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María Lorenzo / 2017 / Musical / Spain / Without dialogues / 11'9'' / HD /


Impromptu is a tribute to the origins of film through its forgotten parents, such as Joseph Plateau and his devices; Eadweard Muybridge’s, Jules Marey’s and Ottomar Anschütz’s cronophotographies; or William Dickson’s, Louis Le Prince’s and George Demenÿ’s cinematographic machines, all them invented prior to the 1895 Lumières’ Cinematograph. But Impromptu is also a homage to that Fin-du-siècle period, to their unforgettable female muses, and to the fascination for movement itself. The animation creates on the surface of the film the waves of inspiration, the violent and instant perception of the photographed truth that is, as well, historical truth.

María Lorenzo

María Lorenzo Hernández (1977) is an animation teacher at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Her short film The Night Ocean (2015) was nominated to the GOYA Spanish Academy of Film Awards. Her short films Portrait of D. (2004) and The Carnivorous Flower (2009) received several awards and were selected at international animation festivals such as Annecy, Anifest, Anima Mundi, Anima Brussels, London, Zagreb, etc. In 2012 she coordinates the collective film The Cat Dances with its Shadow (2012). Impromptu (2017) is her most sincere tribute to the forgotten parents of cinematography: an art born much earlier than 1895. The film has been shortlisted for the GOYA Awards 2018.


Cortoons Festival Gandia (2018) / Festival de Cine y Televisión Reino de León (2018) / Insomnia International Animation Festival, Russia (2018) / Annecy - France (2018) / Canterbury Anifest (2017) / Festival de Cortos de Calzada de Calatrava (2017) / Future Film Festival - Bolonia (2018) / Anima Mundi - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil (2018) / NAFF Neum Animated Film Festival (2018) / Anim'est Animation International Film festival Bucharest, Romania  (2017) / MECAL- Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Barcelona (2018) / Leiden International Short Film Experience (2018) / TOFUZI, Festival du film pour enfants, Tbilissi, Géorgie (2017) / Animac - Muestra Intl. de Animación de Lleida (2018) / Festival de Cine de Alicante, Spain (2018)
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