Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2012
By Enzo d’Alò

Animation / Italy / 1997 / 1h30 / color / VF
Screenplay : Enzo d’Alò, Umberto Marino
According to the book La Freccia Azzurra by Gianni Rodari
Editing : Rita Rossi
Soundtrack : Paolo Conte, Jack Maeby

Every year, a few days after Father Christmas has passed, the well-intentioned fairy Befana scours the skies on her broomstick distributing presents to young Italians on the night of epiphany. One year the fairy Befana falls ill and delegates her work to Doctor Scarafoni. But he has no intention of distributing presents : he hopes to sell them for personal gain. The toys join forces against him in order to sabotage his evil scheme and ensure that the distribution of presents goes ahead as planned. Amongst the toys the little train Blue Arrow is determined to arrive at the house of Francesco, the little boy for whom he was intended.

Enzo d’Alò
Born in 1953 in Naples, Enzo d’Alò joined the Italian studio Lanterna Magica in Turin in 1979. A conscientious objector, he developed audiovisual experiments and taught the techniques of animation to children. In the 1990s he directed dozens of children’s films. A music lover, he also directed a video for Paolo Conte, whom he asked to compose the music for his first feature film La Flèche Bleue (The Blue Arow). With his second opus La Mouette et le chat (The seagull and the cat), Enzo d’Alò received international acclaim and become recognised as a leading figure of European animated film.