Magical Girl (film)

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Magical Girl
Magical Girl (film) POSTER.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCarlos Vermut
Written byCarlos Vermut
StarringLuis Bermejo
Bárbara Lennie
José Sacristán
CinematographySantiago Racaj
Edited byEmma Tusell
Aquí y Allí Films
Canal+ Spain
Distributed byAvalon (Spain)
Release date
  • October 17, 2014 (2014-10-17) (Spain)
Running time
127 minutes

Magical Girl is a 2014 Spanish neo-noir film directed by Carlos Vermut.[1] The film was screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2014 San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Shell.[2] [3] It won the Goya Award for Best Actress for Bárbara Lennie at the 29th Goya Awards ceremony.


Luis (played by Luis Bermejo), an unemployed literature teacher, tries to fulfill the last wish of his 12-year-old daughter Alicia (Lucía Pollán), who's terminally ill of cancer: owning the official costume of anime series Magical Girl Yukiko. The elevated price of the costume makes Luis get into an unusual and obscure chain of blackmails that involves Damián (José Sacristán) and Bárbara (Bárbara Lennie), to changing their lives forever.


  • Luis Bermejo as Luis
  • José Sacristán as Damián
  • Bárbara Lennie as Bárbara
  • Israel Elejalde as Alfredo
  • Lucía Pollán as Alicia
  • Elisabet Gelabert as Ada
  • Miquel Insua as Oliver
  • Teresa Soria Ruano as Adela
  • David Pareja as Javier
  • Eva Llorach as Laura
  • Lorena Iglesias as Psychologist
  • Marisol Membrillo as Marisol
  • Julio Arrojo as Driver
  • Alberto Chaves as Shopkeeper
  • Julián Génisson as Jewellery shop assistant
  • Marina Andruix as Bárbara child
  • María Martín Cuevas as Baby


Carlos Vermut states that there are some little parts in the movie influenced by the popular magical girl series Sailor Moon. However, in terms of story and dark style, they were highly influenced by the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Carlos stated he liked the story in Madoka, where there is no reward but punishment. He noted "I received inspiration from the dark part of that "Madoka Magica", not just imitating, but matching it with the image I was thinking and putting it in Magical Girl."[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards Category Nominated Result
62nd San Sebastián International Film Festival[5] Golden Shell for Best Film Won
Best Director Carlos Vermut Won
II Premios Feroz[6] Best Drama Nominated
Best Director Carlos Vermut Nominated
Best Screenplay Carlos Vermut Won
Best Main Actor Luis Bermejo Nominated
Best Main Actress Bárbara Lennie Won
Best Supporting Actor José Sacristán Won
Best Trailer Nominated
Best Film Poster Won
29th Goya Awards[7] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Carlos Vermut Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Carlos Vermut Nominated
Best Actor Luis Bermejo Nominated
Best Actress Bárbara Lennie Won
Best Supporting Actor José Sacristán Nominated
Best New Actor Israel Elejalde Nominated


  1. ^ "Magical Girl" (in Spanish). AQUÍ Y ALLÍ FILMS. 2014. Archived from the original on 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  2. ^ "Magical Girl". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ "San Sebastian: 'Magical Girl' Wins Golden Shell". Hollywood Reporter. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ "映画『マジカル・ガール』インタビュー まどマギが与えた影響とは?". kai-you. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Palmarés de la 62 edición del Festival de San Sebastián". Festival de San Sebastián (in Spanish). 27 September 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Lista de nominados a los Premios Feroz 2015". Premios Feroz (in Spanish). 17 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Candidaturas - Magical Girl". Premios Goya (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 January 2014.

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