2013 Family Films at the MSP International Film Festival

This is the last in my series on past Film Festivals. These are some of the 2013 Family Films shown at the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival. You can often find past year’s films streaming, at the library or to purchase online. This is a fun way to get excited for the coming year’s festival or to re-connect with your favorites. You can view films from 2015 and 2014 in these articles. I have also gathered the trailers for the 2016 Family Films here.

Full Length 2013 Family Films:

2013 Family Films at the MSP International Film Festival
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The Zigzag Kid – Dutch with English Subtitles

Although its fun to see the films as they were meant to be, it is nice to have the option of English dialogue. In this case, the copy at Hennepin County Library offers a choice of English, as well as French or Dutch dialogue with subtitles. This title is also available to stream on Netflix currently.

The Zigzag Kid is based on the book of the same title by David Grossman. The book has been translated into English as well. Although it is a coming of age story involving a 12-year-old boy, the book is considered an adult novel. The film has recommendations of 8+, although it has not been rated.


2013 Family Films at the MSP International Film Festival
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Zarafa – French Animation (Now in English)

This beautifully animated film has been recently released in English. The reviews of the English version are not awesome, but it would be worth a look. It is available at Hennepin County Library. The story is about the adventures of a 10-year-old escaped lave boy, Maki, and his baby giraffe, Zarafa, who he is determined to keep free despite the plots and plans of the adults around him.


2013 Family Films at the MSP International Film Festival
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The Fabulous Ice Age – US Documentary

This documentary is available at Hennepin County Library. While it was not part of the Childish Films series, it would make a nice family night for anyone interested in figure skating. The history and politics will be more interesting to adults, but the videos of the ice shows would be appealing to any child who loves to skate.


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The New Public – US Documentary

This was a really good documentary and I DID watch it with my kids. However, the little ones all fell asleep immediately (as planned), so I really only watched it with the 10-year-old. My daughter and I are fans of social documentaries. This film may not be for every family.

Considerations: There was a LOT of swearing. At one point, my daughter asked me why the teachers used the f-word so much. And honestly, I think the lax attitude toward language contributed to the early problems the school had with discipline. Later, as discipline problems were addressed, the swearing from the teachers seemed to diminish. That could be a talking point. There are other big issues dealt with in this film — the inequalities of our society; gender and sexual orientation issues; and drugs are all dealt with in the course of this inner city high school’s first four years. I was relieved to NOT see much violence. It was sometimes talked about, but it wasn’t shown. My daughter already has some unrealistic fears about high school. I didn’t want to add to them. Overall we both really enjoyed this documentary.


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