Mi mamá lora
My Mother is a Parrot
Martin Musarra | Argentina | 2016 | Fiction | 80 min | NM Premiere
Martín Musarra is the author and director of this magical feature film. We are calling him an author because his screenplay for this film feels so much like a magical story converted to the contemporary cinematic platform. Imagine the genius of Walt Disney, Roald Dahl and Guillermo del Toro all rolled into one. That is Mi mama lora.
In real life, there are mysterious and seemingly magical powers floating all around us - sometimes if you look at something just right, it may even feel surreal, like you're in an animated story. Many artists throughout history have touched on this feeling in their work. In both the fields of literature and animation, famous works like James and the Giant Peach, Alice in Wonderland, so many of Walt Disney's stories, as well as more recent imaginations of the theme in hits like Toy Story capture this common sensation that we feel everyday on some level: surreality. Wiktionary defines surreality as "the state of being incongruous"; in other words, the state of being or feeling out of harmony with your normal surroundings. That's why you'll hear someone say, "Oh my, you should have seen it, it was surreal!" The word surreal connotes something extraordinary happening within otherwise ordinary surroundings. It reminds me of the great film Matilda, and director Musarra has mentioned in interviews that working on children's films opens up the doors to a lot of creativity and storytelling.
Combining all the best parts of magic, surrealism, and magic realism, El Mar del Plata film festival writes about Mi mama lora: “Shot in Concordia, Entre Ríos, Martín Musarra’s film is impregnated with Latin American magical realism aesthetics as it tells a strange fable—between animal and human—that reflects on our essence. Mi mamá lora breaks every stereotype of beauty, genre, and power, and that is—together with its fine cinematographic rhythm—its most precious treasure.“
Musarra teams up with screenwriters Diana Russo and Paula Mastellone, as well as music composer Yair Hilal. Hilal, Argentinian, has previous clients that include Honda, Toyota and McDonald's. He has done work in television and film before, but this will be his biggest chance to shine; or perhaps Musarra wanted a music composer who would simply deliver something solid and not over the top. After all, Musarra wants to create a highly realistic magic. Think hi-def magic realism. Costume design is incredible. This is a perfect film for the entire family. It will stimulate and nourish our minds with fresh angles and ways of looking at everyday life and interactions. The children are sure to be wide-eyed in wonder and the adults are to be mesmerized by the storytelling and Kafka-esque metaphors for life. See you all there!!