The feature film Magonia (2001) is about the power of storytelling and imagination, and how it can strengthen the bonds between individuals and can transport us into distant worlds.
Each week a son visits his eccentric father on a beautiful island. They fly kites on a beach where sea and air flow together in a watercolour wash. The father captivates his son, telling stories about a land called Magonia. Three magical tales which touch the boy's soul. Together they build a kite in the form of a Magonian flying ship and let their imaginations soar.
The tales carry them over minarets and mosques, into the desert and out to sea. A women cares for an old mullah and falls in love with his young apprentice. An estranged couple encounters an old man and his son, sparking desires for human contact and freedom. In a fishing port ravaged by storms, a women waits for the man she loves to return.
Through these tales, the boy comes to see the world through his father's eyes, understanding for the first time the older man's passion and fragility. For both of them Magonia represents unattainable dreams and longings, and the possibility of escaping to a magical place beyond the clouds.
Director: Ineke Smits, Screenplay: Arthur Japin