The Hairy Tooth Fairy / El Ratón Pérez
Argentina/Spain, 90' ,
Directed by: Juan Pablo Buscarini
Script: Enrique Cortés
Producer: Julio Fernández, Pablo Bossi
Production company: Patagonik Film Group
Cinematography: Miguel Abal
Editing: César Custodio
Music: Daniel Goldberg
Cast: Ana María Orozco, Fabián Mazzei, Delfina Varni, Nicolas Torcanowsky
Running time: 90'
Lucía is a little girl who, as young ones will, loses a tooth. Her mother, Pilar, a successful but overworked architect, and Santiago, her father, an unemployed chef, reassure her about the fate of her tooth: as is traditional, the Hairy Tooth Fairy (in the form of a debonair mouse named Pérez) will come and collect the tooth, and leave some money in its place. What Lucía doesn't know is that there is a very complex but rewarding "recycling" system for baby teeth, created by Pérez. He collects them, then hundreds of other little mice clean, shape and polish them into pearls, which are then traded to a jeweler named Morientes, who exchanges them for their weight in gold. This gold, of course, is what Pérez leaves for the children - it's perfect. But on his routine rounds, while just about to collect Lucía's tooth, Pérez is kidnapped by scoundrels who wish to hijack the fortune. Lucía gets wind of this and, along with her cousin Ramiro, sets out to save the Hairy Tooth Fairy for children everywhere.
2007 Goya for Best Animation Film
Juan Pablo Buscarini was born in Rosario, Argentina. He earned his M.A. from Middlesex University. After returning to Argentina, he created a digital animation and post-production department at the Sorin Cine production company. He has contributed effects and animation work to many commercials, games and films and co-directed his first feature film, Cóndor Crux, in 2000. The Hairy Tooth Fairy (2006) is his most recent film.
Location and screening schedule: Cinema Europe, Friday, October 26th at 13.00