Cinema Tropical has announced the launching of Tropical Tuesdays, a new and exciting microcinema (small cinemathéque) initiative that will feature guest curators and create monthly programs with screenings every Tuesday at Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal in downtown Manhattan.
The aim of this new initiative is to provide a creative platform for innovative curatorial experimentation in Latin American cinema, as well as to become a salon that can serve as a meeting place for local Latin American filmmaking and visual arts communities. “Cinema Tropical originally got started as a weekly film series in downtown Manhattan over a decade ago, so we’re excited to go back to our origins with this new project,” says Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Director of the non-profit organization.
The films will be screened on digital format in an informal setting, free and open to the public. The program will include special guests for discussion following the screenings. Tropical Tuesdays will kick off this May, and the first confirmed guest curators are Chilean film critic Jerónimo Rodríguez and Peruvian filmmaker/curator Juan Daniel F. Molero.
The launching program of Tropical Tuesdays will be “The South Trembles,” curated by Rodríguez for the month of May. This program is a playful take on cinema’s potential to question, reinvent and jolt our perception of reality. South America’s restless past, unsettled present, and even its uncertain future could be defined and redefined by some curious and bold filmmakers. The program features films by Chilean and Argentinean directors such as Ignacio Agüero, Gastón Solnicki, Mauro Andrizzi and José Luis Torres Leiva. The works in in this series, many of them having their New York premiere, are narratively daring, subverting easy classification, and they successfully capture striking moments
of rupture, social change, marginality and vanguard.
For June, Molero has curated the program “Subversive Churches And Mundane Icons,” a provocative meditation on cultural colonialism and religious syncretism. The filmmakers featured in this program, including Luis Buñuel, Albert Serra and Amat Escalante, have adapted fragments of the Bible, the Catholic iconography, and other methods of religious propaganda, such as Brazilian Televangelism, to subvert the power of images. Cinema itself has become a religion, one not based on text but on an audiovisual preaching that creates mundane icons and subversive churches.
Click here to read the complete lineup for May and June.
Pictured: A still from Los Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio by Sergio Castro (Chile) and a film still from Analogía do Verme by Carlosmagno Rodrigues & Cris Ventura (Brasil).