Oct
17
to Oct 20

Latin American Films at the Margaret Mead Film Festival 2019

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Margaret Mead Film Festival 2019
Latin American Films Co-Presented
by Cinema Tropical

American Museum of Natural History
October 17 - 20

THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY / EL GUARDIÁN DE LA MEMORIA  (Marcela Arteaga, Mexico/USA, 2019, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)  New York Premiere / ­­Filmmaker in Attendance   Buy Tickets   Stunning, quiet landscapes from Mexico’s Juarez Valley are juxtaposed with horrifying, intimate tales of mass murder. In 2008, the Mexican government sent an army to the rugged border region, ostensibly to fight drug trafficking. As locals from Juarez and Chihuahua tearfully recount the stories of their murdered or disappeared children, parents, and siblings, a Texas-based lawyer argues asylum seekers from the area are victims of a genocide.   Friday, October 18, 4pm

THE GUARDIAN OF MEMORY / EL GUARDIÁN DE LA MEMORIA
(Marcela Arteaga, Mexico/USA, 2019, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
New York Premiere / ­­Filmmaker in Attendance
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Stunning, quiet landscapes from Mexico’s Juarez Valley are juxtaposed with horrifying, intimate tales of mass murder. In 2008, the Mexican government sent an army to the rugged border region, ostensibly to fight drug trafficking. As locals from Juarez and Chihuahua tearfully recount the stories of their murdered or disappeared children, parents, and siblings, a Texas-based lawyer argues asylum seekers from the area are victims of a genocide.

Friday, October 18, 4pm

BORDER SOUTH  (Raúl O. Paz Pastrana, USA/Mexico/Guatemala, 2019, 83 min.)  New York Premiere / Filmmaker in Attendance   Buy Tickets   Through a blend of visual anthropology and cinema verité, discover the story of the migrants along the 2,300-mile-long “train north” through Central America. Anthropologist Jason De León follows the trail to understand what happens to the migrants who attempt the journey. He collects decaying artifacts lost along the way, allowing him to piece together the difficult lives of his subjects, and offering glimpses of the violence of the culture of immigration along the southwestern U.S. border.   Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

BORDER SOUTH
(Raúl O. Paz Pastrana, USA/Mexico/Guatemala, 2019, 83 min.)
New York Premiere / Filmmaker in Attendance
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Through a blend of visual anthropology and cinema verité, discover the story of the migrants along the 2,300-mile-long “train north” through Central America. Anthropologist Jason De León follows the trail to understand what happens to the migrants who attempt the journey. He collects decaying artifacts lost along the way, allowing him to piece together the difficult lives of his subjects, and offering glimpses of the violence of the culture of immigration along the southwestern U.S. border.

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

MASSACRE RIVER  (Suzan Beraza, Dominican Republic/Haiti, 2019, 81 min.) New York Premiere / Filmmaker in Attendance  Buy Tickets   Pikilina, a 23-year-old Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, scrambles to regain documentation for herself and her children after the government reverses birthright citizenship. She is one of more than 200,000 people who must now choose between a life where they no longer have access to official jobs or government services or fleeing to a country they barely know.   Friday, October 18, 9pm

MASSACRE RIVER
(Suzan Beraza, Dominican Republic/Haiti, 2019, 81 min.)
New York Premiere / Filmmaker in Attendance
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Pikilina, a 23-year-old Dominican-born woman of Haitian descent, scrambles to regain documentation for herself and her children after the government reverses birthright citizenship. She is one of more than 200,000 people who must now choose between a life where they no longer have access to official jobs or government services or fleeing to a country they barely know.

Friday, October 18, 9pm

ANTONIO Y PITI  (Vincent Carelli and Wewito Piyãko (Asháninka), Brazil, 2018, 78 min.  U.S. Premiere / Filmmakers in Attendance   Buy Tickets   Thirty years ago, a rubber company enslaved a group of Asháninka people, manipulating them into tapping the trees in the lush borderland between Peru and Brazil. The company was expelled by a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, led by one mixed race couple. Now the adult children of this marriage combat political corruption and ongoing environmental disaster.   Saturday, October 19, 6:30pm

ANTONIO Y PITI
(Vincent Carelli and Wewito Piyãko (Asháninka), Brazil, 2018, 78 min.
U.S. Premiere / Filmmakers in Attendance
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Thirty years ago, a rubber company enslaved a group of Asháninka people, manipulating them into tapping the trees in the lush borderland between Peru and Brazil. The company was expelled by a coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, led by one mixed race couple. Now the adult children of this marriage combat political corruption and ongoing environmental disaster.

