A recently discovered monarch butterfly subespecies (Danaus plexippus eclipsis) possesses strange toxines in their scales that provoke powerful nervous alterations in their predators. 

Eclipsis is a sci-fi short film that especulates –narratively and sensorialy– around that which happens to human beings if they enter in contact with this butterfly. Intertwining the vivid microscopic colors and textures in 4K, the sway of human body registered in Super 8mm and archival footage, this film imagines a multiespecies crossroads.

MÉXICO / FICTION / 16’/ 4K - SUPER 8MM / 2022

Produced by Mexico’s Autonomous National University’s Cinematheque (Filmoteca UNAM) and Síntesis UNAM, in coproduction with Estudios Churubusco. 

Written, directed, produced and co-edited by Tania Hernández Velasco
In collaboration with
Aura Arreola - Choreography, performance and music
Inés Gutiérrez (CirrinaLab) - Microscopic images
Sandra Luz López Barroso - Director of photography
Eduardo Palenque - Editing
Mariana Rodríguez Alcocer - Sound design and direct sound
Kuru Lozano - Production manager