4 items from 2013
Plucked from seeming obscurity by the producers at Ghost House Pictures, Fede was lucky enough to get noticed by an animated short he created in 2009, called Panic Attack. The short went viral on YouTube. A few weeks later Fede’s phone rang. Ghost House was on the line. The next day he was flying to Hollywood to discuss a contract for his first feature.
People can point a frustrated finger at Fede’s fairytale rise to fame. But for Fede, his journey did not begin with Panic Attack as his first project. Fede had been making films his whole life. More importantly, before he was taken on by a studio, Fede was making films simply because he »
- Pat Meissner
Today’s film is the 2005 short El Cojonudo. The film is directed by Fede Alvarez, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. Alvarez gained attention as a filmmaker with a series of short films, some of which caught the eye of Sam Raimi. Alvarez, however, really rose to prominence when he was tapped by Raimi to make his feature film debut with Evil Dead, a remake of Raimi’s 1981 horror classic. Evil Dead opened in North American theatres this weekend.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Most people are aware of a short invasion film entitled Panic Attack! that garnered the attention of fanboys and studios alike a few years back. Constructing the entire short on a laptop, the undiscovered Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez produced one of the most talked about shorts to hit the internet in recent memory. But before Alvarez unleashed giant CGI robots,he and his writing partner made a short film that resembles more of the horror comedy style that might have been inspired by his future employer Sam Raimi. The project is called El Conjonudo (Mr. Big Balls) aka El Cojonudo: La Nunca Jamas Contada Historia De (The Never Ever Told Story of Mr. Big Balls), and the title is the least offensive element of this devilishly twisted short shot on 16mm. I won’t ruin anything more about what to expect – as the joy certainly comes from the shock-value »
- Michael Haffner
Short Starts presents a weekly short film from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Director Fede Alvarez, who made the Evil Dead remake out this Friday, broke out with a short film that went viral. You’ve probably seen that one, the giant robot invasion pic Ataque de Panico! (Panic Attack!) — watch here if not. Before that, though, he and his Evil Dead writing partner, Rodo Sayagues, made a few other movies including one that you can also watch online. And it’s a lot more akin to what we can probably expect from his Hollywood horror debut. There’s blood, boobs, semen, guns, machetes and screams of pleasure and of pain. It’s called El Cojonudo: La Nunca Jamas Contada Historia De — loosely translated on screen as The Never Ever Told Story of Mr. Balls. The 20-minute Uruguayan film is not safe for work, but that’s okay if you watch today »
- Christopher Campbell
4 items from 2013