Archive of films Wrinkles / Arrugas
2011, 89 min
Section: Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch
The bleak reality of an old folk’s home meets magical surrealism in Wrinkles, the hand-drawn animated feature from director Ignacio Ferreras, based on the 2008 comic book by Spain’s National Comic Prize winner Paco Roca. Winner, Best Animated Film, Best Screenplay, Goya Awards.
The subject of old age gets the kind of attention it deserves but is too rarely afforded in the affecting Wrinkles, Ignacio Ferreras’ animated study of the friendship between two seniors in a nursing home. Featuring lovable but credible characters and a beautifully crafted, understated plot that emerges elegantly from their fears, fantasies and forgetfulness, this thought-provoking, universally comprehensible item slips as easily between past and present as the characters do. The hand-drawn animation technique deployed is uncluttered 2D, a world away from digital’s ability to replicate reality, but sharp use of telling gestures and expressions, redolent of Raymond Briggs, compensates well for the lack of flexibility. There is plenty of rich detail to enjoy, while sound work is attended to with an ear attuned to absolute realism.
About the director
Ignacio Ferreras is an Argentine creator of animated films who takes on a variety of tasks: director, animator, and screenwriter. He worked at all three of these jobs on How to Cope with Death (2002), in which an old woman wages a successful battle against the Grim Reaper, and on his contribution ("1000c SMS Finals”) to the 12-part omnibus film Tokyo Onlypic 2008 (2008). He created the storyboards for Asterix and the Vikings, and helped animate Sylvain Chomet’s French feature The Illusionist (2010), whose script was inspired by a letter Jacques Tati may have written to his step-daughter. The focus of Wrinkles, based on award-winning comics by Spain’s Paco Roca, is once again old age and the effort to withstand external pressures. Ferreras also lectures at Denmark’s prestigious National Film School and at Volda University College in Norway.
About the film
Color, HD CAM
|Section:||Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch|
|Screenplay:||Ignacio Ferreras, Paco Roca, Rosanna Cecchini, Ángel de la Cruz|
|Dir. of Photography:||David Cubero|
|Producer:||Manuel Cristóbal, Oriol Ivern, Enrique Aguirrezabala|
|Production:||Perro Verde Films|
|Cast:||Tacho González, Álvaro Guevara, Mabel Rivera|
|Contact:||6Sales Entertainment Group|
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