“Hugo,” a 2011 American film directed by Martin Scorsese, will be screened Friday, Dec. 20, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
This family adventure film is based on the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.
Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan who lives alone in a secret apartment in the interior of a Paris train station in the 1930s, tending the clocks and trying to repair an automaton that once belonged to his late father (Jude Law). To obtain parts, he steals items from a toy store owned by Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley), which results in his being frequently chased throughout the station by the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his dog. Hugo becomes friends with the toy store owner’s goddaughter Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz) and learns that Méliès had been a famous early 20th century filmmaking pioneer who built the first movie studio.
The key to unlock the automaton is found and unlocks the rest of the story, a celebration of the birth of cinema (dramatizing Scorsese’s pet cause, preservation of old films) and Hugo’s role in the public rediscovery of Georges Méliès’ films, as well as a happy ending for Hugo with a real home and family. Also with Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee and Helen McCrory.