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The Magus Wins At I Festival Lume de Cinema

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 28, 2011

Film still from Jaimz Asmundon's The Magus

Winnipeg filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson‘s quasi-documentary portrait of his artist father C. Graham Asmundson, The Magus, has won an Artistic Contribution award for International Short Film at the I Festival Lume de Cinema, which was held on July 15-23 in Sao Luis, Brazil.

The 12-minute film ostensibly documents the artistic process of the elder Asmundson, as he descends far underneath the city streets into a hidden studio. Safely ensconced in his private retreat, the artist begins dramatically painting abstract images onto enormous canvases while the audiences slowly begins to understand that they are watching a magic ritual.

As the film’s pace begins to race furiously, the paintings explode across the screen, revealing hidden worlds in their midst.

The Underground Film Journal reviewed the movie earlier this year, saying:

Film as Satanic ritual has never really evolved into a full-fledged subgenre even with the still continuing interest in the work of Kenneth Anger. But, every once in awhile, one will come across a great underground movie that treads heavily in the dark arts.

Jaimz Asmundson‘s The Magus is one of those films.

(This news originally reported by the Winnipeg Film Group.)

Watch the movie trailer for The Magus:

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