HUESERA with short film LOS HUESOS
A terrifying journey into motherhood, HUESERA mines the body horror of pregnancy to create a disturbing new folktale. Valeria (Natalia Solián) seems to have it all: a doting husband (Alfonso Dosal), a beautiful apartment and a new baby on the way. But her pregnancy has brought on a paralyzing wave of anxiety, spurred by increasingly disconcerting visions and uncontrollable bone cracking. Unable to shake the growing dread inside, she flees to a free-spirited old flame looking for relief from the demon haunting her every move. Michelle Garza Cervera won the Nora Ephron Award and Best New Narrative Director at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival for her nightmarish examination of modern motherhood and its frightening expectations. Official Selection, 2022 Fantastic Fest. DIR/SCR Michelle Garza Cervera; SCR Abia Castillo; PROD Edher Campos, Paulina I. Villavicencio. Mexico/Peru, 2022, color, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
The latest unclassifiable, stop-motion gem from Chilean directing duo Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León was executive-produced by horror pioneer Ari Aster (HEREDITARY, MIDSOMMAR), who came onboard after seeing the pair's acclaimed 2019 debut THE WOLF HOUSE. A meticulously crafted myth of the origin of animation, LOS HUESOS poses as a short film uncovered by a fictional excavation undertaken in 2021, just as Chile was drafting a new constitution in the wake of the country's 2019 protests. Dated 1901, it is the world's first stop-motion animated film, and it depicts a macabre ritual involving the corpses of historical figures Diego Portales and Jaime Guzmán, politicians instrumental in the construction of authoritarian and oligarchic Chile. Winner, Venice Horizons Award, Best Short Film, 2021 Venice Film Festival; Winner, Critics Award for Best Short Film, 2021 Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival. DIR/SCR Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León; PROD Lucas Engel. Chile, 2021, b&w, 14 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.