Heidi

Times:

  • 11:00 am
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Johanna Spyri’s 1881 classic comes to life in this charming adaptation. Orphaned at a young age, Heidi has been living with her aunt Detie in a town in Switzerland.  Having accepted a position in Frankfurt, Germany Aunt Detie drops off five-year-old Heidi with her paternal grandfather who lives in the Alps above the village of Dörfli.  Grandfather likes his life of seclusion and resents Heidi’s arrival.  Heidi’s intelligence and her cheerful and loving nature, however, win her grandfather’s heart.  Heidi quickly grows to love her life in the Swiss Alps, tending the goats with Peter the young goatherd and running free through mountain meadows.  When Heidi is 8, Aunt Detie takes her to live in a wealthy household in Frankfurt, Germany to serve as companion to Klara, a sheltered and wheelchair-bound girl.  Heidi makes the best of the situation but longs for her grandfather and is homesick for the life she came to love.  In German and Swiss-German, with English subtitles.

Director: Alain Gsponer
Germany & Switzerland (2015) • 111 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Film Movement
Screening Sponsor: Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature

Reviews

"The story alone keeps our undivided attention, but it is magnificently supported by gorgeous photography of the Swiss Alps and 19th century towns and villages. . . . What luck to have been able to cast nine-year-old Anuk Steffen as Heidi in her first film. Naturally, she is in almost every shot: wild and sassy, but still sensitive to others." — Becky Tan, KinoCritics.com
"The story alone keeps our undivided attention, but it is magnificently supported by gorgeous photography of the Swiss Alps and 19th century towns and villages. . . . What luck to have been able to cast nine-year-old Anuk Steffen as Heidi in her first film. Naturally, she is in almost every shot: wild and sassy, but still sensitive to others." — Becky Tan, KinoCritics.com

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.