Good news for parents who can’t find cartoon movies in theaters to take the chick away. ‘Encanto’ fills that void as of today, waiting for the release of the sequel to ‘Sing!’ On December 22. Disney continues with its multicultural spirit, setting its stories in different parts of the world. After traveling to the Italy of the 50s in the charming ‘Luca’, with the Pixar seal, now it is the turn of Colombia, specifically the fictional town of Encanto located between mountains, where the protagonist family lives, the Madrigals.
Magic has endowed all the children in the family with a unique gift, from strength to the power to heal. The only one who does not have any ability is Mirabel, who will be precisely the one in charge of saving her family and her home when that magic is in danger. Among the directors of the film is Jared Bush, one of those responsible for ‘Zootopia’.
The songs of Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of them performed by Carlos Vives, enliven the adventure of little Mirabel, who this time does not come with the Pixar logo. ‘Encanto’ is ascribed to magical realism and combines action scenes with other intimate ones in its defense of the family and the cultural diversity and tradition of Colombia.
“Magical realism, an inspiration for our film, is tied to real feelings and events and is thoughtful and layered,” defines director Byron Howard. “It is not limited to being an easy answer to your problems, but it is a reflection of the experiences you have every day.” The team contacted experts in culture, anthropology, costume design, botany, music, language and architecture to capture the idiosyncrasies of the country. Among all the characters stands out Grandmother Alma, the matriarch of the clan, who is in charge of taking care of the gifts that each member of the family has received.
Manuel Martín Cuenca assures us that a logical and civilized plan can also be atrocious. This is what happens with the pact established by the leading couple of ‘The daughter’ and the 14-year-old pregnant woman they host in their remote home, in the Sierra de Segura (Jaén). After years of trying to have children, they agree to keep the baby, which the girl does not want.
The director of ‘Caníbal’ could not limit himself to narrating a drama about surrogacy. ‘The daughter’ rushes through the territories of the thriller with an intelligent use of geography that encloses the characters and leads to pure terror with a forceful and effective representation of violence.
Ritxi Lizartza, David Pallarès and Oier Aranzabal direct a documentary about the only prison for priests in the world, created by the Vatican and Franco in Zamora. The story of the protagonists themselves reconstructs the hardships of the fifty priests who between 1968 and 1976 were imprisoned for showing their rejection of the dictator’s repression.
‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’
Once a burgeoning hometown of the pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwest town. The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland, with a great evil brewing beneath the surface. When unleashed, a group of survivors must band together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and survive the night. Johannes Roberts directs a new installment of the fantasy saga, already without Milla Jovovich, starring Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen and Robbie Amell.