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New York City, despite its status as a world capital of cinema, regularly misses out on screenings of many key international films. Though the exhibition of Latin American cinema in the city has drastically increased over the past decade, a considerable number of influential movies from the region still fail to premiere locally. Anthology Film Archives and Cinema Tropical have partnered to create a new and exciting series of monthly screenings featuring remarkable Latin American films making their local premiere. Far from minor works, the films included here are by some of the region’s most important filmmakers, have garnered major awards at international festivals, and provide an important window into the often overlooked world of Latin American cinema.

Co-presented by Anthology Film Archives and Cinema Tropical. Programmed by Matías Piñeiro and Carlos A. Gutiérrez.

 

All screenings at Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York City
(212) 505-5181 / www.anthologyfilmarchives.org

 

Special thanks to Paula Astorga & Boris Miramontes Huet (Circo 2.12), Sandro Fiorin & Renato Galamba (FiGa Films), Bree Jeppson (Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative), Sergi Steegmann (The Match Factory), Gisela Esteban Real (Canibal); Alicia Scherson; Torsten Schulze (m-appeal); and Paulina Valencia.

 

WINTER HOUSE (Invernadero, Gonzalo Castro, Argentina, 2010, 94 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) U.S. Premiere Co-presented by McNally Jackson “A contemplation of the experimental one-armed Mexican novelist Mario Bellatín, a famed prankster who here engages with his daughter and friends (all fictional characters) in an interrogation of biography (itself a central conceit in Bellatín’s fiction).” —Maria Delgado, Sight & Sound “Who is Mario Bellatín anyway? A contemporary Mexican novelist, translated all over the world? Captain Hook, and the father of a grown-up daughter? An acupuncture enthusiast? A Muslim who believes in reincarnation? A widow, who isn’t gloomy, but still hasn’t got over it? A robust plant in a winter garden? Answers – Yes, yes, yes – across the board. It is this entangled web of script threads, and more besides, that animates Gonzalo Castro’s film. [...] Bellatín gradually becomes no longer a witness of himself, an author held hostage by his exposed genius, but a character who is above all going about his daily life. That is what is key. A funny, unpredictable character, a dandy without a mirror, except when he shaves with his left hand.” –Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille Thursday, September 28 at 7:15pm

WINTER HOUSE
(Invernadero, Gonzalo Castro, Argentina, 2010, 94 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere
Co-presented by McNally Jackson

“A contemplation of the experimental one-armed Mexican novelist Mario Bellatín, a famed prankster who here engages with his daughter and friends (all fictional characters) in an interrogation of biography (itself a central conceit in Bellatín’s fiction).” —Maria Delgado, Sight & Sound

“Who is Mario Bellatín anyway? A contemporary Mexican novelist, translated all over the world? Captain Hook, and the father of a grown-up daughter? An acupuncture enthusiast? A Muslim who believes in reincarnation? A widow, who isn’t gloomy, but still hasn’t got over it? A robust plant in a winter garden? Answers – Yes, yes, yes – across the board. It is this entangled web of script threads, and more besides, that animates Gonzalo Castro’s film. [...] Bellatín gradually becomes no longer a witness of himself, an author held hostage by his exposed genius, but a character who is above all going about his daily life. That is what is key. A funny, unpredictable character, a dandy without a mirror, except when he shaves with his left hand.” –Jean-Pierre Rehm, FIDMarseille

Thursday, September 28 at 7:15pm

 

 

Past films in the season:

STRANGE DAYS (Días extraños, Juan Sebastián Quebrada, Colombia/Argentina, 2015, b&w, 71 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) U.S. Premiere Juan and Luna, two young Colombians living in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, are infatuated with each other. Their relationship oscillates between tender gestures and violent explosions. But when Luna meets a woman named Federica and brings her home, something changes, setting into crisis the fragile nature of their relationship. Quebrada’s auspicious debut feature, shot in a stylized black-and-white, was hailed by Sergio Wolf, former director of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) as “one of the best Colombian films in decades.” Thursday, August 17 at 7:15pm  

STRANGE DAYS
(Días extraños, Juan Sebastián Quebrada, Colombia/Argentina, 2015, b&w, 71 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere

Juan and Luna, two young Colombians living in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, are infatuated with each other. Their relationship oscillates between tender gestures and violent explosions. But when Luna meets a woman named Federica and brings her home, something changes, setting into crisis the fragile nature of their relationship. Quebrada’s auspicious debut feature, shot in a stylized black-and-white, was hailed by Sergio Wolf, former director of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) as “one of the best Colombian films in decades.”

