The acceptance speeches for the 2016 Oscar for Short Film (Animated) ended with an enthusiastic “Viva Chile!” The excitement is very understandable since this is the first time Chile has ever won an Oscar.
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala’s short film “Bear Story” was honored on February 28 with both men receiving the famous gold statues.
“We are from a small country called Chile. This is the first Oscar for our country, so it’s very important for us,” Escala said during his acceptance speech.
The animated short (which Osorio directed and Escala produced) is about a bear who shows passersby a diorama about an imprisoned circus bear who longs to return to his family. Like many works of art, “Bear Story” is based in something very real and personal.
“My grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, was detained on 1973, during Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile,” Osorio writes on the official website for the animated short film. “He was incarcerated for two years, after which he fled to England, forced to live in exile and be apart from his family. During my childhood, I felt the invisible presence of an absent grandfather who was not dead but was not present in my life.”
Osorio clarifies on the website that “Bear Story” is not specifically about his grandfather’s life but is inspired by the impact his grandfather not being around had on him.
"'Bear Story' leaves some questions unanswered,” Osorio writes. “What happened to the bear’s family? Where are they? These are the same questions that thousands of families ask themselves who up to this day still don’t know where their loved ones ended up. I hope these questions never need to be asked again.”
To learn more visit http://bearstory.cl/