100 years of animation industry in Latin America
Today virtually forgotten, film pioneer Quirino Cristiani discovered the craft of animation on his own, far from the experimental artists of Europe or the commercial constraints and glamour of Hollywood. "El Apóstol" opened in a cinema in Buenos Aires in 1917. Premiered in 1931, "Peludópolis", another satire on the president Yrigoyen, was the result of a troubled process of story changes due to the dramatic 1930 military coup by the first Argentinian dictator, general Felix Uriburu. Both films vanished in the fires ...
Gabriele Zucchelli, an Italian filmmaker and enthusiast of early cinema, pursued the mystery of Cristiani's lost films and thanks to his courtesy it is possible today to admire these pioneering political cut-outs as preserved in rediscovered footage: "La Liga" (1919) and "Visit [Making of Peludópolis]" (1931).
To find more about Quirino Cristiani's life and work and development of animation in Argentina, do not hesitate to watch Mr. Zucchelli's documentary "Qurino Cristiani. The Mystery of the First Animated Movies" (Sunday@StopTrik) and visit www.quirinocristianimovie.com.
Down to the Bone/ Do kosti/ Hasta los huesos
René Castillo (IMCINE)
2001, MEX, 10'
A dead man follows the path from his burial site to the underworld. He refuses his status until he embraces his own death.