MIAF 2014 DAY 5: International Program #3, South American Showcase #2: Stories Myths & Music

25 Jun

International Program #3


The third of the international competition programs. Some compelling stuff in this session, although there were no obvious festival winners. My top picks were:

Darling – Izabela Plucinska. Very unique animation using a large clay surface and moulding the animation into it. Making clay flow this fluently on a surface like this is a strenuous task to say the least. But when it looks this good – totally worth it. The film only uses green and black but without mixing them. You know you have something special when you can’t imagine how they managed to pull the whole thing off while maintaining sanity.

Allergy To Originality – Drew Christie. Intelligently written American film about how everything at the cinemas nowadays is a sequel, prequel, adaptation, spin-off, or just completely derivative of something else. The discussions that follow are philosophical and researched… using Wikipedia’s pages on plagiarism and originality. It becomes a battle of wikipedia knowledge.


Ex Animo – Wojciech Wojtkowski. I always appreciate the films that give us an insight into how they are made. In this case we start with a man placing individual pieces of A4 paper with artwork onto a screen and taking a photo of it. What proceeds is a whole bunch of random crazy. It must have taken thousands of individual papers to put together nearly seven minutes of this and make it so smooth.



South American Showcase #2: Stories Myths & Music


This collection of South American films were easier to comprehend than the last South American session as there was a theme surrounding them all. Whether it told a true story, mythical story, or revolved around music, these films were all noticeably culturally connected. Here were the standouts:

Lucia – Cristobal Leon, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cocina. Here is one hell of a creepy film. Although I have linked the title to the film, to avoid nightmares I would advise against watching it alone at night. In saying this it is also a great film in the way that it visually portrays its story. Visually this film consist of a bedroom that is gradually trashed and transformed into a chamber of tortured souls. The only sound we hear is the terrified whispers of a young female. The atmosphere this film creates is chilling. Unfortunately unless you understand Spanish you will most likely have to see the film twice to get the full experience. Spanish is spoken so quickly that to read the subtitles you need to focus at the bottom of the screen and miss the animation. Nevertheless, any experience of this film is a positive one.

Wind Up Memories – Adriana Copete. Oddly eerie ode to grandparents and preserving memories. I’m not sure whether it is a cultural thing in South America to be subtle about looking into your family’s history, but that is definitely the impression this pencil and stop-motion animation portrays.

Wind Up Memories

Pinchaque, The Colombian Tapir – Caroline Attia-Lariviere. Cute and quirky nature documentary about a rare animal in Colombia, the mountain tapir. If more documentaries were made like this, with engaging animation, cute characters, and the ability to be narrated in different languages, the world would be a more knowledgeable place.

Chile Imaginario – Claudio Diaz. Powerful assault on the senses; this is a Chilean protest film that carries a strong message about life in Chile in a very in-your-face manner. It begins with voices overlapping voices that project the message “Chile, you suck. Get your act together!” What proceeds is several monologues of Chilean citizens and their experience growing up in Chile. Not one of the 1200+ seconds that make up this film has stillness; there is always something happening whether one of the characters is talking or the flamboyant colours in the background are shimmering. The film doesn’t allow you to look away; it has a message and it wants you to understand it. The film does end on a positive note saying that Chilean life is improving but still has some way to go. A film of this technical ability that has a strong message without completely trashing its subject is how you successfully get your word out.


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