Where: Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
We've been writing quite a lot about Vanderbilt's International Lens screenings, which kicked off earlier this month. But tonight's film is the one that got my attention right away: It's stop-motion animation chock full of genre conventions like sinister priests, escaped convicts and an ancient curse — one of the characters is even voiced by Paul Naschy. The Spanish language film has drawn comparisons to Terry Gilliam and Guillermo del Toro, but always with the caveat that O Apóstolo is a true original.
Watch the trailer and read the only English language description of the film I could find after the jump.
After escaping from prison, Ramón heads for a mysterious village where a fellow inmate claims to have hidden a stash of stolen jewels years earlier. Nestled deep within the twisted and foreboding woods of Galicia, Spain and positioned along a well-worn pilgrimage route, the village is a secluded and traditions-obsessed relic of ancient times. Its inhabitants take a peculiar interest in travelers passing through and the local church cleric Don Cesareo is quick to integrate Ramón into his flock, annoyingly preventing him from paying a visit to the house where his treasure awaits. When night falls and Ramón witnesses the entire village disappearing into the confines of the church, his curiosity is piqued. But Ramón will quickly discover that he has stumbled upon a place where archaic legends are reality and he may never be able to leave.