Spain has delivered plenty of eye-catching animated features in recent years, with Nocturna (2007), Chico & Rita (2010), and Wrinkles (2011) attracting international audiences. The clay animation feature Possessed (Pos Eso), which opened theatrically last week in Spain, is the latest animated feature that looks set to transcend its country’s borders.
Possessed is currently playing the international festival circuit and will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival next month.
It’s the first feature film by Samuel Ortí Martí—who goes by simply “Sam”—and a co-production between his Conflictivos Productions and Basque Films. Before beginning work on Possessed, Sam had spent more than a decade bringing clay to life as an Aardman animator and as an independent director of shorts, including the Goya-nominated Vicenta, in his hometown of Valencia, Spain.