Spanish titles in Annecy 2022
“unicorn wars” (Alberto Vázquez)
Alberto Vázquez, the director of Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, a Gkids pickup for North America, delivers an apocalyptic anti-war parable that tells the ancestral war between teddy bear fanatics and eco-conscious unicorns with irreverent visual hilarity and moments of genuine horror.
“They shot the piano player” (Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal)
Trueba and Mariscal’s long-awaited new collaboration, following their Oscar-nominated 2012 Chico & Rita, is a co-production with France, Portugal, the Netherlands and Peru. Sold by Film Constellation, project themes “music, politics and documentary as well as fiction, thriller and memory,” Trueba said. An investigation into the disappearance of the formidable Brazilian pianist Francisco Tenório Jr. on the eve of the bloody 1976 coup in Argentina.
“My Grandfather’s Demons” (Nuno Beato)
The Portuguese animator, producer and director Beato, who is behind the award-winning short film My Life in Your Hands, is directing his first feature film, mixing stop motion and digital techniques. It follows Rosa, who after his sudden death returns to the country house where she was raised by her grandfather. A co-production with Portugal and France.
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“DinoGames” (Carlos Fernández de Vigo, Lorena Ares)
dr Platypus & Ms. Wombat from Pamplona, co-founders of De Vigo and Ares (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) are behind this 3D feature about siblings Cody and Vera and friends enjoying their favorite VR video game , are magically transported into the DinoGames universe.
“Robot Dreams” (Pablo Berger)
The long-awaited animated film by Pablo Berger, director of the multi-award winning “Snow White”, is being produced by one of the most international Catalan outfits, Arcadia, a producer of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “The Beasts”, in co-production with France’s Noodles. It is distributed by Elle Driver. The feature follows the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC in the 1980s.
“Super Bernhard” (Toni Garcia)
The multi-award-winning classic about a beloved pot-bellied polar bear that has racked up more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube, will adapt his adventures into a feature film to be produced by Apolo Films, the Navarra-based company owned and managed by animation creator and entrepreneur Claudio Bieren was founded. Directed by Toni García (“Dogtanian and the Three Musketeers”) and written by cartoonist Alicia Núñez.
“I wish” (Cesar Cabanas)
A coming-of-age comedy-adventure about young Mary who thinks she’s smarter than all her friends. But when a chunk of a space station crash lands in Littleton, her small hometown, she will be trapped in a time bubble along with other children and forced to change her mind about many aspects of life. A real background combined with CG characters. Produced by Pamplona’s DeMiranda Animation Studio.
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“Oblivion” (Claudia Ruiz)
Spain-based Ruiz delivers an unyielding tale of kidnapping and an episode of abuse. Set in the 1950s.
“lumens” (Enric Sant)
Coming from the graffiti world, Sant builds a story about a small glowing creature that decides to go beyond its tiny world.
“Excursion to the Forgotten Forest” (María Muino González)
In rural Galicia in the 1950s, a girl rediscovers her relationship with her brother, who has Down syndrome. A special mention at Next Lab.
“Onion & Pea” (Jose Manuel Villena, David Tomaselli)
A second special mention at Next Lab. The series revolves around 10-year-old Leo, a normal kid who lives disguised as a superhero with an onion and a pea.
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“Little big boy(Pedro Solís, Jesús García Galocha)
The new animated feature film from 4 Cats Pictures (“Momias”) is inspired by the story “Cuerdas” by Pedro Solí, which was recognized as the most awarded animated short in the Guinness Book of World Records. Written by Jordi Gasull and Javier Barreira and directed by Solís and Juan Jesús García Galocha, the film tells a story of friendship and disability.
“Girl and Wolf” (Roc Espinet)
Already sold by Latido Films and published by a diversity-Selected Spanish animation talent Roc Espinet, this debut feature is being produced by Sygnatia Films and Hampa Studio. It tells the story of Paula, an innocent girl growing up in an orphanage in a medieval village besieged by wolves.
“I wish” (see above)
“DinoGames” (see above)
“me, a monster?(Belinda Bonan)
Bonan’s second animated short film, produced by Most Wanted Studio, follows a charming creature, Nono, who spends her days looking after his small and beloved planet, Pano, of which he is the only resident.
“Olivia and the Invisible Earthquake” (Irene Iborra)
Stop-motion animator Iborra’s first feature film stars 12-year-old Olivia, a girl forced to reorganize her life when her family – her mother, little brother and herself – are displaced and forced to to live in a cramped apartment in a suburban neighborhood. Produced by Citoplasmas Stopmotion, Cornelius Films, Bigaro Films and Can Can Club.
An adult-oriented show set in a large dystopian metropolis. A fantastic survival thriller about characters living in a subterranean world struggling to stay alive while social order is collapsing on the surface. The 24-minute, 12-episode 2D/3D series is co-produced by Armenteira and Big Bang Box (“Momonsters”) and Despiertoc Films of Chile.
A 7 minute 26 part series for preschoolers. The main characters are chubby, magical and funny creatures that freely explore their world and ours to promote better understanding and cooperation between both worlds. Produced by Imagic Telecom, a Barcelona-based company that had a stake in Aurel’s Josep.
Directed and produced by Paloma Mora at TV On, Valencia’s leading company, this 13-part show focuses on a group of children going through puberty and beginning to ask their first questions about sexuality and the changes they are experiencing place. Created by Cesare Asaro.
“My brother is a T-Rex”
Produced by Madrid-based Mr. Klaus Studio (“Bento”), a 52-episode series about 6-year-old Coco who loves making up stories in the company of her little brother, a T-Rex.
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A project recognized by Netflix and Mianima, Spain’s animation lobby for women, produced by Carlota Pou at Studio Kimchi and written by Anna Espinach. An adventure comedy about a 9-year-old girl who built an amphibious vehicle to search for her father missing at sea by tracking down 2,000 rubber duckies. A 13-minute series with 26 episodes.
“Valley floor” (Maria Trenor)
Produced by the versatile Alba Sotorra (“The Return: Life after ISIS”) and Netherlands-based Phanta Animation, this anticipated feature film debut from multi-award-winning animator Trenor delivers – via 2D and rotoscoping – a love story of two artists caught in the creative whirlwind the early 70s. It’s inspired by the life of ex-Soft Machine singer/drummer Robert Wyatt and lyricist-illustrator Alfreda Benge.
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