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The Magic Life of V


Wizards, magic spells, and heroic sword battles are just fantasy for some, but for Veera they’re a meaningful part of conquering her inner trauma. When Veera transforms into her LARP (live-action role-play) persona V, the game’s fantasy battlefields give her a space to combat her psychological turmoil. Tormented by her past, Veera finds in LARP the support and solace she needs to become the hero of her own story.

Tonislav Hristov’s elegant film is an intimate representation of an epic emotional journey. Wielding a tight camera, Hristov deftly translates Veera’s internal struggle into nuanced cinematic moments. Images of Veera traversing snowy landscapes offer transitional reprieve between her battlegrounds. Flashes from home videos offer impressionistic glimpses into her childhood. Discussions about her father are a source of tension between Veera and her disabled brother, whom she cares for. Therapy sessions slowly reveal the complexities of Veera’s struggle. Yet remembering and speaking about these memories goes only so far—Veera will need V’s courage if she’s going to confront her most intimidating challenge of all.

Screens with Sister
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Finland/Denmark/Bulgaria

RUN TIME 87 min

LANGUAGE English and Finnish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Making Movies Oy

WEBSITE http://www.mamo.fi

EMAIL kaarle.aho@mamo.fi

PHONE +358 407253936


Co Producers
Director Of Photography
Story Editor
Sound Design
Color Grading
Co Writer

Artist Bio

Tonislav Hristov

Tonislav Hristov was born in Vraza, Bulgaria, in 1978 and studied engineering at the Technical University of Ruse. In 2003 he moved to Helsinki, Finland, and started to study film. He has directed six feature-length documentaries. His latest documentary, The Good Postman, premiered at the 2016 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, screened in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a European Film Award in 2017.