By Mohammed SOUDANI


Children's - Completed 2011

The moving story of a bond between a magnificent lion and a little boy from Africa… a magical fable for children and 'grown-up children'.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Children's, Family, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 86 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mohammed SOUDANI
    • Writer(s)
    • Francesco NICCOLINI, Mohammed SOUDANI, Sara BELTRAME
    • Producer(s)
    • Tiziana SOUDANI
    • Synopsis
    • A great, magnificent lion has been a part of the little boy Lionel's life ever since he can remember. At times he only feels its presence, at others, in the woods near his house, or on his way home from school, the lion suddenly appears to him. Yet, who would ever believe Lionel if he told anyone – a lion in Switzerland? "Once, a long, long time ago, men and lions had a pact, they protected and defended each other and lived in harmony. But as time passed, men forgot that pact, and then, so did the lions…" This was the teaching of Lionel's venerable grandfather in Africa. "LIONEL" is a magical African-Swiss tale for children and 'grown-up children' filled with all the enchantment and spiritual force of Lionel's ancient African world. Yet, it is also rich with Lionel's happy life in modern Switzerland with his loving African-born mother and Swiss step-father. And there is Federico, his inseparable best friend and classmate, a tense and fragile Swiss boy. They share everything from solidarity at school, to a secret tree house in the woods, to flying Federico's fancy helicopters and airplanes, gifts showered on him by an estranged father. Yet, the lion's presence becomes more and more real to Lionel. One day during a school outing at the zoo, he is irresistibly drawn to a lion in its cage. The old lion begins to speak to Lionel, he appeals to the little boy to set him free. Then the two of them can return to mythical Africa and to their dream of the infinite savannah…