"THEATRUM MAGICUM" AWARDED IN ARGENTINA
In November 2017 the Short - Long World Festival took place in Argentina. "Theatrum Magicum" by Marcin Giżycki was among the winning films.
The Short - Long World Festival in Argentina was organized in 2017 for the first time. The jury awarded shorts in various categories including: narrative short film, documentary short film and horror – terror short film. The Jury Honor Mention went to the film "Theatrum Magicum" by Marcin Giżycki.
"Theatrum Magicum" tells the story of a magic show performed at the end of the 18th century by a magician and his troupe (the reality of that time is not depicted very strictly). The magician’s persona is modelled after Cassandre, the protagonist of Jan Poptocki’s plays, but also resembles Georges Méliès as a character in his own films, and great 18th century boaster Baron Münchhausen (known both from Karel Zeman's movies and Gustave Doré’s illustrations). The script is influenced by Potocki's writing, prehistory of the cinema and silent movies, yet "Theatrum Magicum" does not demand from the viewer any special erudition. It should be what every illusionist show is - an entertaining and astonishing spectacle.
The full list of the awarded films is available at the festival website.