Protagonist of the paradoxical adventure is a famous undertaker who’s been on the streets since death itself was banned in the city and supplanted by a practical method of resurrection, to which no citizen can resist. The uselessness of the now obsolete coffins drives the funeral director to an economic and existential crisis. Man, now too old, is not able to adapt to the changing times nor is he able to confront a society so distinctly thanatophobic. His own stubbornness will drive the protagonist to expose an irrational system that, in the repudiation of the word ‘end’, reveals all his deception.
Watch the trailer here!
A Q&A with director Alberto Genovese!
Congratulations on the success of Resurrection Corporation; an imaginative, freakish, and wildly entertaining horror-comedy! The animation really flows wonderfully with the storyline. What made you decide to make an animated feature?
For me, Cinema is above all art and as such it must be experienced through various forms of expression. In my previous film (Sick Sock Monsters from Outer Space distributed by TROMA) I told a Sci-Fi story through the use of puppets made of fabric (and socks used) but in the case of Resurrection Corporation, I wanted to create artistic suggestions inspired by the German expressionist movement and the only suitable form to achieve it was the animation cinema.
The film is inspired by Robert Wiene’s silent horror The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which just recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. What inspiration did you draw from Wiene’s film?
I saw Robert Wiene’s film when I was 12 in a semi-deserted cinema in Milan where 3 horror cinema masterpieces made before the Second World War, were projected in the afternoon. In fact, in addition to The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Nosferatu by Murnau and Vampyr by Carl Theodore Dreyer were also scheduled. Three masterpieces that gave me a very strong suggestion and that is what I wanted to recreate in Resurrection Corporation.
Resurrection Corporation pays homage to German expressionist films of the early 20th century. Any other films or inspirations you drew from when creating Resurrection Corporation?
Certainly the Germanic inspiration is the most evident, but in Resurrection Corporation there are also strong references to the great Italian gothic cinema, from Mario Bava to Riccardo Freda passing from Antonio Margheriti to the great Lucio Fulci and obviously to Dario Argento.
Tell us about the animation process. How did you bring your visions for the characters to life?
Not having the same budget as any Pixar production, we have limited animation to the essential, trying to overcome these limitations by aiming for an original story, strong and imaginative images, and funny dialogues. The most important part on which we have worked a lot on are the characters and their characterizations. The animation, on the other hand, we have tried to work with precision on every single movement which required hours upon hours of hard work.
How did you go about selecting the voice actors? Did you know exactly what you were looking for with each character during the audition process?
Not to brag, but in Italy, we have some of the best dubbing professionals; the whole world envies us so it was not difficult to select excellent voices for Italian dubbing. For sure I was able to benefit from a team of professionals able to perfectly express the required character. Obviously being a low-budget production we could not take on famous names from the show, as happens in many high-level animation works, but the result, as far as I’m concerned, has nothing to envy from higher lineage productions.
What was your biggest challenge during the filmmaking process?
The most difficult moment, the one that required facing the biggest challenge came when I completed the first version of the film, discovering that the animation was not satisfactory, so I decided to start all over and put my hand in every single scene, so it would come out exactly as it was meant to be.
The film mixes black comedy and dark themes but presented in a fun and unique way. What are you hoping audiences will take away from the film?
I hope that the public will enjoy watching the film but also find time to reflect on the hidden themes of the film, which are always current such as the fear of aging, death, and the crisis of work which is the driving force behind Resurrection Corporation.
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