IMAGENES is a film and video production house founded in 1986 based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Its goals are the production and promotion of audiovisual and other artistic works based on the recording and reproduction of moving and still images.
Since 1987, IMAGENES has produced over 25 documentaries, animation and fictional works, with titles including:
- Voces para una historia. Documentary. Interviews with women in the rural areas about their lives and work.
- Bañados de Rocha: el secreto de las aguas. Documentary. A dramatic report on the environmental dangers facing the marshlands in Eastern Uruguay.
- India Muerta and La quimera de la costa. This two documentaries further report on the environmental problems in Uruguay.
- Tierra olvidada. Documentary about the situation of small farmers in the state of Canelones, Uruguay.
- Madre Tierra. 9-episode animation series for children about environmental issues (co-produced with Sweden).
- Sin pedir permiso. Documentary. A daring, humorous look at the issue of women and political involvement in Uruguay.
- La caja de Pandora. Documentary. A reflection on gender differences in the school system.
- Onetti: Retrato de un escritor, a legendary interview with Uruguay's most influential writer.
- Tabaré. 50-episode animation series based on the characters created by renowned Uruguayan cartoonist Tabaré (Gómez Laborde).
- Pantanal, las aguas de la vida. Documentary on the environmental impact of a proposed international waterway. Shot in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
- Dieste, la conciencia de la forma. Documentary. A look at the fascinanting work of Eladio Dieste, a humanist whose architectural work has achieved international recognition.
- Blanes. Documentary about the works of Juan Manuel Blanes, emblematic painter of Uruguayan culture, who captured the images of the new country.
- Idea. Documentary on the times and works of Idea Vilariño, a referential name on Hispanic poetry.
- Las lágrimas de Eros. Documentary on the relationship between the Church and sexuality, religion and the pleasures of the flesh.
IMAGENES has also produced a number of music videos such as "Break it all" y "Never, never" by the legendary 60's rock-band Los Shakers, "Kin-tin-tan" by Jorge Schellemberg, "Nico" by Exilio Psíquico, "Baba fururú" by Mariana Ingold and Osvaldo Fattoruso, and "Danza Primitiva" by Rosas Negras. Our post-production facilities were used for several music videos, including "Milonga Hey" by Nikel, "Pendeja" by Plátano Macho, "Dónde vas" by Sordromo, and "La Tromba" by Cursi.
We have also made significant contributions to TV stations and institutions both local and foreign, including Channel Four (England), TV Ontario and the International Development Research Centre of Canada for whom we produced the documentary "A new start for Arévalo", ARD and NDR (Germany), TVE (Spain), Discovery Channel (United States).
IMAGENES has received a number of national and international distinctions and awards at festivals in Chicago, Oberhausen, Caracas, Asuncion (Paraguay), Rosario (Argentina) and Uruguay.
In 1991 IMAGENES and KURMI FILMS of Stockholm, Sweden, produced Madre Tierra, a 9-episode animation series on environmental issues. The series has represented Uruguay in several international festivals, receiving a UNESCO award to the Best Children's Production in the First Inter-American Children's Festival (Montevideo, 1992) and distinctions in Caracas 1992, Chicago 1993 and Oberhausen 1993. Madre Tierra has been broadcast by TV stations in Switzerland, Brasil, Panamá, Sweden, and is used as teaching material in several Latin-American school systems (Brasil, Peru, Uruguay).
IMAGENES was one of the producers for the feature-length film "Luna de Octubre" (1997), a Brazilian-Argentinean-Uruguayan production based on stories by Uruguayan writer Mario Arregui and directed by Henrique de Freitas Lima. It was shot in the bordering towns of Santana do Livramento and Rivera.
Most recently IMAGENES co-produced "25 Watts", directed by Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella, winner of the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2001.
The same year we co-produced "En la puta vida", directed by Beatriz Flores Silva, shot in Spain and Uruguay, with an international cast and crew from Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, Spain, Venezuela and Uruguay.
Some of IMAGENES productions have been broadcast abroad:
Sin pedir permiso was broadcasted by NDR Television in Hamburg, Germany.
Madre Tierra was purchased by television stations in Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Panama and Brazil.
The rights to the animation series Tabaré have so far been acquired by television stations in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Canada and Russia.
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