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Oscar-nominated 'The Illusionist' at Little Theatre

by Tonya Durlach

April 5, 2011 | WMU News

Publicity still from The Illusionist film.
'The Illusionist'
KALAMAZOO--Kalamazoo Film Society presents the Oscar-nominated animated comedy "The Illusionist" Friday through Sunday, April 8-10, in the Little Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Show times are 7 and 9 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30, 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

A French magician thrills a young Scottish girl with his act, and she runs away from home to join him on the road. The two establish a father-daughter relationship in which he is as enthralled with her as she is with his sleight of hand and the lavish gifts he bestows upon her. As she grows older, he realizes that no amount of magic can keep her. "The Illusionist" is a bittersweet and charming glimpse into the not-so-distant past. With limited dialogue, this beautifully animated film provides insight into love, loss and illusion.

Written and directed by Sylvain Chomet, the 2010 film is shown in English, French and Gaelic with English subtitles. It has a run time of 80 minutes, and is rated PG for adult thematic elements and smoking.

Parking and directions

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Lane on WMU's East Campus. Free off-street parking is available behind the theatre.

For more information, visit, contact the Kalamazoo Film Society at, or call the Little Theatre movie line at (269) 387-8221.