Week 1: CinemaAttic Cuarentena Spanish Short Films

#CinemaAtticCuarentena – Support your independent Cinema

Here we are. Day 1 of #CinemaAtticCuarentena. From today we will post 7 Shorts per week. CinemaAttic turns 10 years and we have selected cult classics and modern gems, our favourite Spanish & Latin American Shorts of the last decade. The films that have shaped our editorial line and personality.

Every week we will programme a Selection of 7 Short Films and publish it on our website cinemaattic.com and in a Facebook event, alongside with a poll.

1. WATCH
2. VOTE your favorites in our Facebook event poll
3. COMMENT (“Loved the colors!” “I really liked the photography” “We want Rafa to comment the films on live video with a vermouth in hand!” “This is much better without your long introductions”. Whatever. We want to maintain a conversation with our audience so any comments welcomed)

You can consume them all at once or one per day. It’s up to you. We will recommend one short film every day on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram channels. 

We resist isolation, and we are moving online to keep watching films and talking with you every week.

Make your way in, here it is #CinemaAtticCuarentena Shorts Week 1

1. Traumalogia

by Daniel Sanchez Arévalo

At the wedding of Antonio, the eldest of a five-sibling family, his father has a heart attack. The wedding is interrupted. As the whole family waits at the hospital in a state of tension, family traumas and disputes resurface.

We Say: In this short film, starring some of Spain’s most well-known actors, including Antonio de la Torre and Quim Gutierrez, director Daniel Sanchez Arévalo plays with reoccurring elements of his most celebrated features, Gordos (2009) and Primos (2011), including witty dialogue and improvised comedy scenes.

Awards:
Miami Film Festival – Best Short Film
Medina Film Festival – Best Actors (Pereira, Arévalo) and Best Director
Nantes Spanish Film Festival – Best Short Film
Alcalà de Henares Short Film Festival – Best Actor (Arévalo) and Best Short Film


2. Jane, Tarzan Ez Zen Horren Guay

(Jane, Tarzán Wasn’t that Cool)

by Bego Vicario

This reinterpretation of the famous scene from Tarzan and his Mate (Cedric Gibbons, 1934) where Tarzan and Jane swim together, fashions a new paradigm out of movement, rhythm and colour.

We Say: Who needs a plot? The colours of this film by Bego Vicario and Izibene Oñederra are otherworldly. With chromatic abstraction of an incredible beauty, it is a film we return over and over again. We showed the film last year when we did a Focus on Basque Women Animators.

If the film doesn’t play try watching it in YouTube here

Festivals:
L’Alternativa Film Festival Barcelona | Festival de Malaga | Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival


3. Odysseus Gambit

by Alex Lora

A Cambodian immigrant plays chess in the heart of New York with the hopes of finding a better position on the board of life.

We Say: This film is part of an era when Rafa and Alberto didn’t choose the films and didn’t know much about short films. An era when they attended Cinemaattic as audience. This was one of the first great shocks they remember watching as a Cinemaattic audience. Years later, Odysseus was part of our first programme in Glasgow.

Awards:
Medina Film Festival – Best Editing
Krakow Film Festival – Golden Dragon Winner
Paris Courts Devant – Special Jury Mention
Saint-Petersburg Open Cinema – Best Documentary


4. Eskiper

by Pedro Collantes

A father and daughter get together for coffee in a public square in Madrid in this short film focusing on the contradictory mix of frustration and affection found in every familial relationship.

We Say: If there is one Spanish hero we have not brought to Scotland yet, that is director Pedro Collantes. We have shown his films many times. As a producer and as a director he is one of the most important names of Spanish short film history. Pedro Collantes is a chameleonic and versatile director with a unique gaze. Eskiper has become a true cult classic for good reasons.

