Jan
16
to Jan 29

U.S. Theatrical Release of THE HEIRESSES

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THE HEIRESSES

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi
(Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguay/Norway/France, 2018, 98 min. In Spanish with English)

Chela and Chiquita have been partners for decades, lifelong members of Paraguay’s moneyed elite - until the money runs out. Now they spend their days selling their furniture, glassware, and silver to whoever will make them an offer. When Chiquita, the more garrulous and resilient of the two women, is sent to prison, Chela has to cope with loneliness and incipient poverty. Then a new option develops. The movie is anchored by two extraordinary, magnetic performances (Ana Brun as Chela won the Best Actress prize in Berlin) that suggest the untold inner resources of its principal characters. The director credits Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT as an important influence, describing THE HEIRESSES as “a coming-of-age film for a 60-year-old woman.”

A Distrib Films US

Opens Wednesday, January 16
Film Forum

Showtimes: Daily at 12:30pm,  2:40pm,   4:50pm, 7pm and 9:10pm

Other engagements:
Miami, FL: January 18 at Tower Cinema
Chicago, IL: Opens January 25 at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Philadelphia, PA: January 29
Seattle, WA: Opens February 1 at the SIFF Film Center 
Denver, CO: Opens March 8 at SIE Film Center 
Los Angeles, LA: Opens March 8 at Laemmle Royal
San Diego, CA: Opens March 14 at Media Arts Center San Diego
Louisville, KY
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March 21 at the Speed Art Museum
Detroit, MI: April 6 at theDetroit Institute of Art
Hartford, CT: 
April 20 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Jan
24
to Feb 3

World Premiere of Hari Sama's THIS IS NOT BERLIN at Sundance

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“As Mexico anticipates the 1986 World Cup, 17-year-old Carlos is less interested in soccer and more interested in listening to his record collection and admiring Rita, the older sister of his best friend, Gera. Carlos and Gera’s suburban, juvenile monotony is interrupted when Rita’s goth band introduces them to an underground nightclub—the Azteca. The teens are instantly seduced by the Azteca’s regulars and their exhilarating world of performance art, sexual fluidity, and prescription drugs. Carlos and Gera’s friendship is tested as the two explore new identities and face the consequences of adult decisions.

Infused with a post-punk soundtrack and brimming with enchanting performances from a promising young cast, This is not Berlin delivers an energetic portrait of a clandestine sanctuary propelled by youth fleeing the societal repression of their time. A unique take on adolescent insecurities, awakenings, and maturing, writer/director Hari Sama elevates the classic coming-of-age story in fresh and unexpected ways.” — Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Screenings
Friday, January 25, 2:30pm at Prospector Square Theatre (World Premiere + Press Line)
Saturday, January 26, 7pm at Redstone Cinema 2
Monday, January 28, 9pm at Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
Tuesday, January 29, 6pm at Broadway Centre Cinema 6, (Salt Lake City)
Thursday, January 31, 5:45pm at Library Center Theatre
Friday, February 1st 9:45am at Holiday Village Cinema 4

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Feb
1
to Feb 3

2019 Cinema Tropical Festival

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2019 CINEMA TROPICAL FESTIVAL

February 1–3, 2019

 

Museum of the Moving Image and Cinema Tropical present the 2019 edition of the Cinema Tropical Festival celebrating the year's best Latin American films. The festival will feature the winners of the 9th annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which represent the artistic excellence of contemporary Latin American cinema. The Festival offers a platform for local audiences to discover the exciting world of film coming from the region.

All screenings at Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY
(718) 777-6888 / www.movingimage.us

THE SENTENCE  (Rudy Valdez, USA, 2018, 85 min. In English) — Winner, Best U.S. Latino Film  Q&A with the filmmake r  Buy Tickets   A lyrical, intimate story documented over ten years,  The Sentence  explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing. Filmmaker Rudy Valdez tells the story of his older sister, Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a fifteen-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before.  The Sentence  follows Cindy’s struggles to be present in her children's lives from behind bars and her daughters' experiences growing up without their mother at home, while her husband, parents, and siblings fight for her release before the last months of the Obama administration's Clemency Project.   Friday, February 1, 7pm

THE SENTENCE
(Rudy Valdez, USA, 2018, 85 min. In English) — Winner, Best U.S. Latino Film
Q&A with the filmmaker
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A lyrical, intimate story documented over ten years, The Sentence explores the devastating consequences of mass incarceration and mandatory minimum drug sentencing. Filmmaker Rudy Valdez tells the story of his older sister, Cindy Shank, a mother of three young children serving a fifteen-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement in a Michigan drug ring years before. The Sentence follows Cindy’s struggles to be present in her children's lives from behind bars and her daughters' experiences growing up without their mother at home, while her husband, parents, and siblings fight for her release before the last months of the Obama administration's Clemency Project.

Friday, February 1, 7pm

BARONESA  (Juliana Antunes, Brazil, 2017, 71 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) — Winner, Best Documentary   Buy Tickets   Friends Leidiane and Andreia live on the outskirts of Vila Mariquinha - a peripheral neighborhood of the interior Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. Leid waits with her children for her husband to return from prison. Andreia wants to move. Meanwhile, the friends try to steer clear of an impending drug war between traffickers in the region. Juliana Antunes’s debut feature  Baronesa , winner of the Audience Prize at the 2017 FIDMarseille Festival, follows these two women as their conversations penetrate the facts of life: family drugs, sex, death. With its predominantly female crew and nonprofessional cast,  Baronesa  confirms Antunes' place as a powerful new voice in Brazilian cinema.   Saturday, February 2, 4:30pm

BARONESA
(Juliana Antunes, Brazil, 2017, 71 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) — Winner, Best Documentary
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Friends Leidiane and Andreia live on the outskirts of Vila Mariquinha - a peripheral neighborhood of the interior Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. Leid waits with her children for her husband to return from prison. Andreia wants to move. Meanwhile, the friends try to steer clear of an impending drug war between traffickers in the region. Juliana Antunes’s debut feature Baronesa, winner of the Audience Prize at the 2017 FIDMarseille Festival, follows these two women as their conversations penetrate the facts of life: family drugs, sex, death. With its predominantly female crew and nonprofessional cast, Baronesa confirms Antunes' place as a powerful new voice in Brazilian cinema.

Saturday, February 2, 4:30pm

306 HOLLYWOOD  (Elan and Jonathan Bogarín, USA, 2018, 94 min. In English) —  Special Mention, Best U.S. Latino Film   Q&A with the filmmakers   Buy Tickets   At 306 Hollywood Avenue in Newark, former dress designer Annette Ontell lived for 71 years in a nondescript white house. After her death in 2011, her grandchildren Elan and Jonathan were left with her belongings, from toothbrushes to tax documents. Instead of throwing away this lifetime of detritus, Venezuelan-American filmmakers Elan and Jonathan began a meticulous process of cataloguing and archiving everything Annette left behind. The result is this magical documentary, an inspiring look at the extraordinary stories and histories hidden away in the everyday.   Saturday, February 3, 4pm

306 HOLLYWOOD
(Elan and Jonathan Bogarín, USA, 2018, 94 min. In English) — Special Mention, Best U.S. Latino Film
Q&A with the filmmakers
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At 306 Hollywood Avenue in Newark, former dress designer Annette Ontell lived for 71 years in a nondescript white house. After her death in 2011, her grandchildren Elan and Jonathan were left with her belongings, from toothbrushes to tax documents. Instead of throwing away this lifetime of detritus, Venezuelan-American filmmakers Elan and Jonathan began a meticulous process of cataloguing and archiving everything Annette left behind. The result is this magical documentary, an inspiring look at the extraordinary stories and histories hidden away in the everyday.

Saturday, February 3, 4pm

ZAMA  ( Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA, 2017, 115 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles) —  Winner, Best Film   Buy Tickets   In a remote South American colony in the late eighteenth century, officer Zama of the Spanish crown waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious location. He suffers small humiliations and petty politicking as he increasingly succumbs to lust and paranoia, progressively losing hope as well as his mind. The latest film from Lucretia Martel ( The Headless Woman )—one of the world's greatest living directors—is a tonally and stylistically singular work, adapting Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature into a mysterious, modern masterpiece in its own right.   Sunday, February 3, 2pm

ZAMA
( Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA, 2017, 115 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles) — Winner, Best Film
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In a remote South American colony in the late eighteenth century, officer Zama of the Spanish crown waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious location. He suffers small humiliations and petty politicking as he increasingly succumbs to lust and paranoia, progressively losing hope as well as his mind. The latest film from Lucretia Martel (The Headless Woman)—one of the world's greatest living directors—is a tonally and stylistically singular work, adapting Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature into a mysterious, modern masterpiece in its own right.

