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Magical Girl

Magical Girl

Director: Carlos Vermut
Spain | Spanish
2014 | 127min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Theme: N, A
18+
Carlos Vermut’s deliriously imaginative film is divided into three chapters—World, Death and Flesh—that signal a work of heady depth and scope. While discovering the story’s intricacies is part of the pleasure, the basic story involves a young Japanophile named Alicia who is suffering from leukemia. She loves the anime character Magical Girl and dreams of owning a special dress worn by her and available at a hefty cost. Her father Luis is suffering financially and desperate to find a way to make her wish come true. Serving as the catalyst for his plan is a disturbed married woman named Barbara who has a mysterious past and some rather dark predilections. As Luis resorts to blackmailing Barbara in order to secure his daughter’s happiness, she proves to have a secret weapon of her own. Delightfully exploding genres, Magical Girl is at once a heartbreaking tale of grief, a tense thriller and a deeply unsettling film noir. Watching the characters debase, deceive and double cross one another makes for an exhilarating viewing experience rich with surprise. Though the only magic tricks in this ingenious work happen at the beginning and end of the film, there is a great deal of directorial sleight of hand throughout. —Rod Armstrong

Director,  Carlos Vermut

Director,  Carlos Vermut

Carlos Vermut was born in Madrid and studied illustration. In addition to filmmaking, he is also a highly regarded graphic novelist. He is one of the creators behind the popular television series Jelly Jamm and has directed several short films. His first feature film Diamond Flash (2011), which he wrote, directed and self-financed, won the Rizoma Festival’s Film Distribution Prize. Magical Girl is his second full-length feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
Carlos Vermut
Cast
Jose Sacristan, Barbara Lennie, Luis Bermejo, Israel Elejalde, Lucia Pollan, Elisabet Gelabert
Production Company
Aqui y Alli Films
Sales Contact
Films Distribution
Producer
Álvaro Portanet Hernández, Amadeo Hernández Bueno
Screenwriter
Carlos Vermut
Editor
Emma Tusell
Cinematographer
Santiago Racaj
Sound
Daniel de Zayas
Production Designer
Montse Lacruz
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