There are few comedies that have been done the way Jacques Tati has done them. There have been some luscious long takes that are truly unforgettable. It is a pain you feel through the comedy that is tragic but still beautiful. Sylvain Chomet is trying to recreate that with his next film called The Illusionist. Many of us cannot for this to come out. After watching Sylvain last film called The Triplets of Belleville. You can’t help but wonder that he was meant to make The Illusionist.
The new film is based on an unproduced script by French comedy legend Jacques Tati and details the story of a dying breed of stage entertainer by the name of Monsieur Tatischeff whose thunder is being stolen by emerging rock stars. He is made to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theaters, garden parties and bars. In all this commotion he meets a young fan who changes his life forever.
The film will not be part of the Cannes unveiled list. But it was screened at the Berlin Film Festival this year. It is not really featured in the list of Cannes Film Festival which is not a good thing. This should be probably the film that France sends to the Oscar. The distribution detail for the film is still very sketchy.
But to witness this film will be something. The film will get ready for a June 16 th debut. Here are some new images you can check out above and see the extent to which he has gone to make this beautiful personal film.