“The Alchemist’s Letter” Is A New Take On A Classic Story

The idea of alchemy has long seduced the public consciousness — what would you do if you had the power to turn anything into gold? And, perhaps more importantly, what would you do to get it? “The Alchemist’s Letter” is an aesthetically stunning short that breathes new life into this story.

“When Veridian, an estranged young man, receives his late alchemist father Nicolas’ inheritance, he is exposed to the ill-fated reality that his father built a tumultuous gold making machine powered by his own memories,” the description explains. “The film takes us on an enchanted journey through the vessels of the machine where we explore the contents of the alchemist’s most precious memories, all in an attempt to give his son one last life lesson and save him from following down the same fateful path.”

This short film has a powerful team behind it, written and directed by Carlos Andre Stevens and starring 2-time Academy Award nominee John Hurt, along with Eloise Webb.

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Although in many ways this short presents as a children’s film, it covers the universal themes of power, temptation, meaning, and memory with grace and devastating insight.