Apr 27

World Premiere of NOBODY'S WATCHING by Julia Solomonoff

  • Cinépolis Chelsea

(Julia Solomonoff, USA/Spain/Brazil/Argentina/Colombia, 2017, 102 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Nico is a famous actor in Argentina, but in New York, nobody takes notice. After giving up a successful career in his home country for a chance to make it in the Big Apple, he needs to juggle bartending, babysitting and odd jobs to keep himself afloat. Starting from square one is hard in the city of dreams. With each role Nico takes on, he puts on a new persona in order to fit in. He performs the ideal bartender, the up-and-coming actor, the friend, the father figure. But when old friends from Buenos Aires come to visit, he needs to juggle the image of his old life with the reality of the struggling actor in New York City. 

In a moving depiction of this vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff’s touching feature presents a portrait of immigrant solitude. Nico faces the difficulty of finding not only a home, but himself amidst the indifferent metropolis. Nobody’s Watching questions how we adjust when we lose our audience.

—Frédéric Boyer

7:00 pm19:00

Live Scoring Screening of REDES

(Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann, Mexico, 1936, b&w, 59 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

A singular coming together of talents, Redes, commissioned by a progressive Mexican government, was co-written and shot by photographer Paul Strand, with a score by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. The PostClassical Ensemble, led by Ángel Gil Ordóñez, which recently recorded the soundtrack for the release of the restored version of the film for Naxos, performs some of Revueltas’s music. A panel discussion, featuring Post-Classical Ensemble Executive Director Joseph Horowitz and conductor Gil Ordóñez, follows the concert. 

5:30 am05:30

U.S. Premiere of LA MALDAD by Joshua Gil

  • Anthology Film Archives

(Joshua Gil, Mexico, 2015, 74 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles. US Premiere)

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

Apr 11

Music+Film: Brazil

  • Symphony Space

Cinema Tropical's popular film series Music+Film: Brazil is back, celebrating one of the world’s most vibrant musical cultures.  Programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano.

(Mauro Lima, Brazil, 2014, 140 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Screening introduced by Denise Dummont, and co-presented with Luaka Bop Records.
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The life and work of Sebastião Rodrigues Maia, aka Tim Maia, a highly creative singer and composer also known for his explosive temper. Tim Maia revolutionized the Brazilian music introducing delicious shots of funk and soul to it. This film recreates his life, from his teen years till the peak of his career, when he scored dozens of top hits and achieved the status of one of the most popular and beloved stars of the Brazilian music scene.

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm


(Axé: Canto do Povo de um Lugar, Chico Kertész, 2016, 107 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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The history of axé music—the popular genre that originated in Salvador, Bahia in the 1980s, fusing different Afro-Caribbean genres, such as marcha, reggae, and calypso—revealed through interviews with Brazilian musical artists; Araketu, Asa de Águia, Banda Mel, Banda Reflexos, Bell Marques, Caetano Veloso, Carlinhos Brown, Chiclete com Banana, Claudia Leitte, Daniela Mercury, É o Tchan/Gera Samba, Gilberto Gil, Ivete Sangalo, Luis Caldas, Marcio Vitor, Netinho, Olodum, Ricardo Chaves, Sarajane, Saulo Fernandes, Psirico, Terrasamba, Timbalada e Xandy.

Sunday,  April 9, 5pm


(Georges Gachot, Brazil, 2014, 82 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Introduced by director George Gachot
Presented with the support of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York

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Seeking to identify the roots of rhythm that merge with Brazilian identity, director Georges Gachot investigates the importance of samba in the lives of so many people. Guided by the singer Martinho da Vila, who tells stories about his career and introduces the director to his samba school, Unidos de Vila Isabel, champion of the carnival in 2013 . With the participation of Mart’nália, Ney Matogrosso, Leci Brandão, Zeca Baleiro, Beth Carvalho and others from the same musical genre.

Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm


(Andrucha Waddington & Mini Kerti, 2015, 120 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Introduced by Béco Dranoff
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Based on André Midani’s autobiography, this feature discusses crucial events in Brazilian music by telling about the life and relationships of this music industry executive who molded amazing careers and made the industry boom in Brazil between 1950 and 2000. His story is told through informal gatherings and jam sessions done at André’s house with artists, intellectuals and journalists who influenced him and who were influenced by him. These gatherings contributed many things, both material and immaterial, to the culture of the country.

