The Magic Life of V

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    The Magic Life of V

    Veeran elämä

    Directed by

    Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria


    97 min

    • Finnish


    A creative documentary about a young lady using the magic of LARPing (live-role-playing) in order to cope with her family problems. Haunted by her childhood traumas she is trying to help her mentally disabled brother to become more independent through live-role-playing. As she guides the brother through the world of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards and medieval knights, she finally finds the courage to face the demons of her own past; namely their abusive father.
    At the core of the film is Veera, 25, a young lady who’s trying to find the courage to face the demons of her past. She has not been able to face her abusive father for 14 years. The father was a heavy drinker who abused his wife and children both mentally and physically until his wife kicked him out. Veera has a brother Ville, 29, who's mentally disabled. Ville does meet the father occasionally and they have started to drink together. Ville also gets bullied by people who do not understand that he's disabled.
    Veera decides to help her brother by introducing him to LARPing. Most of all, she decides to use the magic of live-role-playing and find the courage to vanquish her demons; to meet and confront their father.




    Cinematographer Alexander Stanishev makes the act of staring intently feel like second nature.

    Sarah Ward, The Hollywood Reporter

    Tonislav Hristov

    Tonislav Hristov


    Trust is something that you see in the film, especially in documentaries. If these people don't trust you, then you sense it right away.

    Tonislav Hristov was born in Vraza, Bulgaria, in 1978 and studied engineering at the Technical University of Ruse. In 2003 he moved to Helsinki, Finland, and started to study film. He has directed six feature-length documentaries. His documentary, THE GOOD POSTMAN (2016), premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, screened in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a European Film Award in 2017. His latest documentary, THE MAGIC LIFE OF V (2019) premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

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