Cinema Tropical FESTIVAL 2012

Cinema Tropical, in partnership with 92YTribeca, is proud to launch a new annual festival celebrating the year's best Latin American film productions. The Cinema Tropical Festival will feature the winners of the Cinema Tropical AWARDS that were announced at a special ceremony at The New York Times' headquarters last December. These winning films represent the vitality and the artistic excellence of contemporary Latin American cinema, and the festival offers a great platform for local audiences to discover the renewed and exciting world of the film production coming out from the region.

The Cinema Tropical Festival is presented by Cinelatino and Dish LATINO, and sponsored by The Lift and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

Special thanks to New Yorker Films, Strand Releasing, Icarus Films and El Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica.

 

All screenings at:
200 Hudson Street (at Canal Street)
(212) 601-1000 / www.92YTribeca.org/Film

Tickets: $12

 

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:30pm OCTUBRE Winner – Best Feature Film (Daniel and Diego Vega, Peru, 2010, 83 min.) Clemente, a moneylender of few words, is a new hope for Sofía, his single neighbor, devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles. They're brought together over a newborn baby, fruit of Clemente's relationship with a prostitute who's nowhere to be found. While Clemente is looking for the girl's mother, Sofía cares for the baby and looks after the moneylender's house. With the arrival of these beings in his life, Clemente has the opportunity to reconsider his emotional relations with people. Octubre, the first feature film from Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega, is a deadpan dark comedy incorporating influences ranging from Jim Jarmush and Aki Kaurismaki to Robert Bresson, and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival-Un Certain Regard. A New Yorker Films release.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:30pm
OCTUBRE

Winner – Best Feature Film
(Daniel and Diego Vega, Peru, 2010, 83 min.)

Clemente, a moneylender of few words, is a new hope for Sofía, his single neighbor, devoted to the October worship of Our Lord of the Miracles. They're brought together over a newborn baby, fruit of Clemente's relationship with a prostitute who's nowhere to be found. While Clemente is looking for the girl's mother, Sofía cares for the baby and looks after the moneylender's house. With the arrival of these beings in his life, Clemente has the opportunity to reconsider his emotional relations with people. Octubre, the first feature film from Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega, is a deadpan dark comedy incorporating influences ranging from Jim Jarmush and Aki Kaurismaki to Robert Bresson, and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival-Un Certain Regard. A New Yorker Films release.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:30pm LEAP YEAR | AÑO BISIESTO Winner – Best Director, Feature Film (Michael Rowe, Mexico, 2010, 94 min.) Michael Rowe's debut feature film, winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival tells the story of Laura, a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat, who is not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands in stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love. These short-lived affairs barely take the edge off her isolation, but then she meets the brooding, would-be actor Arturo. Their chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. The two embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. Their physical relationship seems headed for a very dark place as her secret past resurfaces, pushing Arturo to the limit in this intense, powerful and at times deeply unsettling movie. A Strand Releasing release.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:30pm
LEAP YEAR | AÑO BISIESTO

Winner – Best Director, Feature Film
(Michael Rowe, Mexico, 2010, 94 min.)

Michael Rowe's debut feature film, winner of the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival tells the story of Laura, a young journalist living an isolated life in a cramped Mexico City flat, who is not lucky in love. The banality of her daily life stands in stark contrast to her nightly pursuit of sex and love. These short-lived affairs barely take the edge off her isolation, but then she meets the brooding, would-be actor Arturo. Their chemistry ignites feelings in Laura that leave her deeply troubled. The two embark on an increasingly dangerous sadomasochistic relationship in which pleasure, pain and love merge. Their physical relationship seems headed for a very dark place as her secret past resurfaces, pushing Arturo to the limit in this intense, powerful and at times deeply unsettling movie. A Strand Releasing release.

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 1pm NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ | NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT Winner – Best Documentary. (Patricio Guzmán, 2010, France/Germany/Chile, 90 min.) Winner of numerous international prizes and included in many best-of-the-year lists (including The Village Voice, indieWIRE, Reverse Shot, Houston Chronicle, Slant Magazine), Patricio Guzmán's latest film is a meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile's remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past—preserved corpses, from pre-Columbian mummies to recent explorers, miners and disappeared political prisoners. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their dead and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies. An Icarus Films release.   

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 1pm
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ | NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT

Winner – Best Documentary.
(Patricio Guzmán, 2010, France/Germany/Chile, 90 min.)

Winner of numerous international prizes and included in many best-of-the-year lists (including The Village Voice, indieWIRE, Reverse Shot, Houston Chronicle, Slant Magazine), Patricio Guzmán's latest film is a meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile's remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past—preserved corpses, from pre-Columbian mummies to recent explorers, miners and disappeared political prisoners. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their dead and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies. An Icarus Films release. 

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 3pm THE TINIEST PLACE | EL LUGAR MÁS PEQUEÑO Winner – Best Director, Documentary Film, and Best First Film (Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2011, 104 min.) Hailed as "one of the most impressive debuts by a Mexican filmmaker" by Robert Koehler (Variety), Huezo's remarkable film tells the story of Cinquera, a tiny place nestled in the mountains amidst the humid jungle that was ravaged by the bloody civil war that swept El Salvador between 1980 and 1992. The powerful and hypnotic documentary depicts a community that has learned to live with its sorrow, an annihilated town that re-emerges through the strength and deep love of its inhabitants for the land and people. With a lyrical eye, Huezo interweaves the simplicity of the town's present life with tragic testimonies of the past. The Tiniest Place is ultimately a story of resilience, hope and the ability of the human being to reinvent himself after surviving a tragedy.  

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 3pm
THE TINIEST PLACE | EL LUGAR MÁS PEQUEÑO

Winner – Best Director, Documentary Film, and Best First Film
(Tatiana Huezo, Mexico, 2011, 104 min.)

Hailed as "one of the most impressive debuts by a Mexican filmmaker" by Robert Koehler (Variety), Huezo's remarkable film tells the story of Cinquera, a tiny place nestled in the mountains amidst the humid jungle that was ravaged by the bloody civil war that swept El Salvador between 1980 and 1992. The powerful and hypnotic documentary depicts a community that has learned to live with its sorrow, an annihilated town that re-emerges through the strength and deep love of its inhabitants for the land and people. With a lyrical eye, Huezo interweaves the simplicity of the town's present life with tragic testimonies of the past. The Tiniest Place is ultimately a story of resilience, hope and the ability of the human being to reinvent himself after surviving a tragedy.

 

All films in Spanish with English subtitles, in 35mm.

 

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