Cannes 2024 Stop Motion Interview with Carolina Cruz Recordari

Carolina Cruz presents her 10 minute short film animation ‘Recordari’ at the Short Film Corners of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The short film was created with stop motion animation and the short film is bold, humorous and frightening, displaying the power of storytelling with Stop Motion Animation.

Eric Ethan: Is this your first time working with stop motion or what’s your experience working with stop motion animation?

So my experience working with stop motion is very long. I began in 2005 to do animation but I did a lot with 2D animation and cut outs and this is my first film with puppets.

And can you tell us just a brief synopsis of what the story is about?

So this story is about my childhood memories in Chile during the dictatorship. This is about two kids in a neighborhood and this is the house where I grew up. This story is a fictional story about these memories that I have.

What were some of the challenges in making this film?

I mean this was a Super long process was The challenge, I can say, was to discover that this was a trauma.

And maybe it’s not every film, that takes so long in a way. And that was to finish the film was a challenge. And also with very little money, and it’s a political film, and no one wants to support in a way these kinds of films. And I mean this, yeah, I’m very happy it’s finished.

And what was the most rewarding part of working on this film?

So the favorite part of working on this film was building all the set design, the characters, the art of home. The set designer, Maher Abdo, and I decided to create the set and all props with paper as the main material. Maher, whom I met at film school, was a very important part of this project. He is from Syria, and we discovered how our childhoods were not so different in spite of being in two very different places in the world. With this film, I think in one year I was doing 15 puppets by myself. Sometimes I get some help, but that was the part for me personally, like it’s like my touching and doing the stuff and testing materials and was very fun part of all the film.

And would you like to introduce us to these characters and what they are and what they mean to you?

So, yeah, it’s interesting. So these characters, I give names to the characters. All the film is like a silent film. It’s not spoken, it’s only sound. This is Camilla and this is Paula. They are good friends and neighbors and in with this short film I just wanted to remember something very basic in the importance of community and coexistence in the neighborhood, how important it is to have confidence with the neighbors.

And what would you like for people to take away from your film?

I think everyone has his own experience about political conflicts. And I think the film is universal. But it speaks about collective memories and everyone for us and our families or maybe not directly in the countries where they come from, but a lot of countries have conflicts of dictatorships, wars, and I think it’s reflecting about what it means to be in this situation and the idea is also to take the people to go into the house in Chile and to show what happens with these kids at that time and that can be so actual in a way in other parts of the world.

Can you tell us about your Cannes experience, how it’s been for you?

So my Cannes experience actually was very, very nice, but I get invited for German films. I’m here to speak with people, meeting people and also learning about how works the film industry in a way. As ann animator, we’re always working very closed and we don’t have contact with the world. In a way it’s interesting to see this other part of what it means to do films and to learn about, I mean, it’s an amazing festival, super big festival, but it’s interesting to meet people and try to be focused in the things that you’re looking for, for the next film or next step and then meet people.

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