Short Film Movie Review: ARTIFICIAL (20min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Thriller)

ARTIFICIAL was the winner of Best Cinematography at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in January 2016. 

ARTIFICIAL, 20min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Thriller
Directed by Luis Espinosa

A man goes to a job interview. What he doesn’t know is that he has already been selected. CORPSA offers to pay him 80,000 Euros if he agrees to be cloned. But more than just a lot of money depends on his decision.

Movie Review by Amanda Lomonaco:

I’ve always found Science Fiction to be a tricky genre in the film industry. People seem to either love it or hate it most of the time. I’ve never been sure if that’s because of how expensive it is to produce a good sci-fi film, or because people have a hard time wrapping their heads around them, but the genre often provokes a lot of mixed reviews. That’s the only explanation I could find for the audience’s reaction to Artificial. During moderation people seemed a bit at a loss for what to say about their experience, whereas I wasn’t sure how anyone could have helped but fall in love with it.

Harkening back to a recent Indie sci-fi favourite, Ex-Machina, David P. Sanudo manages to simplify Alex Garland’s original concept and cause an even bigger impact. By condensing the films’ twists and turns into a smaller time span, Sanudo, the mastermind behind Artificial, keeps the audience constantly on their toes. 20 minutes pass by in an instant as you constantly try to figure out what’s actually happening and then get slammed with more shocking information just as you think you’ve figured it all out.

Connoisseurs of Spanish cinema will easily recognize Aitor Mazo and be disappointed to hear this was his final performance. Suffice to say hiswork in this short film was no less impressive than those of his blockbusters. It’s heartwarming to know the famous star passed away after such a great contribution to independent cinema, but it’s always sad to lose such a valuable component to the International film scene.

Fans of Spanish cinema and science fiction alike will appreciate this film for its simplicity in the face of such complex, and deeply philosophical concepts. Sanudo’s use of the ever familiar job interview setting also appeals to a less tech obsessed audience and provides an interesting fantasy relief to a commonly nerve-racking situation. With a thought provoking storyline, excellent performances and amazing production quality, Artificial certainly deserves every award it has won. Hats off to David Sanudo and his team for such an impressive final tribute to one of Spain’s cinema greats.

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Interview with Amparo Gea, Director of Native Film Festival

The main objective of the Native Film Festival is the construction, development and promotion of opportunities for dialogue, based on a deep respect for sociocultural diversity, promotes and organizes this Festival.

Festival takes place in the 2nd week of June 2015.

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Matthew Toffolo interviews director Amparo Gea:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Amparo: Our goal is to show current movies and quality, or native peoples, native or indígenasque hardly reach the Spanish commercial circuits. One way to make available world cinema at the same time sensitizes viewers

Matthew: How has the festival changed since inception ITS Until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Amparo: The festival grows slowly and is gaining interest epectadores, talking about an issue that is not addressed in Spain.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Amparo: It depends on the hours of exhibition halls, but we bet exhibit about 30.

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?

Amparo: The dignity and how interprets each village.

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Amparo: Display in different parts of Spain

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Amparo: We are committed to being in a traveling in cities of Spain, and Madrid.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?

Amparo: Currently in Mdrid we survived a few independent festivals, but a growing interest breathes for participating in activities as proposed by us

Matthew: What film have you seen The most in your life?

Amparo: Underground Emir Kusturica

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

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