Saturday, October 19, 6:30pm

MIGUELITO - CANTO A BORINQUEN  (Sam Zubrycki, Puerto Rico/USA/Colombia/Australia, 2019, 94 min.)  U.S. Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance   Buy Tickets   What happened to Miguelito? After the 11-year-old Puerto Rican  salsero  played Madison Square Garden in 1972, he and his whole family disappeared from New York City. Now, legendary producer Harvey Averne is anxious to rediscover both Miguelito and the sound of early 70s New York salsa scene. Experience the lively world of Puerto Rican music as the mystery of an 11-year-old  salsero ’s disappearance unfolds.   Sunday, October 20, 5pm

MIGUELITO - CANTO A BORINQUEN
(Sam Zubrycki, Puerto Rico/USA/Colombia/Australia, 2019, 94 min.)
U.S. Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
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What happened to Miguelito? After the 11-year-old Puerto Rican salsero played Madison Square Garden in 1972, he and his whole family disappeared from New York City. Now, legendary producer Harvey Averne is anxious to rediscover both Miguelito and the sound of early 70s New York salsa scene. Experience the lively world of Puerto Rican music as the mystery of an 11-year-old salsero’s disappearance unfolds.

Sunday, October 20, 5pm

CUBAN CANVAS  (Kavery Kaul, Cuba/USA, 2019, 15 min.)  Filmmaker in Attendance   Buy Tickets   Meet the masters of Cuban art. Roger Toledo Bueno leads a tour of Cuba’s urban and rural landscapes, introducing you to established and emerging artists as they mark the lines between art and life.  Plays as part of the    Through the Artist’s Lens    program.    Friday, October 18, 5:30pm

CUBAN CANVAS
(Kavery Kaul, Cuba/USA, 2019, 15 min.)
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Meet the masters of Cuban art. Roger Toledo Bueno leads a tour of Cuba’s urban and rural landscapes, introducing you to established and emerging artists as they mark the lines between art and life. Plays as part of the Through the Artist’s Lens program.

Friday, October 18, 5:30pm

REFUSING TO LET GO / DUXH BENIGULUN  (Teresa Martinez Chavez, Mexico, 2019, 19 min.)  Director in Attendance   An 88-year-old Zapotec weaver in a small town in Mexico, Dona Rachel struggles with memory loss. See how her weaving lessons spark her memory and strengthen family relationships while passing down cultural legacy.  Plays in the    Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase   .    Saturday, October 19, 11:30am

REFUSING TO LET GO / DUXH BENIGULUN
(Teresa Martinez Chavez, Mexico, 2019, 19 min.)
Director in Attendance

An 88-year-old Zapotec weaver in a small town in Mexico, Dona Rachel struggles with memory loss. See how her weaving lessons spark her memory and strengthen family relationships while passing down cultural legacy. Plays in the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase.

Saturday, October 19, 11:30am


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Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

Indocumentales Presents SANCTUARY

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Indocumentales Presents:

SANCTUARY
(Andrea Cordoba, USA, 2019, 73 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)

Winner of the Best Film Award and the Best Documentary Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival, the debut feature by Andrea Córdoba follows Amanda Morale who walked into a church in New York City not knowing when she would step outside again. The Guatemalan mother of three U.S.-born children is the first immigrant since President Trump took office to claim sanctuary in New York, publicly resisting her deportation within a space that ICE recognizes as protected. Sanctuary gains rare and intimate access to Amanda and her family as they fight to remain together and adapt to daily life inside a church.

This film was supported by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

 

Monday, October 21, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University
53 Washington Square South, New York City
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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Special Screening of LA MALA NOCHE, Ecuador's Oscar Candidate

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LA MALA NOCHE
A film by Gabriela Calvache
(Ecuador/Mexico, 2019,

A woman must resort to prostitution to make a living, most of which ends up going to a mafia boss, who exploits her under the guise of protection. She’s good at what she does, a job she landed in by mistake, out of love. Her dream of escaping this world is shattered by her daughter’s illness and addiction to a pharmaceutical drug. Hope is lost until an unexpected incident allows her to break free from her captor and seek justice with her own hands.

