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The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus) [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus) [In-Person Only]
Wed May 17: 7.00pm PDT
Thu May 18: 7.00pm PDT
Fri May 19: 7.00pm PDT
Sat May 20: 4.00pm PDT, 7.00pm PDT
Sun May 21: 4.00pm PDT, 7.00pm PDT

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF/AF Members

*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

** Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle! AF members receive the same ticket discount as NWFF members, with $7 tickets. **

(Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France, 1995, 112 min, in French with English subtitles)

Before changing film style and hairstyles forever with the release of Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed a suite of stunningly inventive surrealist films with his collaborator Marc Caro. Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children and Alien: Resurrection (yes, we stand by this) are all positively overflowing with a perversely weird creative energy and visual imagination that make for very rewarding rewatches. The three films share a willingness to find tender glimpses of compassion, curiosity, and sincerity amid the grotesque onslaught of petty opportunism and casual cruelty that defines the character of our species  not to mention the environments that we create.

With a complete toolkit of trick photography, physical effects, unforgettable production design, and CGI, The City of Lost Children weaves a spellbinding, dark fairy tale about a surreal city where innocent children are routinely abducted for nefarious purposes. A mad scientist-esque character named Krank (himself created by a mad scientist), chafing under the bitter knowledge that his body and mind are aging abnormally rapidly, is determined to extract the essence of youth from the dreams of dozens of confused, pajama-clad kids who are imprisoned in his floating laboratory.

When Krank steals the little brother of a circus strongman named One (Ron Perlman), however, he bites off more than he can chew. With the help of a young thief named Miette, dubious help from an organ grinder with improbably trained fleas, and even more dubious help from other creations of Kranks creator (a talking brain in a fish tank, bungling comic-relief hench-clones), One sets out to steal his brother back. Nearly every character is cartoonishly suggestible, which riddles the entire narrative with baffling monologues, plot twists, and a magnificent pedigree of nonsense that keeps you enthralled like the best improvised bedtime story youve ever been told.


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at maria@nwfilmforum.org

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