Sunday, February 3, 2pm

GOOD MANNERS  ( As Boas Maneiras,  Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Brazil, 2017, 135 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) —  Winner, Best Director   Buy Tickets   Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed  Hard Labor ) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary. Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. With powerful visuals and an impeccable cinematography (by  Zama ’s Rui Poças),  Good Manners  is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.   Sunday, February 3, 4:30pm

GOOD MANNERS
(As Boas Maneiras, Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Brazil, 2017, 135 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) — Winner, Best Director
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Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary. Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. With powerful visuals and an impeccable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

Sunday, February 3, 4:30pm

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Feb
7
7:15 PM19:15

New York Premiere of THE ENDLESS FILM

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THE ENDLESS FILM / LA PELÍCULA INFINITA
(Leandro Listorti, Argentina, 2018, 54 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

New York Premiere!

The Endless Film stands as a contemporary cinematic Frankenstein. Made from different fragments of unfinished, abandoned, or unrealized Argentine films, this film-essay tells the story of a parallel history of cinema. An endless film is a film that has no end, a film that has not reached its destiny. From this limbo, Listorti gathers these orphan images and silenced sounds and finds a new opportunity to screen their stories.

Not only a filmmaker, Listorti nurtures his talented film practice with his experience as an archivist in the film museum Pablo Hickens Ducros in Buenos Aires. The Endless Film is composed of the remains of such films as El eternauta by Hugo Gil (1968); La neutrónica explotó en Burzaco by Alejandro Agresti (1984); Zama by Nicolás Sarquís (1984); Sistema español by Martín Rejtman (1988); and El ocio by Mariano Llinás and Agustín Mendilaharzu (1999); among others. With the voices of musician and actress Rosario Bléfari and filmmaker and writer Edgardo Cozarinsky, The Endless Film proposes itself as a negative journey through creation, memory, and loneliness.

“In a country where the remains are of fundamental importance in understanding the past, The Endless Film offers a window to forgotten memories, and invites the viewer to evaluate its own culture and identity.” –Rotterdam Film Festival

 
 
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Feb
10
to Feb 11

'Spotlight on Mexico: Rodrigo Reyes'

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Spotlight on Mexico With Filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes:
Colonization, Borders & Migration’

A Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange event co-presented with Cinema Tropical.

$10 ticket price

7pm Doors
7:10pm 5 minute intro
7:20pm screening, (approximately 101 minutes total material), 5 minutes for brief intro between feature and second part.
9-9:45pm Q&A

Filmmaker in attendance for Q&A along with special guests.


Works to be presented:
Lupe Under the Sun / Lupe bajo el sol (78 min., 2016) Winner Best Film and Best Narrative Feature, Brooklyn film fest.
Lupe Under the Sun is a neorealist film following an aging migrant worker living in California, who longs to return to Mexico before it is too late. Featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, real farmworkers and authentic locations, Lupe Under the Sun tackles issues of depression, homesickness and the immigrant myth of the American Dream. Long estranged from his family in Michoacán, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California’s Central Valley through camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Soon the stability of his daily routine begins to crack under the weight of a life scarred with regret and missed opportunities. Filmed in a classic neorealist style, director Rodrigo Reyes’s deeply moving debut fiction feature, inspired by the life of his own grandfather, is at once an intimately drawn meditation on life’s missed chances and a tale of the universal struggles of immigrants. Winner of Film Independent’s Canon Filmmaker Award, Reyes’s unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema.

Sansón an Me (feature film in progress, 12 min. teaser)
Director Rodrigo Reyes works as a Spanish Criminal Interpreter. After befriending one of his clients, a young Latino defendant during a gang-related murder trial, Rodrigo uses this unique connection to craft a heartbreaking, multi-layered story about how the failures of immigration and opportunity intersect with the prison pipeline.

499 Years (feature film in progress, 8 min. teaser)
2019 marks five centuries since Cortez first set foot in the Aztec Empire. The film retraces the route of the Spanish from Veracruz to Mexico City, weaving the story of a fictional, quixotic Conquistador with the poignant stories of everyday people grappling with a wave of brutal violence that is part-and-parcel of Mexico’s colonial legacy.

Purgatorio (2013 trailer 3 min. of feature length film)
Reyes’ provocative essay film re-imagines the Mexico/U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory. Leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.

Rodrigo Reyes is an award-winning, Mexican-American filmmaker whose films Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border and Lupe Under the Sun have screened in festivals around the world, such as the BFI London Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival and Documentary Fortnight at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as being selected as a Season Premiere for America ReFramed. His work has garnered rave reviews in the New York Times, Variety and other media outlets, as well as multiple awards, including a Special Jury Award at the LA Film Festival. Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, he is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at MacDowell Colony and a recipient of the National Mediamaker Fellowship from the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). His work has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council Film Independent, Pacific Pioneer Fund, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, and the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). He also works in Oakland as a Spanish language court interpreter in criminal and civil proceedings.

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Mar
14
7:15 PM19:15

NOELÍ OVERSEAS at Anthology Film Archives

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NOELÍ OVERSEAS
(Noelí en los países, Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, Dominican Republic, 2017, 54 min. In Spanish, English, and French with English subtitles)

Yanet Mojica, a young actress, made her cinematic debut alongside Geraldine Chaplin in Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas’s 2014 film, Sand Dollars. In their more recent documentary/fiction hybrid, Noelí Overseas, Mojica takes center stage.

“Hired to star in a fashion infomercial to be shot in Venice in the majestic Hotel Excelsior, Yanet sets foot in Europe for the first time. Once the prudishness of the crew members has been overcome, she joyously drags them along into a Caribbean universe made up of rhythm and dance. Although the filmmakers still dream of exile, the empowerment of a young woman is what ultimately manifests itself here. Yanet lives on the screen through her strength and her grace. She tackles every moment with lightheartedness. The image and its relationship with the sound design lends an almost phantasmagorical feel to certain sequences while depicting these elements through a discerning distance.” —Visions du Réel

Thursday, March 14, 7:15pm

 
 
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Jan
17
7:15 PM19:15

New York Premiere of LAS OLAS / THE WAVES

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THE WAVES / LAS OLAS
Directed by Adrián Biniez
(Uruguay/Argentina, In Spanish with English subtitles, 2017, 88 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

New York Premiere!

The third feature film by Argentine-born, Uruguay-based filmmaker Adrián Biniez (Gigante, El Cinco) is a playful, imaginative, and existentialist time-traveling tale about a man’s misadventures. Exhausted after leaving work, Alfonso, a man in his late thirties, goes to the beach and dives into the sea. Coming to the surface, he finds himself on another beach, in another time. His parents are waiting for him, calling to him from the water’s edge.

Alfonso sees and understands everything as an adult, even if they treat him like an 11 year old. So begins a fantastic, achronological voyage through the various holidays of his life, as he comes face to face with past girlfriends, teenage and childhood pals, his daughter, and his own loneliness.

This screening is part of: If You Can Screen It There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema

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Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

'First Look 2019' Presents 'Going Beyond: New Films from Ambulante Más Allá'

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First Look 2019 Presents
Going Beyond: New Films from Ambulante Más Allá

An offshoot of the annual Ambulante traveling film festival, Ambulante Más Allá, (a.k.a. Ambulante Beyond) is a program for documentary production aiming to train new filmmakers coming from different corners of Mexico and Central America who have limited access to the tools needed to share their stories with a wide audience. Through workshops, Ambulante Más Allá promotes independent filmmaking to get these stories to be told from within a community’s own cultural and aesthetic perspective, not arising from the imposition of conventional film parameters. Ambulante allows communities to recover and strengthen their identity, claim their rights, as well as break stereotypes. These films represent a selection of recent works by Ambulante filmmakers, presented by Programming Director Meghan Monsour. All New York premieres.

Weck: Words Are My Voice
(Weck: la palabra es mi voz, Aldo Arellanes Antonio. Mexico. 2018, 24 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.)
Weck, an urban artist, decides to organize Rap Awareness—an event he hopes will reclaim hip-hop culture in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca. Weck and his friends face many challenges as they work to fulfill their dreams in a town mostly indifferent to their need for creative expression.

The Sound of Waves 
(El sonar de las olas, Vanessa Ishel Castillo Ortega. Mexico. 2018, 15 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Elida is an enthusiastic teenager with many passions, including playing the violin and spending time with her friends on the beach. But what she really loves is surfing—she’s known to her friends as “Candy Surfer.” She surfs in defiance of her mother, who considers it too dangerous; not only because Elida is fifteen, but because she is missing her right hand.

