Cinema Tropical's Microcinema Initiative
86 Orchard Street
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30pm / Free Admission!
A film by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte (USA, 2010, 81 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
"Shortly after she totes her two children from Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens, New York, Mariana's (Paola Mendoza) life is devastatingly turned around when he abandons her to fend for herself in a hard-knock new country. Mariana desperately searches for work against the unwieldy city landscape, but she and her kids can't help their treacherous slide into homelessness. Basing Entre Nos on true events, Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte collaboratively deliver a touching narrative marked by sympathetic characters, reflective cinematography, and solid performances. They bring a certain newness to the now-familiar immigrant story, and what shines through most is the graceful ferocity with which mother and children fight for their right to create a foundation, however shaky, from which to begin the promise of the American Dream." - Tribeca Film Festival
Special screening of the film as part of the launching the novel The Ones Who Don’t Stay by Paola Mendoza, published by Penguin Books. Q&A with co-director following screening.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) / Free Admission!
THE BLUE EYES / LOS OJOS AZULES
A film by Eva Aridjis (Mexic/USA, 2012, 94 min. In English, Spanish and Tzotzil, with English subtitles)
Written and directed by New York based-Mexican director Eva Ardijis, The Blue Eyes is a supernatural thriller film starring Allison Case and Zachary Booth (Keep the Lights On) as Karen Fisher and Paul Henderson, a young American couple that travel to Chiapas on holiday. While there they will have an encounter with a witch that will change their lives forever. Shot entirely in location in Mexico and also starring legendary Mexican actress Ofelia Medina, The Blue Eyes is a suspenseful film that artfully combines religious and indigenous elements.
Q&A with filmmaker following screening. Presented in partnership with the New York Latino Film Summit.
Tuesday, May 28, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) / Free Admission!
A film by Alberto Ferreras and Trina Bardusco (USA, 2013, 84 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
Sometimes funny, often poignant, always truthful, Habla Women is the latest installment in this award-winning property from HBO Latino that has put the faces and voices of U.S. Latinos on screen like no other show before. Latinos from all walks of life tell their personal stories, including poets, comedians and community leaders, but also janitors, soldiers and lowriders. Habla gives a platform to real people whose stories might otherwise not be heard, reaching beyond the Latino community to build a bridge of understanding that goes in both directions. This installment includes actress Gina Rodriguez, chef Daisy Martinez, boxer Marlen Esparza, and more.
Tuesday, April 30, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) / Free Admission!
PERFIDIA / PERFIDY
A film by Rodrigo Bellott (Bolivia/Chile/USA, 2009, 84 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
Starring Gonzalo Valenzuela, Levi Freeman and Heidi Schreck.
"We all know not to judge a book, or a man, by appearance. Gustavo seems to be a rich, leisurely drifter in a northeastern resort town. After a long journey through the snow-covered roads of upstate New York, he settles into his hotel room. When he starts receiving mysterious phone calls, envelopes with money, and photographs slid under his hotel room door, we understand that he is no ordinary dropout. He is a hired hit man stalking the woman in the next room. Money doesn’t motivate Gustavo on this assignment, but rather an act of betrayal that the audience slowly pieces together. Punctuated by both folk music and ‘80s pop, Perfidy is a character study that follows Gustavo’s physical transformation from a shaggy backpacker to a well-groomed and stylish killer. A co-production of American, Chilean, and Bolivian directors and writers, Perfidy will mesmerize with its beguiling lead character and relentless quest for resolution." - Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
Born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1978, Rodrigo Bellott received a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. His first student film, Destierro, was one of five films around the world nominated for a student Academy Award in 2001. His first feature film Dependencia Sexual / Sexual Dependency, which had its world premiere at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival, was awarded the FIPRESCI prize, and since then, has received seven other awards on four different continents as well as tremendous critical reception at over 56 festivals, including Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, AFI and Telluride. The film was a box office success in Bolivia, and marked the re-birth of Bolivian cinema as the country’s first official selection competing for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2004 Academy Awards. Since then, Bellott has directed the feature films ¿Quién Mató a la Llamita Blanca? / Who Killed the White Llama? (2007), and Perfidia / Perfidy (2009). In 2007, Variety magazine named Rodrigo as one of the top ten Latin American talents to watch. He's also worked as casting director for various films including Che Part I and II, directed by Steven Soderbergh, Contracorriente by Javier Fuentes-León and También la lluvia by Iciar Bollaín.
