2001 MAGONIA - 112'/The Netherlands, France, Georgia
Feature film about a father who tells stories to his son, shot in Georgia, the Netherlands and France. Script Arthur Japin & Ineke Smits
>Winner of the Circulo Precolombino de Oro for Best Film, Colombia, Winner of the Golden Tulip in Istanbul IFF 2002, Turkey, Special Mention of the Jury at Festroia 2002, Portugal
In Competition San Sebastian FF 2001, Mannheim FF 2001, Tbilisi IFF 2001, FIFF Creteil 2002, Bonn Filmmusik Biennale 2002, Brussels Age d’Or 2002, Leeds IFF 2002, Riga IFF 2002, MedFilm Rome 2002, Official Selection Toronto FF 2001, Goteborg FF 2002, Santa Fe FF 2001, Rotterdam IFF 2002, Chicago 2002, Mar del Plata FF, Singapore IFF, Petersburg FF 2002, Karlovy Vary IFF 2002, Madrid IFF 2002, Djakarta FF 2002, Bergen FF<
Magonia is a poetic drama that transports us from our everyday life to an imaginary world in the sky. Each week, a son visits his eccentric father on a beautiful island. They fly kites on a beach where sea and air flow together in a watercolour wash. The father captivates his son,
telling stories about a land called Magonia. Three magical tales which, touch the boy’s soul. Together they build a kite in the form of a Magonian flying ship and let their imaginations soar.
The tales carry them over minarets and mosques, into the desert and out to sea. A woman cares for an old muezzin and falls in love with his young apprentice. An estranged couple encounters an old man and his son, sparking desires for human contact and free- dom. In a fishing port ravaged by storms, a woman
waits for the man she loves to return.
Through these tales, the boy comes to see the world through his father’s eyes, understanding for the first time the older man’s passion and fragility. For both of them Magonia represents unattainable dreams and longings, and the possibility of escaping to a magical place beyond the clouds.
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