Dec 25

U.S. Theatrical Run of ESTEROS by Papu Curotto

(Papu Curotto, Argentina/Brazil, 2016, 83 min. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles)

Matías and Jerónimo have known each other since childhood. During the holiday, before they begin high school, their friendship takes a new turn when they both experience their sexual awakening. However, Matias's father forces them apart when he takes a job far away. Ultimately, distance and family contempt for homosexuality leads Matias to deny his friend, and ultimately, himself.

More than ten years later, Matias returns to his old town for Carnival with his girlfriend, where he unexpectedly runs into Jerónimo. Feelings between the two men slowly reappear, leading to a long-repressed awakening. But at what cost?

7:00 pm19:00

Eduardo Coutinho's PLAYING at Flaherty NYC

Word Play
Programmed by Chris Stults & Genevieve Yue


One of the greatest documentarians of his generation, the Brazilian Eduardo Coutinho was cinema’s consummate interviewer. Playing is his underseen, layered examination of women’s lives, performance, storytelling, and the line between fiction and documentary. Women who answered a classified ad looking for subjects with interesting stories to tell talk with Coutinho about their (often tragic) life stories. As the film goes on, things become more slippery as it’s revealed that many of the women are some of Brazil’s finest actresses are using the original monologues as texts to perform. Wu Tsang opens the program with Shape of a Right Statement, where she re-performs a powerful address by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs.

Playing / Jogo de cena
(Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, 2007, 105 mins, 35mm)


It was a strange ad in a Brazilian newspaper: an audition for a documentary. And yet a total of 83 women responded, though only a few of them ended up in the documentary itself. While being filmed, they recount painful life experiences about failed relationships, the loss of a child, and strained family ties. Playing not only foregrounds these tragic stories, but adds another layer of complexity when five well-known actresses, including Marília Pêra, Fernanda Torres, and Mary Sheyla are brought in to reperform these narratives. In doing so, Eduardo Coutinho examines the tension between a story and the way it is told, and the tenuous line separating life from performance. (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam) 

Preceded by Shape of a Right Statement (Wu Tsang, USA, 2008, 5 min.)

Oct 16

Latin American Films at the Margaret Mead

Latin American Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical:

(Mike Plunkett, USA/Bolivia, 2015, 76 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Witness 4,000 square miles of pure white, stretched out in a radiant expanse—Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. For centuries, day after day, the only workers on the Salar have been saleros, or salt harvesters. Following the discovery of giant untapped lithium reserves under the salt flat, Bolivia is poised to generate a fortune from this newfound resource, thrusting the Salar into the modern lithium-mining industry. Moises Chambi Yucra, one of the last remaining salt gatherers of the Salar, grapples with the desire to maintain a multigenerational tradition while feeling the pull toward new prospects and opportunities for his family. Stunning landscape imagery, coupled with Moises’s thoughtful ruminations and candid insights from his wife and family, create a poetic inquiry into the nature of identity and change in the modern world.
Preceded by SONIA'S DREAM (El sueño de Sonia, Diego Sarmiento, Peru, 2015, 14 min. New York Premiere)
Sonia Mamani lives on a small island in Lake Titicaca, along the southern border of Peru. As a teenager, she develops a passion for cooking that quickly outgrows her family’s modest career ambitions for her. In this energizing tale, Mamani turns her culinary expertise into a way of life—traveling the continent, teaching women how to prepare traditional dishes and appreciate their local customs.
Saturday, October 15, 5:30pm / Buy Tickets


(Jamie Sisley and Miguel Martinez, USA/Mexico, 2016, 70 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Mexican workers make up 80 percent of the labor force in the United States’ carnival industry, and for three decades nearly all of them have been recruited by one person using the controversial H-2B Visa program. New regulations have begun to put a strain on this arrangement, jeopardizing both the industry and the livelihoods of those who service it. Explore a nuanced, intimate view of this process and industry, where the search for better opportunities, the potential for exploitation, and the viability of struggling businesses collide.
Sunday, October 16, 12 noonBuy Tickets

Theatrical Release of Federico Veiroj's THE APOSTATE
Oct 14

Theatrical Release of Federico Veiroj's THE APOSTATE

  • Anthology Film Archives

With Álvaro Ogalla, Marta Larralde, Bárbara Lennie, Vicky Peña, Juan Calot, Kaiet Rodríguez, and Andrés Gertrudix. Distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures.