Monday,  April 10, 7pm


(Olho Nu, Joel Pizzini, Brazil, 2013, Documentary, 101 min.)
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The life-work of Ney Matogrosso, portrayed through images and sounds with the artist today, archival material home and current performances. The film is a  synthesis of his musical career and the editing of the film evokes scenes and situations of Ney on stage and in everyday life. Avoiding a nostalgic tone, OLHO NU searches for the sensitive human dimension of a character whose history is intertwined with the best of the Latin American songbook. As its name suggests, the film dares to undress the man behind the fame, thus probing the motivations of his art, critical thinking, character and libertarian political ideology that permeates the repertoire of Ney, always guided by coherence and aesthetic quality.

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm

6:30 pm18:30

Indocumentales Presents FREE LIKE THE BIRDS and SIN PAÍS

  • King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium at NYU

On the second installment of the Indocumentales series, we feature two short films that highlight the impact of deportations on families followed by a conversation about the role of filmmaking and activism featuring Paola Mendoza and Theo Rigby.

Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. This series is presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical, and What Moves You?, and brings together educators, filmmakers, community activists, and the general public in conversation about current issues related to migration and inspired by groundbreaking films.

About the films:

(Paola Mendoza, USA, 2016, 10 min. In In Spanish and English with English subtitles)
Six year old, Sophie Cruz, took the world by storm when she broke through the police barricades in Washington DC to give the Pope a letter. Her letter asked the Pope to convince President Obama and Congress to pass immigration reform. In that moment    Sophie became an Internet sensation. Free like the Birds is the intimate story her family fighting against the looming threat of deportation. Sophie is at the center of her family’s plight and that of millions of children like her. Through her innocence, her laughter and    through her understanding of what it means to be an immigrant and an American, we bear witness to her family striving for the American Dream.

(Theo Rigby, USA, 2010 21 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)
In 1992, Sam and Elida Mejia left Guatemala during a violent civil war and brought their one-year old son, Gilbert, to California. The Mejia’s settled in the Bay Area, and for the past 17 years they have worked multiple jobs to support their family, paid their taxes, and saved enough to buy a home. They had two more children, Helen and Dulce, who are both U.S. citizens. Two years ago, immigration agents stormed the Mejia’s house looking for someone who didn’t live there. Sam, Elida, and Gilbert were all undocumented and became deeply entangled in the U.S. immigration system. Sin País begins two weeks before Sam and Elida’s scheduled deportation date. After a passionate fight to keep the family together, Sam and Elida are deported and take Dulce with them back to Guatemala. With intimate access and striking imagery, the Student Academy Award winner Sin País explores the complexities of the Mejia’s new reality of a separated family–parents without their children, and children without their parents.

This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building

Apr 9

Latin American Cinema: The State of the Art at MoMA

  • The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art has announced the film series "Latin American Cinema: The State of the Art" to take place March 30–April 9, 2017 in New York City. This series features a selection of new films from Latin American countries, including Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Perú, and Venezuela, that were supported by the intergovernmental organization Ibermedia, which for two decades has advanced the making of fiction and nonfiction films in Latin America, Portugal, Spain, and, most recently, Italy.

A consortium with 20 member countries, Ibermedia has provided an invaluable platform for the exchange of resources and film professionals, resulting in a more collaborative, vibrant film scene. By supporting projects in various stages of the filmmaking process, from development and production to distribution, exhibition, and promotion, Ibermedia has been instrumental in elevating artistically significant works and nurturing emerging voices in cinema. Filmmakers who have been supported by Ibermedia include Manoel de Oliveira, Lucrecia Martel, Miguel Gomes, and many others.

Organized by La Frances Hui, Associate Curator, Department of Film, the series will screen Magallanes by Salvador del Solar from Peru, The Lost Brother / El otro hermano by Israel Adrián Caetano from Argentina, Alba by Ana Cristina Barragán from Ecuador,  Rara by Pepa San Martín from Chile, Elephant, the Horse / Un caballo llamado Elefante by Andrés Waissbluth from Chile, The Distinguished Citizen / El ciudadano ilustre by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn from Argentina, and Gone with the River / Dauna, Lo que lleva el río by Mario Crespo from Venezuela. 

7:15 pm19:15

New York Premiere of VERANO by José Luis Torres Leiva

  • Anthology Film Archives

(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.

Presented as part of If You Can Screen It There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema.

