Belmont World Film’s Family Film Festival will hold a “Full Moon Festival” for families on the day of the full moon featuring two films about the moon: Lotte and the Moonstone Secret at 10:30 AM and Moon Man at 1:00 PM, which will be followed by a discussion of the phases of the moon led by Amanda Thompson, school and education coordinator for the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. Half-moon cookies, courtesy of Whole Foods Market Fresh Pond, will be given out at each screening.
Lotte and the Moonstone Secret is a beautifully drawn animated film that is part of a series created by animators in Estonia and Latvia. The film features a very inventive cartoon dog named Lotte, the Mickey Mouse of Estonia, who experiences a wide variety of fascinating and highly imaginative encounters, that encourage flexibility, exploration, and adventure, as well as wonder, curiosity, and eagerness to learn about other kinds of people and places. The film takes place in a friendly world that is free of violence and is suitable for children 3-8.
Adapted from the worldwide best-selling children’s book written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer, Moon Man examines themes of loneliness, difference, understanding and acceptance with a story about how the man in the moon, bored of sitting in his silvery cage all the time, hitches a ride to earth on a shooting star. It is recommended for children ages 7 and up.
Giveaways during the festival include a gift certificate from the family-friendly Full Moon Restaurant in Cambridge, passes to the Museum of Science’s planetarium, a bicycle helmet from Belmont Wheelworks, and a light up full moon clock.