NAHUEL AND THE MAGIC BOOK
[NAHUEL Y EL LIBRO MÁGICO]
For fisherman's son Nahuel, the ocean and its dark mysteries are the stuff of nightmares. Born aboard his father Antonio's boat during a violent storm that took his mother's life, Nahuel inherited an acute fear of anything to do with boats or the sea. Add that to dealing with local bullies and poor Nahuel just can't seem to build up the courage to face his fears. But when he finds "El Levisterio," a powerful book whose magic incantations can temporarily give him courage, Nahuel thinks his problems are solved. Little does he know that "El Levisterio" is also coveted by evil master sorcerer Kalku, who plans to use the book's power to summon up a monstrous deep-sea terror that will destroy civilization. After his father is captured by Kalku, Nahuel must set off to rescue him alongside newfound companions Fresia, a Mapuche machi-in-training, and Ruende, a talking dog with a secret. In a land where dreams and reality are one and the same, where spells, magic and fantastic creatures lurk around every corner, Nahuel must summon every ounce of courage to battle with the forces of evil — and his own fears — in this beautifully animated feature debut from Chilean director and animator Germán Acuña. (Note adapted from Seattle International Film Festival.) Official Selection, 2020 Annecy International Animation Film Festival; 2021 Seattle International Film Festival and New York International Children's Film Festival. DIR/SCR Germán Acuña; SCR Juan Pablo Sepúlveda; PROD Sebastián Ruz, Livia Pagano. Chile/Brazil, 2020, color, 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED; recommended for ages 8+
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