Mar 26

2017 Edition of Tucson Cine Mexico

  • Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 6:30PM, Tucson Museum of Art Lobby

Co-presented by Tucson Cine Mexico and the Tucson Museum of Art
The showgirls – the Bellas de Noche – of Mexico City in the 1970s and 80s were political and cultural icons. Mexico City-based director, writer, and cinematographer María José Cuevas spent ten years examining the rich photographic archive of these showgirls, five of whom are the subject of Tucson Cine Mexico's Opening Night Film. In this talk, featuring sensational magazine spreads and film excerpts from the archive, Cuevas will discuss the powerful emergence of the showgirls in an era of economic crisis and the growing wave of women’s liberation, the history of this erotic art form, and what has become of it today. In conversation with Laura Gutiérrez, Associate Professor, Latin American Performance Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 6:30PM, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18
ARIZONA PREMIERE: BELLAS DE NOCHE / BEAUTIES OF THE NIGHT (Opening Night Film, with director in person)

María José Cuevas’ engrossing debut documentary feature offers a moving portrait of five of Mexico’s most popular showgirls of the late 1970s and 80s, almost forty years after they ruled Mexico’s entertainment world. With a keen eye and devoid of any sensationalism, Cuevas enters the fascinating world of these women who have struggled to reinvent themselves after the decline of the burlesque heyday era in Mexico. “A beautifully crafted exploration of ageism with a powerful vision, and an empowering take on what it means to grow old in a culture obsessed with youth and beauty.” (Palm Springs Film Festival)

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 9:00PM, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

When Sonia (Jana Raluy) receives the news that her husband’s cancer has progressed to a terminal stage, she races to secure the insurance company approval for the care that can help him. Met with indifference and negligence at every turn, Sonia’s desperation triggers a primal survival instinct as a series of increasingly violent confrontations unfolds. A sharp, urgent tale of a distraught woman intent on protecting her family at all costs, director Rodrigo Plá’s latest film is an engrossing combination of thriller, drama and timely socio-political commentary.

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 7:00PM, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18
Set on the coast of Oaxaca, Carmín Tropical tells the story of Mabel (José Pescina), a muxe (Mexico’s third gender) who returns to her hometown to find the murderer of her friend Daniela. She finds herself on a journey that takes her through nostalgia, love, and betrayal in a town where transvestism takes on an unusual dimension. Rigoberto Perezcano’s second feature film has a “killer ending in store that’s a real nail-biter” (The Hollywood Reporter). 

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 9:00PM, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

Based on a true—yet bizarre—crime story, the latest film by veteran auteur Arturo Ripstein is a black-and-white lusciously shot noir melodrama that tells the story of two prostitutes (Patricia Reyes Spíndola and Nora Velásquez) who mistakenly kill two twin mini-luchadores in downtown Mexico City in a robbery attempt to make ends meet. “Ripstein plunges into a Mexico City demimonde of crime, prostitution, and wrestling… (and) imbues his Buñuelian tableaux with both empathy and dark humor” (Film Form).

SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2:00PM, Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18

The documentary profiles Jaime García—a mariachi singer and braggart who lives his life like a chauvinistic vintage Mexican movie character, but with one difference: he is HIV-positive. José Villalobos’ remarkable debut film offers a playful and incisive look at masculinity through the Mexican popular figure of the charro cantor (singing cowboy), as Jaime chooses between maintaining his reckless lifestyle or becoming a family man.

6:00 pm18:00

Indocumentales Presents Chilean Documentary CHICAGO BOYS

  • King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University

(Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano, Chile, 2016, 85 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)

The first installment of the Indocumentales series, which sponsors film screenings and conversations about migration. We will be presenting award-winning documentary film by Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano Chicago Boys.

Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. This series is presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical, and What Moves You?, and brings together educators, filmmakers, community activists, and the general public in conversation about current issues related to migration and inspired by groundbreaking films.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with speakers to be announced.

After the 1973 coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power, a group of Chilean economists were given the power to turn Chile into a laboratory for the world's most radical neo-liberal experiments.

These men, including Sergio de Castro and Rolf Lüders, both of whom would serve as ministers of finance during the Pinochet years, met in the 1950s at the University of Chicago, where they studied under the famed economist Milton Friedman, and the man who would become their mentor, Arnold Harberger.

Chicago Boys is their story from their student days through the dictatorship, told by the Chicago Boys themselves. Could their program for 'economic freedom,' such a drastic restructuring of the Chilean economy, only have been implemented by an authoritarian regime? What were they willing to do to achieve their goals? And how do they see the long-term results today?

