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Status Release 2021

Screenwriter and Director Olivier PAIROUX

In collaboration with Eusebio LARREA

Genre Family Comedy

Cast Basile GRUNBERGER, Yannick RENIER, Albane MASSON, Bérénice BAOO, Jean-Benoit UGEUX, Peter VAN DEN BEGIN

Synopsis  At only 11 years, Jim is a gifted boy passionate about space and science. Arriving in a new town with his dad, Jim has to participate in a young scientist competition with his new classmate Emma, a sensitive and discreet girl. Despite her reluctance, Jim convinces her to imitate Kittinger’s ‘Excelsior’ project (first man to reach the frontier of space in 1960) and to build secretly a real air balloon. This calling comes from his father, Graham, an astrophysicist who was meant to carry out a space mission very soon. Since Jim’s mother died, this project is very important to him. But when he discovers Graham has given up without telling him, his world falls apart. The competition turns into an obsession and Jim wants to prove unlike his father that he won’t give up. Jim pushes Emma to her limits and drags her into an adventure which is going to bring them closer.

Producer Kwassa Films

Coproducers Bulletproof Cupid (BE)

Partners With the support of Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), in coproduction with VOO, BeTV, RTL , with the participation of Brussels Capital Region, with the support of Tax Shelter from the Belgian Federal Government via Belga Films fund,  Creative Europe Programme-Media of the European Union, Loterie Nationale and Sacem

Distributor Belga Film Distribution

International sales LevelK

Selections ECFA Award 2022, Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (FIFEM, 2021), BUFF Malmö Filmfestival 2021, Cleveland International Film Festival 2021, Busan International Kids’ Film Festival (BIKY, 2021), HsinChu Children Film Festival 2021, Zlin Film Festival 2021, Transilvania International Film Festival 2021, Kiev Molodist International Film Festival 2021, Tumbleweeds Film Festival 2021, Kino Dzieci Kids Film Festival 2021, Festival of Tolerance (JFF Zagreb, 2021), Calgary International Film Festival (Canada, 2021), Cinemagic International Film Festival (Irelande, 2021),   KinoDiseea Film Festival (Roumanie, 2021), European Garden Cinema (Hongrie, 2021), Schlingel International Film Festival (Chemnitz, Allemagne, 2021), Riga International Film Festival (Lettonie, 2021), CineKid Festival (Amsterdam, 2021), Festival du film de Gand (Belgique,2021), Filemon (Belgique, 2021), Amman International Film Festival 2021, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2021, Magritte Award 2022 (nominee Best Promising Actor)

Awards Teen screen Winner/Best Film (Molodist 2021), Heart on Award (BIKY 2021), European Children’s film Award & Junior Jury Award (Schlingel International Film Festival, 2021), Children’s Jury Prize (Riga International Film Festival, 2021)