Cleo & Nina

Sara is 5 years old and loves the stories of her grandmother, Nina. They live in different countries, therefore they have not seen each other in a long time. Sara constantly asks her mother to call Nina to hear "the best stories in the world." The short film is an animated documentary that illustrates the telephone conversation in which Nina tells Sara the story of Cleo, her pet pig when she was a child.

  • Manrique Cortés Castro
    Es Amor
  • Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
  • Sara Montero
    Key Cast
  • Sharon Furniss
    Key Cast
  • Noelia Esquivel Arias
  • Gabriela Rivas Feoli
    Sound Postproduction
  • María Cecilia Montealegre Mendiola
    Original Story
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cleo & Nina
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Costa Rica
  • Country of Filming:
    Costa Rica
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Director Biography - Manrique Cortés Castro

Manrique Cortés (Costa Rica, 1985) is an audiovisual producer with studies in Digital Animation, specialized in 3D animation. Throughout his career he has participated in different creative and technical roles that have trained him to produce both animation and live action projects. He worked in the production of animated feature films for Motion Pixel Corporation (USA) and Pritish Nandy Communications (India), including Ekeh 2.0 (2009) and Kick (2007). He participated in the production of the animated series Traveling Stone (2010) for the Irish production company C-Point Entertainment. He founded his first production and animation studio Rubik Studio in 2013. With the company, he managed international projects, as well as projects for non-profit organizations and state institutions. He has worked in feature films such as Por las Plumas (2013) by Neto Villalobos which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, El despertar de las hormigas (2019) by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss which premiered at the Berlinale, and Pájaro de Fuego (2020) by César Caro which premiered at the Havana Film Festival. In 2018 he founded his second production company, sub•stance films to venture into the development and production of his own projects. With the company he has produced the short films Cleo & Nina (2019), Cicatrices (2020) and Es Amor (2021). He is currently working on Memories of a burning body a creative documentary in co-production with Spain written and directed by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss selected among others at the 2020 San Sebastián Co-Production Forum.

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Director Statement

I was interested in capturing the tender conversation between a granddaughter and a grandmother as a way to promote intergenerational dialogue between two populations that are already vulnerable and have been strongly impacted in the context of this pandemic. Social distancing has caused feelings of loneliness and boredom especially in the youngest and oldest in our families. With this project we wanted to create a short film that not only entertains but also motivates other people to get closer and spend quality time with children and older adults.