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MOMO

By Mark PLAYNE

1ST SIGHT FILMS - as PROD

Children's - Development 2015

MoMo thinks everything is possible

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Children's, Action/Adventure, First film
    • Countries
    • MOROCCO, SPAIN
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 122 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mark PLAYNE
    • Writer(s)
    • Mark PLAYNE
    • Synopsis
    • ‘MoMo’ is a  story of the young boy MoMo discovering who he really is – and the real value of money, love and luck.
      MoMo is like all 8 year old kids – he loves his Grandma, his bike and adores his partner in crime –  his pet duck. Momo has grown up in an impoverished rural farming community surrounded by nature and cut off from technology. 
      His imagination is born from within him, and his optimism knows no boundaries. MoMo is convinced that he can fly.
      Longer Synopsis (without spoiler ending)
      MoMo rides his bike down a steep slope at a ramp and achieves flight – for a fraction of a second – before crashing through a tree and destroying his new school uniform. As a punishment he is sent to work on the market where he faces a baptism of fire into the grown-ups world of money.
      As he grows older, collecting more scars from his continued attempts at flight,  his almost mystical entrepreneurial skills on the local market build a stash of savings – that he quickly learns to keep secret. MoMo puts his luck down to a magic coin that he was given - a lucky one euro coin. MoMo reasons that money can buy anything so he saves to buy himself, and his flightless duck friend, a pair of wings each.
      MoMo is learning about the world, other countries and dreams of far flung places and fortunes. On his arms two sets of scars cross that make the letters ‘iE’ and he wonders with all his friends, what this could stand for. He decides when he’s grown up that he will venture out into the world and return a rich man and to marry his fellow goat herding friend A’Isha.
      One day he is told that his adored Grandmother’s illness is getting worse, and will soon die. Unperturbed he produces his life savings to the doctor – who shakes his head sadly. MoMo refuses to accept what he’s being told. He’s heard about Europe where the streets are paved with gold - where they must have magical cures - where he will become rich enough to buy them all, and return to save her.
      MoMo does not have much time. Aged just 13 he heads to Morocco’s northern coast, where Spain can be seen across the waters. At the port he finds some people smugglers, buys his ‘ticket’ and meets a fellow traveller, an older friend called ‘Wolof’ who had travelled north from Senegal. MoMo proudly tells Wolof of his epic journey to the port. Wolof remains silent, for he is haunted. He entered the Sahara with a young friend, that MoMo reminds him of, yet arrived at the port alone.
      They admires the smugglers shining ‘bullet boat’ with its huge engines. MoMo has his lucky coin and believes he is inches from his dreams and untold fortune.
      However it suddenly dawns on both of them that the boat they are looking at is a drug smuggling boat – and they are in fact set to travel on an old rickety wooden fishing boat barely fit to sail.
      MoMo is optimistic as he believes everything is possible, and he will fly.
      Wolof is filled with dread – looking at the all smiling and trusting MoMo, he senses his previous nightmare is about to happen all over again.
    • Partners & financing
    • Post Production Financing secured.
      Distribution in one territory.
      Camera and lens rental secured. (Alexa and Ultra Primes)
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2014
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