Chronicle Sitges 2018: “Animal” wild story
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Birdman”, Armando Bo , presents his second film in the Official Competition Section of the Sitges Festival after winning the Horizontes Latinos Award with his remarkable debut, “El último Elvis” , at the San Sebastian Festival 2012. “Animal” is presented to us as an amoral story, a wild story, which means a consequent step forward in his brief but already essential filmography.
What is it?
Antonio is a conservative father who firmly believes in the rules, but fate forces him to face an unexpected situation that will shake him to the core. Antonio starts doing things he never imagined … and that’s how he meets Elías, a young man who does not believe in the rules. Antonio will have to forget his way of understanding life to follow his own animal instinct.
Winner of an Oscar for the script of “Birdman” and also responsible for “Biutiful”, Armando Bo is a renowned advertising creative. With his debut film “El Ultimo Elvis” he won the Horizontes Latinos Award at the San Sebastian Festival 2012.
Who goes out?
Protagonist of Argentine cinema successes of the draft of “El Clan” or “Corazón de León” , Guillermo Francella presents his candidacy to be the Best Actor of this new edition of the Stiges Festival.
What is it?
A segment of “Wild Tales” + “The sacrifice of a sacred deer”
What does it offer?
An Elvis impersonator who always considered himself Elvis is forced to choose between his dream of being Elvis or his own family. With such a suggestive point of departure, Armando Bo took to the road, to the adventure of shooting films, to give us “Elvis Elvis”, a charming but also overwhelming portrait, not lacking in humor or hilarious moments, nor bad grape and distressing sequences, about someone who truly believes he is who he is not. About an individual who decides to take his own path and leave his family aside to pursue his own goal in life. An objective in which there is no place for the ‘we’, only for the ‘me’. Well, for his second film the screenwriter of “Birdman” follows the same discursive path, although in this case he goes from the intimate spectrum to the collective, from the personal portrait to the social denunciation. Or rather, to social terror.
“Animal” could well be a segment of “Relatos Salvajes”, an amoral tale that subverts the class struggle also starring a main character who is not able to assume his destiny, which has always been ruled by a deceptive ethical and moral correction , basically because it assumes that it is what has led him to succeed in life, to create an idyllic family and to live in a buoyant economic situation. In other words, he has decided to be a good man thinking only and exclusively for his own benefit. At the moment that this comfort twists without apparent reason or justification, as soon as he falls convalescing for factors that respond to mere human nature, his supposed integrity jumps through the air. There are no longer family or values that are worth, individualism is imposed on collectivism. He first and then if that, his loved ones. With all this one intuits that “Animal” directly attacks the human condition, against those superficial rational virtues that supposedly make us superior to animals. Also with the absurdity of social codes that are dilapidated in terms of our well-being and comfort as individuals are in danger. Deeply cynical and necessarily unfriendly, Armando Bo has taken a consistent step forward with his second film. “Animal” is not designed to please the public, rather to hit him. And it is that it portrays us as what we truly are. Animals.