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‘Abracadabra’ Faozan Rizal & the magic of cinema

  • Katrin Figge

    Contributor

Berlin   /   Sat, January 11 2020   /  02:32 am

Homage to Dali: A scene from Abracadabra is based on Salvador Dali's early work Young Woman at a Window" (Courtesy of Fourcolours Films)In Faozan Rizal’s new movie Abracadabra, the director takes the audience on an adventurous ride.Director Faozan Rizal first came up with the idea for a film about magic more than four years ago. Back then, however, Abracadabra was still a very dark story and looked nothing like the fun-filled movie for both children and adults that will hit the big screen this week.“I was always fascinated by magic, in the same way I was fascinated by cinema — they both present us with an opportunity to live within our own imagination,” he said.Abracadabra, which hits theaters in Indonesia on Thursday, follows the story of Lukman, a magician portrayed by Reza Rahadian, who doesn’t believe in miracles anymore.During his farewell performance, he asks a young...