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LatinoBuzz: Argentine Animator Nicolas Villarreal Returns with New Short ‘The House of Colors’

LatinoBuzz: Argentine Animator Nicolas Villarreal Returns with New Short 'The House of Colors'

As the recent Academy Award nominations for Brazilian masterpiece “Boy and the World” and Chilean CG short “Bear Story” have proven, Latin American animation is booming and beginning to earn attention internationally. With prolific studios like Anima in Mexico, Filme de Papel in Brazil, or Red Post Studio in Peru, and artists like Uruguayan filmmaker Alfredo Soderguit (“Anina”), María Verónica Ramírez (“Anima Buenos Aires”), and even Oscar-winner Juan José Campanella (“Underdogs”), the landscape of the medium in the region looks promising.

Among these emerging talents, Argentine animator

Nicolás Villarreal is one of the most achieved. His first short “Pasteurized
(Pasteurizado) premiered in the Shorts Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 where it got a great reception. His follow-up “Nieta” (Granddaughter), inspired by his relationship with his grandmother, also premiered at Cannes and won an award at TIFF Kids International Film Festival. “Nieta” was among the most talked about
short films during the 2014-2015 awards season.
Villarreal’s new project, “The House of Colors” (La Casa de Colores), showcases the eclectic styles the artist embeds in his character design and backgrounds, as none of his shorts thus far follow a distinct visual pattern. Instead, they all explore diverse possibilities within the medium. This is the filmmaker’s third animated short with Red Clover Studios.

READ MORE: Dazzling Simplicity: Dir. Nicolas Villareal on His Awards Hopeful Animated Short ‘Nieta’

This new short is inspired by an original story from the mind of the filmmaker’s sister, Justina. Both siblings co-wrote the screenplay. The story takes place in the city of La Plata, Villarreal’s hometown in Argentina, during the 1970s. The narrative centers on a young girl who believes she is being followed by trees after watching a particular TV show. She becomes fascinated with the house she’s seen on screen and tells her mother she wants to live there
. Once they arrive, the girl realizes it’s nothing like she imagined it. However, she will discover the reason why she felt the trees where following her.

Here is the first teaser trailer for the upcoming animated short:

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