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Fantastic Flix Returns to DIFF | Special Guests Bo Burnham and Joe Cornish

Ahead of Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival (VMDIFF) announcing its full programme, they have revealed what films will be screened as part of its Fantastic Flix strand – aimed at audiences aged 4 – 16.

Acclaimed stand-up comedian Bo Burnham will visit the festival February 27 with his acclaimed directorial debut Eighth Grade. It centres on thirteen year old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she navigates a difficult and hormonally charged time in her life, preparing for the giant leap into teenage years and high school.

Social media and modern technology are front and centre in this contemporary account of suburban adolescence which, according to VMDIFF, breathes new life and real truths into the coming-of-age story.

Another major guest is Joe Cornish, director of the much loved 2011 sci-fi Attack the Block and writer on Ant-Man and The Adventures of Tintin. His new film The Kid Who Would Be King will screen February 13 with the filmmaker hosting a workshop for young cinefiles later that same day.

Set in contemporary times, his new movie tells the story of Alex, a boy who thinks he’s ordinary and spends his days battling school bullies. His life is transformed when he stumbles upon the sword in the stone of Excalibur. Joining forces with the wizard Merlin, he’s tasked with taking on an evil enchantress – and discovers a destiny he could never have dreamed of.

Other movies to be screened as part of Fantastic Flix include the Belgian Rosie & Moussa, which looks at embracing multiculturalism; Kenyan LBGT drama Rafiki, showing how love can bloom even in difficult circumstances; and the GermanThis Crazy Heart which portrays how adversity can be overcome through friendship.

VMDIFF also say both parents and kids alike are sure to enjoy Mia and the White Lion, about a young girl who befriends a lion cub, and then runs away with him to prevent his sale into the trophy-hunting business; and Land of Glass, where a 13-year-old discovers elves on the run from sinister forces at the bottom of his garden and finds himself racing to save his new friends.

Meanwhile, to mark the 40th anniversary of The Muppet Movie, the classic road-trip comedy will play in five cinemas across the city. Another special event will be a family screening of the great Charlie Chaplin’s timeless classic The Kid, accompanied by a live musical score from acclaimed pianist Maud Nelissen.

Other guests previously announced for VMDIFF include Lenny Abrahamson who will take part in a special event aimed at young people interested in finding out about working in the film industry. Read about that here.

For more information about Fantastic Flix follow this link. Meanwhile, for any other announcements related to VMDIFF (taking place Feb 20 – March 3), check in with Travel Ireland Magazine.

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