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MAGIC KISA A DARK SHORT COMEDY

GRAND JURY BEST NARRATIVE FICTION RED ROCK FILM FESTIVAL UTAH

BEST FOREIGN SHORT INDIE PRODUCER FILM CONTEST L.A 09

WINNER INDIE FEST AWARD SAN DIEGO 09 

BRONZE BEAR FESTIVAL OF NATIONS EBENSEE 09

17 selections in International film festivals

YOUR NEIGHBOUR MAKES TOO MUCH NOISE ? YOUR WIFE SPENDS TOO MUCH MONEY ? YOUR MOTHER IN LAW IS A BIT INTRUSIVE ? CALL THE GRAVE DIGGERS : 1.900.713 DEAD

Excellence in death since 1764

 

Starring Dominique Bettenfeld ("la vie en rose", "City of the lost children"), Christophe Laubion, Marie Vernalde


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Film
Film
Langue: 
French
Production country: 
France
Running time (In minutes): 
21'40
Theme: 
Thriller
Category/Format: 
Short films
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Production year: 
September, 2008
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Mathieu was born in 1974 in Toulouse, south of France. Since his early age he directed short cuts with his father’s video camera. He completed his first western film at the age of 8. After English studies in college he was graduated from the ESAV cinema school, and he worked as camera assistant on TV documentaries. In 1998 as he was working at the Cannes Film festival he met an executive from Sony Music who liked his short cuts and gave him a job as a music video director. Since then Mathieu directed clips for various french artists as Zazie, Sanseverino, KDD… He also directed commercials for Airbus, Alcatel, Bouygues Telecoms, ATR… Since 1998 he wrote and directed three short cuts (Gweilo, One more prayer for Remington, Giallo), with his Toulouse Connection friends, mainly genre films with B movie references. He also co-wrote a book about French B movies (“La Série B Française” PuF 2000). He wrote and directed two short cuts : “Under the surface” (an adventure feature film teaser starring Lance white Magpie from “Dances with wolves” and Mélanie Tran) and “Magic Kisa”, a French neo-whodunit with squeaking humour about twin brothers.

Film director: 
mathieu saliva
Producer: 
Jean claude flaccomio/mathieu saliva
About the Producer: 
Jean-Claude Flaccomio operates as film producer in his Paris based film company, 9MM production. He took his first step in the cinematographic field as Actor, in several features, then as Director, shooting short cuts as well as commercial films. He graduated Louis Lumière School in Paris where he widened his technical knowledge and experience. His managerial skills and his passion for movie are one of the key stones of 9MM Production, the film company he created in 2005.
Screenplay: 
mathieu saliva
Editing: 
robin barriere
Film photographer: 
xavier arias
Sound: 
fabien salabert
Music: 
olivier cussac
Art Director: 
stephane lizouret
Costume: 
stephane lizouret
Decor: 
pierre adrien lecerf
Cast 1: 
dominique bettenfeld
Cast 2: 
christophe laubion
Cast 3: 
marie vernalde
Film synopsis: 
MAGIC KISA is a dark short comedy on the topic of the gemellity : Two twin brothers after years of separation. One leaves prison and the other lined up and founded a family. Associated by long years of swindle and chicaneries, their destinies rock in one night... Stealing of identity, handling and threats of two strange grave-diggers... Genre film under the tradition of the 50’s, 60’s French whodunit, “MAGIC KISA” is a trap movie with squeaking humour...
Budget
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Actual Budget: 
30000
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Super 16
Format Ratio: 
4/3 letterbox
Film Sound: 
Other
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
Beta, Béta digital, DVd cam, mini DV, DVd
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Dam Short Film Festival Boulder City... Cinema city Int'l Filmfest L.A Washington DC Independent Film Festival... Indie film fest San Diego.. West Hollywood Filmfest Hollywood. BuSho - Budapest Short Film Festival Budapest... Golden Knight Malta Int'l filmfest Bornshorts Film Festival Bornholm, Denmark... Granada Int'l Young Filmmakers Spain... Portobello Film Festival London... Cannes short film Corner... Red Rock Film Festival Utah... Terror Film Festival Philadelphia... Indie Producers Short Film Contest California... Ebensee festival of nations Austria... Potenza International Film Festival ITALY... Sequence Int'l filmfest Toulouse... Potenza Filmfest Italy 

