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Following the untimely death of his last daughter Miguel decides to leave his home village, but the ghosts of his dead relatives plot to kill him in hopes of earning their final rest by reuniting the family in death.

  • Arturo Alanis
    Bermuda Triangle, Lamia
  • Konstantin Lyubimov
  • Arturo Alanis
    Bermuda Triangle, Lamia
  • Konstantin Lyubimov
  • Nora Zubizarreta
  • Sofia Dieck
  • Ana Torrent
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  • Paula Bertolin
    Key Cast
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  • Francesc Pages
    Key Cast
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  • Pedro Valiente
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  • Anna Drubich
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  • Joanie Educate
    Bermuda Triangle, Lamia
  • David Britton
    Sound Designer
    Bermuda Triangle, Lamia
  • Ecegul Bayram
    Production Designer
  • Nadia Zuñiga
    Casting Director
    Capadocia, La Rosa de Guadalupe
  • Konstantin Lyubimov
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    Fantasy, Drama
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 USD
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    Digital, Blackmagic Cinema DNG
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Director Biography - Arturo Alanis

Arturo Alanis a Mexican filmmaker graduated from the Film & Television department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He started his career in filmmaking during high school by making music videos for local artists in his hometown of Monterrey and went on to continue this kind of work in New York, shooting concerts and music videos for artists such as Kiezsa and Tribe Society.

During the last three years, he has directed and produced short films and music videos in the United States, Mexico, Greece, France and Spain ranging from horror films, to magic realism and family dramas, collaborating with filmmakers from all across the world.

Arturo is currently working on distribution for his latest short film "Olvidadizo" as well as writing the script for his first feature film which will take place in India.

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Director Statement

When Olvidadizo was first conceived, I knew I wanted to explore two central themes: death and family. Having been born and raised in Mexico I have always been fascinated by the “Día de Muertos” or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday in which we remember our deceased relatives and friends. What always struck me about this holiday is that unlike in other cultures, we Mexicans celebrate death with joy and happiness, remembering our dead fondly as if they were still alive and present in our lives.

Part of the celebration involves setting up an altar for the dead and decorating it with candles and flowers of many different colors as well as displaying on it photographs of the deceased along with objects they enjoyed in life such as their favorite foods, alcohol and religious imagery. All of this is done in an attempt to celebrate their life instead of mourning their death. I tried to reflect this particular take on death we Mexicans have by making the scenes involving the ghosts lively and colorful.

The ghosts in this movie like to dance, drink, eat a good meal and enjoy the pleasures of death. On the other hand, Miguel who is alive, is portrayed in an isolated and lonely world. In this way, I tried to give a twist to the theme of death by making it seem as something positive and ironically lively while showing life as a difficult struggle that can only be relieved by death.

The second main theme of the story is family. I come from a large business oriented family that has lived in our hometown of Monterrey for generations. This made my decision to study film in New York a constant struggle against my family as they thought I’d be better off staying home and continuing their legacy by joining the ranks of the family business.

In Olvidadizo I wanted to portray the struggle that ensues when someone decides to leave their family behind in order to build a new future for themselves. This is mainly reflected in the struggle of the protagonist Miguel who stayed in his hometown all of his life to take care of the family estate, but when he finally decides to leave, his dead relatives try to keep him there by force to achieve their own selfish interests.

The way these two themes converge and reach their conclusion is through the character of Laia, Miguel’s daughter. After Laia dies, she sees for herself the traumatizing effect her death has on her father as well as the extent to which her ghost relatives are willing to go in order to keep the family together. In the end, she becomes the mediator between her father and the ghosts and the bridge between life and death. In this way, Laia represents the other side of both central themes: the pain that death causes to those who are left behind as well as the strong family ties that give life purpose and meaning.