Belgium/The Netherlands, 2022, 72 min, DCP, Dir. Mascha Halberstad, Not Rated (Recommended for ages 7+) In Dutch with English Subtitles, Synergetic
"A true family film, accessible enough to watch with young children but sharp enough to resonate with adults." – Jasmine Lane, Austin Chronicle
Fabulously bespectacled 9-year-old Babs seemingly has a perfect life, with parents who see to it that she has a lovely home and only the healthiest vegetarian meals on her plate. And she and her best friend tool around their idyllic Dutch neighborhood on their bikes without care. But what Babs really wants is a dog to call her own. So when Babs’ grandfather, an American with a curious rootin’-tootin’ cowboy accent, suddenly appears on the scene, he just may make her dream come true. And he almost does, in the form of Oink, a lovable digesting pig, whom he gifts to Babs, much to her mother’s dismay. There’s only one problem, or two… One: Oink stays only on the condition he passes a rigorous puppy training program. Two: Babs’ grandfather secretly maintains a nefarious connection to the Sausage King competition organized by The Society for Meat Products from Fresh Pigs.
Full of cheeky humor, porcines behaving badly and people even worse, all in uncannily realistic and genius stop-motion animation, this charmer will have you snorting and cheering for the right to be piggy ‘n pink!
Film note courtesy of the New York International Children’s Film Festival
Recommended ages: 7+
The 9th annual Miami Children's Film Festival runs November 17 to November 20. Culturally rich, educational, and entertaining, the Festival includes four days of highly acclaimed international cinema for children and families. It offers a unique opportunity to cultivate critical appreciation for intelligent films among younger people. In addition to the films and hands-on workshops, there will be a free festival street fair taking place on Aragon Avenue on Saturday, November 19, and a closing party on the plaza in front of the cinema with fun activities and music on Sunday, November 20. As a mission-driven nonprofit cinema, we believe that art should be affordable and accessible to everyone and this year, admission to screenings is pay what you can!