Feature at London Children's Film Festival

 Date:09/11/2005 - 20/11/2005
 Type:Culture, Film
 Location:England, London

Norwegian director Torun Lian's latest feature, 'The Colour of Milk', is part of the official selection at the London Children’s Film Festival.

'The Colour of Milk' tells the story of Selma pledges to never fall in love. She determinedly transfers her passions away from boys and towards science – until Andy arrives on the scene and shakes Selma’s studies and resolve. This romantic comedy takes the audience through Selma’s experiments with the physics and biology of first love.

The London Children’s Film Festival celebrates the diversity of films and filmmakers with a programme that breaks away from story-telling norms in mainstream children’s cinema.  Throughout the twelve-day festival, from 9-20 November, young Londoners, from 5 to 15 plus, can immerse themselves in a film experience to match no other – made for children, some by children, always with children.

From the diverse and rich programme of new works, the LCFF has made an Official Selection which will be considered by two First Light Juries consisting of 7-11 year olds and 12-15 year olds, with the winners of the First Light Young Jury Film Prize 2005 announced on the Closing Night. 

'The Colour of Milk' is chosen for the Official Selection for 12-15 year olds - other films in this category include: 'The Cave of the Yellow Dog' (Mongolia/Germany 2004, dir. Byambasuren Davaa), 'Hating Alison Ashley' (Australia 2004, dir. Geoff Bennett,; 'Innocent Voices' (Mexico 2004, dir. Luis Mandoki), 'McLibel: The Postman and the Gardener Who Took on McDonald’s' (UK/US 2005, dirs. Franny Armstrong, Ken Loach), 'Rhythm Is It!' (Germany 2004, dirs. Thomas Grube, Enrique Sanchez Lansch), 'Shining Boy & Little Randy' (Japan 2005, dir. Shunsaku Kawage), and 'The Story of Xiao Yian' (China 2004, dir. Fang Gangliang).

Each First Light Jury consists of eight children and young people who have been selected from participatory video organisations across London.  Prior to the festival, the jurors are mentored by festival staff and guest speakers, including festival patrons, to gradually build their skills of critical understanding and powers of analysis, and to offer them the opportunity to learn with each other in their own space.

Torun Lian made her directorial feature film debut with 'Only Clouds Move the Stars' in 1999. Prior to that, she had written for theatre, film and TV. In 1991, she directed the short, 'There Is Someone Even Smaller Than Anna', which she also wrote. She is best known for her script, 'Frida - Straight from the Heart', an NRK children series, which later also became Berit Nesheim's first feature film. It was a big commercial success and was sold to several countries.

A second Norwegian film, 'Finding Friends' will be screened on Saturday 12 November at 11am:

12-year-old city kid Peter is gutted when his family moves to a small farm in the middle of nowhere. He can’t get a signal on his mobile phone, and he hates rural life. However, the discovery of an abandoned dog in the forest leads him into adventure, as he and his new friends become the targets of a criminal gang. One of this year’s biggest cinema hits in Norway.
Suitable for ages 5 upwards.
Directed by Arne Lindtner-Naess.

Tickets for the festival are availbale online and on 0845 120 7531.

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Selma and Andy (Julia Krohn and Bernhard Naglestad), the main characters in 'The Colour of Milk'Photo: Eline Mugaas