France / Belgium, 2015 (MIFF 2017, MIFF Kids)

Director: Alain Gagnol,Jean-Loup Felicioli

Featuring the vocal talents of Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Armisen and Jared Padalecki, Phantom Boy finds the team behind the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris moving to New York, where a bedridden boy's imaginary flights of fancy might just save the city.

Young cancer patient Leo is stuck in hospital for chemotherapy treatment, bored and frustrated until he discovers he's developed an extraordinary ability: his spirit can leave his body at will, roaming and exploring the city. Meanwhile, a supervillain is holding New York City to ransom, threatening to destroy the city's infrastructure with a deadly computer virus. When a cop named Alex fails to take down the villain on his own, he discovers that Leo may be the only one able to help.

Writer/director team Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli reunite for the first time since their renowned Oscar-nominated feature A Cat in Paris. Their new film is a playful take on the cops and robbers and superhero genres, underpinned with an emotionally poignant tale. A uniquely French pop-culture take on New York, Phantom Boy is filled with nods to the likes of Batman, Dick Tracy, Manhattan and The Sopranos, and features a voice cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio (Jurassic World), Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Jared Padalecki (Supernatural).

'This film packs an emotional wallop, but it also takes care of its noir crime-fighting business with considerable panache.' – Epoch Times

Unclassified: no age restrictions. MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 10+

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