Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE MAGICIAN
(El Mago)

Year: 2004
Country: MEXICO
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 98 minutes

A film of second chances, THE MAGICIAN runs the gamut of emotions. Pushing 60, Tadeus is a street magician who produces inept magic tricks with his eccentric sidekick Felix. Their act never gets any better, but they get by and have each other. When Tadeus learns he has a terminal illness, he softens toward everyone, and re-traces his life path. He visits Raquel, the love of his life that he abandoned, and the son of his best friend who was killed in a car accident. He revitalizes his interest in photography and helps a young single mother in his apartment building. Meanwhile, he goes along with the goal of reaching Acapulco with Felix, while planning his greatest magic trick ever. But when Felix is swindled by drug dealers and a prostitute, Tadeus must hurry. Lots of vivid characters and street scenes keep this film hopping from sweet to sad to funny.

Screenplay
Jaime Aparicio, Enrique Renter

Director
Jaime Aparicio

Producer
Mitl Valdes

Cinematography
Diego Arizmendi

Editing
Jaime Andrade, Humberto Delgado

Principal Cast
Ernando Gonz?lez, Maya Sapata, Gustavo Mu?oz, Jaun Angel Esparza, Claudia Goytia, Julissa

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