Maradona biopic and animation films for kids heading to Valletta Film Festival

Film Grain Foundation is turning on the heat with more titles confirmed for this year’s Valletta Film Festival.

Check out these fantastic titles:

MARADONA is the third film from the team behind the award-winning “Senna” and “Amy” directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin. This feature documentary put together 500 hours of never before-seen footage from the Argentine player’s personal archive. You will see Diego, waving to raucous Napoli fans before heading into a media scrum and countless other moments in the life and career of this football superstar.

“Maradona” is coming to Valletta Film Festival from the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival and will screen at the largest open-air theatre on the island, Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta.

Another title that will surely be popular amongst audiences is a French/Senegalese comedy drama – YAO. This heart-warming film tells the story of a 13 year-old boy ready to do anything to meet his hero: Seydou Tall, a famous French actor, that is played by Omar Sy, best known for his roles in The Untouchables (2011), X-Men and Jurassic World (2015).

“Yao” also features Malian singer-songwriter/actress, Fatoumata Diawara, who was recently introduced to Maltese audiences in the film “Mali Blues” during the first documentary VFF Weekend in March 2019. The film will be screened in the Without Borders section of the Valletta Film Festival, which will be focusing on Francophone countries. The breath-taking scenery of “Yao” will be a joy to behold.

Returning to the festival for the fourth year in a row, the Teens Only programme is open to young and adult audiences. In the past editions films like Swagger, Goodbye Berlin and Children of the Snow Land were amongst the most popular titles with festival audiences.

This year we are very proud to present BINTI – a film about a 12 year old Congolese girl living with her father in Belgium since she was a baby. Despite not having any legal documents, Binti wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger.

Kids are bound to be entertained with some of the most exciting animation films coming out in Europe, that will be screened over the last weekend of the festival. This will be the perfect time to kick off your family summer in style. Valletta Film Festival has selected two fantastic animated films in the Kids Programme.  CHECKERED NINJA has already set a new record in the Danish film box offices, making it one of the most popular family films in Europe this year. The film follows Aske who discovers his ninja doll is alive and an expert in marshal arts. The adventure ensues…

JACOB, MIMMI AND THE TALKING DOGS is a Latvian/Polish adventure animated film about two kids who spend summer in a city suburb, where together with talking dogs they rescue their romantic wooden-house neighbourhood from reconstruction.

All children films will be dubbed in English.

Valletta Film Festival will take place from Friday 14th to Sunday 23rd June 2019.

The full programme of the festival will be announced in early June. Check the first titles announced last week.

Passes for the event can be bought from here. Individual tickets will go on sale a couple of weeks before.

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