Co-presented with Cinema Tropical

Official Selection: SXSW, New York Latino Film Festival

Ecuador’s 2019 Oscar Entry

Tuesday, October 22, 7pm
Quad Cinema, New York City

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

New York Premiere of QUEEN OF LAPA at NewFest

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QUEEN OF LAPA
A film by Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat
(USA/Brazil, 2019, 73 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Against the backdrop of political corruption and flagrant transphobia in Brazil, the late, great Luana Muniz—cabaret performer, activist, and sex worker since age 11—minced no words about the challenges in calling Lapa, Rio de Janeiro home. In her hostel, she provided a rare safe haven and a heavy dose of tough love for the next generation of trans sex workers.

Theodore Collatos and Carolina Monnerat beautifully honor Muniz’s memory, the space she fostered for young trans women, and those following in her uncompromising footsteps. Along with profiling an unsung heroine, this fly-on-the-wall verité documentary humbly listens, sans judgement, to frank discussions of transfemme triumph and tragedy in Lapa’s streets.

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Nov
13
7:15 PM19:15

Special Screening of Kleber Mendonça Filho's CRITICO

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CRITICO
(Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2008, 80 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

The documentary debut feature by acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring SoundsBacurau), explores the troubled relationship between filmmakers and critics through a personal series of interviews recorded over a period of eight years between 1998 and 2007. Featuring 70 filmmakers and critics, including major international figures such as David Lynch, Fernando Meirelles, Eduardo Coutinho, and Aki Kaurismaki, Crítico opens a much-needed window to an art which is increasingly judged by industry standards and which struggles to remain human in the way it is realized and observed.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:15pm

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Oct
14
7:15 PM19:15

U.S. Premiere of I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THAT I JUST DON’T KNOW

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I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THAT I JUST DON’T KNOW / TE QUIERO TANTO QUE NO SÉ
(Lautaro García Candela, Argentina, 2017, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere!

Francisco can’t stop thinking about Paula, an old friend he recently ran into for the first time in years. When he sees on Facebook that she’s in a bar nearby, he goes out in search of her. But along the way, his brother asks him for help with his girlfriend, he runs into an old friend, plays a football match almost against his will, receives an old film reel that contains a hidden movie, and has to rescue a friend from a bad date.

”A critic friend of mine says that movies no longer dialogue with history, but are the filmmaker’s subconscious, filmed for the world to see. He means it pejoratively, but it seems to me that it is a good way to define my film. The political and the historical are in the air: it is impossible not to be contemporary.” –Lautaro García Candela

Monday, October 14, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives

Presented as part of ‘If You Can Screen it There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema’

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Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Natalia Almada's EVERYTHING ELSE at SFMOMA

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EVERYTHING ELSE / TODO LO DEMÁS
(Natalia Almada, Mexico/USA, 2016, 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza) is a lonely cat lady and government worker in Mexico City, who is relentlessly indifferent to her clients as retribution for her life’s wrongs. Todo lo demás, the first fiction film from celebrated documentarian Natalia Almada (the great-granddaughter of Mexico’s controversial fortieth president Plutarco Elías Calles), composes a portrait of Mexican society through Flor’s mundane solitude and crushingly dead-end job, adapting a concept from Hannah Arendt that bureaucracy is a form of violence.

Part of Voices Carry: Women in Film

Saturday, October 12, 2pm
San Francisco Museum of Art

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Sep
27
to Oct 3

LA Theatrical Release of Venezuelan Crime Thriller THE LAKE VAMPIRE

THE LAKE VAMPIRE

A film by Carl Zitelmann
(El vampiro del lago, Venezuela, 2018, In Spanish with English subtitles)

Desperate to find a subject for his next novel, Ernesto Navarro follows the tracks of a mysterious killer who decapitates his victims without leaving a trace. The investigation leads him to Jeremías Morales, a retired police detective who came across a similar case back in the 1970s. Morales was in charge of the strange case of Zacarías Ortega, a man obsessed with drinking blood and becoming immortal. Without realizing it, Navarro is dragged into a perverse game that began many years earlier and from which Morales has never been able to escape.

