Films for Children
Aston’s Presents, The Elephant and the Bicycle, I’m Running Away!, The Tweetligs: Down by the Riverside, The Tweetlings: The Guard and the Princess, The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear, Whistleless, My Friend Lage, Pipsqueak Prince, The Tweetlings: Mice in a Row, The Tweetlings: The Foundling, The New Species, Astigmatism, Strange Wonderful, Seams and Embers, The Little Red Paper Ship, Mushroom Monster
The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear
Drengen der ville gøre det umulige
Denmark 2002 / 76’
Exhausted from a dramatic escape from wolves, a polar bear gives birth to a stillborn baby. Distraught, she decides to lie down in the snow and die. In an igloo nearby, a woman gives birth to a healthy little boy. Wanting to save the grieving bear, another bear steals the human child and takes it to her. From this point on, the boy is to live with his foster mother and learn everything that bears need to know. However, the boy’s real father finds the bear’s den, kills it, and takes the terrified boy home. One day, the boy sets off on a journey to Spirit Mountain in order to find out who he really is, a person or a bear. Jannik Hastrup’s film is a beautiful, though, with its naturalistic look, sometimes painful tale about the power and complexity of the relationship between humans and nature. The director, known for his rebellious creative attitude, leads viewers along a powerful, expressive path through a frozen and extraordinarily evocative polar landscape.