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Capucine (Luis Nieto | France & Japan | 43 min.)
Luis Nieto is a pioneer of using animals in his off-beat animations and cinematic experiments, and we've shown a number of his outlandish films at Rooftop in the past. So Nieto dove right in to oedipe-project.com, where Japanese primatologist Hirokazu Shibuya is training monkeys to be filmmakers. Capucine traces the adorable but sometimes frightening modern history of primate-human relations as service animals to the disabled and in on-screen appearances in Hollywood. Nieto discovers an amazing cinematic aptitude among these Capuchin monkeys, and with the right film school training, one monkey auteur manages to accomplish what few human filmmakers can-his film is accepted to a prestigious European film festival.