The Magic Life of V


TIFF Lightbox 3 Wed, May 1, 2019 9:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Thu, May 2, 2019 3:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sun, May 5, 2019 9:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Finland
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Mental Health & Addiction
Survivor Stories
Women & Women's Stories
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tonislav Hristov
Producer(s):Kaarle Aho
Kai Nordberg
Kirstine Barfod
Andrea Stanoeva
Editor(s):Anne J√ľnemann
Tonislav Hristov
Writer(s):Tonislav Hristov
Kaarle Aho
Cinematography:Alexander Stanishev
Composer:Petar Dundakov
Sound:Jacques Pedersen


Veera, a young woman from Finland, lives a reality that comes with heavy traumas. Her past looms large in the form of an abusive father. In her present, she takes care of her disabled brother. Seeking escape, Veera finds herself transforming regularly into V, a brave, bold and fantastical persona who experiences adventures in mythical worlds by way of live-action role play (LARP). Here, V can fight her battles through might and majesty, gaining release from the turmoil of Veera's daily life. But the real monster continues to linger, a figure that she has yet to confront. By blending home movies, otherworldly imagery, intimate conversations and therapy sessions both traditional and transformative, The Magic Life of V showcases a girl bringing to life the hero she so eagerly wants to be. Gabor Pertic

Co-presented with Workman Arts.

World Showcase program sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Additional Information

  • NOW - Norman Wilner's top 10 must-see films at Hot Docs 2019
  • NOW - 4 Stars, "Heroic."
  • BlogTO - 10 Movies getting the biggest advance buzz at Hot Docs 2019
  • POV - "Hristov's film is engaging in its creativity, and Veera is a sympathetic and engaging figure."