VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Magic in the Moonlight

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Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen
USA, 2014
Fiction, 98min, OmdU

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Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen
USA, 2014
Fiction, 98min, OmdU

Actors: 
Colin Firth
Stanley
Emma Stone
Sophie
Eileen Atkins
Aunt Vanessa
Marcia Gay Harden
Mrs. Baker
Hamish Linklater
Brice
Simon McBurney
Howard Burkan
Jacki Weaver
Grace
Screenplay: 
Woody Allen
Sound: 
Jean-Marie Blondel
Camera: 
Darius Khondji
Editor: 
Alisa Lepselter
Decoration: 
Anne Seibel
Costume: 
Sonia Grande

Production: 
Perdido Productions
World Sales: 
Filmnation Entertainment
Distribution in Austria: 
Warner Bros.
Format: 
DCP
Color

As if proving that old age is a kind of second childhood, Woody Allen has been on a magic-themed run of late. In MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT Colin Firth plays a celebrated stage magician in the 20’s asked to debunk an American clairvoyant named Sophie Baker who appears to have hoodwinked a rich American family in their home on the riviera. Charming without being laugh-out-loud funny, the film seems more intent on casting its own spell than going for the jugular. Shot on 35mm by Darius Khnondji, who seems to catch every dust mote in the diffuse lemony light, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is Allen’s most exquisitelooking movie in quite a while, conjuring a Wodehousian eden of lawns and tennis courts, with Stone’s pale-limbed Sophie set like a gem in centre- frame. (Tom Shone)