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Spellbound (2002) is a documentary about eight young students who are competing in a big American spelling competition; the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Prior to the national spelling competition, students first have to win the regional championships. They are very serious about the competition and because the national competition is very hard, they have to practice a lot.

Directed by Jeffrey Blitz, the film has won the award for Best Documentary at Newport Beach International Film Festival, Best documentary feature at SXSW Film Festival, Audience Awards at San Francisco Docfestival to name few of it´s awards. It was also nominated as Best Documentary Feature at the 2003 Academy Awards.

Spellbound is well entertaining and it´s no surprise the film turned out to be a crowd pleaser. The students are true geniuses and with their competitiveness and passion for the English language, they will charm you with their wits and intelligence.

You can watch Spellbound online at LoveFilm, iTunes, and Skjárinn (Iceland). The DVD can be bought from Amazon.  The photo with this post is a still frame from the trailer.

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