Fantasy Film Festival

From “The Prestige” © Touchstone Pictures

Come one, come all, to Hanover High’s 4th annual Fantasy Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17th, in the HHS Auditorium. This all-day event begins at 9:00am and ends at 10:00pm. All are welcome, and admission is free. The money we raise from donations and the concession stand will go to Hanover High School’s Silver Lining Fund in support of students and families experiencing financial hardships in our communities

  • Up (PG)
    9:00 am (96 m)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (G)
    10:40 am (86m)
  • Coraline (PG)
    12:25 pm (100m)
  • Fire and Ice (PG)
    2:10 pm (81m)
  • Unbreakable (PG-13)
    3:35 pm (106m)
  • The Prestige (PG-13)
    5:35 pm (130m)
  • Jurassic Park (PG-13)
    7:50 pm (127m)

Our choice of films each year is aimed at spanning a great variety of “fantasy” stories.  This year’s selections, including both animated and live action movies, are no different.  If Up (with its curious and delightful idiosyncrasies) represents a certain “mainstream” slice of the genre, Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline stretch our imaginations far outside their comfort zone.  Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice offers a glimpse of “sword and sorcery” mayhem while M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable captures the essence of the superhero story at its inception.  In Christopher Nolan’s “thriller” The Prestige, our stomachs will turn with the tension of rival stage magicians taking their magic acts to the very brink of believability (and sanity).  We close with a film that straddles the genres of fantasy and science fiction:  in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel, Jurassic Park, two paleontologists watch a dream-come-true turn into their worst nightmare.  Uncageable, unpredictable, and utterly unbreakable, Life — as one of the characters points out with a sobering look — will find a way.  Fortunately for us, our filmmakers’ imagination and creativity keep finding a way, too.

For more information on each film, follow the links on the festival’s website (below) to each film’s page at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) site.

For more information on the event, contact Brian Glenney by phone — 603-643-3431 x 2610 — or email — .

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