Anacronte

Since the timeless night, on life's plains, humanity faces the Sorcerers of Evil's indefeasible designs...

Genre: Animation

Length: 14:58

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Producer/s : Emiliano Sette, Yashira Jordán

Director/s : Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette

Writer/s : Raúl Koler, Sabrina Pace

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Trip the light fantastic

People wander across a surreal psychedelic plain, as alien monsters formed of slowly melting wax morph into giant bow-like devices and project spears across into their backs.  Whoever is struck dreams of his or her own triumphs and tragedies – the man who witnessed murder, the woman who found her lover naked with another woman,  the trapeze artist who fell and returned with a prosthetic leg, the refugee…

The spears are like swords of judgement, rewarding not morality but strength. Those who can pull out the spears live to an old age. But victims are swallowed by whirlpools forming in the ground below. They fall into a dark underworld, some to become prisoners, some to become sorcerers themselves.

The images are stunning, from amazing vibrant landscapes, to the morphing aliens, to almost photo-realistic scenes in cities, circuses and African war-zones. A global range of people are each carefully created, like extras in a crowd scene, individuals, however briefly glimpsed. When we get close to the four characters we follow, their subtleties of expression are all there. It’s as good as Pixar, as good as anything you’ll see on your Xbox.

This level of professionalism does not come without months of work by teams of CGI artists and progammers under director Raul Koler. It was probably done as a demonstration of Argentina’s Celeste Studio’s prowess, which would explain the four minutes of intro and end credits against images of coloured smoke and water, stunning in themselves but a bit show-offy.

With its detail and visual overload, this unquestionably succeeds at a technical level. More importantly, it’s also artistically inventive. Its existential questions, and themes of judgement and fate, draw both on science fiction and Luis Bunuel’s religious surrealism.

It’s a dream, it’s a nightmare. Boys and girls, don’t do acid, do Anacronte.

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