The latest film by Uruguayan film programmer-turned-director Federico Veiroj – this time shooting in Madrid – The Apostate is a typically wry, bemused, yet sharply perceptive character study. Veiroj’s protagonist, Gonzalo, is an earnest young man struggling with the transition from youth to adulthood, as well as with a complicated relationship with his lovely cousin Pilar. Channeling his confusions and frustrations into a quixotic mission to become an apostate from the Catholic Church (i.e., to formally remove his name from the baptismal records), he finds himself locked in a pitched bureaucratic struggle with that most powerful and unyielding of institutions.

By turns seriously philosophical and irreverently funny, The Apostate is anchored by an extraordinary, deeply satisfying performance from nonprofessional actor Álvaro Ogalla; that Ogalla is playing a version of himself only begins to explain his hilariously deadpan, soulful screen presence. While Veiroj’s tone may be more gently ironic than that of Luis Buñuel (his spiritual forebear), The Apostate nonetheless traces in bracing fashion the competing forces of conformity and rebellion, spiritual yearning and carnal desire, at war within us all.

The Apostate recalls Buñuel’s cinema in its deadpan approach to perversion and senseless desire, its dearth of delineation between reality and reverie, and its curious mixture of irreverence and almost fetishistic fascination with the rites and institutional mysteries of Catholicism. With the exception of Hong Sang-soo, I cannot think of another filmmaker since Jim Jarmusch or Aki Kaurismäki in their early work who is so devoted to nurturing such beguilingly low-key, highly stylized comedy.” – José Teodoro, Film Comment

'O Brasil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema' at Museum of the Moving Image
Sep 9

'O Brasil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema' at Museum of the Moving Image

  • Museum of the Moving Image

O Brasil 's summer edition features new films by women filmmakers of different generations. Films include the New York premiere of Vera Egito's directorial debut, Restless Love, a funny and endearing portrait of twenty-somethings in crisis; California, the former MTV host Marina Person's debut, a coming-of-age story laced with an evocative 1990s period soundtrack; the U.S. premiere of Campo Grande, the latest work by Rio native Sandra Kogut, whose video art and performance background is evident in her multi-layered fiction feature; and The Second Mother, Ann Muylaert’s intimate drama of a horsekeeper torn between her employers and her family, winner of a Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance. 

Organized by guest curator Marcela Goglio. Presented with support from Brazilian Consulate General, New York. Presented in collaboration with Cinema Tropical. 


IXCANUL Now Playing in U.S. Theaters
Sep 22

IXCANUL Now Playing in U.S. Theaters

(Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, 2015, 91 min. In Kaqchikel with English subtitles)

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.

Confirmed Theatrical Engagements and Screenings:
Santa Fe, NM: Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe - Opens August 12
New York, NY: IFC Center - Now Playing
Los Angeles, CA: Laemmle Monica Film Center - Opens Friday, August 26
San Francisco, CA: Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema - Opens Friday, August 26
Washington DC: Landmark E Street Cinema - Friday, August 26
Berkeley, CA: Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - Opens Friday, August 26
Edina, MN: Landmark Edina Cinema - Opens August 26
Omaha, NE: Film Streams, September 6, 2016
Miami, FL: Coral Gables Art Cinema, Opens September 9
Oxnard, CA: Oxnard Film Society - September 19
Denver, CO: Denver Film Society - September 22
Chicago, IL: Gene Siskel Film Center, December 10 and 13

Special Screening of PIANISTS STREET at Jacob Burns Film Center
7:30 pm19:30

Special Screening of PIANISTS STREET at Jacob Burns Film Center

  • Jacob Burns Film Center

(La calle de los pianistas, Mariano Nante, Argentina, 2015. 85 min. In Spanish, English, French with English subtitles)

On Rue Bosquet, a small street in Brussels, two identical buildings stand side by side. One is the home of the Tiempo-Lechner family, known for its long lineage of piano prodigies. Matriarch Lyl Tiempo presides over her renowned children, Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner, as well as Karin’s daughter, Natasha. At only 14, Natasha is already a busy performer who carries the weight of her musical heritage on her shoulders. She asks: What does it actually mean to be a pianist? If there is an answer, it is to be found in the house next door, at the home of the famous Argentine concert pianist Martha Argerich, who opens her doors and reveals an inner life that is still filled with uncertainty: At the age of 70, she is still on a quest for perfect technique. This unusual, very human documentary is filled with moments of extraordinary intimacy and exceptional music.