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)
EL EFECTO CLEMENTE / THE CLEMENTE EFFECT
Directed by Mario Diaz (USA, 2012, 77 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
The Clemente Effect is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and accomplishments of the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente. Forty years ago, Clemente died in a tragic plane accident while delivering aid to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Yet Clemente’s legacy remains and his effect is still felt across the U.S. and Latin America decades later. The film follows Clemente’s life, from his humble upbringing in Puerto Rico to becoming the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966 and a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1960 and 1971. Along the way, Clemente faced numerous obstacles: injuries, an antagonistic press corps and the racial injustices of the time. But Clemente prevailed. Inspired by the civil rights movement, he became an unwavering defender of minorities, an advocate for Latino players’ rights and a great humanitarian. Directed by Mario Diaz, The Clemente Effect is an ambitious work that draws extensively from archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s and 70s, including never-before-seen footage of Clemente with his family, playing for the Puerto Rican Winter League and visiting Nicaragua a few months before his death.
Mario Díaz is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and editor. He has directed five independent feature-length documentaries including Bazooka and Viva Cepeda! (HBO Latino). As a film editor, some of his recent credits include Unspooled, Generation Meds and Leap of Faith. Mario has also served as programming adviser for various Latino film festivals and is currently the documentary film programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival.
*Please note this screening will start at 9pm.
Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
EL CANT DELS OCELLS | BIRDSONG
Directed by Albert Serra, Spain, 2008, 98 min.
Serra recasts the story of the Magi as an elemental epic of man simultaneously lost and found in the uncanny beauty of nature. Masterfully shot in black and white on remote, almost extraterrestrial locations in the Canary Islands and Iceland, the film follows the slow, stumbling passage of the kings toward the mysterious birth that beckons them through the long days and dark nights. Birdsong adds a level of humor to gently undercut the sacred qualities of the tale by foregrounding the wonderfully profane corporality of the awkward kings who float and fidget in an assertively and refreshingly human manner.
Preceded by AHENDU NDE SAPUKAI (I Hear Your Scream, directed by Pablo Lamar, Paraguay/Argentina, 2008, 11 min.) At dawn, a man watches the horizon as he stands near his wooden house that dominates the landscape. After a few moments, he returns to his simple dwelling and a short while later a small funeral procession emerges. The man does not take part in it and remains alone, staring into the emptiness before him. Performance by Peruvian experimental musician Efraín Rozas.
Cinema is capable of shaking up, reinventing, or jolting the way we perceive reality. The Southern Cone's restless past, unsettled present, and even its uncertain future could be defined and redefined by these curious and bold filmmakers. The films included in this series are in one sense narratively daring, some subverting easy classification, or simply, they successfully capture striking moments of rupture, social change, marginality and vanguard.
AQUÍ SE CONSTRUYE (O YA NO EXISTE EL LUGAR DONDE NACÍ) | UNDER CONSTRUCTION (THE PLACE WHERE I HAS BORN NO LONGER EXISTS)
Over various years, this intimate documentary builds a portrait of a neighbor who observes the demolition of the adjoining house and the construction of a building on the same site. This Chilean film captures the devastating and revealing passage of time, subtly piecing together a puzzle of the impact of urban change, reaching an illuminating account of what development and modernization mean for a country.Preceded by Home. Directed by Gianfranco Foschino, Chile, 2009, 5 min. A single-take hypnotic video that portrays another vanishing way of life - Chilean rural living. Q&A with the filmmaker via Skype. Music by Nutria NN band.
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm
EN EL FUTURO | IN THE FUTURE
Directed by Mauro Andrizzi, Argentina, 2010, 60 min. New York Premiere.
Fascinating and cutting-edge, a film straight from another planet, this Argentinean reel is a series of suggestive and amusing vignettes. A sequence of several couples kissing leads to a number of confessions and anecdotes about past loves. Andrizzi says of his film, “The future is pure speculation. So is love. Each love story in the film takes us to a different past from a different present. The hope for a bright future is an illusion that keeps us expecting as it unleashes the anguish of waiting for something extraordinary to happen.”
Tuesday, May 29, 7pm
LOS ELECTRODOMÉSTICOS: EL FRÍO MISTERIO | LOS ELECTRODOMESTICOS: THE COLD MISTERY
Directed by Sergio Castro, Chile, 2010, 110 min.
Amid the boredom and obscurity that prevailed during the military dictatorship in the 80s in Chile, three brilliant musicians eager to experiment emerge from the underground and shake things up. This solid documentary not only captures the artful protest of Electrodomésticos, one of the boldest rock bands in Chilean history, but delivers a faithful testimony of many others who participated in the resistance at that time.