Awards received: 
Grand jury Best narrative Fiction Red Rock Film Fest Utha... Best foreign short Indie Producer film Contest Los Angeles... Indie fest San diego : Award of merit 09.... Bronze bear Festival of nations Ebensee Austria...
Film reviews: 
<p align="left"> EfilmCritic... AUGUST 2009 by Charles Tatum &quot;Brother Hoods&quot; </p> <p align="left"> This complex Tarantino-like noir short film is a treat to watch and recommend. Vic and Gino (both played by Christophe Laubion) are identical twins. Vic has just been released from prison after six years, and he tracks down family man Gino at Gino's bar. Gino should have gone to jail with Vic, both are con men, so Gino makes him an offer- Vic spends two weeks playing Gino, complete with sexy common-law wife Margot (Marie Vernalde) and nerdy son Castor (Philemon Renaud), and then all is even between them. What Gino fails to tell Vic is that he owes three million dollars to another set of identical twins known as the Gravediggers (both played by Dominique Bettenfeld), who see their enforcement by hacksaw as a task from God, and who like to peruse coffin catalogs in case they must bury one of their associates. Gino is seriously injured, and Vic begins to realize he may have got the raw end of this deal. First, a word about the technical aspects. Director Saliva does an absolutely flawless job of creating two sets of identical twins with one actor playing each set. The film's effect is brilliant, without calling attention to itself, and I was stunned to learn only one actor played two brothers. The musical score is fun and odd, another aspect that reminded me of Tarantino. Laubion is great as the shifty brothers. Marie Vernalde is also good as Gino's girl, and Philemon Renaud as the young son is excellent, especially when telling the story of his hitchhiking trip home from school. I could watch an entire film dedicated to the Gravedigger brothers. Their (his?)scenes are both creepy and humorous, with Bettenfeld doing an astounding job. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this mean little film (barely thirty minutes long). It could easily be expanded to a feature length film, and I would be one of the first seeking it out. <a href="http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=19724&amp;reviewer=325">http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=19724&amp;reviewer=325</a> </p> <p align="left"> &nbsp; </p> <p align="left"> OpenSalon... SEPT 09. The Subtle Magic of &quot;Magic Kisa:&quot; Movie Review By Dan Lybarger </p> <p align="left"> Magic Kisa is a 30-minute French comedy-thriller that’s so clever that it takes a couple of viewings to appreciate what writer-director Mathieu Saliva has done. An ex-convict named Vic (Christophe Laubion) decides to play an unexpected visit on his brother Gino (played by Laubion without a moustache). Both were involved in the crime that sent Vic to the slammer, but Gino ended up with his own tavern, a live-in girlfriend named Margot (Marie Vernalde) and a son. When Vic tells Gino that he envies his older brother’s seemingly easy life, Gino offers to trade identities with him. Vic accepts the offer and quickly discovers that he was better off in prison. As Vic should have probably guessed, Gino isn’t as upright as he appears and has betrayed others the way he’s betrayed Vic. Gino owes a fortune to a couple of mob goons (both played by Dominique Bettenfeld, “La vie en rose”). These fellows remind deadbeats of their obligations by letting them know what sort of coffin they’ll provide if the money isn’t forthcoming. They promise get one that’s just a few centimeters too small. This means the borrower may get dismembered to fit. That’s actually the nicest thing these guys do. And now that Vic is literally in Gino’s shoes, he’s stuck with the large debt and a short deadline. Magic Kisa starts off bleak and gets darker as it goes on, but Saliva and his crew keep the film from sneaking into nihilism by loading the film with a satanic humor. The twin mobsters read through a catalog of caskets as if they were shopping for cars. Saliva also has some intriguing plot twists that jolt viewers the way they frustrate Vic. On a technical level, the film is astonishing because the filmmakers have figured out how to create dual characters for Laubion and Bettenfeld without drawing attention to the fact that each actor is playing two roles. Casting performers in multiple roles is as old as cinema itself (Buster Keaton played an entire theater in 1921’s The Play House), but Saliva and the other filmmakers come up with ingenious ways to make Laubion and Bettenfeld interact with their cinematic doppelgangers as if it were happening in real time. None of this would work if the actors weren’t up to the challenge. Take a close look at Laubion’s face during his domestic scenes with Vernalde, and you’ll catch a look of bewilderment as Vic discovers how complicated Gino’s life really is. With only 30 minutes, Saliva’s pacing is appropriately taut and brisk. Nonetheless, there’s more wit and imagination in this offering than in a lot of features. </p> <p align="left"> <a href="http://open.salon.com/blog/lybarger/2009/09/09/the_subtle_magic_of_magic_kisa_movie_review">http://open.salon.com/blog/lybarger/2009/09/09/the_subtle_magic_of_magic_kisa_movie_review</a> </p> <p align="center"> &nbsp; </p>
Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
International: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
Elypse films
Address: 
ELYPSE SHORT FILM DISTRIBUTION Muriel Gravouil C/Isabel de Moctezuma, 19 2D 10005 Cáceres- Spain Acquisitions Manager 0034 927 24 93 55 0034 687 39 16 52 www.elypsefilm.com
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
mathieu saliva
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
yes
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