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Courtesy of Global Film Initiative

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Directed by Carlos Osuna

2011, in Spanish with English subtitles

Colombia

97 minutes

Showtimes

LATIN WAVE 9

Gordo, calvo y bajito

Fat, Bald, Short Man

Filmmaker Carlos Osuna in attendance

Antonio—the fat, bald, and short man of the title—is a functionary in a notary office in Bogota, Colombia, a middle-aged virgin whose life has become a pitiable routine. As alone as a character in an Edward Hopper painting, Antonio suffers the indifference of society and the abusive, macho humor of his co-workers, until the day a new executive director comes to run the office. Señor Enriquez is as short, fat, and bald as Antonio, but clearly unafraid to be a success. The presence of Enriquez challenges Antonio’s belief that he is destined to be a failure and presents him with the terrifying possibility of confronting his own fears and desires.

Beautifully mixing rotoscope animation—used in Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and Through a Scanner Darkly—with other two and three-dimensional techniques, first-time director Carlos Osuna puts us inside Antonio’s sad and beautiful inner world to tell a moving universal story of one man’s struggle to be himself.

Carlos Osuna was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1980. He received a master of visual arts from Javeriana University and shortly after graduation was selected to participate in the Berlinale Talent Campus for his short film Analogue Loop. In 2009, he was awarded a grant from the Francisco Javier Fund for Social Projects for his documentary Giving Life to Life, and in 2002, his short video Watch TV won the Pre-Columbian Gold Circle award from the Bogotá Film Festival. Fat, Short, and Bald Man is his first feature film.

Fat, Short, and Bald Man is part of the Global Lens 2012 film series and co-presented with The Global Film Initiative.