Year: 2017
  • Country: Canada

Looking For The Wild

Narrated by ten-year-old Unai, follow the family of nature photographer Andoni Canela as the travel they world documenting nature.

  • Sat, Apr 6 10:00 AM
  • Sun, Apr 14 10:00 AM
  • Director: Andoni Canela
  • Runtime: 70 min
  • Age Recommendation: NR
  • Language: English/Spanish
  • Release Year: 2016
  • Country: Spain

Tito and the Birds

The only animated film in this year’s series, Tito and the Birds uses oil paintings, digital and graphic animation. Ten-year-old, Tito, sets out to save the world from the epidemic of fear.

  • Sun, Apr 7 10:00 AM
  • Sat, Apr 20 12:10 AM
  • Director: Gabriel Bitar
  • Runtime: 73min
  • Age Recommendation: 
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Release Year: 2018
  • Country: Brazil

The Witch Hunters

Growing up in Serbia with cerebral palsy, Jovan befriends Milica and together they confront their fears.

  • Sat, Apr 13 2:20 PM
  • Sat, Apr 20 10:00 AM
  • Director: Rasko Miljkovic
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Age Recommendation: 10+
  • Language: Serbian
  • Release Year: 2018
  • Country: Macedonia/Servia


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