'Belze­buth, Body Elec­tric, Len and Chakay top Ven­tana Sur

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Mex­ico's "Belze­buth," Brazil's "Body Elec­tric," Colom­bia's "Len and the Whales' Song" and Ecuador's "Chakay, the Mas­ter of the Two Worlds" won top or mul­ti­ple in­dus­try awards at Ven­tana Sur on Fri­day night. Not only the prize win­ners had some­thing to cel­e­brate. The awards, mostly in in­dus­try ser­vices, went to three Ven­tana Sur sections, two of which - the genre-fo­cused Blood Win­dow and Animation! are growth in­dus­tries in Latin Amer­ica pas­sion­ately fa­vored by many young tal­ents in the re­gion's new­est gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers.

Also, Animation!, an in­au­gu­ral devel­op­ment and pitch­ing train­ing fo­rum, looks to have been a roaring suc­cess. Part of this must be put down to the qual­ity of top animation com­ing out of Latin Amer­ica: It is no co­in­ci­dence that a Chilean work, "Bear Story," won the Os­car for an­i­mated short this year. Animation! was launched in col­lab­o­ra­tion with France' An­necy Fes­ti­val, with win­ners given flight to and ac­com­mo­da­tion at An­necy, or at least ac­cred­i­ta­tion for spe­cial men­tions, which in the world's toon in­dus­try is the equiv­a­lent of win­ning pas­sage to Lour­des.

As the Animation prizes were an­nounced in an An­necystyle good hu­mor and ebul­lience, the only thing lack­ing at Ven­tana Sur to sim­u­late the pres­ti­gious French fest were pa­per darts launched to­wards the stage, in hal­lowed An­necy tra­di­tion. Animation!'s ku­dos high­light po­ten­tial stand­out movies and TV se­ries com­ing out of the re­gion. Top tro­phies went to, as best TV se­ries, "Chakay, the Mas­ter of the Two Worlds," from Ecuador's Ali­cia Stu­dio, di­rected by Daniel Este­ban Ja­come.

Turn­ing on a geek 12-year-old whose rou­tine life changes when his cell-phone re­ceives an In­can life- force al­low­ing him to travel through al­ter­na­tive di­men­sions, the toon se­ries was praised by the Animation! jury for "its orig­i­nal con­cept, strong lead char­ac­ter and the ca­pac­ity of the team to im­prove their pitch­ing." "For its ca­pac­ity to emo­tion­ally move the jury, its prom­ise of an epic and spe­cial jour­ney, and the theme which is both tra­di­tional and cul­tural but also leaps to the univer­sal," Joan Manuel Mil­lan and Manuel Vic­to­ria's 2D "Len and the Whales' Song" won best fea­ture. It turns, as around half the projects at Animation, on an in­dige­nous pro­tag­o­nist in tune with na­ture bat­tling in­va­sion of her an­ces­tral lands.

Cu­rated by San Se­bas­tian Fest di­rec­tor Jose Luis Re­bor­di­nos, Blood Win­dow Work In Progress win­ners played broadly ac­cord­ing to form, three ti­tles tak­ing the ma­jor awards: Emilio Portes' de­monic shock fest "Belze­buth, shot in the U.S. and Mex­ico and English and Span­ish; "Clementine," from Ar­gen­tine pro­ducer-turned-di­rec­tor Ji­mena Mon­te­o­liva, which casts a story of do­mes­tic abuse as a hor­ror nar­ra­tive; and "Black Circle," the first Swedish-lan­guage movie of Adrian Gar­cia Bogliano, a found­ing father of mod­ern Latin Amer­i­can genre. Ni­co­las Puenzo's "The Un­seen" and Natalia Beris­tain's "The Good­byes" pro­voked much of the buzz in the build-up to Primer Corte. Both took a cou­ple of prizes on Fri­day night. It was, how­ever, a Brazil­ian movie, "Body Elec­tric" from Marcelo Cae­tano, which stopped most plau­dits, three in to­tal.

Move is a story of ob­ses­sion, turn­ing on Elias, a de­signer run­ning a Sao Paolo fash­ion fac­tory who falls in love with Filipe, an African im­mi­grant work­ing on the pro­duc­tion line. Cae­tano is hardly off the radar. His half-hour "Verona' played te Rot­ter­dam Fest in 2014; he has at­tended the Ber­li­nale Tal­ent Cam­pus. That said, "Body Elec­tric's" Primer Corte wins ex­em­plify Brazil's ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate rel­a­tively-un­known tal­ent for the rest of the world which goes on to fes­ti­val or mar­ket glory, mak­ing movies which ex­plore so­cial is­sues at the fore­front of pub­lic de­bate in the coun­try. — Reuters

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