Caress 
Caricia).
 Dir. David Montes Bernal. Mexico. 2016, 20 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles. Caricia, a trans woman from the Costa Chica region in Guerrero, never thought shewould become a hairdresser. But after overcoming a relationship with a violent man, Caricia decided to go back to her hometown and start her own business. La Paloma de Paris (Paris’s Dove) is a modest—yet liberating—beauty parlor, where other trans women can feel at ease. 

Magda, or the Fish Folk 
Magda o el pueblo de los pescados).
 Dir. Dahlia Sosa Hernandez, Xareni Zafra Gatica. Mexico. 2016, 30 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. Magda, a 23-year-old midwife trainee, follows a message she received in her dreams: helping to combat the violence that surrounds the women of her town, San Mateo del Mar, a fishing community. 

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Dec
18
7:15 PM19:15

New York Premiere of LOS TERRITORIOS

THE TERRITORIES / LOS TERRITORIOS
(Iván Granovsky, Argentina/Brazil, 2017, 93 min. In Spanish, English, Arabic, and Basque with English subtitles)
New York Premiere

After the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Iván, a young film producer and self-proclaimed “frivolous” son of a prominent Argentine journalist, sets off on a journey to sites of contemporary geopolitical conflict. It is no easy undertaking. Determining where the frontline ends and this wannabe war correspondent’s ego trip begins proves even more difficult. It’s seemingly a miracle that this film even exists. As the director and protagonist Iván Granovsky relates with a sense of self-mockery, his three previous attempts to make a film turned into fiascos, so he decided to follow in the footsteps of his father. But from the refugee crisis in Greece to the less-democratic Brazil, from the Basque Country to Jerusalem, Granovsky is always too late, too early, in the wrong place, or asking clumsy questions. The Territories is a coming-of-age fiction nestled inside a geopolitical documentary.

Tuesday, December 18, 7:15pm

 
 
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Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

New York Premiere of TORQUATO NETO: EVERY HOUR OF THE END

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TORQUATO NETO - TODAS AS HORAS DO FIM  / TORQUATO NETO - EVERY HOUR OF THE END
(Eduardo Ades, Marcus Fernando, Brazil, 2017, 88 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) 

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Torquato Neto (1944-1972) lived ruptures passionately. Engaged on multiple fronts - in film, music, and journalism - the poet from the far-northeastern state of Piauí partook faithfully in the revolution that changed the course of Brazilian culture in the 1960s and 70s. Neto was one of the most active thinkers and lyricists of the Tropicália movement, a partner of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Jards Macalé. Through producing and partaking in marginal art forms, Neto radicalized his performances and cultural criticisms alongside such figures of Brazil’s counter-culture as Waly Salomão, Ivan Cardoso, and Hélio Oiticica. Finally, he ruptured with his own life - committing suicide on his twenty-eight birthday. 

 
 


 
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Sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

 
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Dec
8
5:00 PM17:00

Reverse Shot 15 Filmmakers on the Rise: Adirley Queirós

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As part of Reverse Shot 15: Filmmakers on the Rise, this double-feature program pairs two films by Brazilian director Adirley Queirós.   

WHITE OUT, BLACK IN
(Adirley Queirós. 2014, 90 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
With Marquim do Tropa, Dilmar Durães.
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One night in 1986, a baile funk club in a poorer district adjacent to Brazil’s capital city was raided by police and forcibly shut down. White patrons of the predominantly black club were allowed to exit, and the police assaulted those who remained. Adirley Queirós investigates this event by boldly layering sci-fi tropes on top of documentary evidence in the form of a time traveler from 2075 sent to follow two real-life men crippled by the attack. 
Saturday, December 8, 5pm


ONCE THERE WAS BRASILIA
(Adirley Queirós. 2017, 100 mins. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
With Wellington Abreu, Andreia Vieira.
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In Once There Was Brasilia, Queirós maintains a toehold in nonfiction filmmaking, but in most other respects rockets off into the galactic cinematic beyond. Where his previous film, White Out, Black In, might be broadly categorized as a docu-fiction (albeit of a mutated strand), Once There Was Brasilia is a sci-fi epic about assassins from space and the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, all executed with fantastic resourcefulness on a shoestring budget.
Saturday, December 8, 6:30pm


 
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Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Proyector Presents WE ARE ALWAYS WALKING

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SIEMPRE ANDAMOS CAMINANDO / WE ARE ALWAYS WALKING
(Dinazar Urbina, Mexico, 2017, 62 min. In Spanish and Chatino with English subtitles)

We’re thrilled to be co-presenting the NYC premiere of Siempre andamos caminando / We Are Always Walking with UnionDocs and Ambulante and as a part of our ongoing collaboration with Proyector, a showcase of contemporary independent Mexican films.

We Are Always Walking is a film about the trips undertaken to the coast by people of Santa Cruz Zenzontepec—a chatino municipality in Oaxaca’s Sierra Sur— in order to work, mainly, as farmers or traders. The journey to Santa Rosa de Lima, a small coastal town whose main income comes from agriculture and commerce, takes seven hours by car. Julia, a 28 years old woman from Cofradía, Zenzontepec, was fifteen the first time she made the trip. She enjoys more living at the coast rather than at the sierra.

At a very young age, Catalina migrated from Xochistlahuaca and started working as a housekeeper. Nowadays, she sells food and feels like she belongs more in Santa Rosa than her birthplace. Alberta, a 21 years old woman also from Cofradía, isa single mom who travels, carrying her baby, to work.

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Nov
27
to Nov 28

Indocumentales Presents EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA

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EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA
(Jim McKay, USA, 2018, 92 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

En El Séptimo Día is a fiction feature following a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain - young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals.

José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed. Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En el Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive, and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges, and small triumphs of its characters.

Post-screening discussion with Director Jim McKay, cast member Genoel Ramírez, and New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) Engagement Manager, Kemah George. Moderated by World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) Executive Director, Shamina de Gonzaga. Opening remarks by Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Bitta Mostofi.

 
 
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Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

Flaherty NYC Presents KINGS OF NOWHERE

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‘FLAHERTY NYC: AFTERMATH’
Programmed by Dessane Lopez Cassell

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Through two radically different documentaries, the Mexico City-based filmmaker Betzabé Garcia creates a multi-layered record of the day-to-day in a once prosperous town in Mexico’s Sinaloa state. Flooded by the careless construction of a government damn, and abandoned by all but a few small families, these films examine the state of life in a landscape haunted by rising waters and nightly terrors from unseen intruders.

UNSILENCED
(Betzabé Garcia, Mexico, 2016, 10 min. In Spanish with Engish subtitles)

Atilano Román Tirado, leader of the Displaced Persons of Picachos Movement, murdered on-air by gunmen inside a radio station, reflects on the tragedy suffered by the residents of the towns flooded by the dam, the current climate of censorship and repression in Mexico, as well as the importance of developing public consciousness to combat injustices.

KINGS OF NOWHERE
(Betzabé Garcia, Mexico, 2015, 83 min. In Spanish with English subitltes)

Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave.

Filmmaker Betzabé Garcia in person. Discussion moderated by independent curator and archivist Almudena Escobar López.

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Flaherty NYC Presents TÚ Y YO

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‘FLAHERTY NYC: AFTERMATH’
Programmed by Dessane Lopez Cassell

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

The filmmaking duo behind the Dominican Republic-based Faula Films, Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada make films that speak to the sharp contrasts and lingering societal tensions of life in the often romanticized Caribbean. An understated meditation on the ever-present dynamics of race and class in the Dominican Republic, Tú y Yo offers a portrait of two individuals – an old widow and her young maid – inextricably bound to each other. Similarly, Lejos presents a day in the life of a young woman desperate to escape her mundane environment and obligations.

LEJOS
(Oriol Estrada, 2013, 10 min.)
Lidia, a woman who lives a monotonous life in the Cuban countryside, decides one day to do something different.

TÚ Y YO 
(You and Me, Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, Dominican Republic/Spain, 2014, 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The Mrs., a 70-year-old widow, and Aridia, her young maid, live in isolation in a house in Santo Domingo where they have domestic chores to keep them occupied. Their relationship is tense, but at the end of the day, they know they only have each other.

Filmmakers Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada in person for a discussion moderated by Rachell Morillo, Senior Coordinator, Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Special Screening of EL GRITO

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Frozen Revolutions: EL GRITO

(Leobardo López Aretche, Mexico, 1968-1970, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

As part of Frozen Revolutions, a series that revisits the documentation of social movements from the year 1968, we turn to the Olympics. To American eyes, the defining image of the Mexico City Olympics is probably John Dominis’ photograph of Gold and Bronze Medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing at the world’s attention, their fists raised from the podium. Yet for Mexicans it’s impossible to acknowledge the 1968 Summer Olympics without the Tlatelolco Massacre just days before the games began, wherein a squabble between graffitists and cops escalated into a massive confrontation between student activists and the Mexican military.

