Teaser for Experimental Animation ‘Los Huesos’ from Cociña & León
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2021
“Fragments of the ritual performed by me…” Our friends at The Film Stage have revealed a teaser trailer for an intriguing animated short film from Chile titled Los Huesos, premiering at the 2021 Venice Film Festival in a few weeks. This is the latest work from the Chilean experimental animators Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León (they made The Wolf House recently) and it’s exec produced by horror director Ari Aster. What’s their new 14-min short about? “Shot on a 16mm Bolex, the short is a fictitious account of the world’s first stop-motion animated film. Dated 1901 and excavated in 2021 as Chile drafts a new Constitution, the footage documents a ritual performed by a girl who appears to use human corpses. Emerging in the ritual are Diego Portales and Jaime Guzmán, central figures in the construction of authoritarian and oligarchic Chile.” It features music by Tim Fain, a Philip Glass collaborator and exquisite violinist. We’re not sure when this short film will debut online, as it will likely play a festivals for a while first. Get a first look below.
Using human corpses and invoking the spirits of two damned Secretaries of State, a girl performs a ritual to free the kingdom of Chile from its feudal heritage. “Los Huesos is born from fiction: a series of film tapes and pieces of mummified bodies appear in an excavation,” the directors say. “The discovered film material turns out to be the world’s first stop-motion animation film. Dated 1901, this film was produced in Chile a few years before the first European and North American animations known to date.” Los Huesos, which translates to The Bones, is written and directed and animated by Chilean filmmakers Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León, who made their feature directorial debut with the film The Wolf House (La casa lobo) in 2018. They have also directed numerous other short films. This one is premiering at the 2021 Venice Film Festival playing in the Orizzonti section. No official release is set yet – stay tuned for more. Who’s curious?