Dated 1901 and excavated in 2021 as Chile drafts a new Constitution, this found footage documents a ritual performed by a girl who appears to use human corpses. Emerging in the ritual are Diego Portales and Jaime Guzmán, central figures in the construction of authoritarian and oligarchic Chile.
The stop motion animation The Wolf House (2018) was the directors’ former work which drew a lot of attention. Once again for The Bones, they use animation to describe the horrifying past of Chile and tell the story of the “first animation.” It is made with 16mm film and is distinctive in the material characteristic of animation. Ari Aster, the director of Midsommar (2019), supported the film as the main producer. [Sung MOON]
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