"Creatures with No Hunger" - International Shorts at aluCine 2022
Spadina Theatre (Alliance Francaise)
24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada
Poetry in motion. Our international shorts program shares emotional examinations of identity, environment, relationships, and grief. Poignant and poetic language and visuals connect these films from across Latin America and beyond. Each of the films presented in this program use unique filmmaking techniques to present groundbreaking ideas.
Genres are artfully blended together in these five short films, celebrating the experimental as it mingles with fiction, animation, and documentary. At times self-reflective, at times turning the mirror towards the audience, occasionally bordering on the absurd, these films are sure to entertain, but may also surprise!
It’s All the Salt’s Fault
María Cristina Pérez
2020 - Colombia - 10 mins - Animation
Best Animated Short Film - Bogoshorts 2020
3rd Animation Prize - Mecal Barcelona 2021
Best Short Film - Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2021
The Marcin award for the best short film - Festival Ale Kino!
Best Animated Short Film - FECORNO 2021
Best Short Film - Festival de Cine Laberinto 2021
Best Art Direction - Festival de Cine Laberinto 2021
Prix du jury professionnel - Panorama du cinéma colombien 2021
Best Animated Short Film - Festival Cine Corto Popayán 2021
The youngest daughter of a family of sloths rebuilds her parents’ and three siblings’ story. Behind the normality of a family, the wild spirit appears in everyday life details, turning into indomitable memories.
autoetnografía / autoethnography
Iván Reina Ortiz
2021 - Colombia - 16 mins - Documentary
Artist Iván Reina Ortiz explores their gender identity through examining archival material, personal footage, and how they came into feeling freedom between the gender spectrum.
2022 - Mexico / UK / Austria - 7 mins - Experimental
Best Experimental Film, Bratislava International Film Festival
Isthmus weaves together indigenous wisdom and storytelling to explore the memory of and resistance against extractive colonialism in the south of Mexico. The film interacts with different voices in the landscape and attempts to escape human-centrism.
Song of the Flies III - Night
Ana Maria Vallejo
2021 - Germany / Colombia / Czech Republic - 15 mins - Animation
North American Premiere
Best Animation National Competition, 19th Bogoshorts Festival of Short Films of Bogota
Best Emerging Director, 2022 Kurzuechtig (Leipzig, Germany)
Do murderers sleep? The purple color of a dark night, the sound of the marimba with its sweet music is mistaken for fear. The long day of war is over, but the war continues. The film translates the desolation caused by the violence of the Colombian armed conflict through the poetic voice of Maria Mercedes Carranza (1945-2003) and the audiovisual dialogue between 9 Colombian artists. The archival images, the artists' memories, and the recurring use of animated loops bring to life the landscapes ravaged by violence and construct a polyphony of memory and mourning, a universal song of pain.
Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez and Felix Klee
2021 - Mexico - 8 mins - Fiction / Experimental
Advancement Award by FilmFernsehFond Bayern at International Short Film Week Regensburg (Germany)
Special mention of the jury, National Competition at Guanajuato International Short Film Festival (Mexico)
Sofía is putting up search posters of her missing boyfriend Luis all over town. Copies of his picture surround her. Luis is one of the more than 80.000 missing persons in Mexico. At night Sofía faces a recurring dream: Little by little her world transforms into paper. First the birds, then the ground, her room, until even death is made of paper. PAPEL tells this Mexican story of mourning and hope in black and white still images.
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