Coldplay’s latest is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Directed by our own Jonas Akerlund, “Magic” is its own short film starring Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Ziyi Zhang and Chris Martin in two parts. Picture a 1920s silent film, complete with beautifully decorated title cards and quick scene transitions, and you’ve got Akerlund’s latest masterpiece.
“Magic” follows the story of a beautiful magicienne (Zhang), who is married to a hateful, drunk magician, played by Chris Martin. As she works on her act with her young, doting assistant, Christophe, (also played by Martin), her husband grows jealous. Meanwhile, Christophe works on his own tricks, including levitation.
We won’t spoil it for you; you’re going to want to travel into Coldplay and Akerlund’s magical world yourself. So sit back, dream of the 1920s, and press play.
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Producer: Svana Gisla and Scott Purrouy for Black Dog Films
Executive Producers: Phil Harvey and Dave Holmes
DOP: Par Ekberg
Production Designer: Emma Fairley
Stylist: B. Åkerlund
Editor: Luis Moreno and Jonas Åkerlund
Telecini: Pana at NHB Berlin
Graphics: Robin Olofsson
Sound Design: Weston Fonger