Even though they do eventually acknowledge some of the darker sides of their work, Lüders "couldn't care less about inequality," de Castro feels bad for the torturers, and they all seem completely baffled by those Chileans who have filled the streets, for five years now, in protest against their legacy.

Feb 26

LAS LETRAS and SOLAR at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight

  • The Museum of Modern Art

(Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez, Mexico, 2015, 77 min. In Spanish and Tzotzil with English subtitles. New York premiere)
Las Letras is an exercise in (and exorcism of) outrage, a performative representation of an indigenous Mexican professor’s random arrest and erroneous 13-year imprisonment for a brutal slaying. Gutiérrez’s camera stalks the countryside, ghostlike, observing wandering lost children and a woman’s balletic expression of grief, punctuated by Gómez’s proud, hopeful jailhouse letters to his family. Post-screening discussion with Gutiérrez.
Friday, February 24, 4:30pm T1, Saturday, February 25, 3pm T2

(Manuel Abramovich, Argentina, 2016, 76 min.North American premiere)
Flavio Cabobianco was 10 years old when his messianic message of self-salvation, I Come from the Sun, became a bestseller in Argentina. As Flavio releases a 20th-anniversary edition, first-time feature filmmaker Manuel Abramovich follows him and his family to try to understand the book’s origins and tangled authorship. But Flavio’s escalating attempts to control the film give rise to a compelling tale about the complexities of artistic collaboration. In Spanish; English subtitles. Post-screening discussion with Abramovich.
Friday, February 24, 7:30 pm T2, Sunday, February 26, 5pm T2

7:15 pm19:15

New York Premiere of Hernán Rosselli's MAURO

  • Anthology Film Archives

(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.


Jan 31

Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema

  • Film Society of Lincoln Center

Now in its second year, Neighboring Scenes is the Film Society’s showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Highlighting impressive recent productions from across the region, this selective slate of premieres exhibits the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, featuring established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical.

7:15 pm19:15

New York Premiere of NAVAJAZO by Ricardo Silva

  • Anthology Film Archives

A film by Ricardo Silva
(Mexico, 2014, 75 min. In Spanish and English 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.

Presented as part of 'If You Can Screen It There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema,' co-presented by Anthology Film Archives and Cinema Tropical. Programmed by Matías Piñeiro and Carlos A. Gutiérrez.

Jan 12

Peru's Oscar Candidate VIDEOFILIA in U.S. Theaters

Brooklyn-based Factory 25 has announced the theatrical release of Peru’s 2017 Academy Award Submission for Best Foreign-Language Film, Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) by Juan Daniel F. Molero. Winner of the Tiger Award for Best Film at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the film opens on December 2 at Spectacle Theater in New York City, followed by week runs at Arena Cinema in Los Angeles starting December 7, and at The Roxie in San Francisco on January 6, with additional screenings across the country through winter. The film will also be available digitally in February via iTunes, Vimeo, Amazon, VUDU, X-Box, Sony Playstation and other many other digital outlets.

Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) begins as a teenage misfit spends her first days out of school slacking and experimenting with drugs and cyberspace. She meets Junior online. He's an aspiring amateur porn dealer into conspiracy theories and is also convinced that the Mayan Apocalypse is happening. Once they meet in the 'real world,' a series of bizarre events unfold in this contemporary non-love story that portrays a post-modern Lima as an glitchy computer virus full of corruption, psychedelia and ancient ruins. 

Hailed as "purely psychedelic... mesmerizing, nearly horrifying" (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter), Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) is the second feature by Molero, his 2005 film, Reminiscencias was an international festival favorite.

Nov 24

U.S. Theatrical Run of ESTEROS by Papu Curotto

(Papu Curotto, Argentina/Brazil, 2016, 83 min. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles)

Matías and Jerónimo have known each other since childhood. During the holiday, before they begin high school, their friendship takes a new turn when they both experience their sexual awakening. However, Matias's father forces them apart when he takes a job far away. Ultimately, distance and family contempt for homosexuality leads Matias to deny his friend, and ultimately, himself.

More than ten years later, Matias returns to his old town for Carnival with his girlfriend, where he unexpectedly runs into Jerónimo. Feelings between the two men slowly reappear, leading to a long-repressed awakening. But at what cost?

Opens Friday, November 18
Arena Cinema
1625 North Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA / (323) 306-0676

6:30 pm18:30

Indocumentales Presents FOOD CHAINS

  • King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University

(Sanjay Rawal, USA, 201 4, 82 min. In English)

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. For more information on the film, click here.