Small-scale protests, initially sparked by a feud between vocational schools in Mexico City, escalated into multiple weeks of nonviolent occupation: students and faculty alike from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) were unified in their protests against the repressive regime of then-president Díaz Ordaz. Specifically, the student and his ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), widely seen as corrupt for its accommodation of United States military and financial support ahead of the Games. The students issued statements alleging that the myth of Mexico as “a model for other underdeveloped countries to follow has been destroyed by the government forces themselves.”

A cluster of students armed with 16mm cameras began to capture the unfolding action in the streets, including a 24 year old film student named Leobardo López Aretche. Although its shooting was an open-ended and collaborative effort, López took control of the editing process to shape what would become the finished film: El Grito (The Scream). It tracks the escalation of the rallies into a full-bore standoff between demonstrators and anti-riot granderos, allegedly paid in cash per arrest, who put down an occupation of the nearby National Politechnical Institute. While the protests had grown to include all sections of progressive society (including middle-class citydwellers, labor activists, neighbors, faculty and students alike) in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the military ended up surrounding the protests in a “pincer movement” on October 2nd, opening fire with Ordaz’ permission. In the end, over 1300 people were arrested, and 400 protesters were killed.

Beyond the ensuing nationwide scandal, Tlatelolco is a critical event in public memory in Mexico – but was not depicted onscreen for over 20 years until Jorge Fons’ dramatization Rojo Amanecer in 1991. El Grito is the only feature-length work credited to López, who committed suicide two years later. (Also of interest is the contribution of journalist Oriana Fallaci, then covering the student movement, as “screenwriter”.) The film is considered the only primary-source documentary about the massacre, equal parts riveting tactical journalism and a bleak indictment of the repression undertaken by the PRI (whose control of Mexico’s government went uninterrupted from 1929 to 2000.) After decades spent as a suppressed, secret film, UNAM is now distributing it in a clean digital restoration. This will be the first screening of the film in the United States and the New York City premiere, fresh off a screening at the 2018 Viennale.

Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm
UnionDocs

322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
https://uniondocs.org/event/2018-11-08-el-grito/

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Nov
8
to Nov 15

Latino Films at DOC NYC

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DOC NYC

November 8 -15
IFC Center, SVA Theater and Cinépolis Chelsea

Films Co-Presented by Cinema Tropical

DECADE OF FIRE   (Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran, USA, 72 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. World premiere)  Buy Tickets   In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.  Expected to Attend: Directors Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran; producers Neyda Martinez, Julia Steele Allen; cinematographer Eddie Martinez; consulting producer Yoruba Richen; graphic designer David Tecson; composer Arturo Ortiz; Moderator, Chi-hui Yang, JustFilms | Ford Foundation    Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4:15pm at the SVA Theatre

DECADE OF FIRE
(Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran, USA, 72 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. World premiere)
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In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough’s sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.
Expected to Attend: Directors Vivian Vazquez, Gretchen Hildebran; producers Neyda Martinez, Julia Steele Allen; cinematographer Eddie Martinez; consulting producer Yoruba Richen; graphic designer David Tecson; composer Arturo Ortiz; Moderator, Chi-hui Yang, JustFilms | Ford Foundation

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4:15pm at the SVA Theatre

WITKIN & WITKIN   (Trisha Ziff, Mexico, 2017, 93 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York premiere)  Buy Tickets   Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. Told almost entirely by the women in their lives, Trisha Ziff’s intimate film explores themes of love, loss and distance, while showcasing the Witkins’ fascinating bodies of work. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?  Expected to Attend: Director Trisha Ziff    Sun, November 11, 7:15pm at Cinépolis Chelsea

WITKIN & WITKIN
(Trisha Ziff, Mexico, 2017, 93 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York premiere)
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Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. Told almost entirely by the women in their lives, Trisha Ziff’s intimate film explores themes of love, loss and distance, while showcasing the Witkins’ fascinating bodies of work. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?
Expected to Attend: Director Trisha Ziff

Sun, November 11, 7:15pm at Cinépolis Chelsea

I'M LEAVING NOW  (USA/Mexico) ( Ya me voy , Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda, USA/Mexico, 2018, U.S. premiere)  Buy Tickets   Felipe, an undocumented immigrant, combs the streets of New York City collecting cans to survive on the margins of society. After 16 years of hard living, he makes plans to return to Mexico but discovers his family has squandered his money and are in debt. Felipe must decide how much more he can sacrifice for a family he no longer knows.  I’m Leaving Now  ( Ya me voy ) deftly explores the shifting of one’s allegiances through time and distance, and the delusions we tell ourselves to make peace with fate. Felipe, an undocumented immigrant in NYC who has long struggled to support his family in Mexico, faces the limits of self-sacrifice.  Expected to Attend: Director/Producer Lindsey Cordero, Director/Producer/Editor Armando Croda; writer/producer Josh Alexander; co-producer Xavier Velasco, film subjects.    Sunday, November 11, 9:15pm at the IFC Center

I'M LEAVING NOW (USA/Mexico)
(Ya me voy, Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda, USA/Mexico, 2018, U.S. premiere)
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Felipe, an undocumented immigrant, combs the streets of New York City collecting cans to survive on the margins of society. After 16 years of hard living, he makes plans to return to Mexico but discovers his family has squandered his money and are in debt. Felipe must decide how much more he can sacrifice for a family he no longer knows. I’m Leaving Now (Ya me voy) deftly explores the shifting of one’s allegiances through time and distance, and the delusions we tell ourselves to make peace with fate.
Felipe, an undocumented immigrant in NYC who has long struggled to support his family in Mexico, faces the limits of self-sacrifice.
Expected to Attend: Director/Producer Lindsey Cordero, Director/Producer/Editor Armando Croda; writer/producer Josh Alexander; co-producer Xavier Velasco, film subjects.

Sunday, November 11, 9:15pm at the IFC Center

PATRIMONIO   (Lisa F. Jackson, Sarah Teale, USA/Mexico. New York premiere)  Buy Tickets   In Baja, Mexico, a multinational developer plans to build an extensive wellness oasis, which will include nearly 4,500 homes and create a footprint that will engulf the local fishing community of Todos Santos. Faced with the encroachment of their natural resources, depletion of the local ecology and severe pollution, the fishermen band together to fight the developer and government agencies that enable these extreme resorts. Led by an inspiring young attorney, can this humble group succeed in stopping this unsustainable development and preserve their way of life?  Expected to Attend: Director/Producers Sarah Teale, Lisa F. Jackson; film subjects John Moreno, Quirino Cota, Elena Moreno.    Tuesday, November 13, 5:15pm at the IFC Center Wednesday, November 14, 10:15am at the IFC Center

PATRIMONIO
(Lisa F. Jackson, Sarah Teale, USA/Mexico. New York premiere)
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In Baja, Mexico, a multinational developer plans to build an extensive wellness oasis, which will include nearly 4,500 homes and create a footprint that will engulf the local fishing community of Todos Santos. Faced with the encroachment of their natural resources, depletion of the local ecology and severe pollution, the fishermen band together to fight the developer and government agencies that enable these extreme resorts. Led by an inspiring young attorney, can this humble group succeed in stopping this unsustainable development and preserve their way of life?
Expected to Attend: Director/Producers Sarah Teale, Lisa F. Jackson; film subjects John Moreno, Quirino Cota, Elena Moreno.

