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The Illusionist

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Synopsis

The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of music hall entertainers. With emerging rock and roll bands stealing his thunder, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafes. Whilst performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, his path is crossed by Alice, a naive young girl, who will change his life forever.

Watching his performance to the excited villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity to their remote island, Alice becomes awestruck by the Illusionist and believes his tricks are real magic. Following him to Edinburgh, she keeps his home while he goes to work in a small local theatre. Enchanted by her enthusiasm for his act, he rewards her with increasingly lavish gifts he has 'conjured' into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist but buying these gifts is driving him to ruin.

Alice comes of age, she finds love and moves on. The Illusionist no longer has to pretend and, untangled from his own web of deceit, resumes his life as a travelling entertainer, a much wiser man.

Details

Year
2009
Type of film
Features
Running Time
83 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Sylvain Chomet
Producer
Philippe Carcassonne, Jake Eberts
Co-Producer
Philippe Carcassonne, Jake Eberts
Screenwriter
Jacques Tati, adapted by Sylvain Chomet
Production Designer
Bjarne Hansen

Production Company

Django Films Illusionist Ltd
Django Films
12/196 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4AT
UK

T +44 (0)1312 267 324

Sales
Company

Pathe International
Kent House
14-17 Market Place
London
W1W 8AR
UK

T +44 (0)20 7323 5151

http://www.patheinternational.com