Spanish-based artists Mona and Peca follow the course of a most unlikely love triangle in this stunning and creative fantasy. A stop-motion animation, La Competitiva was created using over 30,000 individual photographs, cutouts, cartoons and more.
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Interview with Mono and Peca
t21: What motivated you to make a short film made with objects recycled from the trash?
M&P: While we aren’t militant about the cause, we have incorporated the use of recycled items (furniture, clothes, objects, books, films) into our daily lives as a form of giving a second opportunity to discarded items from the chain of consumption.
t21: Which are your favorite characters in La Competitiva and why?
M&P: Rivero and Cabaluncho are the main protagonists. They have conflicting personalities but they both possess boundless creativity, and try to woo the factory’s waitress using distinct methods of seduction. Cabaluncho is loyal to the ‘rules of the game’, while Rivero goes beyond the limits and rules of gentlemanly competition when he is losing the battle. In the end, they combine their resources in favor of the common good.
t21: Where and when did the inspiration for La Competitiva come from?
M&P: La Competitiva comes more from an idea than from an exact story. We developed the characters, and then they were telling us the story.
t21: What was the biggest obstacle in making La Competitiva?
M&P: Money, or better, the lack of it. Sometimes we had to stop filming to work on other things to finance the project (and our lives!)
t21: The most unexpected response to the film?
M&P: Certain openly political and religious ‘messages’ that some viewers have found in the ‘content’ of the film.
t21: What do you want viewers to take away from the film?
M&P: We hope their left side of the brain lights up.
t21: If you weren’t directors/producers, what would you like to be?
M&P: We don’t consider ourselves producers, but rather artists. It’s difficult to imagine what we would be if we weren’t artists. We can agree that we would like something related to traveling a lot.
t21: What’s the first website you check?
M: hispasonic.com (then my email).
t21: Personal motto?
M&P: The opposite of “Work gives life meaning.”
t21: The biggest problem in the world today?
M&P: The euphemisms and the numbing of conscience.
t21: Favorite public figure?
P: John Locke.
t21: Last song that was stuck in your head?
M&P: “La de los toritos guapos” by Fari.
t21: Coffee, tea or water?
P: Tea and fruit.
t21: Boat, plane or train?
P: Plane no, feet yes.
M: I prefer trains.
t21: Latest obsession?
P: The films of Jia Zhangke and watching Lost and eating mandarins.
M: Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant and various series.
t21: Point of inspiration?
M&P: The unconscious.
t21: First job?
M&P: In the animation studio Pasillo 45 (although before we had produced video clips and little shorts in Super 8 and video).
t21: Whom would you like to work with?
M&P: For now, no one in particular (although there are many animators that we admire).
t21: Ten-year goal?
M&P: That our work is seen by more people and we do not have to work on so many other things to finance our projects.
t21: Your next project?
M&P: A stop-motion project called “In-Communication.”
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