Passport Thursdays at the Queens Museum: EL GRILL DE CÉSAR
7:00 pm19:00

Passport Thursdays at the Queens Museum: EL GRILL DE CÉSAR

  • Queens Museum

El Grill de César / César’s Grill
(Darío Aguirre, 2013, 88 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

The filmmaker’s father expected his son to take over his grill restaurant in Ecuador, but he decided to pursue art in Germany instead. After years of no contact, saving the failing restaurant becomes their joint project. Cesar’s Grill tells the story of the vegetarian filmmaker’s return to Ecuador to solve the problems of his passionately carnivorous father with ideas that might, at best, work out in Germany. What starts out as an absurd mission, develops into a touching story about unfulfilled expectations and medding a father-son relationship.

Performance by Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna provides Ecuadorian immigrant families an opportunity to strenghten their cultural identity through learning folkloric dance, Spanish and Kichwa languages, and indigenous knowledge. For Passport Thursdays, Wawakuna, along with collaborators Tukulla Jatarishun and Comunidad Andina, come together to sharing their Andean culture with the world through a presentation of folkloric dance and music.

Screening of DEATH IN ARIZONA at UnionDocs with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal
7:30 pm19:30

Screening of DEATH IN ARIZONA at UnionDocs with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal

  • UnionDocs

(Tin Dirdamal, Mexico, 2014, 73 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Death in Arizona is a futuristic documentary of lost love and a tale of a dying civilization.  It is an autobiographical portrayal of a filmmaker who returns to his lost love’s empty apartment in pursuit of answers. The changing life outside as seen through the windows confront the man and his loss. Distant voices of a tribe in Arizona that survive a meteorite make their way into this third story apartment in an obscure Bolivian city.

Conversation with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal and filmmaker Sebastián Diaz follows screening.

U.S. Theatrical and iTunes Release of LUCHA MEXICO
Jul 22

U.S. Theatrical and iTunes Release of LUCHA MEXICO

(Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, USA, 2015, 103 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

In Mexico, the fight between good and evil has been waged every week for decades, thrilling generations of fans with the spectacle of Lucha Libre. Real life superheroes and villains, these masked wrestlers work tirelessly to entertain their legions of fans. Gaining unprecedented access to all the major Lucha organizations, directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz offer an entertaining, no holds barred look at some of the sports top performers, featuring "1000% Guapo" Shocker, Luchador heir Blue Demon Jr, tragic hardcore wrestler El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, and extreme American bodybuilder Jon "Strongman" Andersen. Lucha Mexico goes behind the mask, on a journey into the heart of Mexico.

Official website

Theatrical Engagements and Playdates:
Albuquerque, NM: Guild Cinema, July 15 – 18
Astoria, NY: Museum of the Moving Image, July 15
Aurora, CO: Cinema Latino de Aurora, Opens July 15
Boulder, CO: Boedecker Theater, July 15
Brooklyn, NY: Nitehawk Cinema, Opens July 15
Buena Park, CA: Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18, Opens July 15
Chicago, IL: Gene Siskel Film Center, Opens July 15
Cleveland, OH: Capitol Theater, Opens July 22
Dallas, TX: Texas Theatre, Opens July 15
Detroit, MI: Cinema Detroit, Opens July 15
El Paso, TX: Alamo Drafthouse El Paso, Opens July 15
Fort Worth, TX: La Gran Plaza, Cineamerica, Opens July 15
Houston, TX: Alamo Vintage Park, Opens July 15
Lincoln, NE: Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre, Opens July 15
Louisville, KY:  Speed Art Museum, Opens July 15
Lubbock TX: Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Opens July 15
New Orleans, LA: Zeitgeist Arts Center, Opens July 15
New York, NY:  IFC Center, July 15 and 16
Paramount, CA: Bianchi Theatres, Opens July 15
Pasadena, CA: Laemmle Playhouse 7, Opens July 15
Phoenix, AZ: Cinema Latino de Phoenix, Opens July 15
Phoenix, AZ: Film Bar, July 15 and 17
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre, July 22
San Diego, CA: Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym, Opens July 15
San Rafael, CA: Rafael Film Center, July 17
Santa Ana, CA: Frida Cinema, Opens July 15
Santa Fe, NM: The Screen, Opens July 15
Seattle, WA: Grand Illusion Cinema, Opens July 15
Van Nuys, CA: Regency Plant 16, Opens July 15

TropiChat: Latin-o-Americans
Jun 16

TropiChat: Latin-o-Americans

Join us for free screenings and conversation at BRIC House. BRIC FLIX offers premieres, shorts, new media projects and web series that all reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Brooklyn. Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators and more.