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Donkey Flies

Original title: Asino Vola
German title: Donkey Flies *
Italy, 2015

Director: Fonte, Marcello & Tripodi, Paolo
Production company: Tempesta, Rai Cinema
Age recommendation: 7 years and up
Length: 75 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Synopsis:
Maurizio is a headstrong little boy, who grew up experiencing a thousand solitary adventures in the creek, amidst the carcasses of abandoned cars turned into shelters and countless objects of all kinds, more or less consumed by time. Moses, his donkey friend, who lives a stone's throw from the creek with the gypsy Mimi and her family, is the first being that Maurizio confides in about his passion for music. Unlike Angelina the hen, who mocks him for his passion, Moses the donkey is always there to counsel and encourage him.
Amongst the children who attend the classes in the neighbourhood band, Maurizio is the only one without an instrument. He clashes with his strict mother, who sees music as yet another whim of a naughty child, a luxury that the family simply can not afford . But for Maurizio, music is so much more: it is a chance to show the world that, if put in the same conditions as the others, he can do it; he can learn to play, he can be one of them, a musician who brings joy to the towns of the province.
It is his teacher, Angelo, who finds a solution to keeping Maurizio busy for at least the duration of the lesson, rather than leaving him to watch the others learn: an old drum kept as a relic in a mysterious trunk, in that museum-like space that is the storage of the music room. The mystery behind this drum alone, represents the last obstacle on Maurizio’s way to realizing his dream.

Festivals:
Locarno 2015, A-Fest Gjirokastra 2016 (awarded), Kinolub Kraków 2016

Website: www.asinovola.it/

World sales address/es:
Match Factory (D)