PIFF 38: MAGICAL GIRL

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In this dark and offbeat social satire, Alicia, a 12-year-old dying girl, asks her father Luis to buy her a wildly expensive gift: the dress of anime character “Magical Girl Yukiko,” once worn by a Japanese pop star. Fate puts Luis in the path Bárbara, a deeply unstable married woman, and Damian, a retired teacher with a troubled past. Bárbara, Luis, and Damian are thrown into a world of blackmail that will change their lives forever. “A noirish social critique . . . the dangerous interaction between money and emotion, which feels authentically independent, the sideways slant of its director’s vision continually shifting the viewer out of the comfort zone.”—The Hollywood Reporter. Best Film, Best Director, San Sebastian Film Festival.

This film is selected from the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a larger touring program, curated and organized by Pragda and Spain arts&culture. Supported by Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), and the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport. Special thanks to Marvin—Wayne and Cinelandia.

MAGICAL GIRL screens Thursday, February 19 at 3:30pm and Friday, February 21 at 4:15pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.


The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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