Elephant Escabeaux

our friends, all prominent artists in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, embark on the making of the sculpture “Reverence”, a sonorous and kinetic work of art, three meters in height, to be done in a minimal amount of time. Armed with just a few detached pieces obtained in a junkyard in Bermejo, they must go through different levels of resolution as they talk about their friendship, the experiences and roads travelled while evolving into artists, and the implications of gathering now to work together again.
An allusion to another construction runs through their story: one that each of them has been forging deep inside in anticipation of this new shared work: that of building a stepladder from a singular piece; a toehold from which to climb, with a unique name wrought along the way.

  • Gabriela Nafissi
    Director
  • Gabriela Nafissi
    Writer
  • Bodega Monteviejo
    Producer
  • Reencarnaciones. Experimentación artística
    Producer
    A film by Gabriela Nafissi With co-production by Monteviejo Winery and Reincarnations. Artistic Experimentation.
  • Fernando Rosas
    Key Cast
  • Guillermo Rigattieri
    Key Cast
  • Julio Melto
    Key Cast
  • Gabriel Fernández
    Key Cast
  • Gabriela Nafissi
    Script
  • Ariel Larriba
    Audiovisual production
  • Laura Silberberg
    Graphic Design
  • Eliana Pagano
    English Translation
  • Fabián Campos, Vanessa Noguera
    English Translation
  • Fabián Campos, Vanessa Noguera
    English Translation
  • Escultura sonora y cinética” – Reverencia “Sonorous and kinetic sculpture” – Reverence Creación de Fernando Rosas, Guillermo Rigattieri, Gabriel Fernández y Julio Melto en el marco del proyecto “Cuatro elefantes sobre su taburete” de Reencarnaciones. Proyecto de Experimentación Artística para Bodega Monteviejo. A creation by Fernando Rosas, Guillermo Rigattieri, Gabriel Fernández and Julio Melto within the framework of the project “Four Elephants on Their Stepladders” by Reencarnaciones, an artistic experimentation project for Monteviejo Winery.
    About the Sculpture
  • Courtesy of the artists
    Pictures of elephants on their stepladders
  • Guillermo Rigattieri
    Original music for the film Musical Composition
    “Elephant” A melody composed from musical notes generated by the wind in its interaction with the heart of the sculpture “Reverence”. Amidst other sounds and melodies, and accompanied by piano, violin and accessories, “Elephant” follows the constant, rhythmic pulse of the wind in the metallic, mobile core of the sculpture.
  • and Víctor Silione
    Original music for the film Musical Composition
    Recorded at the Reloj de Arena studio
  • Written by Gabriel Fernández
    Short story “The Elephant’s Skin”
  • Narrated by Alberto Martínez Carcedo
    Short story “The Elephant’s Skin”
    (podcast at Noviembre Nocturno www.noviembrenocturno.es). Recorded in Spain
  • Fernando Rosas
    Short story “The Elephant’s Skin”
    Illustrations
  • Homero Pereyra
    Short story “The Elephant’s Skin”
    Animation
  • Ariel Larriba
    Photography
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Escabeaux de elefante
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    Documentary, experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 16, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Argentina
  • Country of Filming:
    Argentina
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • GALA INTERNAZIONALE DI VENEZIA
    VENEZIA
    Italy
    January 18, 2019
    ITALY
    BEST EXPERIMENTAL
  • ARTE NON STOP FILM FESTIVAL
    BUENOS AIRES
    Argentina
    November 27, 2017
    ARGENTINA
    Mejor Dirección Femenina, Mejor Largometraje de Animación y Menciones Especiales a los escultores
  • Highly Recomended by Madrid Art Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
  • Semi finalist LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD
  • London
  • Semi finalist ROME FILM FESTIVAL AWARD
  • Ibiza Cinefest 2019

    Spain
  • Around Film Festival. Barcelona. Preseleccionado. True Story
    Barcelona
    Spain
  • Semi-Finalist stage of the Capital Filmmakers Festival Madrid 2018
Distribution Information
  • Gabriela Nafissi
    Country: Argentina
Director Biography - Gabriela Nafissi

Director of Art & Culture at Monteviejo Winery (since 2015). Creator of “Reincarnations. Artistic Experimentation”, an arts project launched in 2008, and of Plus+Art, a day-long multi-arts event presented yearly since 2013, recipient of the Art and Culture Gold Award “Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism” in 2017. Nafissi’s arts events have been presented at Balcón de Las Artes of Park Hyatt Mendoza (2018-2019). She is part of the group of organizers of Wine Rock, a rock concert held yearly at Bodega Monteviejo, recipient of the Art and Culture Gold Award “Best of Mendoza’s Wine Tourism” in the Art and Culture category in 2014. She is also one of the organizers of Week of Rock, which earned the 2018 Best of Global Award in the category Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences.

Gabriela Nafissi has developed and manages cultural projects based on artistic experimentation devices that articulate various art fields and languages, whereby she explores and develops her interest in the areas of convergence of the arts and psychoanalysis. She was the director and screenwriter for the short film “Elephant Escabeaux” (winner of the Best Experimental Movie in International Cinema, Venezia, 2017, and Best Female Direction, Best Animation Feature Film at the Arte Non Stop Film Festival, 2017). She was also director and screenwriter for Signs of an Artist (Gold Prize, Best Experimental Short Film, International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination in Indonesia, Jakarta, 2016. She co-directed the experimental short film Rewritings (2013, in the amateur category), together with Ramiro Navarro. In 2018 she was named Distinguished Woman of the City of Mendoza by Salón Cultural Seguros Rivadavia y Seguros Rivadavia Coop. Ltda., in recognition of her remarkable career and contribution to society (2018).

Nafissi is the author of Reincarnations. Audiovisual short stories (2012), and of the artistic experimentation projects: Signs of an Artist (2014-2015), Extimacies of Daily Life (2015-2016), Four Elephants on their Stepladders (2015-2018), Center and Absence (2016-2019), including “Dark, Dark Continent”, “Women, One By One”, and “The Stone on the Path”. Tarabust. Voiceless and Sonorous (2017-2018). Curating. Creations and Interventions (2018-2019). V27dr A Poetic Mathema for the Artistic Cause (2019-2020).

Gabriela Nafissi has curated photograph exhibits, including “Terrors Inhabiting Me,” by Marcelo Pelleriti (2015), “Dos miradas en los bordes de una obra,” by Laura Limp and Adriana Lui (2016), Portraits of Wine Rock (2017), and “Eroticas of the Femenine,” by Celeste Urreaga (2016-2018), Four Elephant on their Stepladders (2018), “Kuu to Hazama”. Empty Space” (four artists, four photo essays) (2018-2019).

Gabriela Nafissi is Licenciada in Psychology from Universidad del Aconcagua. Member of Acep (Asociación Cuyana de Estudios Psicoanalíticos de Cuyo). She presently attends the Specialization in Production of Critical Texts and Media Dissemination of the Arts (UNA). She participates in a literature workshop taught by Laura Galarza. She successfully completed The New York Film Academy´s 1 Week Filmmaking at New York Film Academy (2020).
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