The Lake Vampire is a crime thriller based on the novel “A Vampire in Maracaibo” by Venezuelan author Norberto José Olivar. The story is inspired by the real life case of Zacarías Ortega, one of Venezuela’s most notorious serial killers. Ortega, a man accused of practicing witchcraft, used to drug his victims then cut their throats and drink their blood. In 1975, when Ortega was captured and detained, he confessed he committed all his crimes to honor an alleged pact with the devil, who made him immortal. True to the spirit of the book, the story of the film moves between facts and superstition.

Opens Friday, September 27
Laemmle Glendale
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Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

'Autorretratos Feministas' at UnionDocs

Autorretratos Feministas
with Fabiana Gallegos

UnionDocs is thrilled to present Autoretratos Feministas, a program that looks at the legacy of the audiovisual self-portrait through the work of Argentinian’s AREA (Association of Experimental Filmmakers and Video-Artists). Co-presented with Cinema Tropical.

The films and videos included in this screening all work towards a feminist self-representation. Looking at approaches that are poetic,  performative, speculative, and figurative they are rife with experimentation, employing or distorting tropes in nimble ways. Meditating on public and private spheres, exploring the absence and presence of the body both as prison and refuge, and using reflection and movement to unlock an understanding towards a more comprehensive feminist gaze looking back on itself, these works capture something essential and emotional in the processing of one owns self for another’s eyes.

These films reach us through a variety of forms. From Super 8 to 16mm analog works to digital HD, found footage, or scenes captures with phone cameras, these works traverse the spectrum of format as is in the mission of AREA’s practice. This program also includes the first performative self-portrait in the history of Argentine video art (Roles, by Graciela Taquini, 1988).

Filmmaker and AREA member Fabiana Gallegos will be in attendance to discuss her work and the collective’s practice.

Program (total running time: 80 min.):
Roles by Graciela Taquini (1988, 2:51)
Agua Viva by Luciana Foglio (2016, 8:02)
Rostros by Luján Montes (2017, 3:55)
YO. VOS. TODOS by Fabiana Gallegos (2018, 5:31)
Realidad by Macarena Cordiviola (2012, 1:06)
La Carencia by Ana Villanueva (2018, 8:42)
Punto Ciego by Clara Frías (2018, 2:01)
Doméstico by Gabriela Golder (2007, 1:38)
Atrapada by Paula Pellejero (2012, 1:03)
Una noche como esta by Leticia Obeid (2005, 0:50)
Siesta by Azucena Losana (2018, 3:16)
Muestrario by Paula Herrera (2016, 6:13)
Caracoles y diamantes by Paola Michaels (2014, 8:31)
Sin título by Toia Bonino (2018, 0:22)
Metria by Melisa Aller (2014, 4:22)
Retrato by Laura Focarazzo (2010, 1:01)
Alfalfas by Mariana Lombard (2017, 17:31)

Thursday, September 26, 7:30pm
UnionDocs

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Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Urbanworld Film Festival Presents BY THE NAME OF TANIA

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Urbanworld presents

BY THE NAME OF TANIA
(Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez, Belgium/Netherlands, 2019, 89 min.)

The Amazon flows lazily through the goldmine-gashed landscape of northern Peru. Using real eyewitness accounts, directors Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez tell the story of a young woman who winds up forced into prostitution when her initially hopeful attempt to escape the stifling limitations of village life goes wrong. Step by step, she is robbed of her moral and physical integrity. The film reconstitutes a space of dignity and returns voice and identity to that which has been formally rendered name¬less. With its powerful imagery, the girl’s traumatic odyssey embodies the horrific devastation visited upon the natural world by contemporary industrial society.

Friday, September 20, 5pm
AMC 42nd Empire 25 - Theater 10, New York City

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Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

Indocumentales Presents THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL

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Indocumentales Presents:

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL
(Al otro lado del muro, Pau Ortiz, Mexico/Spain, 2017, 68 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Winner of the Best International Documentary Award at the Hot Docs Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival, The Other Side of the Wall tells the story of Honduran teenagers Rocío and Ale, who are left with no choice but to play the role of both mother and father to their two younger siblings after their mother is sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison on questionable charges. As apprehensions about the future intensify, Ale must make the difficult decision between keeping the family together in Mexico or breaking them apart to cross the US border for work.

Screening to be followed by a conversation with Professor Daniel Mendiola (CLACS)., moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director, WCPUN and co-founder/facilitator, Indocumentales.

