10 Spanish Toon Features to Track – Alberto Vazquez, Fernando Trueba

Spain’s Revelations showcase has targeted on shorts, not options, unveiling the massive breadth of animation expertise and strategies in Spain.

Some shorts administrators are already stars, comparable to Alberto Mielgo with the Oscar-winner “The Windshield Wiper.” Diego Porral, director of “Leopoldo From the Bar,” served as animation lead on “Love, Death + Robots” episode “Kill Team Kill.”

Standouts amongst new initiatives in Revelations included “Latente,” a Next Lab Generation winner from Carlos Zaragoza and Aurora Jiménez, and Martín Romero’s “To Bird or Not to Bird,” from Uniko and Abano Producións, which is a 2D quick made largely in black and white that includes an angst-ridden clock cuckoo and different birds beset by environmental destruction.

Revelations climaxes with a particular screening, the primary in a cinema, of “Sith,” Rodrigo Blaas’ episode in Disney+’s “Star Wars: Visions.”

As for options, listed here are 10 toon titles to trace. Further worldwide co-productions – Mr. Miyagi’s Films’ “Juul,” Jeremie Degruson“The Inseparables,” co-produced by A Contracorriente Films – may even have very simply made the minimize.  

“Dalia and the Red Book,” (David Bisbano)

Dalia makes an attempt to conclude her well-known writer father’s unfinished e book, dealing with off with its characters. An Argentina (Vista Sur, FilmSharks), Spain (Doce/Mr. Miyagi), Peru (Golem) and Brazil (Cine2) manufacturing underscoring the market potential of larger extra mainstream propositions, with gross sales to The Walt Disney Co./Star Distribution for Latin America and Germany, Russia/CIS and Taiwan closed. Sales: FilmSharks.

“Decorado,” (Alberto Vázquez)

Vazquez’s extremely awaited follow-up to “Unicorn Wars,” a colorized adaptation of his admired 2016 quick, cocking a snoop at some iconic animation characters, from Uniko and Abano. 

“Dragonkeeper,” (Salvador Simó, Li Jiang­ping)

Set within the Han Dynasty, a younger slave lady’s fantasy journey which weighs in as the largest Spanish animation play of the yr, budgeted at $28 million, based mostly on weighty IP – the primary title within the best-selling trilogy of Carole Wilkinson – and produced by Movistar Plus+,  Atresmedia Cine (“Klaus”) and China Film Animation. Sales: SC Films.

Courtesy of Larry Levene

“Girl and Wolf,” (Roc Espinet)

Espinet adapts his graphic novel a couple of lady who joins a wolf pack, rebelling in opposition to her personal village. The animators are at the moment creating animatics to begin animation this summer season. Sales: Latido.

“Robot Dreams,” (Pablo Berger)

Playing as a particular screening, the primary animation movie by admired reside motion maverick Berger, director of Goya greatest image winner “Blancanieves,” a 2D adaptation of  Sara Varón’s winsome friendship-themed graphic novel, which was Neon’s first acquisition at this yr’s Cannes. Sales: Elle Driver.

“Rock Bottom,” (Maria Trenor)

Inspired by the adolescence and acclaimed 1973 artwork rock album of ex-Soft Machine vocalist-drummer Robert Wyatt, “Rock Bottom” marks the characteristic debut of Trenor. A fiction story, it makes use of stylized rotoscoping and pictoric 2D frame-by-frame animation. Its $21,000 Netflix award at Spain’s Mianima and choice for Cannes’ Annecy Animation Showcase bodE effectively for its future.

“Sultana’s Dream,” (Isabel Helguera)

Backed by Uniko and Abano, each behind “Unicorn Wars,” “Sultana’s Dream” was probably the greatest acquired titles at Malaga’s Animation Day showcase in March, a feminist story starting from 1905 to current its three elements animated distinctly in 2D watercolors, cutouts and collage and 3D. 

Sultana’s Dream
Courtesy of Abano

“SuperKlaus,” (aka “4 Days Before Christmas,” Steve Majaury, Andrea Sebastián)

Produced by Spain’s 3Doubles Producciones and Capitán Araña and Canada’s PVP Media, a Christmas comedian journey romp, that includes a deluded Santa who thinks he’s a superhero, which is punching robust gross sales. Sales: Pink Parrot Media.

“Tender Metalheads,” (Carlos Pérez-Reche, Joan Tomas)

Selected for Annecy’s prestigious Contrechamp sidebar in June, impressed by the well-received Catalan TV sequence about two high-school college students on the drab Barcelona outer radius whose solely escape in life is heavy metallic. 

“They Shot the Piano Player,” (Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal)

From Trueba and Mariscal, behind Academy Award-nominated “Chico & Rita,” narrated by Jeff Goldblum, a portrait of younger Brazilian piano virtuoso Francisco Tenório Jr. which captures the enjoyment of Bossa Nova and the tragedy of totalitarian Latin America. Dazzling at Annecy final yr as a piece in progress, it’s anticipated to bow at an enormous late-summer fest. Sales: Film Constellation

They Shot the Piano Player
Credit: Films Constellation

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