The film will be followed by a conversation with a panel of invited guests moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga of What Moves You?.

Panelists include:

Gustavo Setrini is Assistant Professor at NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health. A political scientist who studies sustainable agriculture and rural development, his research examines the opportunities and constraints that global markets offer for small farmers in developing countries. His recently completed book, Beyond Labels: How Local Institutions Shape Global Value Chains, studies the how Fairtrade and organic certification shape local development and small farmer organizations in Paraguay. He is also co-author of Looking Behind the Label: Global Industries and the Conscientious Consumer (Indiana University Press 2015). His research has also examined the role of small farmers organizations in supporting inclusive economic development in the Peruvian organic produce export industry and the Dominican Republic's cocoa industry. He is currently coordinating an impact evaluation of the US Agency for International Development's Inclusive Value Chain Project in Paraguay, utilizing Random Control Trail methodology.

The event is free and open to the public. A valid ID is required to enter the building.

7:00 pm19:00

Eduardo Coutinho's PLAYING at Flaherty NYC

Word Play
Programmed by Chris Stults & Genevieve Yue


One of the greatest documentarians of his generation, the Brazilian Eduardo Coutinho was cinema’s consummate interviewer. Playing is his underseen, layered examination of women’s lives, performance, storytelling, and the line between fiction and documentary. Women who answered a classified ad looking for subjects with interesting stories to tell talk with Coutinho about their (often tragic) life stories. As the film goes on, things become more slippery as it’s revealed that many of the women are some of Brazil’s finest actresses are using the original monologues as texts to perform. Wu Tsang opens the program with Shape of a Right Statement, where she re-performs a powerful address by autism rights activist Amanda Baggs.

Playing / Jogo de cena
(Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, 2007, 105 mins, 35mm)


It was a strange ad in a Brazilian newspaper: an audition for a documentary. And yet a total of 83 women responded, though only a few of them ended up in the documentary itself. While being filmed, they recount painful life experiences about failed relationships, the loss of a child, and strained family ties. Playing not only foregrounds these tragic stories, but adds another layer of complexity when five well-known actresses, including Marília Pêra, Fernanda Torres, and Mary Sheyla are brought in to reperform these narratives. In doing so, Eduardo Coutinho examines the tension between a story and the way it is told, and the tenuous line separating life from performance. (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam) 

Preceded by Shape of a Right Statement (Wu Tsang, USA, 2008, 5 min.)

Nov 15

Latino Films at DOC NYC 2016

The Man Who Saw Too Much by Trisha Ziff (Mexico, 2015)

The Man Who Saw Too Much by Trisha Ziff (Mexico, 2015)

DOC NYC 2016

November 10 - 17
IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea
Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical




(El hombre que vio demasiado, Trisha Ziff, Mexico, 2015, 89 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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Even as a child, Enrique Metinides was obsessed with images, photographing car accidents in his Mexico City neighborhood and snapping pictures at the local morgue. Tabloids soon started publishing his photos, beginning his three-decade career as a crime photographer. Through Metinides’s compelling work, which often captures not only gruesome scenes of human tragedy but also the curious reactions of onlookers, Trisha Ziff explores our morbid fascination with death and accidents.
Saturday, November 12, 9:45pm at Cinepolis Chelsea




(Ryan Suffern, USA/Guatemala, 2016, 95 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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During Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, an estimated 200,000 civilians were killed or disappeared. Among these were the 200 residents of the rural village of Dos Erres, who were massacred by an elite government commando unit in 1982. Two young boys survived to be raised, unwittingly, by the very soldiers who slaughtered their families. Finding Oscar, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and produced by Frank Marshall, follows the quest to finally find justice for the people of Dos Erres.
Sunday, November 13, 4pm at IFC Center



(Maxim Pozdorovkin, USA, 2016, 39 min. In English)
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Puentes de Salud (Bridges of Health) is a volunteer-run clinic in South Philadelphia that provides much-needed healthcare to the undocumented Latino immigrant community. Unable to buy health insurance, this underserved population has nowhere else to go, and the staff at Salud feels a moral obligation to serve them.
Sun Nov 13, 2016, 9:55pm at Cinepolis Chelsea



