Toss a moody teen delinquent into a secret society of magicians, step into her perspective with clever dark humor and fun fantasy scenes, and blaze through an uplifting coming-of-age story that’s both unique and universal. Kate Tsang’s debut feature pairs the perfectly cast Miya Cech (Always Be My Maybe), as angry and rebellious 13-year-old Sammy, and Rhea Perlman (Cheers), as Margot the Marvelous, a children’s party magician giving off grumpy-but-wise grandma vibes. Behind the snarl, cigarettes, and combat boots, Sammy shields a heart fractured by grief over her mother’s death. After stumbling across Margot in a chance encounter, she tiptoes into an unlikely friendship that unlocks the healing they both need. Viewers will wrap their hearts around relatable Sammy, and her fragile, dysfunctional family, as she finds her way to peace by harnessing the special magic of forgiveness and love. –Deanna Quinones
Note to family audiences: This film contains profanity, teenage smoking, comedic scenes of fantasized violence, and references to self-harm through stick-and-poke tattooing.
We will be joined in person by Kate Tsang, Director, Marvelous and the Black Hole, for an onstage conversation.
Saturday, Oct 16, 3:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Kate Tsang is a writer and director who makes her inaugural feature with Marvelous and the Black Hole. As a television writer, she won a Primetime Emmy in 2020 for an episode of the animated series Steven Universe. In 2014, she won the Golden Gate Award for Best Narrative Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival for her film So You’ve Grown Attached.