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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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
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(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?.
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.
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.)
DOC NYC 2016
November 10 - 17
IFC Center and Cinepolis Chelsea
Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical
THE MAN WHO SAW TOO MUCH
(El hombre que vio demasiado, Trisha Ziff, Mexico, 2015, 89 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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)
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
CLINICA DE MIGRANTES: LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
(Maxim Pozdorovkin, USA, 2016, 39 min. In English)
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
DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS
(Juan Mejía Botero, Jake Kheel, USA/Dominican Republic/Haiti, 2016, 73 min. In Spanish and Haitian Kreyol, with English subtitles. New York Premiere)
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)
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)
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
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
FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL
(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 noon / Buy Tickets
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 '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.
(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
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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
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.