MIAF 2014 DAY 6: South American Showcase #3: Indie Showcase, 3 Days in Paris – New #1

26 Jun

South American Showcase #3: Indie Showcase

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Surprisingly this compilation of indie films was the best of the South American showcases, and one of the best sessions of the whole festival. Not only did this session have a lot of variety in animation techniques but they quality of animation itself was at a very high level. These films all carried strong messages making them strong in story and aesthetics. My top picks were:

Zooz – Pablo Delfini, Luis Guillermo Gonzalez. Sometimes you see a film and you enjoy it but cannot explain why. In a way that is the ultimate way of enjoying something. Who says you need to have a reason for enjoying something? This film is a bit of a mystery. I’m sure there is a message in there someone even if I can’t put my finger on it. It combines cut-out with stop-motion and has a nature/human destruction theme to it. What’s interesting is that this is all set in a chest of draws.

Bear Story – Pato Escala. Quite an emotional story within a story told through computer animation involving a bear’s autobiographical tale displayed through a marionette show. The bear was taken from its wife and child and forced to join a circus but was able to escape. It leaves us wondering whether this bear really did have a happy ending.

Pintas / Freckles – Marcus Vinicius Vasconcelos. I have little to say about this film because I didn’t really understand the story. I’m sure I would get it after a second viewing, but I had to mention it here because visually it was too awesome to leave out; but even that is hard to explain! Most of the film was in black & white, and colour was used subtly but when it was used it was very effective. The colour pointed to where the action was happening and when something was changing, and it wasn’t always what you thought it would be. A bit mysterious, I know, but trust me, it was an awesome film.

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The Gift – Julio Pott. Minimal colours, simple animation, tells a basic story of love and loss, yet it all works so perfectly. Noticing a theme with this festival? Sometimes less is more.

Dancing Graffiti – Rodrigo Eba. This was my favourite of the session. It delivers exactly what it promises; the film is made up of graffiti all over Brazil that has been heavily edited to make it look like it is dancing. The slums of Brazil come alive, and in typical protest style, the film ends with public workers painting over the graffiti.

 

3 Days in Parts – New #1

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French animation is quite amazing which is why I had high hopes going into this session. Festival director Malcolm Turner explained that during his time in London co-hosting LIAF (London International Animation Festival) he jumped down to Paris for three days and visited as many studios as he could in the little time that he had. Given this knowledge it’s understandable that this showcase didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Considering the South American showcases took several years to put together while the Paris ones took 3 days it’s no surprise that these films were a little sub-par. There were a few standouts, they were

A Quoi Ca Sert L’Amour / Edith Piaf – Louis Clichy. Cute music video of a couple who have their high highs and low lows but the love is always there. It’s short, it’s simple, there is virtually no colour, the animation is playful, and it is all round an adorable film.

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5 Metres 80 – Nicolas Deveaux. Director Nicolas Deveaux makes a living from animating giraffes and elephants. That is all. Talk about cool jobs to have! It’s no surprise considering he does it so well. This film is set in a swimming pool and consists of high diving giraffes. It’s quite entertaining.

The Chant – Ines Sedan. This was definitely the standout of the session. A woman stands up to a disgusting pig of a husband and breaks free of the stranglehold he has over her. It was made with paint and pastel and has so much detail that it hurts to watch. At one point the woman washed an apple in the sink; it’s mind blowing to watch. Aurally the sounds of the man create a feeling of discomfort, though the woman’s singing ultimately prevails.

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