Monday, September 16, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University
53 Washington Square South, New York City
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Sep
6
to Sep 12

New York Theatrical Release of I'M LEAVING NOW

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I’M LEAVING NOW
A film by Lindsey Cordero, Armando Croda
Written and produced by Josh Alexander
(Ya me voy, Mexico/USA, 2019, 75 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The film follows Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, who has reached a crossroads: after 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and sending the bulk of his earnings to his wife and children in Mexico, he's decided to return home to the family he hasn't seen in almost two decades. But when he informs them of his plans, he discovers that they've squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the U.S. and continue to earn.

Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, I’m Leaving Now is a searing and intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. The film brings a warm humanity to one of the most pressing political issues of our time, without sentimentalizing or trivializing its subject. In allowing the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipe’s day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window onto a life that might otherwise remain unseen.

Opens Friday, September 6
Maysles Cinema in New York City

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Opens, Friday, September 13
Facets Cinémathèque in Chicago

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Q&A with directors Lindsey Cordero and Armando Croda, and writer/producer Josh Alexander, following the 6:30pm shows on Friday 9/6 and Saturday 9/7. Co-presented by New Latin Wave.

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Sep
6
to Sep 12

LA Theatrical Release of Venezuelan Horror Thriller THE WHISTLER

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THE WHISTLER
(El silbón: orígenes, Gisberg Bermúdez, Venezuela/Mexico/United States, 88 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Based on a popular South American folk tale, “The Whistler” refers to a phantasmagorical folk figure who wanders at night and is famed for terrorizing the drunk, the unfaithful and children, whom he’s known to feast upon. In Bermúdez’s gripping retelling of this popular Venezuelan-Colombian legend, it’s a race against the clock as a father struggles to find the origins of The Whistler’s curse in order to stop the worsening possession of his daughter by the supernatural entity.

Winner of the Best Ibero-American Feature Award at the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Fantastic Film Festival and Best Cinematography, Original Score and Screenplay Awards from the Caracas Cinematography Critics Circle, The Whistler is the latest addition to the exciting and emerging landscape of South American horror cinema that is leaving its mark internationally.

Opens Friday, September 6
Laemmle Glendale

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Sep
5
7:15 PM19:15

U.S. Premiere of THE ENDLESS DAY

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THE ENDLESS DAY / EL DÍA QUE RESISTÍA
(Alessia Chiesa, Argentina, 2018, 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Alone in an isolated house in the countryside, Fan, Tino, and Claa (9, 7, and 5) wait for their parents to come back. Among games and tales, the waiting becomes unusually long while the solitude grows unsettling. In the midst of a strange and confusing atmosphere, the children’s apparently innocent and playful world begins to reveal its darker side.

The Endless Day represents the unimaginable dark side of the world of childhood through a tone of strangeness. It looks in a slightly different way at situations that would normally be perceived as banal or go unnoticed, making them feel odd and out of place and thus opening the door to many questions. This film constructs storytelling through feelings, atmosphere, and questions rather than pretending to provide answers that would directly and simply satisfy the spectator but also withdraw from them the possibility of a personal opening and discovery.” –Alessia Chiesa

Thursday, September 5, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives

 
 
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Aug
21
to Sep 26

U.S. Theatrical Release of ROJO

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ROJO

A film by Benjamín Naishtat
(Argentina/Belgium/Brazil/Germany/France/Switzerland, 2018, 109 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Set in Argentina during the Dirty War, on the eve of the nation’s descent into a military dictatorship in the mid-1970s, Naishtat’s hypnotic and neo-noir drama follows Claudio, a renowned middle-aged lawyer living a seemingly picture-perfect life in a deceptively peaceful provincial city. One night, a stranger starts insulting Claudio in a restaurant for no apparent reason. The patrons support him; the stranger is humiliated and removed. Later that night, the stranger—determined to wreak a terrible vengeance— intercepts Claudio and his wife, Susana. Claudio then starts to move down a path of no return involving death, secrets, and silences—further complicated by the arrival of a Chilean private detective. 

With powerful performances from its leading cast of Darío Grandinetti (Talk to Her, Wild Tales), Andrea Frigerio, and Alfredo Castro (Pablo Larraín’s The Club, No, and Tony Manero), Rojo is a timely drama whose historical references hold eerie resonance for our contemporary political moment—suggesting social complicity in the unfolding of far-reaching authoritarian regimes. Rojo, one of the most talked-about films at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival following its world premiere there, formalizes the young Naishtat as an emerging international star.

