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THE ILLUSIONIST

France / UK, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Animation)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

A nostalgic trip back to the golden days of vaudeville.

Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) brings his meticulous brand of hand-drawn animation to a hitherto unproduced Jacques Tati script from 1959.

This bittersweet homage to a fading music-hall tradition sees an illusionist - physically modelled on Tati himself - battered by the seismic onslaught of the rock 'n' roll era. Only in the naivety of a young girl does his magic find a place in which it can flourish.

“Bathed in self-aware melancholy, lightened by slow-burn humour and a sensibility rooted in silent-era film-making… Its 2D imagery simply could not be better.” - Screen International

D/S Sylvain Chomet, based on original script by Jacques Tati P Bob Last, Sally Chomet, Dist Madman Entertainment L No dialogue TD 35mm/2010

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