Tuesday, November 13, 5:15pm at the IFC Center
Wednesday, November 14, 10:15am at the IFC Center

HARVEST SEASON  (Bernardo Ruiz, USA, 2018, 83 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York premiere)  Buy Tickets   Lush and luxurious, California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys are known for their top-notch wine making. The unsung heroes of the industry are the vineyard workers and small producers, who lovingly oversee all aspects of the wine-making process, from vine to vintage. Unfolding over the course of one of the most dramatic harvests in history, Bernardo Ruiz’s film follows three people whose lives are rooted in wine making, immersing the audience in the challenging and unpredictable process.  Expected to Attend: Director Bernardo Ruiz; associate producer Andrea Cordoba; cinematographer Victor Tadashi Suarez; editor Fiona Otway    Tuesday, November 13, 10:30am at the IFC Center Thursday, November 15, 5pm at the IFC Center

HARVEST SEASON
(Bernardo Ruiz, USA, 2018, 83 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York premiere)
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Lush and luxurious, California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys are known for their top-notch wine making. The unsung heroes of the industry are the vineyard workers and small producers, who lovingly oversee all aspects of the wine-making process, from vine to vintage. Unfolding over the course of one of the most dramatic harvests in history, Bernardo Ruiz’s film follows three people whose lives are rooted in wine making, immersing the audience in the challenging and unpredictable process.
Expected to Attend: Director Bernardo Ruiz; associate producer Andrea Cordoba; cinematographer Victor Tadashi Suarez; editor Fiona Otway

Tuesday, November 13, 10:30am at the IFC Center
Thursday, November 15, 5pm at the IFC Center

THE GREAT MOTHER  (Dave LaMattina & Chad Walker, USA, 2018, 93 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)  Buy Tickets   WORLD PREMIERE Nora Sandigo has more than 2,000 kids. The fierce immigration activist serves as the legal guardian for US-born children of undocumented immigrants who have been deported. Were it not for her, many would be forced into the foster care system, keeping them legally separated from their parents. The Great Mother profiles this inspiring woman, who not only provides economic, legal and emotional support for her charges, but lobbies Congress for immigration reform despite an increasingly hostile political climate.  Expected to Attend: Director Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker; film subjects Nora Sandigo, Reymundo Otero, Valerie Travi, Ritibh Kay Kumar.    Thursday, November 15, 7:45pm at the IFC Center

THE GREAT MOTHER
(Dave LaMattina & Chad Walker, USA, 2018, 93 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
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WORLD PREMIERE Nora Sandigo has more than 2,000 kids. The fierce immigration activist serves as the legal guardian for US-born children of undocumented immigrants who have been deported. Were it not for her, many would be forced into the foster care system, keeping them legally separated from their parents. The Great Mother profiles this inspiring woman, who not only provides economic, legal and emotional support for her charges, but lobbies Congress for immigration reform despite an increasingly hostile political climate.
Expected to Attend: Director Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker; film subjects Nora Sandigo, Reymundo Otero, Valerie Travi, Ritibh Kay Kumar.

Thursday, November 15, 7:45pm at the IFC Center

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Nov
5
7:15 PM19:15

Special Screening of Fabio Meira's TWO IRENES

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TWO IRENES 
(As Duas Irenes, Fabio Meira, Brazil, 2017, 89 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Q&A with director Fabio Meira
Presented as part of the ongoing series 'If You Can Screen it There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema.'


By chance, Brazilian teenager Irene (newcomer Priscila Bittencourt, in an assured performance) discovers that there is another 13-year-old Irene living in the same town. Curiously, she observes the confident, cheerful girl who lives alone with her mother. She is fascinated by this other world beyond the bounds of her own well-to-do and traditional family. This other Irene seems free. Soon the two girls, apparently so different from each other, are spending every day together, meeting up with boys in the cinema or going to the lake. When they start talking about their fathers, they notice that they have more in common than they had thought. Winner of the Best First Feature and Best Cinematography awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival, this debut feature by Fabio Meira is an exquisite mosaic that weaves a wonderfully delicate web around questions of identity, true friendship, and the first steps towards adulthood.

Monday, November 5, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York City
(212) 505-5181 

Tickets are sold the same day of the show.
For more information visit: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/series/49892

 
 

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

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Oct
19
7:15 PM19:15

Special Screening of Albertina Carri's CUATREROS

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CUATREROS / RUSTLERS

(Albertina Carri, Argentina, 2016, 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) 

Inspired by the first book written by her father, sociologist Roberto Carri, acclaimed filmmaker Albertina Carri (Los Rubios) travels to northern Argentina, following in the footsteps of Isidro Velázquez, the country's last cuatrero or rustler, accused of stealing cattle and shot dead by police in 1967. Building the narrative through archival footage, home videos, ads, movies and interviews, and framing it with the search for a lost film based on her father's book, Carri's visually fertile documentary—a favorite at the Berlin and Mar del Plata film festivals—tells a story full of legends, families, politics and cinema. 

Friday, October 19, 7:15pm

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York City

(212) 505-5181 / www.anthologyfilmarchives.org
Please note: Tickets available at the box office the day of the screening only

 
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Oct
18
to Oct 21

Latin American Films at the Margaret Mead Film Festival

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Latin American Films
at the Margaret Mead Film Festival
Co-presented by Cinema Tropical

October 18 - 21
American Museum of Natural History

 

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 18–21, 2018, screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more. 

This year's festival reflects stories of resilience–portraits of strength and action by people who are rising up, breaking new ground, and pushing their communities forward. Collectively, our new centerpiece, highlights work from community organizations that train and support Indigenous and other filmmakers in telling their own stories. 

 

OBSCURO BARROCO  (Evangelia Kranioti, France/Greece/Brazil, 2018, 59 min.) U.S. Premiere /  Buy Tickets   What is the essence of a city that is constantly changing? In the months surrounding Carnival, Rio de Janeiro pulses with sound, color, and fluidity. Queer Brazilian icon Luana Muniz leads us through her stream of consciousness—from underground dance parties to the deep Brazilian forest to local political uprisings—into the very heart of Rio during Carnival.   Friday, October 19, 9:30pm

OBSCURO BARROCO
(Evangelia Kranioti, France/Greece/Brazil, 2018, 59 min.)
U.S. Premiere / Buy Tickets

What is the essence of a city that is constantly changing? In the months surrounding Carnival, Rio de Janeiro pulses with sound, color, and fluidity. Queer Brazilian icon Luana Muniz leads us through her stream of consciousness—from underground dance parties to the deep Brazilian forest to local political uprisings—into the very heart of Rio during Carnival.

Friday, October 19, 9:30pm

THE SOUNDS OF BELLS / O SOM DOS SINOS  (Marcia Mansur and Marina Thomé, Brazil, 2016, 70 min.) U.S. Premiere /  Buy Tickets   Church bells announce the time for work, rest, prayer, and celebration. But for the people of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the sound of bells transcends the everyday. As a group of young bell ringers develop a sense of pride in making their own sound reverberate through their town, we see how religious experience connects the community to something larger than themselves.   Saturday, October 20, 11:30am

THE SOUNDS OF BELLS / O SOM DOS SINOS
(Marcia Mansur and Marina Thomé, Brazil, 2016, 70 min.)
U.S. Premiere / Buy Tickets

Church bells announce the time for work, rest, prayer, and celebration. But for the people of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the sound of bells transcends the everyday. As a group of young bell ringers develop a sense of pride in making their own sound reverberate through their town, we see how religious experience connects the community to something larger than themselves.

Saturday, October 20, 11:30am

AMANECER   (Carmen Torres, Spain/Colombia, 2018, 78 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) US Premiere / Director in Attendance /  Buy Tickets   Carmen Torres never had a chance to ask about her birthmother because her adoptive mother died when Carmen was just 13. As an adult she is confronted with the impersonal nature of a bureaucratic adoption agency. When she decides to trace her biological roots to a rural community in Colombia, one question remains: why was she given up for adoption?   Saturday, October 20, 2pm

AMANECER
(Carmen Torres, Spain/Colombia, 2018, 78 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
US Premiere / Director in Attendance / Buy Tickets

Carmen Torres never had a chance to ask about her birthmother because her adoptive mother died when Carmen was just 13. As an adult she is confronted with the impersonal nature of a bureaucratic adoption agency. When she decides to trace her biological roots to a rural community in Colombia, one question remains: why was she given up for adoption?

Saturday, October 20, 2pm

THE GUARDIANS  (Ben Crosbie, Tessa Moran, USA/Mexico, 2018, 70 min.) New York Premiere / Directors in Attendance /  Buy Tickets   A quiet meditation on the migration of the monarch butterfly becomes a political melodrama. A Mexican Indigenous community goes to battle to protect their land, which is also the migratory home of the butterflies. Facing marauding loggers and diminishing crop returns, how far will the farmers of Donaciano Ojeda go to provide a sustainable future for their children?   Saturday, October 20, 6:30pm

THE GUARDIANS
(Ben Crosbie, Tessa Moran, USA/Mexico, 2018, 70 min.)
New York Premiere / Directors in Attendance / Buy Tickets

A quiet meditation on the migration of the monarch butterfly becomes a political melodrama. A Mexican Indigenous community goes to battle to protect their land, which is also the migratory home of the butterflies. Facing marauding loggers and diminishing crop returns, how far will the farmers of Donaciano Ojeda go to provide a sustainable future for their children?

Saturday, October 20, 6:30pm

MAMACITA  (José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, Mexico/Germany, 2018, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) New York Premiere /  Buy Tickets   An eccentric Mexican beauty tycoon invites her estranged grandson to make a film celebrating her rags-to-riches success story. But when the young filmmaker arrives at the extravagant castle-like compound that his 95-year old Mamacita calls home, he finds a story that is much darker, and much richer, than he imagined.   Sunday, October 21, 5:30pm

MAMACITA
(José Pablo Estrada Torrescano, Mexico/Germany, 2018, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
New York Premiere / Buy Tickets

An eccentric Mexican beauty tycoon invites her estranged grandson to make a film celebrating her rags-to-riches success story. But when the young filmmaker arrives at the extravagant castle-like compound that his 95-year old Mamacita calls home, he finds a story that is much darker, and much richer, than he imagined.

