The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for the 19th edition of Film Comment magazine’s annual festival, Film Comment Selects, which will feature the North American premiere of Los Reyes by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff from Chile and the U.S. premiere of Los Silencios by Beatriz Seigner, a Brazil/Colombia production.
“Santiago is home to Chile’s first skate park which—in Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s wonderful nonfiction film—is home to two resident stray dogs. Los Reyes (“The Kings”) watches Fútbol and Chola, a furry shepherd mix and some kind of labrador respectively, as they hang out, play, and generally coexist with the people who are also hanging out and playing on the lawns and concrete ramps. Rather than create a Disney fantasy out of the setup, Perut and Osnovikoff weave together two strands that remind us of the reality underlying this urban oasis.” writes Film Comment’s editor Nicolas Rapold.
In regards to Los Silencios, Rapold writes: “The tens of millions of people currently displaced globally have found their way on screen in numerous well-intentioned dramas and documentaries over the past several years, but with Los Silencios, Brazilian writer/director Seigner lends the phenomenon a metaphysical dimension. The setting is the island borderlands between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, where Colombian emigrants live in a liminal state. Joining their numbers are new arrivals Amparo (Marleyda Soto, one exception to the predominantly nonprofessional cast) and her two young children Nuria and Fabio, rebuilding their lives from the ground up.”
The 2019 edition of Film Comment Selects, with a selection of titles curated by the magazine’s editors, offering strikingly bold visions, mixing North American, U.S., and New York premieres of new films and long-unseen older titles that deserve the big-screen treatment, will take place February 6-10 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.