Director: Jeffrey Blitz

90 minutes, U.S.A., 2003, Documentary, English/Spanish

Tired of the weekly spelling tests and only a few weeks into the new school term? Then take a break from the lists and see how some young spelling wizards compete for the crown in this thrilling documentary about the 1999 U.S. national Spelling Bee.

Eight finalists. One prize. It could turn nasty, but the success of the film is that the director doesn’t favour one contestant over another, he is sympathetic to them all. Through interviews with parents, teachers and the competitors themselves, we learn about their diverse backgrounds, their motivation and their anxiety to win. Oscar nominated for Best Documentary, this exciting and nail-biting film proves that even spelling tests can have you on the edge of your seat.

Tickets: €4.80 per person, €14.40 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children/1 adult + 3 children). 

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