The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus) [In-Person Only]

This event took place May 17 - May 21, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF/AF Members

Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro
1h 52m


(Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France, 1995, 112 min, in French with English subtitles)

Before changing film style and hairstyles forever with the release of Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed a suite of stunningly inventive surrealist films with his collaborator Marc Caro. Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children and Alien: Resurrection (yes, we stand by this) are all positively overflowing with a perversely weird creative energy and visual imagination that make for very rewarding rewatches. The three films share a willingness to find tender glimpses of compassion, curiosity, and sincerity amid the grotesque onslaught of petty opportunism and casual cruelty that defines the character of our species – not to mention the environments that we create.

With a complete toolkit of trick photography, physical effects, unforgettable production design, and CGI, The City of Lost Children weaves a spellbinding, dark fairy tale about a surreal city where innocent children are routinely abducted for nefarious purposes. A mad scientist-esque character named Krank (himself created by a mad scientist), chafing under the bitter knowledge that his body and mind are aging abnormally rapidly, is determined to extract the essence of youth from the dreams of dozens of confused, pajama-clad kids who are imprisoned in his floating laboratory.

When Krank steals the little brother of a circus strongman named One (Ron Perlman), however, he bites off more than he can chew. With the help of a young thief named Miette, dubious help from an organ grinder with improbably trained fleas, and even more dubious help from other creations of Krank’s creator (a talking brain in a fish tank, bungling comic-relief hench-clones), One sets out to steal his brother back. Nearly every character is cartoonishly suggestible, which riddles the entire narrative with baffling monologues, plot twists, and a magnificent pedigree of nonsense that keeps you enthralled like the best improvised bedtime story you’ve ever been told.

Description courtesy of Paul Siple. Images on this page © 1995 Sony Pictures Classics.

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** Co-presented with Alliance Française Seattle **

** Co-presented with Alliance Française Seattle **
AF Seattle members receive the NWFF member discount on tickets for this series: $7 each!


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