by Fernando Cortizo – Spagna, 2012
('80, Digital, Original version with Italian subtitles)
O Apóstolo is a tale of mystery, adventure, terror, humour and fantasy. The story follows the journey of a convict (Ramón) who has escaped from jail and comes to a remote mountain village along the “Way of Saint James”, searching for a treasure hidden there years earlier. What, at first, appears to be a deserted town in which only a few elderly people live, turns out to be a village surviving under a curse that has existed for over 600 years. Ramón soon finds that the harmless elders are actually looking for souls to trade with the grim reaper himself. And so begins his adventures to find the treasure, understand the mysterious events taking place in the village and to escape with his life.
Fernando Cortizo began his film career with the stop-motion animated short film Black Cat Spantat. During these early years he wrote and filmed numerous short films, receiving important awards at International festivals. He also worked as assistant director on such fiction films as In Bars e Stories, both from the Spanish director Mario Iglesias.
In 2007 he began the development of his feature film, O Apóstolo, the first stereoscopic stop-motion animation full-length film to be made in Europe.
Cortizo is currently developing two new stop-motion animated feature films in 3D, Dream Prince and Organistrum, which will be the second part of the O Apóstolo.