seems like everybody picks on Anina Yatay Salas. She’s a kid, you see. She’s a good kid though, who will be getting
the sort of lessons that will make her a good grown-up in Alfredo Soderguit’s
animated feature, AninA (trailer here), which screens
this weekend during the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 2013 Latinbeat.
Spanish work for palindrome is capicúa, a fact young Anina knows only too
well. She has three of them in her name,
which she finds rather excessive. Her
Ned Flanders-ish father thought it was delightful, but the bratty kids at
school delight in taunting her with the word “capicúa.” Still, she has good friends, like Florencia,
but certainly not Yisel. During one
fateful recess, an innocent stumble leads to a playground dust-up and a mutual
trip to the principal’s office. As
punishment, both she and Yisel receive mysterious sealed envelopes only to be
opened in the principal’s presence, the following week.
over her scarlet envelope, Anina and Florencia start following Yisel, in hopes
of sneaking a peek inside hers. However,
to her considerable surprise, Anina starts sharing strange bonding moments with
her nemesis at school, stemming from their gossip-spawning punishment.
AninA is a wonderfully
innocent and endearing film with absolutely no objectionable material whatsoever. Adults will probably have a good idea where
it is headed, but they will approve every step of the way. Adapting Sergio López Suárez’s book for young
readers (which he illustrated), Soderguit maintains a similarly gentle
style. His simple figures are rather
soothing, evoking nostalgia for the old fashioned children’s books of eras gone
There are thoughtful bits of adolescent
experience throughout AninA, but it
is the title character (sensitively voiced by Federica Lacaño) that makes it
such a winner. Boys of a certain age and
immaturity level might grow restless during the film, but girls and adults of
all varieties will find it completely charming.
Recommended with enthusiasm, AninA
screens this coming Saturday (7/13) and Sunday (7/14) afternoons at the
Beale Theatre, as part of Latinbeat ’13.
Labels: Animated films, Latinbeat '13, Uruguayan Cinema