Opens Friday, July 12 at Film at Lincoln Center and the Quad Cinema in New York City
Opens Friday, July 19 at the Laemmle Royal
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Aug
16
to Oct 3

U.S. Theatrical Release of END OF THE CENTURY

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END OF THE CENTURY
(Fin de siglo, Lucio Castro, Argentina, 2019, 84 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

In his alluring debut feature, Lucio Castro offers both a sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance. When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other’s histories—and maybe even their destinies?

Castro deliberately parses out mystery after mystery, leading the audience on a journey of discovery as the two leading men discover themselves and each other. With sumptuous lensing of a Barcelona summertime and tangible chemistry between the actors, End of the Century is a love story that echoes across time.

Opens Friday August 16
IFC Center, New York City
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Opens September 20
Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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Opens September 27
Opera Plaza Cinemas - San Francisco, CA
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Opens September 27
Shattuck Cinemas - Berkeley, CA

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Aug
14
to Aug 18

U.S. Theatrical Release of THE CHAMBERMAID

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THE CHAMBERMAID / LA CAMARISTA

A film by Lila Avilés
(Mexico, 2018 In Spanish with English subtitles)

A poignant and delicate class portrait, Avilés’ film follows Eve — played by the wonderful Gabriela Cartol (I Dream in Another Language) — a young chambermaid working in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City, an exclusive glass tower inhabited by wealthy guests whose lives she imagines by their belongings left behind and their absences. Long, laborious shifts prevent Eve from caring for her child as she helps guests with their own children, but she believes she can better her situation after she’s promoted to work at executive-level suites, for which she accepts a grueling schedule. In keeping with her desire to improve her lot, she simultaneously enrolls in the hotel’s adult education program. 

An incipient friendship with her coworker and an awkward, silent flirtation with a window-washer prod her toward much needed bravery. When things don’t turn out as planned, Eve transforms her solitary explorations and newfound courage into the strength to face a life outside the high-class prison that’s entrapped her, breaking rules and discovering herself. 

Inspired by Avilés’ theater play of the same name — in turn inspired by Sophie Calle’s 1980 artistic project “The Hotel,” in which the French artist worked as a chambermaid in a Venice hotel — The Chambermaid is a standout among a thriving new generation of Mexican and Latin American female filmmakers. With impeccable cinematography, a near-documentary eye, and a humanistic gaze, the film signals Avilés as a talent to watch.

Opens Wednesday, June 26
Film Forum, New York City
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Opens Friday, July 5
Laemmle Royal and Laemmle Playhouse 7, Los Angeles
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Opens Friday, July 5
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
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August 14 - 18
Roxy Hotel Cinema

 
 
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Aug
9
to Aug 19

U.S. Theatrical and VOD Release of SÓCRATES

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SÓCRATES
A film by Alexandre Moratto
(Brazil/USA, 71 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

survive on his own. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. Produced by Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes), Executive Produced by Fernando Meirelles (City of God), and filmed with a micro budget of under US $20,000, Sócrates is the debut feature film from Brazilian-American director Alexandre Moratto. It is the first feature produced by the Querô Institute in Brazil where it was co-written, produced, and acted by at-risk teenagers from local low-income communities, with the support of Unicef.

Opens Friday, August 9 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles
Opens Friday, August 16 at Cinema Village in New York City

 
 
 
 
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Aug
9
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OVID.tv Digital Release of Six Contemporary Classic Latin American Docs

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OVID.tv, the new and groundbreaking subscription video-on-demand platform, has announced the digital release of six contemporary classic Latin American documentaries by some of the region’s most acclaimed directors. The films, from Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, and Mexico, will be available for streaming starting Friday, August 9, at OVID.tv.

The new titles are:

·       Elena, the acclaimed debut feature by Brazilian director Petra Costa (The Edge of Democracy);

·       The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño) by Tatiana Huezo, “one of the most impressive debuts by a Mexican filmmaker since Carlos Reygadas’ Japon” (Variety);

·       Natalia Almada’s powerful Cannes Directors' Fortnight entry El Velador;

·       Beyond My Grandfather Allende (Allende, mi abuelo Allende) by Marcia Tambutti Allende, winner of the Best Documentary, Golden Eye Prize at the Cannes Film Festival;

·       The Other Side of the Wall (Al otro lado del muro) by Pau Ortiz, winner of the top prize for Best International Documentary at both the HotDocs and Chicago film festivals; and

·       10th Parallel by Silvio Da-Rin, a voyage deep into the Amazon to explore the implications of Brazil's policy on uncontacted indigenous tribes.

