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The Great Magician (2006)

Based on the novel of the same title by René Daumal

Feature film | Fairy Tale Duration 14:00

The film is an absurd and tragicomical fairytale about the unhappy life of an unknown and poor magician. He lives as a pedantic official of Mysterious Bank on Forsaken Street. Despite the fact that the magician is surrounded by evil-minded people, he won't use the opportunity to use his great magic powers. His steadfast faith in virtues, moral and divine providence obsesses him as he won't use his potential as a magician. No one will hold a speech at his funeral, no one considered him to be the great magician, perhaps not even himself!

Director: Elisabet Gustafsson

Keywords: official | bar | barmaid | elephant | hospital ward | grave | beggar | drinking coffee | falling | bank | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) dfm fiktion (Sweden), Average Monkey Film, La Voie Lactée (France), EG film (Sweden)
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Feature film, Short
Genre Fairy Tale
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Subtitles English
Duration 14:00, 14:00


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Producer Olivier Guerpillon | Riin Urbanik
Co-producer Marie Sonne-Jensen
Director Elisabet Gustafsson
Screenwriter Elisabet Gustafsson
Cinematographer Alex Lindén
Art Director Jérôme Signori
Costume Designer Mare Raidma
Composer Leo Helldén | Romain Violleau
Sound Designer Thomas Hagby
Writer of Adapted Work René Daumal


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Leading roles
Supporting roles

No suppoting roles

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 09.12.2006, PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 05.01.2007, Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2007, Best Short Film
  • Participation, PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), 2006
  • Participation, Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden), 2007

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm