The NeverEnding Story

When: Sat., Aug. 6, 8 p.m. 2016

After earning Oscar nods with his 1981 war epic Das Boot, German director Wolfgang Peterson made a surprising departure with 1984’s The NeverEnding Story — a special-effects-fueled adaptation of a fantasy novel by Michael Ende. Borrowing bits and pieces from Alice in Wonderland and The Dark Crystal, the film employs a story-within-a-story framework to immerse a young boy in a magical kingdom threatened by a menacing wave of “Nothingness.” While The New York Times likened it to The Pre-Teen-Ager's Guide to Existentialism, Roger Ebert asked, “Were children's movies this nihilistic in the old days?” Slab Cinema and Hemisfair team up for an outdoor screening of the cult classic in conjunction with the Southtown Cinema series.

Price: Free