|Directed by||Gabriel Osorio Vargas|
|Produced by||Pato Escala Pierart|
|Screenplay by||Daniel Castro|
|Story by||Gabriel Osorio Vargas|
|Cinematography||Gabriel Osorio Vargas|
|Edited by||Pato Escala Pierart|
|May 2014 (Chile)|
Bear Story (Spanish: Historia de un oso) is a 2014 Chilean animated short film directed by Gabriel Osorio Vargas. The screenplay was co-written with Daniel Castro and the film was produced by Pato Escala Pierart. The story is inspired by the director's grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, who, after the Chilean coup d'état, was imprisoned for two years and then forced to live in exile for the duration of the dictatorship. The film was a critical success, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It is the first Chilean winner of an Academy Award and the first Latin American animation to win an Oscar.
The film opens with a bear working on the parts of a mechanical diorama featuring a bear similar to himself, a female bear, and a child bear. Carrying the figures of the mother and child, he looks into an empty child's room before having tea in his kitchen. Upon noticing the time, the bear puts the two figures into the diorama and cycles out to the village square where he sets up his diorama and announces his business by ringing a bell. A bear child notices him and, after receiving a coin from his father, runs to see the diorama.
The diorama shows the bear's life, starting with himself, his wife, and his child living together happily in an apartment. When a circus arrives, militant looking figures wielding batons violently subdue and capture animal residents. The bear protects his family but is beaten and taken away. In the circus, he is forced to ride a small bicycle and is kept locked and chained in a cage. As other tricks are added to his act, such as juggling and riding a unicycle, he is required to perform a daredevil jump. Still thinking of his family, the bear performs the jump so well he flies out of the circus tent, escaping captivity and returning home. Weeping at the sight of his wrecked home, the bear's wife and child appear and hug him.
The diorama ends and the child gives the bear a coin, receiving a pinwheel from him before rushing off to return to their parent. The bear watches them go, glancing at the photograph of his family that he keeps in his pocket watch. He then rings his bell again.
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Result||Ref|
|88th Academy Awards||28 February 2016||Best Animated Short Film||Won|||
|24th Arizona International Film Festival||26 April 2015||Best Animated Short||Won|||
|17th RiverRun International Film Festival||26 April 2015||Best Animated Short||Won|||
|46th Nashville Film Festival||20 April 2015||Best Animated Short||Won|||
|24th Florida Film Festival||18 April 2015||Audience Award for Best International Short||Won|||
|39th Cleveland International Film Festival||29 March 2015||Best Animated Short Award||Won|||
|16th DC Independent Film Festival||5 March 2015||Best Animation||Won|||
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