World renowned dutch visual artist and physicist Theo Jansen—creator of the Strandbeests (beach animals), kinetic sculptures built with simple materials that come alive with the force of the wind—proposes to return to nature, to observe and learn from it. Made during his visit to Chile to inaugurate his exhibition Algoritmos del viento (Wind Algorithms) at the Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art, this documentary proposes to review his life and work, creative processes and concerns through a journey from the Andes mountain range to the coast of Pacific Ocean. Evolution, frustration and imagination have driven this irrational optimist to coexist with his autonomous creations for the past twenty-seven years.

The Irrational Optimist

Year of release: 2018
Duration: 32 minutes
Country: Chile
Direction and editing: Víctor Leyton
Executive Production: Mar Adentro Foundation
Production House: Mandarina Productions
Script: Macarena Ovalle, Victor Leyton, Madeline Hurtado, Maya Errázuriz
Photography: Enrique Warnken, Alvaro Díaz
Research: Macarena Ovalle, Francisca Chandia


30/5/2019: Casa de la Cultura Talagante, Chile (Avenida, Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 1245)

16/05/2019: Biblioteca Viva los Los Ángeles Mallplaza Los Ángeles, Chile / 3er piso (Calle Valdivia 440)

28/04/2019: Biblioteca Viva Biobío Mallplaza Mirador Biobío, Chile / Local T-113 (Los Carrera Poniente 301)

25/04/2019: Centro Cultural Padre las Casas, Chile (Maquehue 1441, Padre las Casas)

24-28 /04/ 2019: Microcine Cineteca Nacional, CCLM, Chile (Plaza de la Ciudadanía 26, Metro Moneda)

17-21/04/2019: Microcine Cineteca Nacional, CCLM, Chile (Plaza de la Ciudadanía 26, Metro Moneda)

3-17/04/2019: Microcine Cineteca Nacional, CCLM, Chile (Plaza de la Ciudadanía 26, Metro Moneda)

16/04/2019: Centro Cultural de Villarrica, Chile (Arturo Prat 880)

13/04/2019: Biblioteca Vivo Norte Mallplaza Norte, Chile / Terrazas (Av. Américo Vespucio 1737, Huechuraba)

10/4/2019: Brown University, Music Room Rochembeau (Rhode Island, EE.UU.)

08/04/2019: Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile (Av. Alonso de Ribera 2850)

3/04/2019: Centro de extensión UC Talca, Chile / Curicó (Merced 437)

27/03/2019: Sala Audiovisual del Museo de la Historia de Penco, Chile (Penco 202)

20 y 21/03/2019: Museo de Antofagasta, Chile (Av. Balmaceda 2786)

6/3/2019: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile (Pdte. Errázuriz 3485, Las Condes)

31/1/2019: Sala K, Santiago, Chile (Condell 1307, Providencia)

22/1/2019: Microcine Cineteca Nacional, Santiago, Chile (CCLM Plaza de la Ciudadanía 26, Metro Moneda)

10/11/2018: Festival Puerto de Ideas, DUOC Valparaíso (Brasil 2021), Chile


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Contact information for free showings: 

If you are part of or run a cinema, museum, library, cultural, community or educational center and you are interested in showing The Irrational Optimist in your space, please contact:
Juan Pablo Vergara, Project and Production Coordinator of Mar Adentro Foundation (