March 9, 2006
The International Festival of Films on ArtMontreal is a happening city. The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) begins today, wrapping up on the 19th of March, 2006. As the press release states: "The only cinematic event of its kind in North America, FIFA is the largest festival of films on art in the world." I always love when animation focuses on the subject of art and art history, and the trailer for this year's festival features a grand example by Juan Pablo Etcheverry of Spain (Quicktime preview). Inspired by Picasso's ground-breaking painting Guernica from 1937, the animated short is titled Minotauromaquia, Pablo dans le labyrinthe. It's not the first short I've seen inspired by Guernica, but I'm quite certain Picasso would have appreciated the attention. In fact, I think Pablo would have enjoyed animating a thing or two in his day. His etching The Dream and Lie of Franco (also from 1937) reads like a fine storyboard for an animated short.
The Dream and Lie of Franco

Act fast. Minotauromaquia, Pablo dans le labyrinthe already appears to be sold out for Saturday, March 18, but tickets remain for Thursday, March 16 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montreal.

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