Sunday, April 2, 2:00pm
Lecture Hall, UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street
Directors Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
France, 2015, 84 min.
French with English subtitles
Important parking information
Parking in the UNC Charlotte lots near the Center City building on weekends is only for cars with a regular parking permit for Center City and for faculty with a parking permit for the main campus. All other vehicles will be towed. Options for students and visitors: 1. Park on the streets in First Ward unless prohibited; 2. Park at 7th Street station; 3.There are a limited number of daily parking spots in Preferred Parking-owned lots nearby: Lot locations and daily fee rates.
Presented as part of The Tournées Festival, which was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
Additional sponsors are the Alliance Française de Charlotte and the UNC Charlotte French Club.
Introduction by Jane Houston, Lecturer of French, UNC Charlotte. Discussion will follow screening.
Phantom Boy is the second animated feature from Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, the team behind the Oscar-nominated smash A Cat in Paris. With Phantom Boy, Gagnol and Felicioli bring their charming style of handdrawn animation and whimsical narrative to New York to tell the story of the unlikely alliance between wheelchair-bound police officer Lieutenant Tanguy and Leo, a seriously ill eleven year-old. Thanks to Leo’s ability to send a ghost-like projection of himself flying through the city and some legwork from daredevil reporter Mary Delauney (voiced by Audrey Tautou), the duo are able to save New York from a disfigured maniac without ever leaving their hospital rooms. While Phantom Boy has enough action to appeal to the most hyperactive child, its serious core about childhood illness and its amusing play with the codes of the thriller and superhero genres, not to mention its winks at great local films and series such as Manhattan and The Sopranos, make for a sophisticated viewing experience. With drawings that literally pulse with life and a foreigner’s glee at depicting New York (the dialogue is in French), the film’s greatest assets are a tender blend of poetry and comedy and an idiosyncratic look in which the human touch is always apparent.