Starry Starry Night - Film Screening
New York International Children's Film Festival
in partnership with Asia Society presents
Starry Starry Night
Taiwan, Tom Shu-Yu Lin, 2011, 98 min.
RECOMMENDED AGES: 9 TO ADULT (subtitled)
Starry Starry Night is the imaginative, whimsical and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story of Mei, a day-dreamy seventh-grader whose life seems to be falling apart around her. To escape her parents' relentless bickering, Mei immerses herself in a fantasy world of her own creation, populated by oversized origami animals and shadowy beasts that tag along with her on what would otherwise be dreary daily excursions. Meanwhile, shuffled from home to home by his mother, troubled newcomer Jay avoids contact with his new schoolmates and becomes an instant target for their derision and taunting.
Brought together by their shared loneliness (and love of shoplifting), Mei and Jay sneak away to Mei's grandfather's isolated cottage in the countryside in an attempt to escape a reality that nonetheless, comes crashing in on them. Based on the graphic novel by Taiwanese writer Jimmy Liao, Starry Starry Night is a charming and honest portrayal of all the wonderful, life-changing, sometimes-painful events that can happen when you're 13 and finding your place in the world.
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