(Juan Mejía Botero, Jake Kheel, USA/Dominican Republic/Haiti, 2016, 73 min. In Spanish and Haitian Kreyol, with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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While the Dominican Republic has protected much of its woodlands, its border neighbor Haiti has seen mass deforestation in the past few decades. As a result, a black market in charcoal production has developed via illegal logging on the Dominican side. When the body of a patrolling Dominican park ranger is found, his brutal murder exposes long-simmering tensions that boil over into xenophobia and racism, jeopardizing the lives of the most vulnerable in both nations.
Sunday, November 13, 9:15pm at IFC Center
Tuesday, November 15, 3:15pm at IFC Center



(Nicole Opper, USA, 2016, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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Escaping an abusive home, Juan Carlos spent years on the streets of Mexico City before finding his way to a unique group home for runaway boys. As the 16-year-old adjusts to his new surroundings, receives educational and job training and learns to trust adults again, he still longs for a connection to his father. With visitor’s day looming, will Juan Carlos find what he’s looking for, or only suffer disappointment once again? Q&A with filmmaker Nicole Opper.
Monday, November 14, 7:30pm at IFC Center
Tuesday, November 15, 10:45am at IFC Center



(Aaron Schick, USA/Mexico, 38 min. In Mayan and Spanish with English subtitles)
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Twelve-year-old Yu’uk and his younger brother José live in the rainforests of southern Mexico, seemingly protected from the concerns of modern life, and spend their days exploring the lagoon that is their homeland. But, as with many indigenous communities, their way of life is increasingly being threatened. For Yu’uk, the challenge comes in seeking education, and leaving his family and community may prove necessary to securing their future.
Tuesday, November 15, 5:15pm at Cinepolis Chelsea

Oct 16

Latin American Films at the Margaret Mead

Latin American Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical:

(Mike Plunkett, USA/Bolivia, 2015, 76 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Witness 4,000 square miles of pure white, stretched out in a radiant expanse—Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. For centuries, day after day, the only workers on the Salar have been saleros, or salt harvesters. Following the discovery of giant untapped lithium reserves under the salt flat, Bolivia is poised to generate a fortune from this newfound resource, thrusting the Salar into the modern lithium-mining industry. Moises Chambi Yucra, one of the last remaining salt gatherers of the Salar, grapples with the desire to maintain a multigenerational tradition while feeling the pull toward new prospects and opportunities for his family. Stunning landscape imagery, coupled with Moises’s thoughtful ruminations and candid insights from his wife and family, create a poetic inquiry into the nature of identity and change in the modern world.
Preceded by SONIA'S DREAM (El sueño de Sonia, Diego Sarmiento, Peru, 2015, 14 min. New York Premiere)
Sonia Mamani lives on a small island in Lake Titicaca, along the southern border of Peru. As a teenager, she develops a passion for cooking that quickly outgrows her family’s modest career ambitions for her. In this energizing tale, Mamani turns her culinary expertise into a way of life—traveling the continent, teaching women how to prepare traditional dishes and appreciate their local customs.
Saturday, October 15, 5:30pm / Buy Tickets


(Jamie Sisley and Miguel Martinez, USA/Mexico, 2016, 70 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

Mexican workers make up 80 percent of the labor force in the United States’ carnival industry, and for three decades nearly all of them have been recruited by one person using the controversial H-2B Visa program. New regulations have begun to put a strain on this arrangement, jeopardizing both the industry and the livelihoods of those who service it. Explore a nuanced, intimate view of this process and industry, where the search for better opportunities, the potential for exploitation, and the viability of struggling businesses collide.
Sunday, October 16, 12 noonBuy Tickets

Theatrical Release of Federico Veiroj's THE APOSTATE
Oct 14

Theatrical Release of Federico Veiroj's THE APOSTATE

  • Anthology Film Archives

With Álvaro Ogalla, Marta Larralde, Bárbara Lennie, Vicky Peña, Juan Calot, Kaiet Rodríguez, and Andrés Gertrudix. Distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures.

The latest film by Uruguayan film programmer-turned-director Federico Veiroj – this time shooting in Madrid – The Apostate is a typically wry, bemused, yet sharply perceptive character study. Veiroj’s protagonist, Gonzalo, is an earnest young man struggling with the transition from youth to adulthood, as well as with a complicated relationship with his lovely cousin Pilar. Channeling his confusions and frustrations into a quixotic mission to become an apostate from the Catholic Church (i.e., to formally remove his name from the baptismal records), he finds himself locked in a pitched bureaucratic struggle with that most powerful and unyielding of institutions.