Thursday, August 17 at 7:15pm

 

CARMITA (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas, Mexico/Dominican Republic, 2013, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) U.S. Premiere This film tells the story of Carmen Ignarra, the beautiful actress once known as “Cuba’s little princess,” who left the Caribbean island in the hopes of becoming a Hollywood star in the early 1950s. Her initial success was followed by a slow, painful decline as her jealous husband – a prominent Mexican producer – curtailed her career. Now 80 years old, Carmita lives forgotten in an old mansion in Monterrey, Mexico. Recounting her life to Guzmán, who is actively present onscreen, she talks about the past, wasted talent, and lost loves. Carmita echoes Sunset Boulevard and Grey Gardens, blurring the faint border between fiction and non-fiction. Thursday, July 20 at 7:15pm  

CARMITA
(Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas, Mexico/Dominican Republic, 2013, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere

This film tells the story of Carmen Ignarra, the beautiful actress once known as “Cuba’s little princess,” who left the Caribbean island in the hopes of becoming a Hollywood star in the early 1950s. Her initial success was followed by a slow, painful decline as her jealous husband – a prominent Mexican producer – curtailed her career. Now 80 years old, Carmita lives forgotten in an old mansion in Monterrey, Mexico. Recounting her life to Guzmán, who is actively present onscreen, she talks about the past, wasted talent, and lost loves. Carmita echoes Sunset Boulevard and Grey Gardens, blurring the faint border between fiction and non-fiction.

Thursday, July 20 at 7:15pm

 

THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER (La tercera orilla, Celina Murga, Argentina, 2014, 92 min. digital. In Spanish with English subtitles) New York Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance! This slow-burn drama follows 17-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother and younger siblings in a small provincial city in Argentina. His estranged father, Jorge, a respected doctor, has decided that Nicolas will be his successor in both his medical practice and agricultural business. Nicolas obeys his father, but hates him. He has seen his mother suffer because of Jorge’s double life – having started a new family, Jorge refuses to acknowledge Nicolas’s mother or her children publicly. As tensions between father and son grow, Nicolas realizes that he must make a choice and take action for the sake of his future. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this fourth feature film by acclaimed Argentinean director Murga premiered in the official competition at the Berlinale. “[A] beautifully achieved film in which the most important things remain unspoken and placid surfaces belie cauldrons of violent emotion. […] It’s easy to see why Martin Scorsese has taken such a keen interest in Murga’s work. She is, not unlike the young Scorsese himself, very much a ‘neighborhood’ filmmaker, who renders her native milieu – the sleepy provincial towns of Entre Rios, north of Buenos Aires – with an intensely lyrical, sensuous gaze.” –Scott Foundas, Variety. Thursday, June 29 at 7:15pm  

THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER
(La tercera orilla, Celina Murga, Argentina, 2014, 92 min. digital. In Spanish with English subtitles)
New York Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance!

This slow-burn drama follows 17-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother and younger siblings in a small provincial city in Argentina. His estranged father, Jorge, a respected doctor, has decided that Nicolas will be his successor in both his medical practice and agricultural business. Nicolas obeys his father, but hates him. He has seen his mother suffer because of Jorge’s double life – having started a new family, Jorge refuses to acknowledge Nicolas’s mother or her children publicly. As tensions between father and son grow, Nicolas realizes that he must make a choice and take action for the sake of his future. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this fourth feature film by acclaimed Argentinean director Murga premiered in the official competition at the Berlinale.

