On January 21, 2014 Cinema Tropical Presents The Directors Circle. Be part of it.
The Board of Trustees and Staff of Cinema Tropical cordially invite you to be a founder of the Directors Circle. Join us for a cocktail reception to launch this new circle of annual supporters with exclusive benefits and access to film screenings. Celebrate the new year along with the Nominees of the 4th Annual Cinema Tropical Awards. Come see the ground-breaking contemporary Cuban art exhibition 'Detrás del Muro' (Behind the Wall) before it closes.
Tuesday, January 21, 6-8pm 17 West 17th Street / The 8th Floor Space is Limited
Co-Chairs Warren James Josh Siegel
Vice-Chairs Kyle Bergman Cristina Castañeda Antonio & Montserrat Espaillat Carlos A. Gutiérrez Jacqueline Horowitz Karlo Karlo Mary Jane Marcasiano Joaquín Martínez Fernando Ramirez
firstname.lastname@example.org 212 254 5474 Founders Contribution via PayPal: $150 per person / $250 per couple
EL ESTUDIANTE A film by Santiago Mitre Argentina, 2011, 110 min. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Political Studies, Cinema Studies, Argentina.
"Winner of Special Jury Prizes at BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Locarno, and a highlight of the New York Film Festival, El Estudiante charts the political awakening of a student at the University of Buenos Aires.
In this tense and shrewdly observed bildungsroman, a brilliant successor to films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Tout va bien (1972) and Krzysztof Zanussi’s Camouflage (1977), the apathetic yet seductive Roque (Lamothe) is drawn into the campus intrigue of warring student political parties, and finds himself torn between two competing impulses: the radical idealism of his girlfriend, a teacher assistant, and the realpolitik cunning of his mentor, a retired politician turned professor.
Screenwriter-director Mitre, who has written award-winning scripts for Pablo Trapero and Walter Salles, makes his feature film debut with a sophisticated and subtle meditation on the still-unhealed wounds of Argentina’s Dirty War, and on the clash between old-guard Peronists and a younger generation of leftist activists in Buenos Aires today.” - The Museum of Modern Art
AWARDS – Best Film, Best Actor, Cartagena Film Festival – Best Film, Gijón Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Locarno Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, Best Cinematography and FEISAL Award, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) – Best First Film, Cinema Tropical Awards – Best First Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Emerging Actor, Argentina’s Silver Condors – Best First Film, Best Screenplay, Best Emerging Actor, Best Emerging Actress, Argentina Academy of Film’s Sur – FIPRESCI Award, Valdivia Film Festival – Best Director, Amazonas Film Festival, Brazil– Official Selection, Cineasti del Presente, Locarno Film Festival
FESTIVALS – Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival – Official Selection, New York Film Festival – Official Selection, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) – Official Selection, Cartagena Film Festival – Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Official Selection, Gijón Film Festival – Official Selection, Valdivia Film Festival – Official Selection, Amazonas Film Festival
CRITICAL ACCLAIM "A taut, incisive look at university wheeling and dealing." – Robert Koehler, Variety
"A speedy depiction of university politics and the spirited radicalism associated with them, El Estudiante announces 31-year-old Argentinean filmmaker Santiago Mitre as a South American Aaron Sorkin. It might be the first serious political narrative about undergraduate matriculation." – Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"A dynamic piece of filmmaking that promises a bright future for Santiago Mitre." – Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
THOSE WHO REMAIN | LOS QUE SE QUEDAN A film by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman Mexico, 2007, 96 min. In English with Spanish subtitles.
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, Cultural Studies, Mexico, Migration, Political Studies.
"Those Who Remain shines a light on the families left behind by loved ones who have traveled North for work, while also illuminating the rich glow of the Mexican spirit. With great balance and sensitivity, this intimate documentary follows a number of families who each share their stories, ranging from the American Dream to heartbreakingly tragedy.
Examining the emotional cost of long-term estrangement, directors Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman find rich cinematic metaphors in the deserted, newly constructed homes on the highway, their empty rooms a powerful reminder of the absence of loved ones at otherwise joyous occasions like communions and graduations. Despite this void in their communities, many of those profiled emerge as colorful characters with boundless vitality and wonderful senses of humor.” - LA Film Festival
AWARDS & FESTIVALS: - Winner, Best Documentary Film, Los Angeles Film Festival 2009 est Iberoamerican Documentary Winner - - Best Mexican Documentary, Guadalajara Film Festival 2009 - Best Ibero-American Documentary Film, DOCSDF 2009 - Official Selection, Hot Docs 2009 - First Prize of the Jury for Original Full-Length Film, Documenta Madrid 2009
REVIEWS “Those Who Remain is about absence, broken families and unworked fields, about survival, identity, love and relationships. The film won’t just speak to Mexican migrants living in the United States, but to any family, from anywhere in the world, split by migration" —The Los Angeles Times.
Julia Solomonoff is a graduate of the Centro de Experimentacion y Realizacion Cinematografica in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Fulbright graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program. Prior to Hermanas, Solomonoff worked as an assistant director, most notably on Walter Salles’s The Motorcycle Diaries (04) and has directed the short films Octavo 51 (92), A Day with Angela (93), Siesta (98), Scratch (01), and Ahora (03). Hermanas, her first feature film, was a 2006 Toronto Film Festival Selection, and the original script was selected by the Sundance Lab, the Paris Seminary of Scriptwriters, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.
As an independent producer and director, Lisandro Perez-Rey has completed several short films and documentaries, many of which deal with Cuban- Americans in Miami. Lisandro is the 2003 recipient of the prestigious Oscar B. Cintas Foundation Fellowship for artists of Cuban descent. Más Allá del Mar (Beyond the Sea) is his first feature-length endeavor and may represent the most complete work to date on the infamous Mariel Boatlift of 1980. It involved extensive research at moving picture archives around the world, filming in Cuba, and months of collecting oral history from subjects around the United States. His second documentary— LA Fabri K (The Cuban Hip Hop Factory) follows a group of Cuban rappers from their humble homes in Havana through their groundbreaking concert tour of the United States.
Cinema Tropical's programs are made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. They are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowments for the Arts, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.