By turns seriously philosophical and irreverently funny, The Apostate is anchored by an extraordinary, deeply satisfying performance from nonprofessional actor Álvaro Ogalla; that Ogalla is playing a version of himself only begins to explain his hilariously deadpan, soulful screen presence. While Veiroj’s tone may be more gently ironic than that of Luis Buñuel (his spiritual forebear), The Apostate nonetheless traces in bracing fashion the competing forces of conformity and rebellion, spiritual yearning and carnal desire, at war within us all.

The Apostate recalls Buñuel’s cinema in its deadpan approach to perversion and senseless desire, its dearth of delineation between reality and reverie, and its curious mixture of irreverence and almost fetishistic fascination with the rites and institutional mysteries of Catholicism. With the exception of Hong Sang-soo, I cannot think of another filmmaker since Jim Jarmusch or Aki Kaurismäki in their early work who is so devoted to nurturing such beguilingly low-key, highly stylized comedy.” – José Teodoro, Film Comment

'O Brasil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema' at Museum of the Moving Image
Sep 9

'O Brasil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema' at Museum of the Moving Image

  • Museum of the Moving Image

O Brasil 's summer edition features new films by women filmmakers of different generations. Films include the New York premiere of Vera Egito's directorial debut, Restless Love, a funny and endearing portrait of twenty-somethings in crisis; California, the former MTV host Marina Person's debut, a coming-of-age story laced with an evocative 1990s period soundtrack; the U.S. premiere of Campo Grande, the latest work by Rio native Sandra Kogut, whose video art and performance background is evident in her multi-layered fiction feature; and The Second Mother, Ann Muylaert’s intimate drama of a horsekeeper torn between her employers and her family, winner of a Special Jury Prize for Acting at Sundance. 

Organized by guest curator Marcela Goglio. Presented with support from Brazilian Consulate General, New York. Presented in collaboration with Cinema Tropical. 


IXCANUL Now Playing in U.S. Theaters
Sep 22

IXCANUL Now Playing in U.S. Theaters

(Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, 2015, 91 min. In Kaqchikel with English subtitles)

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and fable, a dreamlike depiction of the daily lives of Kaqchikel speaking Mayans on a coffee plantation at the base of an active volcano. Immersing us in its characters' customs and beliefs, Ixcanul chronicles with unblinking realism, a disappearing tradition and a disappearing people.

Confirmed Theatrical Engagements and Screenings:
Santa Fe, NM: Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe - Opens August 12
New York, NY: IFC Center - Now Playing
Los Angeles, CA: Laemmle Monica Film Center - Opens Friday, August 26
San Francisco, CA: Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema - Opens Friday, August 26
Washington DC: Landmark E Street Cinema - Friday, August 26
Berkeley, CA: Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - Opens Friday, August 26
Edina, MN: Landmark Edina Cinema - Opens August 26
Omaha, NE: Film Streams, September 6, 2016
Miami, FL: Coral Gables Art Cinema, Opens September 9
Oxnard, CA: Oxnard Film Society - September 19
Denver, CO: Denver Film Society - September 22
Chicago, IL: Gene Siskel Film Center, December 10 and 13

Special Screening of PIANISTS STREET at Jacob Burns Film Center
7:30 pm19:30

Special Screening of PIANISTS STREET at Jacob Burns Film Center

  • Jacob Burns Film Center

(La calle de los pianistas, Mariano Nante, Argentina, 2015. 85 min. In Spanish, English, French with English subtitles)

On Rue Bosquet, a small street in Brussels, two identical buildings stand side by side. One is the home of the Tiempo-Lechner family, known for its long lineage of piano prodigies. Matriarch Lyl Tiempo presides over her renowned children, Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner, as well as Karin’s daughter, Natasha. At only 14, Natasha is already a busy performer who carries the weight of her musical heritage on her shoulders. She asks: What does it actually mean to be a pianist? If there is an answer, it is to be found in the house next door, at the home of the famous Argentine concert pianist Martha Argerich, who opens her doors and reveals an inner life that is still filled with uncertainty: At the age of 70, she is still on a quest for perfect technique. This unusual, very human documentary is filled with moments of extraordinary intimacy and exceptional music.

