Luminaris: A stop-motion world controlled by light

Stop motion short film LUMINARIS by Argentinian director Juan Pablo Zaramella narrates the story of a man living in a world controlled by light. Each morning, the inhabitants of that world are woken up and pulled to their jobs by the sunlight, as if by a magnetic force. The main character has a routinary job in a factory that makes electric bulbs. But he has something else in mind that could change the order of things.

Inspired by Tango Music

Director Juan Pablo Zaramella has been working in the film industry for more than a decade. While earning a creativity residency by Abbaye de Fontevraud, in France, he decided to start this project inspired by a tango piece called “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain) composed by Osmar Maderna in the forties.
Juan Pablo Zaramella explains, “I first became acquainted with this piece of music as a child, because my elders used to listen to it. I had always liked this piece but, as an adult, it gradually dawned on me that this music could be like a score of a film that had never been made.

The short film takes place in a classic but timeless Buenos Aires. Because of the unpredictability of the weather and the sunlight movement, the shooting of LUMINARIS  took more than two years.
“Both the speed and the intensity of sunlight changed during the shooting of a take, so we had to modify the time-lapse frequency and the exposure of the photographs all the time”, explains Sergio Piñeyro, director of photography.

Award winning

LUMINARIS has won 300 international awards, including Audience Award and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011, and was part of the Oscars Shortlist for Best Animated Short 2011.


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