Manzanita film series goes international

The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita with a collection of four short international films at Hoffman Center for the Arts, starting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20.

Michael Harrington, director/curator of the festival, will attend the event to offer a Q&A session. Admission will be $5 at the door and the program will last about 90 minutes

Built around the theme of “Postmodern Fairy Tales,” the program features films that are twists on old parables, exploring themes for a mature audience, including grief, loss of innocence, and the blurred lines of dreams giving way to fantasy.

The four films featured include:

“Sacha the Bear” (France) Directed by Henri Desaunay – A playful adaptation of the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except this time the bear comes to visit her.

“A Doll’s House” (Denmark) Directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen.

“A Doll’s House” (Denmark) Directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen – Nora lives a perfect life, in her perfect home, with her perfect husband, Helmer. But all is what it looks to be, and outside the safe walls of the dollhouse, a disillusioned little girl struggles to make sense of her parents’ relationship.

“From the Stars” (Norway) Directed by Kristian Landmark – On an ordinary cold winter day, a small meteor suddenly bursts through Gustav’s outhouse. If the shocking experience isn’t enough, the little black stone exhibits a life of its own.

“The Living Also Cry” (Switzerland/Portugal) Directed by Basil Da Cunha – A Lisbon dockworker enviously watches the ships he will never board. He dreams of leaving his family and traveling to Sweden, but his wife finds his hidden money and has other ideas.

More information on the Wandering Reel program is available online at


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