Mary and the Witch's Flower

Sunday, March 3
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1hr 43mins // directed by:Hiromasa Yonebayashi & Giles New // featuring:Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent // DCP

Presented by Science on Screen, Jr.

Before the screening, the Museum of Science's lead horticulturist Angela Luckey and manager of living collections Jackie Peeler explain the function of flowers and the "flower powers" plants use—smells, colors, shapes, and more—to get bees and other animals to pollinate them.

From Academy Award®-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night Flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Recommended for ages 8+.