Sunday, October 21, 5:30pm

A BOLD PEACE  (Matthew Eddy, USA/Costa Rica, 2016, 89 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)  Buy Tickets   Costa Rica disbanded its military 60 years ago and directed its resources toward education, health, and the environment. Since then it has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens. Surrounded by war in the Americas, how has the government of Costa Rica managed to put the happiness of its people first?   Sunday, October 21, 5:30pm

A BOLD PEACE
(Matthew Eddy, USA/Costa Rica, 2016, 89 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
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Costa Rica disbanded its military 60 years ago and directed its resources toward education, health, and the environment. Since then it has earned the number one spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens. Surrounded by war in the Americas, how has the government of Costa Rica managed to put the happiness of its people first?

Sunday, October 21, 5:30pm

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Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrate Mexico Now Presents BELLAS DE NOCHE

BELLAS DE NOCHE
(María José Cuevas, Mexico, 2016, 91 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Bellas de Noche / Beauties of the Night, is an intimate glimpse into the past and present lives of Mexico’s biggest cabaret stars of the 70s and 80s. These five legendary showgirls represent the voices of the last generation of cabaret stars after the massive earthquake of 1985 in Mexico City destroyed these cabarets, which were never to be rebuilt. Director Maria Jose Cuevas spent eight years shooting over 180 hours of footage, crafting an honest work based on trust and friendship; weaving a unique portrait of each woman.

This film gives us insight into the world of showgirls, exploring the successes and failures of women’s power obtained through beauty and sensuality, as well as the dignity of their aging. It addresses both taboo and struggle for these aging stars, as each of them find their own way with love, strength, acceptance and perseverance.

Bellas de Noche was awarded best documentary, the Premio Guerrero Press Award, and best documentary by a woman at Morelia International Film Festival.

Join us for a screening followed by a Q+A with the director and stars of the film Lyn May, Princesa Yamal, and Olga Breeskin. Moderated by Carlos Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Cinema Tropical.

This event is co-presented with Cinema Tropical.

 
 
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Sep
28
to Oct 25

U.S. Theatrical Release of 306 HOLLYWOOD

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306 HOLLYWOOD
A film by Elan and Jonathan Bogarín
(USA, 2018, 82 min. In English)

At 306 Hollywood Avenue in Newark, former dress designer Annette Ontell lived for 71 years in a nondescript white house. After her death in 2011, her grandchildren Elan and Jonathan were left with her belongings, from toothbrushes to tax documents. Instead of throwing away this lifetime of detritus, Venezuelan-American filmmakers Elan and Jonathan began a meticulous process of cataloguing and archiving everything Annette left behind. The result is this magical documentary, an inspiring look at the extraordinary stories and histories hidden away in the everyday. 

Opens September 28
Quad Cinema

 
 
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Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

U.S. Premiere of WILLIAM, THE NEW JUDO MASTER

WILLIAM, THE NEW JUDO MASTER 
(William, el nuevo maestro del judo, Ricardo Silva & Omar Guzmán, Mexico, 2016, 96 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere!
Co-presented by Proyector

"Back in the 1950s, Swedish-American singer William Clauson had a worldwide hit with ‘La Bamba.’ Now he lives in a ramshackle garage in Tijuana, Mexico. In William, the New Judo Master, directors Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzmán show how a Mexican nurse washes his naked old body. ‘How did we get here?’ a voiceover muses. ‘What road led us here? When did we take it?’ This fascinating film essay is about the struggle against time, old age, and transitoriness. Silva’s debut film, Navajazo (2014), was already a hybrid form of documentary and fiction, but here (with Guzmán) he goes further, producing a surrealist collage. For example, going on a trip to the oldest tree in the world. Or having a middle-aged actor play Clauson, while he is visited by three male prostitutes. Meanwhile, the devil looks on, eyes glowing red." –International Film Festival Rotterdam  

Thursday, September 20, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

 
 
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Sep
13
to Oct 25

U.S. Theatrical Release of MUSEO Starring Gael García Bernal

MUSEO
Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
(Mexico, 2018, 128 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris) still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. Instead, they wallow in comfortable limbo in the district of Satélite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history, looting the country's iconic National Anthropology Museum.

Inspired by true events, and shot on never-before filmed locations in Mexico, Museo is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it.

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Leonardo Ortizgris, Alfredo Castro and Simon Russell Beale, Museo is Alonso Ruizpalacios's second feature after the award-winning festival hit Güeros.

Opens Friday, September 14 at the Angelika Film Center and Landmark at 57 West in New York City
Opens Friday, September 28 at the Laemmle Monica Film Center and Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles

Q&As with Alonso Ruizpalacios and Gael García Bernal: Thursday 9/13 at the 7pm show, Friday 9/14 at the 7pm show, and Saturday 9/15 at the 8:10pm show at the Angelika Film Center; and on Thursday 9/13 at the 8:15pm show, and Saturday, 9/15 at the 7pm show at the Landmark at 57 West.

 

 
 
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Sep
9
to Sep 16

World Premiere of THE CHAMBERMAID

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THE CHAMBERMAID
(La camarista, Mexico, 2018, 102 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

“Eve (Gabriela Cartol) works long hours as a maid at a luxurious hotel in Mexico City. A young, single mother who travels far to get to her place of work, Eve has aspirations for the future and hopes that her diligence will get her a coveted spot as the cleaner on an executive floor. She enrolls in the hotel's adult education program in her quest for a better life but quickly discovers that it's not necessarily the most hard-working who get noticed for advancement.

“The Chambermaid, Lila Avilés's striking debut, employs a quasi-documentary approach as it accompanies Eve on her daily routine. She quietly enters one indistinguishable guest room after another and we are struck by the intimacy behind the act of cleaning a stranger's mess. The disparity between the guests and those working at the hotel — who often do not have hot water in their own homes — accurately reflects the reality in many Latin American countries. The impersonal hotel, a high-rise of glass and concrete, overshadows the small lives of those maintaining it for the wealthy owners and guests: a microcosm of contemporary Mexican society.

“The heart of The Chambermaid is the compelling and unique Eve. As she makes friends at work, engages in a flirtation with one of the window cleaners, and continually works hard to earn promotion, we get to know her a little better and, through Avilés's gaze, become privy to a young woman's journey of self-discovery.

—Diana Sánchez, Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF Screenings:
Saturday, September 8, 11:30pm at Scotiabank Theater 5 (P&I)
Sunday, September 9, 7:15pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Tuesday, September 11, 12:45pm at Jackman Hall
Wednesday, September 12, 9:15am at Scotiabank Theater 6 (P&I)
Thursday, September 14, 6:30pm at Scotiabank Theater 14

 
 


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LA Theatrical Release of COCOTE

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COCOTE
(Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, 2017, Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany/ Qatar, 106 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Winner of the Best Film Award at the Locarno Film Festival’s Signs of Life competition—a recognition that marked a milestone for Dominican cinema—Cocote is a rapturous crime fable set in the Dominican Republic and directed by Nelson de los Santos Arias.

The film follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act—especially for him, an evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out.

Questions of faith, tradition, and honor course through this electrifying film, which, seemingly at the speed of thought itself, jumps between film formats, colors, and aspect ratios, radically envisioning a community torn asunder by senseless violence. Starring Vicente Santos, Judith Rodríguez, and Yuberbi de la Rosa, and with nods to the films of Glauber Rocha and the fiction of Roberto Bolaño, Cocote marks the coming of age of Dominican cinema in the international film circuit.

A dazzling story of homecoming, grief, and revenge
infused with the energy and rituals of the Dominican Republic.
— Violet Lucca, Film Comment

Now Playing
Laemmle Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 
(310) 478-3836 / Buy tickets in advance

 

 
 
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Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

U.S. Premiere of Eugenio Polgovsky's RESURRECTION

RESURRECTION
(Resurrección, Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico, 2016, 94 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles)
U.S. Premiere!
Co-presented by Proyector and the Flaherty Film Seminar

The final film by the late Mexican director Eugenio Polgovsky—one of the finest documentary filmmakers of his generation—is a poignant portrait of a family’s fight for survival and the regeneration of their local river. Once known as the Mexican Niagara, the waterfall of El Salto de Juanacatlán was a source of immense joy and continuous sustenance for the villages surrounding it. This natural paradise disappeared when an industrial complex was established across the Santiago River close to Guadalajara. Nowadays its poisonous waters destroy everything in their path, including the memories of the fishermen and farmers who watched their whole world disappear. From among the toxic ruins of the river’s banks, ancient specters emerge as an echo of a lost Eden. The destiny of a river goes hand in hand with that of a village, and humanity itself. The film is screened on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Polgovsky.
 
