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Art center shows holiday films in Pepin

"The Red Balloon," is a nearly wordless tale about a young boy who discovers a stray balloon, will be shown Dec. 20 in Pepin

PEPIN -- Three holiday films, two for children and one for the adult set, will be shown Dec. 20 at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center, located at Second and Main streets.

A free matinee for kids and families is set for 4 p.m. Films will be "The Red Balloon" and "White Mane," both G-rated classics from French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. Screen time for the double feature is 72 minutes.

"The Red Balloon" is a deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale about a young boy who discovers a stray balloon that seems to have a mind of its own.

Wandering through the streets of Paris, the two become inseparable, to the surprise of the neighborhood and the envy of other children. It was winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

"White Mane" takes place in the south of France in a near-desert region called La Camargue. There a magnificent stallion leads a herd of wild horses too proud to let themselves be broken in by humans.

Only Folco, a young fisherman, manages to tame him. A strong friendship grows between the boy and the horse, but they must elude the wrangler and his herdsmen to live freely. A new English translation accompanies the 1953 movie.

Between the afternoon and evening presentations, there'll be a holiday potluck.

At 7 p.m., the Second Saturday Film Club will have a social hour with cash bar, followed at 8 p.m. by the screening of "Happy Holidays," directed by James Ferguson (104 minutes, unrated).

In the film, which has some language which may not be suitable for children, three childhood friends unexpectedly reunite in their New England hometown the week before Christmas.

"They pick up right where they left off -- but has life taken them too far to make that possible?" art center spokesmen asked.

"With family struggles, arguments between old friends, and a funeral on Christmas Eve, 'Happy Holidays' welcomes dysfunction with open arms," they said.

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