MAGIC SHOW

Ulysses is a former entrepreneur, threatened by the loan sharks, whose whole life has been broken apart from the moment he fell prey to gambling addiction. One night, though, after throwing away until his last penny on Slot games, he chances upon the "Magic Show", a small theater where a young artist, the enchanting Luna, performs on stage. The extraordinary poetry of her illusions revives inside Ulysses a light that was completely off and he must struggle to win his life’s most important battle…

  • Andrea Traina
    Director
    Il Toro di Wall Street, Los sentidos de la muerte, Apnea, Click
  • Andrea Traina
    Writer
    Il Toro di Wall Street, Los sentidos de la muerte, Apnea, Click,
  • Ornella Sgroi
    Writer
  • Davide Vigore
    Writer
  • Rocco Pascale
    Producer
  • Nino Frassica
    Key Cast
    "Ulisse Poidomani"
  • Lucia Sardo
    Key Cast
    "Signora Adele"
  • Angelo Tosto
    Key Cast
    "Ettore"
  • Katia Greco
    Key Cast
    "Luna"
  • Luciano Fioretto
    Key Cast
    "Ulisse giovane"
  • Anita Indigeno
    Key Cast
    "Moira"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Magic Show
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 5, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    45,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:2,39
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Andrea Traina

ANDREA TRAINA is an Italian filmmaker living and working in Rome. He wrote and directed shorts, commercials, features, and TV series. His works, aired on the Italian broadcasters, have been selected by international festivals, never failing to win important awards. He collaborated with Sky Italy, and Fox Crime with several projects, including APNEA, a thriller series he created, wrote and directed. His psychological thriller script SARAH’S GAME won the “Solinas Prize”, the most important and prestigious Italian award for screenplay. For the Spanish studio Filmax, he wrote and directed the first two episodes of THE FIVE SENSES OF DEATH, a five-episode TV series he also created. Recently he has been collaborating with Tìpota Movie Company on a few documentaries, including THE LORD OF THE SNOWS,THE CHARGING BULL and DEPERO.

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Director Statement

"Magic Show" is a modern fairy tale that addresses the complexity of the theme of gambling addiction through suggestions, the sophisticated but not cryptic language, able to outline an entire existence with the strength of a coherent, scrupulous look. Using the codes of the genre it builds the story on a ground shared with the viewer, and yet it overturns those codes in an unexpected way, to hit them straight to the soul. "Magic Show" comes to the heart even before it passes through the brain, instilling into the viewer's mind the germ of a social change.