Preceded by Success (Eugenio Polgovsky, Mexico, 2014, 3 min.)

Tuesday, August 14, 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives

 
 
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Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Brasil Summerfest: U.S. Premiere of CHICO: ARTISTA BRASILEIRO

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(Miguel Faria Jr., Brazil, 2015, 70 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

An essential figure of Brazilian culture throughout the last 50 years, the author, playwright, and composer of an extraordinary compilation of songs, Chico Buarque engages in a dialogue with his own recollections in this film by Miguel Faria Jr.

Chico’s search for his German brother, whom he never got to meet (his father had a son in Berlin before getting married to Chico's mother), serves as one of the axis for the narrative and helps put the artist’s trajectory into perspective. “It is an artist revisiting his own past from a mature point of view,” summarizes Faria Jr.

Wednesday, August 1, 7pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), New York City
(212) 864-5400 / Buy your tickets in advance 

 

 
 

 

Screening sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York City. Presented as part of Brasil Summerfest

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Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Brasil Summerfest: NYC Premiere of BADI

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BADI
(Edu Felistoque, Brazil, 2017, 85 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Directed by Edu Felistoque, Badi observes the personal trajectory and career of the singer, guitarist, and composer Badi Assad. From classical to pop, the film follows Badi and her guitar as they move through the hyper-masculine musical universe—persistently reinventing herself and confronting challenges, including the pressure of belonging to a family of virtuoso musicians, with lightness.

This gentle and strong woman, with her own creative process and enormous talent, is not afraid to take risks and charm the world without losing sight of who she is: a simple girl from the interior of São Paulo who values not strident success but the simple emotionality of art and life. 

The documentary features guest appearances by the Assad brothers, Larry Coryell, Toquinho, Naná Vasconcelos, Seu Jorge, and other great names of Brazilian and International music.

Monday, July 30, 7pm
The New School

55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor, New York City
Free Admission with RSVP.  Click here to RSVP.

 
 

 

Screening sponsored by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York City. Presented as part of Brasil Summerfest.

 
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28
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LGBTQ Brazil

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LGBTQ Brazil

Museum of the Moving Image
July 28–29


Co-presented by Cinema Tropical

 

LGBTQ Brazil celebrates the Brazilian LGBTQ community’s contribution to contemporary cinema with a unique lineup of recent films, all screening in New York for the first time. As framed by Brazilian and American scholars, including Denilson Lopes and Ruby Rich, the early LGBTQ films of the 1980s and ‘90s were a protest against heteronormativity, a turn away from universal humanism to political pastiche, camp, and burlesque. And while Brazil may have largely missed this first wave—a key director, Karim Aïnouz, did not emerge until Seams (1993) and Madame Satã (2002)—it is exhilarating to see its LGBTQ cinema flourish today. 

Brazil’s contemporary LGBTQ directors embrace plurality. Taviniho Teixeira, in Sol Alegria, demonstrates a strong satirical bend and influences from Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pier Paolo Pasolini to Brazil’s Cinema Marginal and Tropicalismo. The film’s protagonists—renegades, circus performers, nuns, and priests touting guns and staging orgies—flaunt every cultural and social norm. Ismael Caneppele’s debut, Music For When the Lights Go Out, centers on gender performativity; Luiz Roque’s short, Heaven, depicts the demonization of transwomen in a futurist scenario, while Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca’s short, Terremoto Santo, explores the complexities and perils of religious fervor.

A number of featured filmmakers experiment with mixing sci-fi, horror, music video, and the musical. In Uirá dos Reis and Guto Parente’s feverish Sweet Amianto, Leonardo Mouramateus and Andreia Pires’s choreographed Vando Vulgo Vedita, Fábio Leal’s light-spirited The Daytime Doorman, and Daniel Nosco’s fetish-driven Sr. Raposo, fluidity and play take center stage, against the poignant evocations of violence, fear, and discrimination. Meanwhile We Are All Here and Bixa Travesty are both potent love poems to trans performers’ spunk and courage. 

Programmed by Ela Bittencourt.

All screenings at
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens, NY
(718) 777-6888 / www.movingimage.us

 

MUSIC FOR WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT  ( Música para Quando as Luzes se Apagam , Ismael Caneppele, Brazil, 2017, 70 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy tickets   This coming-of-age LGBTQ romance restages its young protagonist’s coming out and transformation with the moral support from a professional actress. This charismatic hybrid explores the possibilities of an intimate digital camera, and mixes real-life situations and persons with fictional elements. Winner of the Art Doc award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.   Preceded by  TERREMOTO SANTO  (Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca, Brazil, 2017, 20 min.). Combining observation and performance, Wagner and de Búrca draw upon the oral richness as well as the eerie social contradictions of the Evangelical musical. Their work has been exhibited in numerous shows in and outside Brazil, and nominated for the country’s main art prize, Prêmio Pipa.    Saturday, July 28, 2pm    

MUSIC FOR WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
(Música para Quando as Luzes se Apagam, Ismael Caneppele, Brazil, 2017, 70 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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This coming-of-age LGBTQ romance restages its young protagonist’s coming out and transformation with the moral support from a professional actress. This charismatic hybrid explores the possibilities of an intimate digital camera, and mixes real-life situations and persons with fictional elements. Winner of the Art Doc award at Sheffield Doc/Fest. 

Preceded by TERREMOTO SANTO (Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Búrca, Brazil, 2017, 20 min.). Combining observation and performance, Wagner and de Búrca draw upon the oral richness as well as the eerie social contradictions of the Evangelical musical. Their work has been exhibited in numerous shows in and outside Brazil, and nominated for the country’s main art prize, Prêmio Pipa. 

Saturday, July 28, 2pm

 

SWEET AMIANTO  ( Doce Amianto , Uirá dos Reis, Guto Parente, Brazil, 2013, 70 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy tickets   After being ditched by her boyfriend, a trans woman finds comfort in fantasy. Opening with a quote from Walt Whitman and dedicated to Brazilian artist José Leonilson, who died of AIDS in 1993, this glam, psychedelic meditation on love, illness, and betrayal is a darkly funny, lyrical acid trip.   Preceded by  THE DAYTIME DOORMAN  (Fábio Leal. 2016, 25 min.) In this situational dramedy, fraternity, fun, and sex collide with social class and race. Leal charmingly toys with melodrama in this sensuous story of a white middle-class bon vivant, who picks up his building’s black doorman.    Saturday, July 28, 4:30pm    

SWEET AMIANTO
(Doce Amianto, Uirá dos Reis, Guto Parente, Brazil, 2013, 70 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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After being ditched by her boyfriend, a trans woman finds comfort in fantasy. Opening with a quote from Walt Whitman and dedicated to Brazilian artist José Leonilson, who died of AIDS in 1993, this glam, psychedelic meditation on love, illness, and betrayal is a darkly funny, lyrical acid trip. 

Preceded by THE DAYTIME DOORMAN (Fábio Leal. 2016, 25 min.) In this situational dramedy, fraternity, fun, and sex collide with social class and race. Leal charmingly toys with melodrama in this sensuous story of a white middle-class bon vivant, who picks up his building’s black doorman. 

Saturday, July 28, 4:30pm

 

SOL ALEGRIA   (Tavinho Teixeira, Brazil, 2018, 95 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy tickets   This satire, aimed at Brazil’s recent tide of conservatism and religion’s widening grip on political elites, celebrates the freeing power of sex and transgression. The film’s striking images and narrative bravado recall such Brazilian directors as Andrea Tonacci (particularly  Bang Bang ), Joaquim Pedro de Andrade (the picaresque  Macunaíma ), and the master of Brazilian horror, José Mojica Marins. Special Jury Prize at Olhar de Cinema Film Festival.   Preceded by  VANDO VULGO VEDITA  (Leonardo Mouramateus, Andreia Pires, Brazil, 2017, 20 mins) A group of friends meets at a local barbershop in Fortaleza and travel to the beach. Bodies and desires morph in a choreographed dance in the water before being summoned back to the streets, where real violence looms. Best Short at the Tiradentes Film Festival.   Saturday, July 28, 7pm   

SOL ALEGRIA
(Tavinho Teixeira, Brazil, 2018, 95 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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This satire, aimed at Brazil’s recent tide of conservatism and religion’s widening grip on political elites, celebrates the freeing power of sex and transgression. The film’s striking images and narrative bravado recall such Brazilian directors as Andrea Tonacci (particularly Bang Bang), Joaquim Pedro de Andrade (the picaresque Macunaíma), and the master of Brazilian horror, José Mojica Marins. Special Jury Prize at Olhar de Cinema Film Festival. 

