Here is one of the first trailers of the new animated film by director Sylvain Chomet ("The Triplets of Belleville") .
The connection to magic: well, obviously because the main character is a magician (modeled on Jacques Tati ) , but secondly because one of the Genii forum members, Greg Manwaring, was an animator on this film.
(there is more footage from the film in this French interview with the director Sylvain Chomet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbru4psfVbA )
Trailer linked above is in Russian. Here is the translation of the inter-titles on the trailer:
In life, there are just a few things that are worth doing.
But sometimes the world is not ready to receive
that, which we are able to offer it.
This story tells of the journey of one man
which enabled him to keep his magical gift
and to rediscover for himself
what is worth doing for him in life.
From the director of that masterpiece of European animation
"The Triplets of Belleville", Sylvain Chomet.
Based on the screenplay of the legendary Jacques Tati.
Film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February to rave reviews. It will open in in Europe in May . No U.S. distributor or release date is known at this time through it is apparently in negotiation and should be announced soon.
The official description from Pathe France web site:
" [Set in the early 1960's] The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafes. However, while performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever.
Watching his performance to the excited and amazed villagers who are celebrating the arrival of electricity to their remote island, Alice becomes awestruck by our hero and believes his tricks are real magic.
Following him to Edinburgh, she acts as his housekeeper while he goes to work in a small local theatre. Enchanted by her enthusiasm for his act, he rewards her with increasingly lavish gifts he has conjured into existence. Desperate not to disappoint her, he cannot bring himself to reveal that magic does not exist and that buying these gifts is driving him to ruin.
But as Alice comes of age, she finds love and moves on. The Illusionist no longer has to pretend and, untangled from his own web of deceit, resumes his life a much wiser man."