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Abracadabra

Abracadabra

Synopsis

Director

If you cross „What Have I Done to Deserve This?“ with „Blithe Spirit“ and „Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde“, you might be close to the tone of Pablo Berger’s adventurous film.

Carmen (Maribel Verdú) lives on the outskirts of Madrid with her husband Carlos (Antonio de la Torre). She’s an ordinary housewife who’s devoted to her family and he’s a construction worker and soccer fan who lives and breathes for Real Madrid. One day their routine lives change forever. At a wedding reception Carmen’s cousin Pepe (José Mota), an amateur hypnotist, gives a demonstration. He asks for a volunteer from the audience and a skeptical Carlos agrees. The next morning Carlos starts behaving strangely – something went wrong and now he’s possessed by a spirit. Together the cousins begin a surreal, comical investigation to bring him back, while Carmen starts to feel curiously attracted to her „new“ husband.

From the director of the stylish „Blancanieves“ (PÖFF 2012) comes this madcap woman’s melodrama, employing more than its fair share of genre-hopping narrative digressions, absurdist inflections and some glorious retro-pop aesthetic for very good measure. This isn’t a film for the faint-hearted – prepare to throw good taste out of the window on a rollercoaster cinematic ride where mayhem and magic fuse to formidable effect. – Maria Delgado, London Film Festival

   

Pablo Berger

(b. 1963, Bilbao, Spain) is the renowned Spanish director of one of the most remarkable and original films of recent European Cinema, the Spanish-French coproduction „Blancanieves“ (2012). Among other distinctions, it won 10 Goya awards in 2013 and the Ariel award for best Ibero-American Film in 2013, as well the Silver Shell award for Best Actress and the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Films was screened also at PÖFF competition programme. His debut film, the Spanish-Danish coproduction „Torremolinos 73“, received 4 Goya nominations and won several national and international prizes. All of Pablo’s films have been distributed worldwide and have premiered at international prestigious film festivals.

Filmography

  •  Torremolinos 73 (2003)
  • Blancanieves (Lumivalgeke, PÖFF 2012)
  • Abracadabra (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
20:45 - 22:21
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011003
Sold out
18.11.2017
17:00 - 18:36
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021302
Sold out
21.11.2017
21:30 - 23:06
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 052003
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama
Solaris Vitamins

Film info

Countries: Spain, France
Year: 2017
Duration: 96 minutes
Language: Spanish
Director: Pablo Berger
Producers: Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé, Jérôme Vidal
Writer: Pablo Berger
DOP: Kiko de la Rica
Montage: David Gallart
Composer: Alfonso de Vilallonga
Cast: Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, Priscilla Delgado, 
Javier Antón
Production: Arcadia Motion Pictures
Festival: London

Synopsis

Director

If you cross „What Have I Done to Deserve This?“ with „Blithe Spirit“ and „Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde“, you might be close to the tone of Pablo Berger’s adventurous film.

Carmen (Maribel Verdú) lives on the outskirts of Madrid with her husband Carlos (Antonio de la Torre). She’s an ordinary housewife who’s devoted to her family and he’s a construction worker and soccer fan who lives and breathes for Real Madrid. One day their routine lives change forever. At a wedding reception Carmen’s cousin Pepe (José Mota), an amateur hypnotist, gives a demonstration. He asks for a volunteer from the audience and a skeptical Carlos agrees. The next morning Carlos starts behaving strangely – something went wrong and now he’s possessed by a spirit. Together the cousins begin a surreal, comical investigation to bring him back, while Carmen starts to feel curiously attracted to her „new“ husband.

From the director of the stylish „Blancanieves“ (PÖFF 2012) comes this madcap woman’s melodrama, employing more than its fair share of genre-hopping narrative digressions, absurdist inflections and some glorious retro-pop aesthetic for very good measure. This isn’t a film for the faint-hearted – prepare to throw good taste out of the window on a rollercoaster cinematic ride where mayhem and magic fuse to formidable effect. – Maria Delgado, London Film Festival

   

Pablo Berger

(b. 1963, Bilbao, Spain) is the renowned Spanish director of one of the most remarkable and original films of recent European Cinema, the Spanish-French coproduction „Blancanieves“ (2012). Among other distinctions, it won 10 Goya awards in 2013 and the Ariel award for best Ibero-American Film in 2013, as well the Silver Shell award for Best Actress and the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Films was screened also at PÖFF competition programme. His debut film, the Spanish-Danish coproduction „Torremolinos 73“, received 4 Goya nominations and won several national and international prizes. All of Pablo’s films have been distributed worldwide and have premiered at international prestigious film festivals.

Filmography

  •  Torremolinos 73 (2003)
  • Blancanieves (Lumivalgeke, PÖFF 2012)
  • Abracadabra (2017)