Preceded by VANDO VULGO VEDITA (Leonardo Mouramateus, Andreia Pires, Brazil, 2017, 20 mins) A group of friends meets at a local barbershop in Fortaleza and travel to the beach. Bodies and desires morph in a choreographed dance in the water before being summoned back to the streets, where real violence looms. Best Short at the Tiradentes Film Festival. 

Saturday, July 28, 7pm

 

PASSION OF JL  ( A Paixão de JL,  Carlos Nader, Brazil, 2015, 82 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy tickets   Working from Brazilian artist José Leonilson's own audio records testifying to his thoughts, fears, and passions, Nader creates a unique glimpse at this talented artist, in love with many men and, perhaps most of all, with the movies—a bittersweet swan song of Leonilson, who died of AIDS in 1993 at the age of 36.  Winner of É Tudo Verdade / It’s All True International Film Festival.   Preceded by  SR. RAPOSO  (Daniel Nosco, Brazil, 2018, 23 min.) Based on a story of Nolasco’s real-life partner, this hypnotic short combines moments of terror and ecstasy, as it looks at a life lived with the HIV virus. A fetishistic fever dream, the film revolves around both the mortification of flesh and its victorious, daily resurrection.    Sunday, July 29, 3:30pm    

PASSION OF JL
(A Paixão de JL, Carlos Nader, Brazil, 2015, 82 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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Working from Brazilian artist José Leonilson's own audio records testifying to his thoughts, fears, and passions, Nader creates a unique glimpse at this talented artist, in love with many men and, perhaps most of all, with the movies—a bittersweet swan song of Leonilson, who died of AIDS in 1993 at the age of 36.  Winner of É Tudo Verdade / It’s All True International Film Festival. 

Preceded by SR. RAPOSO (Daniel Nosco, Brazil, 2018, 23 min.) Based on a story of Nolasco’s real-life partner, this hypnotic short combines moments of terror and ecstasy, as it looks at a life lived with the HIV virus. A fetishistic fever dream, the film revolves around both the mortification of flesh and its victorious, daily resurrection. 

Sunday, July 29, 3:30pm

 

BIXA TRAVESTY  (Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman, Brazil, 2018, 75 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy tickets   The self-described “gender terrorist,” singer Linn da Quebrada is the star of this sympathetic and intimate documentary portrait, which goes behind the scenes of the performer’s radio show and highly charged stage acts. A film-manifesto about femininity and power, and an exorcism of hurt, Goifman’s film is delightfully tongue-in-cheek, yet also forcefully on-message. Teddy Award at Berlinale.    Preceded by  HEAVEN  (Luiz Roque, Brazil, 2016, 10 min.) In an apocalyptic future, a “high-risk” population is under threat of deliberate contamination and forceful quarantine. Roque’s other works have screened internationally, including in New York at MoMA PS1 and at Kunsthalle, in Vienna. He has been nominated for Brazil’s top art prize, Prêmio Pipa.   and  WE ARE ALL HERE  (Chico Santos and Rafael Melim, Brazil, 2017, 21 min.) Young trans woman Rosa does not have much going for her except anger and moxy. When she is kicked out from home, and sees her entire community facing eviction, her rage boils over. Santos and Melim bring their community-theater skills to collaborate with real-life performer Rosa Luz, who shines in a cathartic piece in dialogue with the music video tradition. Best Short at the Tiradentes Film Festival.     Sunday, July 29, 6pm    

BIXA TRAVESTY
(Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman, Brazil, 2018, 75 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
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The self-described “gender terrorist,” singer Linn da Quebrada is the star of this sympathetic and intimate documentary portrait, which goes behind the scenes of the performer’s radio show and highly charged stage acts. A film-manifesto about femininity and power, and an exorcism of hurt, Goifman’s film is delightfully tongue-in-cheek, yet also forcefully on-message. Teddy Award at Berlinale.  

Preceded by HEAVEN (Luiz Roque, Brazil, 2016, 10 min.) In an apocalyptic future, a “high-risk” population is under threat of deliberate contamination and forceful quarantine. Roque’s other works have screened internationally, including in New York at MoMA PS1 and at Kunsthalle, in Vienna. He has been nominated for Brazil’s top art prize, Prêmio Pipa. 

and WE ARE ALL HERE (Chico Santos and Rafael Melim, Brazil, 2017, 21 min.) Young trans woman Rosa does not have much going for her except anger and moxy. When she is kicked out from home, and sees her entire community facing eviction, her rage boils over. Santos and Melim bring their community-theater skills to collaborate with real-life performer Rosa Luz, who shines in a cathartic piece in dialogue with the music video tradition. Best Short at the Tiradentes Film Festival.  

Sunday, July 29, 6pm

 

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San Francisco Theatrical Run of Natalia Almada's EVERYTHING ELSE

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EVERYTHING ELSE
A film by Natalia Almada
(Todo lo demás, Mexico/USA, 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Selected as one of the best films of the year (Amy Taubin, Artforum), and winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Film at the San Francisco Film Festival, Everything Else stars Academy Award–nominated actress Adriana Barraza (Amores PerrosBabel) as Doña Flor, a 63-year-old bureaucrat living in Mexico City, who has worked in the same government office for 35 years. When she loses the only living creature she cares for, she goes into crisis. 

With a keen directorial eye, impeccable framing, Natalia Almada's debut fiction film explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is a brutal form of violence, the story ultimately becomes a mesmerizing contemplation on solitude.

Opens Friday, July 27
The Roxie Theater
3117 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
(415) 863-1087 / Buy tickets here

Q&A with director Natalia Almada at the 5pm show on Saturday, July 28.

 
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U.S. Theatrical Release of GOOD MANNERS

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GOOD MANNERS
(As Boas Maneiras, Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, Brazil/France, 2017, 135 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary.

Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.

With powerful visuals and an impeccable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

Now Playing at the IFC Center in New York City
Opens Friday, August 17 at the Laemmle Royal Theatre and Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Los Angeles

A hybrid of art-house and genre cinema, combining sharp social commentary with grand guignol fantasy.
— Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
 
 
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Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

U.S. Premiere of SO, LONG ENTHUSIASM

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SO LONG, ENTHUSIASM
(Adiós entusiasmo, Vladimir Durán, Argentina/Colombia, 2017, 79 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere!

The acclaimed debut feature by Colombian filmmaker Vladimir Durán—a favorite at the Berlinale’s Forum and winner of the Best Director and Best Colombian Film awards at the Cartagena Film Festival—follows Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra, and Alicia. They live in an apartment that becomes their kingdom ruled by extravagant policies that they’ve imposed, including locking up their mother, Margarita, in a room. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material, and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel who must decide what to do. Shot in Argentina, So Long, Enthusiasm establishes Durán as a talent to watch.

Thursday, July 12, 7:30pm

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Jul
6
4:00 PM16:00

Special Screening of BADI at Guild Hall

BADI
A film by Edu Felistoque
(Brazil, 2017, 85 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Directed by Edu Felistoque, Badi observes the personal trajectory and career of the singer, guitarist, and composer Badi Assad. From classical to pop, the film follows Badi and her guitar as they move through the hyper-masculine musical universe - persistently reinventing herself and confronting challenges, including the pressure of belonging to a family of virtuoso musicians, with lightness.

This gentle and strong woman, with her own creative process and enormous talent, is not afraid to take risks and charm the world without losing sight of who she is: a simple girl from the interior of São Paulo who values not strident success but the simple emotionality of art and life.

The documentary features guest appearances by the Assad brothers, Larry Coryell, Toquinho, Naná Vasconcelos, Seu Jorge, and other great names of Brazilian and International music.

Preceded by History of Electric Guitar (5 min.) G.E. Smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song!

Presented as part of the first annual Guitar Masters festival.

Friday, July 6, 4pm
Guild Hall
158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324 0806 / For tickets and more information please visit: www.guildhall.org

Badi will perform at Guild Hall on Saturday, July 7 at 8pm. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

 
 
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Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

Rooftop Films: EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA

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EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA
(Jim McKay, USA, 2017, 96 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

En el Séptimo Día (On the Seventh Day) is a fiction feature from director Jim McKay (Girls TownOur SongEveryday People) which follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn over the course of seven days. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team's captain—young, talented, hardworking and responsible.

When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

Shot in the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, and Gowanus, En el Séptimo Día is a humane, sensitive, and humorous window into a world rarely seen. The film’s impact is made quietly, with restraint and respect for the individual experiences, everyday challenges, and small triumphs of its characters. A Cinema Guild release.

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