Little Isabel lives with her mother and grandfather. The girl leaves food at the door of her grandfather’s room, which is isolated due to the pandemic. One night the grandfather does not respond to her call. Then Isabel decides to enter the room.
That is the story behind “La Niña fantasma”, one of the audiovisual shorts that the public will be able to watch this Thursday, March 18, at 9 p.m., on Trece Costa Rica Televisión.
But there are more stories: Alvaro, a 70-year-old salesman of flakes; Cleo’s, 5 years old, and his great-grandmother Nina, 93; that of a Nicaraguan migrant; that of a municipal cleaning worker and that of a vendor in the Wholesale Market, among many others that make up the Special for Short Films.
In addition to the presentation on March 18, the special will be repeated on Sunday, March 21, at 11 a.m., on Trece Costa Rica Televisión.
In total there are 20 shorts, with a total duration of 45 minutes, all produced through the alliance with the Centro de Cine and commemorating this March one year since the pandemic began in Costa Rica.
“For Trece Costa Rica Televisión it is an honor to broadcast these 20 national short films of high cultural value: they are excellent audiovisual productions of a variety of genres that raise awareness about various aspects of the impact of the pandemic on our society. This special on Films in Shorts reflects how Costa Ricans have lived and interpreted the world crisis ”, commented Amelia Retana, Head of Programming at Trece Costa Rica Televisión.
Production process. The Cinema Center created an “Exceptional Emergency Fund to Support Short Filmmakers in the Framework of the Pandemic”, in 2020, in order to summon filmmakers resident in Costa Rica to propose ideas for the generation of audiovisual products creative and imaginative health or educational awareness campaigns for different segments of the population, regarding the national emergency due to COVID-19.
“The call arises because the audiovisual sector was and is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Not only because they could not film, but also because of the closing of the cinemas, “said Raciel del Toro, director of the Costa Rican Center for Cinematographic Production.
In total, 220 projects participated, of which the 20 that viewers will be able to appreciate were selected. Each filmmaker received ¢ 2 million colones to carry out their production. The duration of each short ranges from 1.5 to 3 minutes.
“The public will be able to see a heterogeneous sample of what we have experienced in the last year. In addition, it is a creative way of seeing the plurality of genres that exists in the country, since there is comedy, drama, animation, fiction and documentary, “said Del Toro.
This is the list of shorts that make up the special: Who has Covid ?, by Fernando Fonseca; Carmen, by Alejandro Ferlini; Scars, by Antonella
Sudasassi; Cleo & Nina, by Manrique Cortés; Conspiración S.A., by Roberto Guillén; Back home, by Mariana Murillo; The longest year, by Paz Fábrega; The time before, by Felipe Zúñiga; Virulent interview, by Ibana Valverde; Today in my neighborhood, Roberth Pereira; Humberto, by Sofía Quirós; The mask, by Francisco Saco; The ghost girl, by Jurgen Ureña; The stories they told us, by Iván Pérez; Lily24hrs, by Isabel Martínez and Ernesto Fernández; The First Hundred Days, by Ariel Arburola; Poleas, by Luis Salas; First, by María José Merino; Sol (age), by Yolanda Muñoz; Magical land, by Alessandra Baltodano.
After the premiere of the special in Cinema in Shorts, the works will be broadcast individually in the regular programming of Trece Costa Rica