Section: Days of French Cinema

Phantom Boy (2015) 12

France | 2015 | 80 min.

Leo, 11, spends his days in bed in a New York hospital due to a serious illness. He discovers he has the extraordinary ability to separate from his body and fly over the city while his physical body sleeps. Along the way, the boy meets Alex, a detective who has been in a wheelchair since he was the victim of an evil mob kingpin. This crime boss has since taken control of New York City’s power supply and threatens to take full control using a computer virus unless the mayor does what he says within 24 hours. To counter this sinister machination, Leo, a.k.a. "Phantom Boy," joins Alex and Alex’s girlfriend, a fearless reporter named Mary, to thwart the criminal’s plan.

Duration80 min
SubtitleEnglish, Czech
Directed by Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli
Screenplay Alain Gagnol
Director of Photography Izu Troin
Music Serge Besset
Edited by Hervé Guichard
Contact Doc and Film International


Jean-Loup Felicioli (1960) and Alain Gagnol (1967), are French animators, screenwriters and directors working in tandem for many years. Felicioli studied at art schools in Annecy, Strasbourg, Perpignan and Valence, while Gagnol graduated in graphic arts at The Emile Cohl School in Lyon. The two met at the production company Folimage. Together they've made short animated films like The Egoist (L’Egoïste, 1997), The Corridor (Le Couloir, 2005) and Bad Weather (Mauvais temps, 2006). They made their feature film debut with A Cat In Paris (Une Vie de chat, 2010), which was nominated for an Oscar.