SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEW! If you’re unfamiliar with Reggaetón, it’s a Puerto Rican music style, which is a mix of American hip hop, Latin American, and Caribbean music. The animated brief Nuevo Rico opens with these groovy tunes and a colourful palm tree giving off a enjoyable Miami vibe with the subtitle “Patria O Dying,” which means homeland or dying. Proper then, you understand director Kristian Mercado is about to you for a spirited, wild experience. Feeling like Pace Racer, the movie instantly places you into movement, as a ruthless duo of sister Barbie and brother Vico drive their automobile in a race in opposition to authorities, and they’re transported to a mystical forest.
“…sister Barbie and brother Vico…are transported to a mystical forest.”
A psychedelic expertise unfolds and locations them inside the grips of what seems to be a cope with Devil, and so they then obtain Reggaetón stardom. Barbie and Vico’s fame continues to develop greater and larger, although hints of one other historic world linger forward and the shadow of a devilish determine lurking round corners. However Vico is trapped by medicine, intercourse, and his ego. An sad Barbie needs to be an actual particular person once more; solely it’s too late. Watch out what you would like for seems to be the message that Mercado reveals in a delicate however fascinating approach: thus, the title Nuevo Rico, which roughly interprets to newly rich.
Mercado presents his imaginative and prescient, an unimaginable combine and fusion of anime, delusion, and psychedelic fashion with a terrific soundtrack. Nuevo Rico is not only a trippy visible journey. It’s additionally enriched with messages of a avenue tradition and its infinite kinds steeped in Latino heritage and peoples ripping throughout the display however not with out objective. The numerous animation strategies all through this 16-minute experience embody hand-drawn components, cell animation, 3D animation, and a great deal of hallucinatory visuals which can be enjoyable to see. This film is a testomony to some glorious artists and artistic thinkers, which hail from throughout the globe, together with Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States, and Vietnam.
Nuevo Rico screened on the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.