“[A] beautifully achieved film in which the most important things remain unspoken and placid surfaces belie cauldrons of violent emotion. […] It’s easy to see why Martin Scorsese has taken such a keen interest in Murga’s work. She is, not unlike the young Scorsese himself, very much a ‘neighborhood’ filmmaker, who renders her native milieu – the sleepy provincial towns of Entre Rios, north of Buenos Aires – with an intensely lyrical, sensuous gaze.” –Scott Foundas, Variety.
Thursday, June 29 at 7:15pm

 

YO (Matías Meyer, Mexico/Canada/Dominican Republic/Switzerland, 2015, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) U.S. Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance! The third feature film by acclaimed Mexican director Matías Meyer (The Last Christeros, The Cramp) is an adaptation of a short story of the same name by Nobel laureate author J. M. G. Le Clézio. The film follows Yo, a teenager in the body of an adult with an apparent mental incapacity. He lives and works at his mother’s roadside café by a busy highway. One day he meets Elena, an eleven-year-old girl, who will change his life forever. Winner of the Best Film award at the Morelia Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Fribourg Film Festival, Yo is an intriguing mediation on the epic human journey of emotional maturation. Saturday, May 27 at 7:15pm  

YO
(Matías Meyer, Mexico/Canada/Dominican Republic/Switzerland, 2015, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance!

The third feature film by acclaimed Mexican director Matías Meyer (The Last Christeros, The Cramp) is an adaptation of a short story of the same name by Nobel laureate author J. M. G. Le Clézio. The film follows Yo, a teenager in the body of an adult with an apparent mental incapacity. He lives and works at his mother’s roadside café by a busy highway. One day he meets Elena, an eleven-year-old girl, who will change his life forever. Winner of the Best Film award at the Morelia Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Fribourg Film Festival, Yo is an intriguing mediation on the epic human journey of emotional maturation.

Saturday, May 27 at 7:15pm


 

LA MALDAD (Joshua Gil, Mexico, 2015, 74 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles) U.S. Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance! As an act of revenge against the woman who abandoned him and as a way to exorcise his own demons, the rural poet and musician Rafael writes a screenplay in which, by means of twelve songs, he narrates the story of his own life. Raymundo, on the other hand, is a tired, depressed, and potentially suicidal man who approaches Rafael seeking financial support and solace. But Rafael, blinded by his ambition, betrays him in more ways than one, and travels to Mexico City in search of funds to produce his film. A playful and self-reflexive tale, La Maldad's intriguing and captivating atmosphere reveals the desolation that overwhelms its protagonists.  “La Maldad marks a promising if enigmatic feature debut from cinematographer turned director Joshua Gil. […] The movie works best as an abstract contemplation on life, death and the passing of time, recalling the more conceptual work of fellow Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas.” –Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter Saturday, April 22 at 5:30pm  

LA MALDAD
(Joshua Gil, Mexico, 2015, 74 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance!

As an act of revenge against the woman who abandoned him and as a way to exorcise his own demons, the rural poet and musician Rafael writes a screenplay in which, by means of twelve songs, he narrates the story of his own life. Raymundo, on the other hand, is a tired, depressed, and potentially suicidal man who approaches Rafael seeking financial support and solace. But Rafael, blinded by his ambition, betrays him in more ways than one, and travels to Mexico City in search of funds to produce his film. A playful and self-reflexive tale, La Maldad's intriguing and captivating atmosphere reveals the desolation that overwhelms its protagonists. 

La Maldad marks a promising if enigmatic feature debut from cinematographer turned director Joshua Gil. […] The movie works best as an abstract contemplation on life, death and the passing of time, recalling the more conceptual work of fellow Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas.” –Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Saturday, April 22 at 5:30pm

 

 

January — March, 2017

VERANO (José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, 2011, 93 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere) The second fiction feature by José Luis Torres Leiva, one of the leading Chilean filmmakers of his generation whose work has had very limited exposure in the U.S. Verano is a choral drama set on a hot summer day in the south of Chile, where small events shape the lives of visitors and employees of an established thermal resort. A dozen characters experience the long vacation hours in nature – sleeping in the sun, learning how to drive, cleaning the house, kissing for the first time, swimming at night, or just walking and talking, while the day slowly unravels into small fragments of happiness and discovery. The cast includes Argentinean actress/singer Rosario Bléfari (who played the title role in Martín Rejtman’s Silvia Prieto), and Chilean documentary filmmaker Ignacio Agüero. Thursday, March 23 at 7:15pm  

VERANO
(José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, 2011, 93 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

The second fiction feature by José Luis Torres Leiva, one of the leading Chilean filmmakers of his generation whose work has had very limited exposure in the U.S. Verano is a choral drama set on a hot summer day in the south of Chile, where small events shape the lives of visitors and employees of an established thermal resort. A dozen characters experience the long vacation hours in nature – sleeping in the sun, learning how to drive, cleaning the house, kissing for the first time, swimming at night, or just walking and talking, while the day slowly unravels into small fragments of happiness and discovery. The cast includes Argentinean actress/singer Rosario Bléfari (who played the title role in Martín Rejtman’s Silvia Prieto), and Chilean documentary filmmaker Ignacio Agüero.

