The Illusionist

France/Great Britain
79 minutes

In the late 1950s, a French magician, finding work hard to come by with the slow death of music hall theatres, goes on an ill-fated British tour and starts a deep friendship with a young Scottish chambermaid. An unfilmed script by Jacques Tati becomes a touching, exquisite animated feature that perfectly evokes its writer's spirit and melancholy humour, down to the dialogue-free storytelling and painstaking attention to detail.

With the voices of Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin.
Director, music composer and film editor, Sylvain Chomet; produced by Bob Last, Sally Chomet; screenplay by mr. Chomet, adapted from an original screenplay by Jacques Tati; art director, Bjarne Hansen; character design, mr. Chomet, Pierre-Henry Laporterie. 
A Pathé presentation of a Django Films/Ciné B/France 3 Cinéma co-production, with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, France Télévisions. (French distributor, Pathé Distribution. World sales, Pathé International.)
Screened: Berlin Film Festival 2010 advance press and market screening, Cinemaxx 3 (Berlin), February 16th 2010; distributor advance press screening, Castello Lopes screening room (Lisbon), December 14th 2010.


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