The Illusionist

Director: Sylvain Chomet

United Kingdom, France, animation, drama, 83 min., 2010, lithuanian and russian subtitles
With emerging rock stars stealing the illusionist’s place on stage, he is forced to accept work in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafes. However, while performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever. Alice believes that illusionist’s tricks are real magic. 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 and that buying these gifts is driving him to ruin.
Rich in visual jokes, seductive 1950s period detail and breathtaking views of city and wilderness alike, this is the work of a master in his field – and one of the most gorgeous evocations of Scotland in cinema history.

About the director:
French comic writer, animator and film director Sylvain Chomet was born 1963, near Paris. He studied at the Angouleme art school. His first comic book, “Secrets of the Dragonfly”, was published in 1986. Later he worked as an illustrator in London. His first short animation film “The Old Lady and the Pigeons” (La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons, 1996) won several awards, and an Oscar nomination. Sylvain Chomet’s first animated feature-length film was a nostalgic, humane, and imaginative tale “The Triplets of Belleville” (Les Triplettes de Belleville, 2003) was also nominated for two Oscars. In 2004, he founded an animation studio in Edinburgh, Scotland, called “Django Films”. In 2005, he directed a segment for the collaborative film “Paris, I Love You” (Paris, je t'aime).

Section: Animation programme

Screenplay: Jacques Tati, Sylvain Chomet

Music: Sylvain Chomet