If you can’t play it here, simply click “Watch on Vimeo”

Awards:
Toulouse Cinespaña – Best Short Film
Festival de Cine de Astorga – Best Actress (Marta Larralde)
Alcalá de Henares Short Film Festival – Best Screenplay


5. Sin Dios Ni Santa María

(Neither God Nor Santa Maria)

by Samuel M. Delgado & Helena Girón

The directors go in search of the last living witch in Ye, a small town on the island of Lanzarote, recuperating non-verbal histories on the verge of obsolescence and evoking an eerie, otherworldly atmosphere where oblivion looms.

We Say: We did a couple of focuses on Novo Cinema Galego over the years. In 2017, we had Burning Mountains that Spew Flame by Helena Giron and Samuel Delgado. What happens when you put together the unique perspective of a Galician filmmaker (cornered in North West Spain) and the volcanic isolation of a director living in the Canary Islands? The obsession of this duo for the poetics of film textures is something we admire and love. The viewer will questioned whether this was filmed in the 60s or in the 00s. Was this film in the Canaries, in Castilla or in a Russian field? A film that challenges the notion of time and space.

 

Festivals & Awards:
2017 Goya Awards – Nominee, Best Short Documentary
Mar del Plata Festival | Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) | New York Film Festival (NYFF)


6. Gabi

by Zoé Salicrup-Junco

Gabi Padilla thrives in a life full of pleasure and independence. However, after her mother’s unexpected death, she is forced to return to her rural hometown – a place where Gabi’s sensual flair is not welcome.

We Say: When we first began, CinemaAttic did not show Latin American films. Somewhere in 2013 we realised we needed to open the doors and windows and let a wave of colourful films come to Scotland. Films from Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil and, as in this case, Puerto Rico.

If the video below doesn’t play try watching this film in youtube here

Awards:
New York City First Run Festival – Best Director, Best Actress (Dalia Davi), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Undergraduate Short


7. Zela Trovke

by Asier Altuna

Moritats are old folk songs about crimes typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty programme. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song’s hidden secrets.

We Say: Basque, Feminist, Brutal. The raw power of this film and its peak momentum is something else. Short and straight to the point. A woman cuts the grass. A man enters the scene. The woman kills him. Why? What were the reasons? Who needs to know…We have shown this short documentary at least 4 or 5 times in Scotland and were lucky to have a focus on the short films of Asier Altuna in 2018.

If you can’t play it here, simply click “Watch on Vimeo”

