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L'Avion – The Plane

Original title: L'Avion
German title: L'Avion – Das Zauberflugzeug
France/Germany, 2005

Director: Kahn, Cedric
Production company: Fidelite, Paris & Akkord Film Berlin
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Synopsis:
A magical plane helps a boy and his mother to get over the father's death.

Only one day before Christmas. As an airplane engineer who often has to travel, the young boy, Charly, eagerly awaits his father, believing he has brought him a new bicycle. Arriving very late in the evening, he wants to immediately open up his present, but is disappointed when he sees its „only“ a self-made model airplane. Shortly thereafter his father, who works in the French Air Force, dies in an accident. Unable to imagine that his father will never return, Charly begins to occupy himself with the model airplane given to him, making a surprising discovery – the plane flies as if guided by an invisible hand. It flies as if it were alive. Charly and the proto-type airplane become friends, and soon start playing out the most fantastic scenes together. Yet, once the father’s former colleagues find out about this magic, they relentlessly pursue Charly and his new flying friend, hoping they can discover within the airplane the results of important research which only Charly’s father knew about.

Festivals:
Lucas Frankfurt 2005, Kassel 2005, Cinekid Amsterdam 2005, Düsseldorf 2005, Stuttgart 2005 (awarded), London 2005, Antwerp/Brugge 2006, Hannover 2006, Sprockets Toronto 2006, Kristiansand 2006, Zlin 2006, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2006, Cyprus 2007

World sales address/es:
Akkord Film (D)
Pathé France

Sold to:
Pathé France
Farbfilm-Verleih (D)
Alternative Films (B)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)
Filmconfect
Matthias-Film (D)