Film at Lincoln Center has announced today the complete lineup for the Projections section, the annual showcase of innovative and experimental work, of the 57th New York Film Festival, which includes My Skin, Luminous / Mi piel, luminosa the most recent work by Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Pereda co-directed by Gabino Rodríguez.
Having lost the pigment in his skin, Matías, an infirmed orphan at a Michoacán primary school, has been quarantined from his classmates; however, the presence and words of novelist Mario Bellatin offer the prospect of healing. Moving from classroom to countryside to a local monastery, My Skin, Luminous is a shape-shifting docufiction that weaves its real-life subject into a subtly unfolding drama, and which speaks to the wider ongoing reforms to Mexico’s public school system.
My Skin, Luminous is having its world premiere this week as part of the Locarno Film Festival. The film will be paired in its U.S. Premiere with the short film The Bite / A Mordida by New York-based Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Neves Marques. An atmospheric, sci-fi-tinged fiction set against the backdrop of a crisis-stricken São Paulo, the film follows a team of biologists attempting to thwart a viral outbreak through the use of genetically modified mosquitoes, while, in a parallel story, three lovers living in rural seclusion resist the reactionary politics of a newly appointed conservative government.
The 57th edition of the New York Film Festival will take place October 3-6.