ARTE France "Icarus" César Pesquera
César Pesquera

ICARUS is an animated film created using George Yoshitake’s voice. Yoshitake was the last survivor among a secret group of cameramen, who between 1945 and 1962, filmed the nuclear tests conducted by the US Army in the Nevada desert and the Pacific Ocean. The sound of his voice triggers the animation of the main element in the film.

ICARUS is a film about the fascination of looking, the greedy impulse of capturing images, the essence of filmmaking itself. This group of cameramen represents the impulse of documenting and filming an event, no matter the consequences, risking their lives in order to capture a very precise moment.

The film also tells us about the risk of going too far, getting too close, like Icarus whose wings were melted by the heat of the sun. The sun is also represented in the Japanese flag, George Yoshitake’s country of origin. George’s relatives died at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukishima.


2015. Silver LAUS. dHUB. Barcelona. Spain

Selected Screenings
2015. Imagine Science Film Festival. New York. USA
2015. Sweet & Short. Barcelona. Spain
2015. CineGlobe. Festival Int du films au CERN. Geneva. Switzerland
2015. Festival Int. Cine de Lanzarote. Spain

Produced by Story: WeProduce in collaboration with ARTE France
Directed by: César Pesquera
Animated and Post-produced by Physalia
Executive Producers: Ana Laura Solís, Victor Mata, Marc Bedia
Producer: Merli Feixa
ARTE Creative: Pierre De Vaulx
Arts department ARTE: Emelie De Jong