The Magicians

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 11:10
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 10:00
Vancity Theatre
$8 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Joram Lürsen
The Netherlands

Original title: Het geheim
Ben Stikker and his father are huge fans of magic and spend their time trying to perfect and perform the tricks for their act Stikker and Son. Their hero is well-known magician Hans Smid, who Ben wishes to emulate. At a public performance, Ben and his assistant Sylvie attempt a new disappearing act that seems to work too well. Sylvie promptly vanishes and can't be found.

Soon reality and illusion begin to blur as Ben is forced to confront whether he truly has magical powers or if something is at work that has yet to reveal itself. With his family falling apart, and the media and Sylvie's family scrutinizing his every move, he is confident that the great Hans Smid will come to his rescue. The Magicians is an accomplished and exciting film, with great performances by its young leads, and an exciting mystery at its heart that will keep the audience engaged.

Themes: reality vs. illusion, family relationships, magic, and economic class.
Recommended for grades 2-5/ ages 8+

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Trailer in Dutch

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Director's Bio: 
In the past years Joram Lürsen has directed the very successful movie Love is All (with an attendance of over 1.3 million and the Dutch Film Award for best director) and episodes of the popular drama series Het Vrije Schaep and Vuurzee. With Frank Ketelaar, Joram earlier directed the successful family movie In Orange. Both Love is All and In Orange won many awards at home and abroad. Lürsen also worked with Frank Ketelaar on his graduation film Finals that won the Cannon Award and the L.L. Jordaan Award and received a Mention de Qualité at the Césars, the French film awards. In addition, he also directed episodes of popular TV programs such as All Stars, Baantjer and many others.