The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical announce “Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema” a new showcase of contemporary Latin American films that will take place January 7-10 in New York City, and presenting one North American, two U.S., and eight New York premieres with some of the directors in person.
Launching in the New Year, this selective slate of premieres highlights impressive recent productions from across the region and exhibits the vast breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today.
"It’s been some years since Latin American cinema 'reemerged,'" said Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. "Now, as the output from countries like Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil continues to be some of the most compelling and engaged cinema today, new scenes are establishing themselves all across the map, showcasing fresh talent and ideas, and challenging the notion of an identifiable contemporary Latin American cinema. We’re pleased to highlight a few of the most impressive recent films from the region."
Opening the series is Benjamín Naishtat’s El Movimiento (pictured above left) a stark, black-and-white snapshot of anarchy in 19th-century Argentina and follow-up to his acclaimed debut, History of Fear. Other titles include the 2015 Cannes Caméra d’Or winner, César Augusto Acevedo’s Land and Shade; the U.S. premiere of Arturo Ripstein’s Bleak Street, which has drawn comparisons to Luis Buñuel’s Mexican period; Rodrigo Plá’s Venice Horizons opener A Monster with a Thousand Heads; Pablo Larraín’s Silver Bear–winning The Club, Chile’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; and Jayro Bustamante’s acclaimed debut feature Ixcanul, winner of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlinale.
The rest of the lineup includes Dominga Sotomayor’s Mar (pictured above right), Pablo Chavarria Gutiérrez’s Alexfilm, Ives Rosenfeld’s Hopefuls / Aspirantes, Alejo Moguillansky & Fia-Stina Sandlund’s The Gold Bug / El escarabajo de oro, and Luis Ospina’s It All Started at the End / Todo comenzó por el fin.
With titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, evidencing the many sites of contemporary Latin American filmmaking. Some of the featured directors are established auteurs, while others have recently emerged on the international festival scene, snagging top prizes and critical accolades at festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Locarno.