Maria Lorenzo Hernández - 11'09"



Impromptu is an animated short film inspired by five piano Etudes by Frédéric Chopin, to pay tribute to the forgotten pioneers of cinema, such as Joseph Plateau, Eadweard Muybridge, Jules Marey, William Dickson, Louis Le Prince and George Demenÿ. But Impromptu is also a homage to the Fin-du-siècle period, to their unforgettable muses —Loïe Fuller, Carmencita, Anna Belle—, and to the fascination for movement itself, that lead to the invention of filmmaking.



Director not to present this film for Public, the Jury can award the film through private screening.

Maria Lorenzo Hernández

María Lorenzo Hernández (1977) is an animation teacher at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Her short film The Night Ocean (2015) has been nominated to the GOYA Spanish Academy of Film Awards. Her short films Portrait of D. (2004) and The Carnivorous Flower (2009) received several awards and were selected at international animation festivals such as Annecy, Anima Mundi, Anima Brussels, London, Zagreb, etc. In 2012 she coordinates the collective film The Cat Dances with its Shadow (2012).

Impromptu (2017) is my sincere tribute to the forgotten parents of cinematography: an art born much earlier than 1895.