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The Shanghai Spell

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Director  Fernando Trueba
Duration  
Music director  Antoine Duhamel
Country  Spain
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Mystery
Running time  1h 59m
Screenplay  Fernando Trueba
Language  Spanish
The Shanghai Spell movie poster
Release date  12 April 2002 (2002-04-12) (Spain)
Based on  El embrujo de Shanghai  by Juan Marse
Writer  Juan Marse (novel), Fernando Trueba
Cast  Fernando Tielve (Dani), Aida Folch (Susana), Ariadna Gil (Anita / Chen), Fernando Fernán Gómez (Capt. Bay), Eduard Fernández (Forcat), Antonio Resines (Kim)
Similar movies  Directed by Fernando Trueba, Ariadna Gil movies, Set in Barcelona

The Shanghai Spell (Spanish: El embrujo de Shanghai) is a 2002 Spanish film written and directed by Fernando Trueba. The film is based on the novella of the same name written by Juan Marsé and published in 1993.

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Plot

The film is set in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, in the wake of the Spanish Civil War. Fourteen-year-old Dani (Fernando Tielve) is a budding artist, who looks after Captain Blay (Fernando Fernán Gómez), an ageing civil war veteran. Blay suggests Dani draw local girl Susana (Aida Folch) as the subject of a poster warning of the dangers of factory smoke causing consumption. Dani and Susana begin a tentative romance, as they hear stories of Susana's father's exploits as a secret agent in the Chinese city of Shanghai from one of his wartime colleagues.

Awards

The Shanghai Spell was nominated in several categories at the 17th Goya Awards in February 2003. The film won the awards for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyles; and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Supervision.

References

The Shanghai Spell Wikipedia
The Shanghai Spell IMDb The Shanghai Spell themoviedb.org


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