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LA ANTENA aka THE ANTENNA
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Alejandro Urdapilleta, Valeria Bertuccelli, Julieta Cardinali, Rafael Ferro, Raśl Hochman, Ricardo Merkin, Sol Moreno, Gustavo Pastorini, Carlos Pineiro, Florencia Raggi
Director: Esteban Sapir
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
UK: 90 mins
UK Certificate: 12A tbc
UK Release Date: 16 May 2008 (Limited Release)
A remarkable fantasy from Argentina, LA ANTENA aka THE ANTENA is fashioned as a silent film as it is set in a city whose inhabitants cannot speak. Comprised of handmade expressionist special effects and animated subtitles that give it the look of a black and white illustrated pop-up book, LA ANTENA is about a group of free-thinking rebels who fight back against the evil dictator Mr TV.
Mr TV controls all spoken word, which he uses for broadcasts as well as for food production. As a result of his hypnotic television broadcasts, the inhabitants have been left speechless and dependent except 'La Voz', a female singer, who has escaped the rule of Mr TV. A man, his father and his young daughter join forces with La Voz in an attempt to overthrow the power of Mr TV.
Lovers of Tim Burton, Guy Maddin, Terry Gilliam and cinema's early experimenters such as Georges Melies and Fritz Lang won't want to miss this ingenious flight of fancy.