Thursday, March 23 at 7:15pm

 

MAURO (Hernán Rosselli, Argentina, 2014, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere) Hernán Rosselli’s auspicious debut feature film, a winner at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), is a sharp character study following Mauro (played by Mauro Martínez), a metalworker who moonlights as a currency forger trading fake bills in the streets of Buenos Aires. He decides to set up a little printing shop with his roommate Luis and Luis’s pregnant girlfriend to produce counterfeit money. Yet things get complicated when he falls for the mysterious Paula. “An engrossing X-ray of life in a southern barrio of Buenos Aires that doubles as a study of a society in crisis, Mauro ripples with quiet virtues. First-timer Rosselli has brought to his debut feature the same precision and craft as his troubled protagonist brings to his forgery, and the result is a slow-burning, intense item that exists somewhere on the increasingly blurred line between feature and documentary, harking back to established films such as Pablo Trapero’s Crane World and, indeed, to the Romanian New Wave in its dark, focused gaze and its unpatronizing treatment of social issues.” –Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. Thursday, February 16 at 7:15pm - Q&A with filmmaker  

MAURO
(Hernán Rosselli, Argentina, 2014, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Hernán Rosselli’s auspicious debut feature film, a winner at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), is a sharp character study following Mauro (played by Mauro Martínez), a metalworker who moonlights as a currency forger trading fake bills in the streets of Buenos Aires. He decides to set up a little printing shop with his roommate Luis and Luis’s pregnant girlfriend to produce counterfeit money. Yet things get complicated when he falls for the mysterious Paula.

“An engrossing X-ray of life in a southern barrio of Buenos Aires that doubles as a study of a society in crisis, Mauro ripples with quiet virtues. First-timer Rosselli has brought to his debut feature the same precision and craft as his troubled protagonist brings to his forgery, and the result is a slow-burning, intense item that exists somewhere on the increasingly blurred line between feature and documentary, harking back to established films such as Pablo Trapero’s Crane World and, indeed, to the Romanian New Wave in its dark, focused gaze and its unpatronizing treatment of social issues.” –Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.

Thursday, February 16 at 7:15pm - Q&A with filmmaker

 

NAVAJAZO (Ricardo Silva, Mexico, 2014, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere) Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film in the Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present) competition at the Locarno Film Festival, Ricardo Silva’s provocative and irreverent debut feature film is a quirky fiction-documentary hybrid set in the border city of Tijuana, where a series of peculiar outcasts (a junkie couple, a musician nicknamed “El Muerto,” and an American porn director, among others) struggle to survive in a hostile post-apocalyptic environment filled with drugs, sex, and violence. “Utterly mesmerizing in its perversion” (James Lattimer, Slant Magazine), Navajazo (which means “knife wound” in Spanish) confirms Silva as a filmmaker to watch, and Tijuana as an unlikely Mexican art scene. Thursday,  January 19, 7:15pm  

NAVAJAZO
(Ricardo Silva, Mexico, 2014, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Film in the Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present) competition at the Locarno Film Festival, Ricardo Silva’s provocative and irreverent debut feature film is a quirky fiction-documentary hybrid set in the border city of Tijuana, where a series of peculiar outcasts (a junkie couple, a musician nicknamed “El Muerto,” and an American porn director, among others) struggle to survive in a hostile post-apocalyptic environment filled with drugs, sex, and violence. “Utterly mesmerizing in its perversion” (James Lattimer, Slant Magazine), Navajazo (which means “knife wound” in Spanish) confirms Silva as a filmmaker to watch, and Tijuana as an unlikely Mexican art scene.

Thursday,  January 19, 7:15pm