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France | 2019 | 72 minutes | Juan Antin

Guided by a condor, two 10-year-olds set out to retrieve a sacred statue from an Incan overlord in this animated adventure tale, inspired by colorful indigenous art, set in the altiplano of Peru.

That the Latin American animation industry is becoming a force is a fact. But, more important, Latin American animation has understood—as a movement, as a revolution, as a reality—that there's no need to go face-to-face against mainstream, globally released animation from the big studios. This used to be the industry's temple of doom: trying to imitate his Goliath with fewer tools, less money, and a smaller marketing budget. Pachamama (like Uruguay's Anina and Chile's Historia De Un Oso) understands that identity is the ace under the poncho: the more personality you give your hand-crafted, years-in-the-making movie, the more distinctive it becomes. In Pachamama, the Andes are the perfect setting in which this children's adventure evokes the journey-of-the-hero archetype. And every inch of Juan Antin's movie feels personal, ready to conjure a sense of magic that comes only from that region, its culture, its sounds, and its colors—rearranged into a powerful visual tale. Antin is ready to use his icons as perfect, heartfelt, bigger than life, and powerful toys, while managing to be smart enough to show the Spanish Conquest from another point of view—and still believing, above all, in magic. Recommended for ages 5+

— Juan Manuel Dominguez

Director Biography
Juan Antin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been in charge of the animation department at Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires) since 1998. He studied animation at the Instituto de Arte Cinematografico in Avellaneda, and later in Montreal. Antin had a jury seat at several film festivals, including the 1998 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. He founded the Ayllu Animations studio, which has produced over 70 animation projects, including Mercano The Martian (2002), his first feature film.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, French American School of Puget Sound, Full Tilt Ice Cream, North Seattle French School, Pagliacci Pizza, Seattle Center

  • Director: Juan Antin
  • Principal Cast: Voices: Alex Harrouch, Colin Bates
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 72 minutes
  • Producer: Didier Brunner, Olivier de Bannes, Damien Brunner
  • Screenplay: Juan Antin, Patricia Valeix, Olivier de Bannes and Nathalie Hertzberg with the participation of Christophe Poujol, Jean-Marc Pannetier, Christine Ponzevera, and Isabelle Blanchard
  • Editors: Benjamin Massoubre
  • Music: Pierre Hamon
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Mercano the Martian (2002)
  • Language: dubbed in English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Netflix
  • International Sales: SC Films