Pachito Rex—It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Director: Fabian Hofman

(2001. English subtitles. Colour. 86 mins.)

Produced by Mexico’s state film school, Pachito Rex is an experimental blending of digital video and computer art. Originally conceived as an interactive DVD, the film presents a three-episode conjecture about the title character, a pop singer turned demagogue politician who may or may not have been murdered in an undetermined Latin American country. First time director Fabian Hofman uses computer technology to create virtual scenery to surround live actors with a flat graphic style reminiscent of a comic strip—or, more specifically, of the so-called fotonovela. The technique is eye-catching and the film is also notable for the highly critical stance it takes against totalitarian regimes.

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