TFF's Tuesdays At The Palm, "The Red Balloon"

Tuesdays at the Palm is presented by the Telluride Film Festival and Palm Arts, 2:15 p.m. Free to all. “The Red Balloon” (1956) and “The White Mane” (1953) are perfect for all ages. Running time (for both films) is 74 minutes. Scroll down to watch the trailer for “The Red Balloon.”

Two magical films will screen at the Palm Theater for this month’s Tuesdays at the Palm series, an exciting collaboration between Palm Arts and the Telluride Film Festival. On March 21, students, families and community members will be treated to THE RED BALLOON and WHITE MANE, both from director Albert Lamorisse.

“The ruling response to both movies, whether you’re 31 or 13, is awe,” Wesley Morris, Boston Globe.

In a beautifully restored version, The Red Balloon is one of the most cherished children’s films in history. In this elegantly simple, practically wordless tale, a young boy discovers an unlikely friend in a magical balloon. The two become inseparable, wandering through the streets of Paris. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, The Red Balloon has mystified the young and the young at heart for decades. The re-release will definitely inspire new fans.

In La Camargue, in the south of France lives White Mane, a magnificent stallion, too proud to be broken in by humans. Only a young fisherman named Falco has the spirit to tame him. Against all odds, the two develop a powerful friendship. Beloved by generations of French children, this glorious new restoration is now available North America. The new English translation spoken by Peter Strauss is faithful to the French dialog.

“The stories are simple, fable-like; the heroes are boys; the subject in each case is the purity and power of a child’s imagination; and the tone of both films is of open-mouthed wonder … The young are enchanted by ‘White Mane’ and ‘The Red Balloon.’ Grown-ups, who know too well how fragile this beauty is, are likely to cry,” The New York Times.

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