The lines between illusion and reality become hopelessly blurred for director Benjamin Berman when he films the comeback tour of The Amazing Johnathan, a celebrity magician-comedian who, given a year to live in 2014, retired from public life, only to find himself still alive three years later. With filming underway, the mercurial Johnathan drops a bombshell which forces Berman to choose between giving up on the project, or embracing the unconventional possibilities it affords, resulting in an unclassifiable, meta-textual, puzzle that deconstructs and questions the principles of documentary filmmaking.
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Screening as part of the 2019 IFI Documentary Festival, 25th – 29th September. Full details here.