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The Magnificent Life of Marcel Pagnol by Sylvain Chomet
The Magnificent Life of Marcel Pagnol by Sylvain Chomet
'Nayola' Animation Feature by José Miguel Ribeiro: Watch the Trailer
'Nayola' Animation Feature by José Miguel Ribeiro: Watch the Trailer
'The Magic Happens in the Editing Room': Interview with Isabelle Favez (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'The Magic Happens in the Editing Room': Interview with Isabelle Favez (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Florence Miailhe Designs the BIAF 2022 Poster and Trailer
Florence Miailhe Designs the BIAF 2022 Poster and Trailer
'When The Idea is The Most Important”: Interview with Maja Gehrig (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'When The Idea is The Most Important”: Interview with Maja Gehrig (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
Animation As Metaphorical Storytelling: Interview with Nils Hedinger (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Animation As Metaphorical Storytelling: Interview with Nils Hedinger (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Like Animation Projects That Go Deep Into the Subject': Interview with Saskia von Virág (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Like Animation Projects That Go Deep Into the Subject': Interview with Saskia von Virág (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Animated Multiverse: Review of the Contemporary Swiss Animated Production
Animated Multiverse: Review of the Contemporary Swiss Animated Production
Monoclub Chilemonos 2022: Three Weeks of Animation Activities
Monoclub Chilemonos 2022: Three Weeks of Animation Activities
'I Enjoy Getting Characters Back On the Stage: Interview with Marjolaine Perreten (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Enjoy Getting Characters Back On the Stage: Interview with Marjolaine Perreten (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Exploring Different, Animated Worlds: Interview with Team Tumult (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Exploring Different, Animated Worlds: Interview with Team Tumult (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Swiss Animation Focus at Annecy Festival: A Comprehensive Guide
Swiss Animation Focus at Annecy Festival: A Comprehensive Guide
55 European Animation Features Per Year. Do We Watch Them and Are They Enough?
55 European Animation Features Per Year. Do We Watch Them and Are They Enough?
Flow by Gints Zilbalodis: First Teaser
Flow by Gints Zilbalodis: First Teaser
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Russian Animation Artists Against the War
Russian Animation Artists Against the War
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview

The Italian Gabriele Zucchelli and Caravel Animation present a documentary on the mystery of the first (and now extinct) animated feature film, El Apostol, made in Argentina.

The Italian-born Quirino Cristiani (1896-1984) was raised in Buenos Aires, and holds the record of being the first person (before Lotte Reiniger in Germany and Walt Disney in the US) to create an animated feature film.

His El Apóstol, a cutout animation and a satire of Argentinian politics, opened in Buenos Aires cinemas in 1917 -to a great success. A second film, Sin dejar rastros followed next year, and Cristiani became a master of animation. However, a fire that destroyed the film studio eliminated the only copy of El Apóstol, making it up till today an essentially lost film.

 The documentary by Gabriele Zucchelli features the only TV interview of Quirino Cristiani at old age, when he visited his motherland.

 Following the footprints of his life, this documentary chronicles the remarkable achievement of an animation master, including 2 shorts that were discovered during the making of the film: a satirical sketch from 1919 and a 'Making of Peludópolis' from 1931.

 

 The reknown animation historian Giannalberto Bentazzi is responsible for researching all aspects of Quirino's life and work.

Quirino Cristiani is available on dvd. Visit the documentary's offiicial page