A week in and we are still going strong.
I never decided quite how long this Canned In Festival would be or should last, but I feel it should come to some sort of close this weekend, with a Sunday night awards ceremony and Closing Night film, that sort of thing, like the real Cannes.
(We can always pick it up again if we’re still canned in weeks from now.)
But the programme doesn’t dip in quality or discovery.
Today’s Official Selection is:
Daddy Day Care (2003) PG – It’s on Netflix, so you may have seen it, but it feels more apt than ever at the moment with so many Dads homeschooling, or at least trying to. Steve Zahn is good in this, too.
The Biggest Little Farm (2019) PG – This has just been made available on many platforms, and it’s my family choice today, the first doc I’ve programmed, so it’ll be interesting to see how the kids react to it. My youngest loved it, enchanted by all the animals and the homespun story-telling of the farmer John Chester, who tells his story of how he and his wife left the big city to set up a fairy tale farm. I admit my older son thought it might be a bit “unexciting” for his mates, but he doesn’t love animals. I think everyone will be charmed by it, and fascinated. It’s a very pacy doc about how all things are connected and entwined and can live in harmony and it seemed very apt to be watching it right now as we face a new challenge.
We Are The Best! (2013) 15 – This one is by Lukas Moodysson, the Swedish film maker who did the brilliant Together (Tilsamens). If you haven’t seen that one, it’s just brilliant, one of the best European films of the last 20 years but this is his most accessible film since, and it’s the most perfect for this festival, appealing to “the teenager in all of us”. It’s set in Stockholm in 1982 and it about three schoolgirls forming a punk band and getting ready for their first gig. It’s very funny and full of life and should really unite watching adults and older kids, particularly girls, I’m hoping. I was thrilled to find this on BFI Player and would love to know what you think of it.