Passport Thursdays at the Queens Museum: EL GRILL DE CÉSAR
7:00 pm19:00

Passport Thursdays at the Queens Museum: EL GRILL DE CÉSAR

  • Queens Museum

El Grill de César / César’s Grill
(Darío Aguirre, 2013, 88 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

The filmmaker’s father expected his son to take over his grill restaurant in Ecuador, but he decided to pursue art in Germany instead. After years of no contact, saving the failing restaurant becomes their joint project. Cesar’s Grill tells the story of the vegetarian filmmaker’s return to Ecuador to solve the problems of his passionately carnivorous father with ideas that might, at best, work out in Germany. What starts out as an absurd mission, develops into a touching story about unfulfilled expectations and medding a father-son relationship.

Performance by Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna provides Ecuadorian immigrant families an opportunity to strenghten their cultural identity through learning folkloric dance, Spanish and Kichwa languages, and indigenous knowledge. For Passport Thursdays, Wawakuna, along with collaborators Tukulla Jatarishun and Comunidad Andina, come together to sharing their Andean culture with the world through a presentation of folkloric dance and music.

Screening of DEATH IN ARIZONA at UnionDocs with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal
7:30 pm19:30

Screening of DEATH IN ARIZONA at UnionDocs with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal

  • UnionDocs

(Tin Dirdamal, Mexico, 2014, 73 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Death in Arizona is a futuristic documentary of lost love and a tale of a dying civilization.  It is an autobiographical portrayal of a filmmaker who returns to his lost love’s empty apartment in pursuit of answers. The changing life outside as seen through the windows confront the man and his loss. Distant voices of a tribe in Arizona that survive a meteorite make their way into this third story apartment in an obscure Bolivian city.

Conversation with filmmaker Tin Dirdamal and filmmaker Sebastián Diaz follows screening.

U.S. Theatrical and iTunes Release of LUCHA MEXICO
Jul 22

U.S. Theatrical and iTunes Release of LUCHA MEXICO

(Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, USA, 2015, 103 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

In Mexico, the fight between good and evil has been waged every week for decades, thrilling generations of fans with the spectacle of Lucha Libre. Real life superheroes and villains, these masked wrestlers work tirelessly to entertain their legions of fans. Gaining unprecedented access to all the major Lucha organizations, directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz offer an entertaining, no holds barred look at some of the sports top performers, featuring "1000% Guapo" Shocker, Luchador heir Blue Demon Jr, tragic hardcore wrestler El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, and extreme American bodybuilder Jon "Strongman" Andersen. Lucha Mexico goes behind the mask, on a journey into the heart of Mexico.

Official website

Theatrical Engagements and Playdates:
Albuquerque, NM: Guild Cinema, July 15 – 18
Astoria, NY: Museum of the Moving Image, July 15
Aurora, CO: Cinema Latino de Aurora, Opens July 15
Boulder, CO: Boedecker Theater, July 15
Brooklyn, NY: Nitehawk Cinema, Opens July 15
Buena Park, CA: Krikorian Buena Park Metroplex 18, Opens July 15
Chicago, IL: Gene Siskel Film Center, Opens July 15
Cleveland, OH: Capitol Theater, Opens July 22
Dallas, TX: Texas Theatre, Opens July 15
Detroit, MI: Cinema Detroit, Opens July 15
El Paso, TX: Alamo Drafthouse El Paso, Opens July 15
Fort Worth, TX: La Gran Plaza, Cineamerica, Opens July 15
Houston, TX: Alamo Vintage Park, Opens July 15
Lincoln, NE: Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre, Opens July 15
Louisville, KY:  Speed Art Museum, Opens July 15
Lubbock TX: Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Opens July 15
New Orleans, LA: Zeitgeist Arts Center, Opens July 15
New York, NY:  IFC Center, July 15 and 16
Paramount, CA: Bianchi Theatres, Opens July 15
Pasadena, CA: Laemmle Playhouse 7, Opens July 15
Phoenix, AZ: Cinema Latino de Phoenix, Opens July 15
Phoenix, AZ: Film Bar, July 15 and 17
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre, July 22
San Diego, CA: Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym, Opens July 15
San Rafael, CA: Rafael Film Center, July 17
Santa Ana, CA: Frida Cinema, Opens July 15
Santa Fe, NM: The Screen, Opens July 15
Seattle, WA: Grand Illusion Cinema, Opens July 15
Van Nuys, CA: Regency Plant 16, Opens July 15

TropiChat: Latin-o-Americans
Jun 16

TropiChat: Latin-o-Americans

Join us for free screenings and conversation at BRIC House. BRIC FLIX offers premieres, shorts, new media projects and web series that all reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Brooklyn. Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators and more.