Awards:
Medina Film Festival – Best Sound

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Summary
Event
CinemaAttic Cuarentena Shorts | Week 1
Location
online, internet,Midlothian-EH3 6QE
Starting on
23/03/2020
Ending on
29/03/2020
Description
#CinemaAtticCuarentenaHere we are. Day 1 of #CinemaAtticCuarentena. From today we will post 7 Shorts per week. CinemaAttic turns 10 years and we have selected cult classics and modern gems, our favourite Spanish & Latin American Shorts of the last decade. The films that have shaped our editorial line and personality.Every week we will programme a Selection of 7 Short Films and publish it on our website cinemaattic.com and in a Facebook event, alongside with a poll.You can consume them all at once or one per day. It's up to you. You can vote your favourite Shorts every week. We also encourage discussion in the Facebook event, this is about having an ongoing conversation with our audience during the self-isolation weeks.We resist isolation, and we are moving online to keep watching films and talking with you every week. Here it is:Traumalogiaby Daniel Sanchez ArevaloAt the wedding of Antonio, the eldest of a five-sibling family, his father has a heart attack. The wedding is interrupted and the whole family goes to the hospital, where all the traumas and miseries appear during a tense night wait.We Say: Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo are some of Spain’s most well known actors today. In this short film, director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo starts playing with these actors -now usual suspects on his films- and the elements that will become recurrent in some of his celebrated features like ‘Primos’ or ‘Gordos’ (brilliant witty dialogues, mixture of scripted and improvised comedy scenes with the actors).JANE, TARZAN EZ ZEN HORREN GUAYJane, Tarzan Wasn't That CoolBy Bego Vicario This reinterpretation of the famous scene where Tarzan and Jane swim together in the film TARZAN AND HIS MATE (Cedric Gibbons, 1934) fashions a new paradigm out of movement, rhythm and colour.We Say: Who needs a plot. The colours of this film Here Are otherworldly. Chromatic abstraction of an incredible beauty. A film we return over and over again to clean our gaze. We showed the film last year when we did a Focus on Basque Women Animators and Bego Vicario and Izibene Oñederra came to Scotland.Odysseus GambitBy Alex LoraA Cambodian immigrant plays chess in the heart of New York with the hopes of finding a better position on the board of life.Odysseus' Gambit is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Alex Lora Cercos, about a homeless Cambodian immigrant who maintains his livelihood and sanity by playing chess in the heart of Manhattan. He was mentored by Sohail A Aleem since he was 5. In 2012, Odysseus' Gambit was nominated for the Best Short Filmmaking Award at the Sundance Film Festival.We Say: This film is part of an era when Rafa and Alberto didn't choose the films and didn't know much about short films. An era when they attended Cinemaattic as audience. This was one of the first great shocks they remember watching as a Cinemaattic audience. Later it was part of our first programme in Glasgow.EskiperBy Pedro CollantesEchoes of a lifetime in a father-daughter relationship—with equal measures of affection and exasperation—are obvious when the two get together for coffee in a public square in Madrid. Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.We Say: If there is one Spanish hero we haven’t brought to Scotland yet, that is Pedro Collantes. We’ve shown his films many times. As a producer and as a director he is one of the most important names of Spanish short film history. In China, in France, in deep rural Spain. Pedro Collantes is a chameleonic and versatile director with a particular gaze. Eskiper has become a true “cult classic” for good reasons.Ni Dios, Ni Santa MariaBy Samuel M. Delgado & Helena GirónSince airplanes did not exist, people moved around using prayers, they went from one land to another and returned early, before dawn. In old audio recordings, the voices of pastors speak of the mythical existence of witches and their travels. In the daily life of a woman the magic of her tales begin to materialize as night falls. Night is the time when travel is possible.We Say: We did a couple of focuses on Novo Cinema Galego over the years, last one was in 2017 and we had “Burning mountains that Spew Flame” by Helena and Samuel. What happens when you put together the unique perspective of Galician filmmakers (cornered in the northwesternmost point of Spain) and the volcanic isolation of directors living in the Canary Islands? You have a peanut butter magic combination. Helena Giron + Samuel Delgado. The obsession of this duo for the poetics of film textures is something we admire and love. Was this filmed in the 60s or in the 00s? Was this film in the Canaries, in Castilla or in a Russian field? A film that challenges -like good cinema does- the notion of time and space.Some of you may say “well, this is not for me”. We strongly encourage you to forget about what is the story, what is happening… empty your mind, open your eyes and enjoy this film delight.GabiBy Zoe Salicrup JuncoGabi Padilla thrives in a life full of pleasure and independence. But after her mother’s unexpected death, she is forced to return to her rural hometown - a place where Gabi’s sensual flair is not welcomeTribeca Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortfestWe Say: Cinemaattic was not specialised on Latin American shorts in the beginning. Somewhere in 2013 we realised we needed to open the doors and windows and let a wave of colourful films come to Scotland. Films from Colombia, Peru, Chile, Brazil and like in this case Puerto Rico. Gabi is another of those films that we remember watching when we started attending Cinemaattic back in 2013.Zela Trovkeby Asier AltunaMoritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty programme. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song's hidden secrets.We Say: Basque, Feminist, Brutal. The raw power of this film and its peak momentum is something else. Short and straight to the point. A woman cuts the grass. A man comes in. A woman chops him off. Why? What were the reasons? Who needs to know...We’ve shown this short documentary at least 4 or 5 times in Scotland and were lucky to have Asier Altuna for a focus on his short films in 2018.
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