Spanish director Fernando Cortizo is doing something rare: making his animated feature easy to see. His 2012 stop motion feature The Apostle (O Apóstolo) is now available for online viewing, costing only $1.5€ (or $1.87US) to rent for a 24-hour period. Watch it at OApostolo.com where multiple subtitled versions are available including English and French.
The Spanish Gothic story follows an escaped convict who heads to a remote mountain village in search of loot that had been hidden there years earlier. When I saw the film last year, I was occasionally frustrated by the pacing and meandering story, but its ominous atmosphere and creepy visuals left a strong impression. Imperfect though it is, The Apostle has more to recommend than the average animated feature and deserves a look.
The Apostle was nominated for a Goya (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar) in 2013, and has won numerous awards including the audience awards at the Annecy, Cinanima, and Monstra festivals.