The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has announced the film series 'Carte Blanche: Edgardo Cozarinsky on Argentine Cinema' to take place June 6-24 in New York City organized by the Museum's film curator Joshua Siegel and screening 14 feature films, old and recent, from the South American country including works by María Luisa Bemberg, Raúl Perrone, Leonardo Favio, Raymundo Gleyzer and Hugo del Carril.
Celebrated Argentine author and filmmaker Cozarinsky made his North American cinematic debut with Dot Dot Dot (1971) in the very first New Directors/New Films festival, in 1972. Cozarinsky returns to MoMA with a Carte Blanche selection that juxtaposes classic and contemporary Argentine cinema in fresh and provocative ways. For example, a 1930s musical drama paired with a subversive theater improvisation from the late 1960s, or a 1950s noir about a child murderer paired with a recent coming-of-age drama about a different form of child abuse.
In doing so, he sheds new light on Argentine cinema’s unique concerns and urgencies—whether political, sexual, or artistic—observing that “history is rewritten all the time, and film history is even more liable to reassessments, fallen idols, and heroes retrieved from obscurity. This series of Argentine films proposes an alternative to accepted film history, bringing into dialogue vintage and present- day titles that escape, hopefully, from the accepted pattern of Argentine history and not just of film history." Cozarinsky will introduce many of the programs, together with the scholar and archivist Fernando Martín Peña.
The complete list of films include Yo, la peor de todas / I, the Worst of All (María Luisa Bemberg, 1990), Muta (Lucrecia Martel, 2011), La noche / The Night (Edgardo Castro, 2016), Gombrowicz o la seducción / Gombrowicz or The Seduction (Alberto Fischerman, 1986), Gombrowicz, la Argentina y yo / Gombrowicz, Argentina, and Me (Alberto Yaccelini, 2000), Crónica de un niño solo / Chronicle of a Boy Alone (Leonardo Favio, 1964), P3ND3JO5 (Raúl Perrone, 2013), Escala en la ciudad / A Stop in the City (Alberto de Zavalía, 1935), Al centro de la tierra / To the Center of the Earth (Daniel Rosenfeld, 2015).
As well as Las aguas bajan turbias / Dark River (Hugo del Carril, 1952), Los traidores / The Traitors (Raymundo Gleyzer, 1973), Cuatro corazones / Four Hearts (Enrique Santos Discépolo, 1939), Players vs. ángeles caídos / Players vs. Fallen Angels (Alberto Fischerman, 1968), El vampiro negro / The Black Vampire (Román Viñoly Barreto, 1952), and El último verano de La Boyita / The Last Summer of La Boyita (Julia Solomonoff, 2009).