Date: March 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: McConomy Auditorium, Jared L. Cohon University Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Event: Magical Girl Screening + Reception
Admission: General-$10, Student-$5 with ID, Group Discount for 25 persons or more
Magical Girl (Spain, 2014, 127 min.)
Directed by Carlos Vermut
A darkly intriguing, expertly composed and elegantly austere moral fable.
-Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
Alicia, a sick child, dreams of wearing the dress of her favorite Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko. Luis, her father, will try to do everything in his power to grant her dream. His fate intersects with Barbara, an attractive young woman with mental disorders and with Damian, a teacher retired from everything except his troubled past. Lluis, Barbara and Damian will be trapped in a world of blackmail, where instincts and reason will struggle in a tragic battle, changing all their lives forever.
- San Sebastián Film Festival, 2014, Golden Shell for Best Film
- San Sebastián Film Festival, 2014, Silver Shell for Best Director
- Busan International Film Festival (South Korea), 2014, Flash Forward Award
- Toronto 2014, Discovery
About the Director:
Carlos Vermut studied illustration at the Escuela de Arte Número Diez de Madrid and made his first steps as an illustrator for the newspaper El Mundo. After winning the injuve price of comics in 2006, he published his first solo comic, El Banyàn Rojo [the red banyan], which received four nominations at the Barcelona International Comics Convention. In 2010, he began writing the script for his first feature film, Diamond Flash. After sending the script to several producers and getting no response, he created his own company, Psicosoda Films and started producing Diamond Flash as an independent. The film was financed with the profits Vermut had generated from the operating rights of the series Jelly Jamm. It was distributed directly online on the cinema platform Filmin. It became the most viewed movie on the online cinema portal for two weeks. Diamond Flash is acclaimed by critics and is voted by the film magazine Caimàn best spanish film in 2012, tied with Blancanieves by Pablo berger. Magical Girl is his second feature film.