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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 - 15.24 July

Sections & Films

IQBAL, A TALE OF A FEARLESS CHILD

Category: Edition 2016

Synopsis
Iqbal is a dreamer. A generous and smart boy with an innate sense of justice. His brother Aziz is sick, but his family is poor and they don’t have money for medicine. Iqbal has no doubts, he knows what he has to do: he has to find medicines for Aziz ! At night, he secretly goes to the market in Mapuron on his bike to sell Rajah, his beloved goat. Naively, he falls victim of a cynical smuggler who recognizes Iqbal’s skills in weaving. The boy will find himself in the hands of a slave trader who forces him to work in his factory of carpets along with other children. But Iqbal is resourceful and brave and soon realizes he has to plan to escape with his new found friends.

Original Title Iqbal, a tale of a fearless child
Italian Title Iqbal, bambini senza paura
Category Out of competition
Section Special Events
Tipology Animation, Feature Film, Special Event
Duration 90'
Production Year 2015
Nationality France, Italy
Directed by Michel Fuzellier, Babak Payami
Screenplay Paolo Bonaldi, Lara Fremder, Michel Fuzellier, Babak Payami
Based on "Storia di Iqbal" by Francesco D’Adamo
Music Patrizio Fariselli, Carlo Boccadoro
Art Director Michel Fuzellier
Produced by Franco Serra, Fulvia Serra

FuzellierMichel 300Michel Fuzellier
IQBAL: CHILDREN WITHOUT FEAR is the directorial debut of Michel Fuzellier. He has decades of experience as an illustrator, director of animated commercials and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed animated feature films. As a production designersupervisor and art director, he has worked on famous animated films such as MOMO, OPOPOMOZ and LUCKY AND ZORBA, winner of the Special Silver Ribbon in 1999 and the Audience Award at the Montreal International Children's Film Festival in 2000. He has also directed a special sequence of PINOCCHIO, winner of the 2012 Silver Ribbons, in competition at the International Film Festival of Annecy and at the European Film Academy awards 2013. Fuzellier has directed, for Gertie production, several short films including WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL ARE YOU ? - based on the best selling novel by Paola Mastrocola- and he is working on a television series entitled SBRAIN!, developed in co-production with RAI Fiction.

PayamiBabak 100Babak Payami
Iranian by birth and Canadian by adoption, in 1998 he founded the Payam Films Institute with which he produced several successful movies. His directorial debut was ONE MORE DAY presented in the Panorama section at the Berlinale 2000. The following year he won the Leone d'Argento for best director, the UNICEF Prize and the Pasinetti Cup for best film with the feature SECRET BALLOT, selected at the Venice film Festival. In 2003 he managed, despite the confiscation of government authorities, to re-edit and promote in Venice the film SILENCE BETWEEN TWO THOUGHTS, shot in eastern Iran, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Between 2007 and 2010 Payami was head of the Media Studio department at Fabrica, the communication research center of The United Colors of Benetton. In May 2014 Payami established, in the heart of Toronto, the Imagist Creative Studio, dedicated to training, photography and film production.

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