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A year ago, Costa Rica became the first Central American country and the sixth in all of Latin America to recognize the legal right to same-sex marriage, a historic step in the recognition of universal human rights. Based on three true stories, our animated music video ES AMOR, celebrates this important milestone and sings to the world that love is always love.

Carlos, a married man with two daughters, dares to reveal his true sexual identity to his family; Ale, a trans woman manages to finally reconcile with the image in the mirror and accept herself; and Jaz and Lalay, two young lovers must confront their family and society in order to get married.

The three stories are intertwined with historical events to recognize the struggle of thousands of people and organizations in Costa Rica. The project involved more than 30 people including musicians, visual artists and digital animators, and seeks to promote respect, love and solidarity among all people.

  • Manrique Cortes Castro
    Director
  • Daniel Patiño
    Musical Director
  • Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
    Producer
    Hormigas, The Awakening of the Ants
  • Catalina Cabezas
    Production Assistance
  • Maf É Tulà
    Voices
  • Pau Molina
    Voices
  • Daniel Patiño
    Voices
  • Daniela García (guitar)
    Ensemble
  • Maddie Serrano (bass)
    Ensemble
  • Sharon Villegas (piano)
    Ensemble
  • Esteban Ureña (percussion)
    Ensemble
  • Alejandro Salazar
    Sound Postproduction
  • Leonardo Padilla
    Sound Postproduction
  • Alejandro Cabezas
    SFX
  • Mariela Montoya
    Visual Artists
  • Jonathan Ramirez
    Visual Artists
  • Elizabeth Argüello
    Visual Artists
  • Raúl Sandoval
    Visual Artists
  • Marianella Snowball
    Visual Artists
  • Noelia Esquivel
    Visual Artists
  • Mariela Montoya
    Animators
  • Diana Villalobos
    Animators
  • Jonathan Ramírez
    Animators
  • Joel Martínez
    Animators
  • Andrea Saboya
    Animators
  • Miguel López
    Animators
  • Marco Páez
    Animators
  • Giovanni Pinzón
    Animators
  • Keyner Mora
    Animators
  • Rául Sandoval
    Animators
  • Manu Mairena
    Animators
  • Esteban Ortíz
    Animators
  • Manrique Cortés
    Animators
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Es Amor
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Music Video, LGBTIQ+, Human Rights, Animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Costa Rica
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Universidad Veritas
Director Biography - Manrique Cortes 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

With the help of more than 30 amazing artists, we decided to celebrate love in all its shapes and colors. Despite the fact that same-sex marriage was legally recognized last year in Costa Rica, much remains to be done to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Through the song and the animated music video, we wanted to generate empathy in the audience and celebrate this historical milestone in an entertaining and close way while raising awareness about the LGBTIQ + issue in Costa Rica and other Latin American countries.