Magicians

Short fiction film – dir. Andrey Getov

Some magicians are more dangerous than others. They play with human lives…

Synopsis

Some magicians are more dangerous than others. They play with human lives…

Based on Daniil Kharms’s play “Elizaveta Bam” (1927).

Director’s notes

Reflecting the seemingly absurd, yet horrifyingly real historical context of Daniil Kharms’s play “Elizaveta Bam” (1927), this short film tries to examine the ruthless technology of punishment typical for the repressive totalitarian regimes of the early twentieth century.

At the same time “Magicians” explores the relative nature of concepts such as guilt and innocence, reality and imagination. Depicting the unpredictable whims of fate and the deep shadow cast by ominous forces, this bizarre story might make one wonder:

Is magic less real than Evil?

Technical specs

  • original title: Magicians Fokusnici
  • alternate titles: Magicians Magos Magiciens
  • country: Bulgaria
  • release date: April 2009
  • filming format: 4K
  • screening formats: HD, BD, BetaSP, MiniDV, DVD, DV
  • picture: black & white, 2.35:1
  • sound: stereo 2.0
  • runtime: 5 min
  • original language: Bulgarian
  • subtitles: English
  • IMDb: imdb.com/title/tt1581628
  • website: monoco.eu/magicians

Cast

  • Yoanna Boukovska
  • Alexander Goncharov
  • Kitodar Todorov
  • Lubomir Vulchev

Crew

  • director & scriptwriter – Andrey Getov
  • director of photography – Ivan Vatsov
  • producers – Andrey Getov, Delyan Kaloyanov & Ivan Vatsov
  • co-producer – Simeon Tsonchev
  • art director & costume designer – Vanina Geleva
  • original music score – © 2009 Ambient Anarchist
  • title designer – Dimitar Stoyanov
  • make-up designer – Tatiana Sleptsova-Tita
  • editor – Toma Vasharov
  • colourist – Kalin Petrov
  • assistant director – Simeon Tsonchev
  • script supervisor – Stefania Velichkova
  • sound designer – Kiril Kaloyanov
  • first cameraman – Hristo Alexandrov-Sinkata
  • second cameraman – Ivo Ivanov
  • gaffer – Manol Mitrev-Moni
  • camera assistant – Maxim Penev
  • production assistant – Anna Ivanova
  • on set photographer – Ivaylo Donchev
  • translation – Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov
  • transport – Ivan Geshtakov
  • catering – CinEye
  • unit production manager – Alexander ‘Sancho’ Marinov
  • production – CinEye & Mono Collective

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Film festivals (11)

  • 6. Golden Eye National Festival of Cinematography Art, May 2010, Popovo (Bulgaria)
  • 3. Yellow Dog International Film Festival of Alternative Cinema, March 2011, Pinhal Novo (Portugal)
  • 12. International Film Festival of Patra City, October 2010, Patra (Greece)
  • 7. Black & White Audiovisual Festival, April 2010, Porto (Portugal)
  • 25. Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market, February 2010, Clermont-Ferrand (France)
  • 4. Euroshorts, November 2009, Warsaw (Poland)
  • E.magiciens, November 2009, Valenciennes (France)
  • 8. Platforma Video 8, December 2009, Athens (Greece)
  • 19. Madrid Experimental Cinema Week, November 2009, Madrid (Spain)
  • 3. International Short Film Festival Filmini, October 2009, Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • First and The Last Experimental International Film Festival, September 2009, Sidney (Australia)

Special screenings and events (3)

  • Hurray! We Do Not Exist! Daniil Kharms’s Night, February 2010, Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Best Bulgarian Short Films screened on Filmini Short Film Festivals, November 2009, Varna (Bulgaria)
  • Special Screenings of Filmini at BG Europe Festival, November 2009, Ruse (Bulgaria)

* Last updated: 10 May 2011.

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