In addition to these new titles, OVID’s library already features several acclaimed Latin American films including Patricio Guzmán’s seminal documentaries The Battle of Chile and Nostalgia for the Light; the Mexican EMMY documentary winner Presumed Guilty by Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith; Cinema Novo, Erik Rocha’s love letter to the influential Brazilian film movement; the Sundance Award winner When Two Worlds Collide by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel; and the New York Times Critics’ Pick 108 (Cuchillo de palo) by Paraguayan director Renate Costa. 

No other SVOD service makes available to US audiences such a large (and growing), collection of prize-winning and classic documentaries from Latin America, as OVID.tv.

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U.S. Theatrical Release of Mariano Llinás' LA FLOR

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LA FLOR
A film by Mariano Llinás
(Argentina, 2018, 803 min. In Spanish, French, English, Russian, German, Swedish, and Italian with English subtitles)

“A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s follow-up to his 2008 cult classic Extraordinary Stories is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge-viewing. The director himself appears at the start to preview the six disparate episodes that await, each starring the same four remarkable actresses: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. Overflowing with nested subplots and whiplash digressions, La Flor shape-shifts from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction—all of them without endings—to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece that lacks a beginning (granted, all notions of beginnings and endings become fuzzy after 14 hours). An adventure in scale and duration, La Flor is a marvelously entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction that lands somewhere close to its outer limits.” —Film Society of Lincoln Center

Opens Friday, August 2
Film at Lincoln Center
Filmmaker in person opening weekend!
Parts 1 & 2 screen August 2-8 and parts 3 & 4 screen August 9-15; check back for more details.

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Aug
2
to Aug 8

LA Theatrical Release of the Cuban Psychological Horror Film IS THAT YOU?

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IS THAT YOU / ¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?
A film by Rudy Riverón Sánchez
(Cuba/United Kingdom, 2018, 107 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Living in a modest shack in the Cuban countryside, thirteen-year-old Lili and her mother appear trapped in a meager, suffocating existence by her domineering father, Eduardo. His sudden absence should represent a new freedom for the girl and her mother, but Lili is distraught, and we come to discover just how strong the influence of this monstrous man is over his family. In desperation at losing Eduardo, Lili carries out a ritual taught to her by a spiritualist to help bring him back, leading Lili to uncover a disturbing truth about her father's disappearance.

Opens Friday, August 2 at Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles

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Aug
1
7:15 PM19:15

U.S. Premiere of THE DISCIPLE OF SPEED

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THE DISCIPLE OF SPEED / LA DISCÍPULA DEL VELOCÍMETRO
(Miguel Calderón, Mexico, 2008, 66 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere! / Filmmaker in person
Co-presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York

In this biographical documentary about the 50-year-old Mexican multimillionaire Emma, visual artist Miguel Calderón shows how reality can far surpass fiction in improbability. Basically his film is made up of the video research for a full-length film. The way Emma garnered her fortune remains unclear and unimportant. However, the way in which that money makes it possible for her to go to the limit in her extreme hobbies and activities becomes overwhelmingly clear. The eccentric millionaire, mother of a strange adolescent son, has a black belt in karate, is a stuntwoman and artiste, and claims to have paranormal gifts.

“Calderón follows her during races, film recordings, paragnostic performances, and dinners with friends, but is – rightly – just as interested in the thoughts of the 25 bodyguards and in her son’s gun collection. The woman is entirely convinced of herself and has no trouble linking together different worlds. But Calderón, who wields the camera, increasingly becomes the frustrated protagonist in his own failed project.” –International Rotterdam Film Festival

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Miguel Calderón is a contemporary Mexican artist who, while working through the disciplines of painting, video, photography, and sculpture, examines cultural stereotypes through both a critical artistic approach and a personal lens. Exemplified by a flippant attitude and crude aesthetic, his work features an amalgam of both fine art and pop culture references. Born on June 1, 1971 in Mexico City, Mexico, Calderón spent much of his early artistic career studying at academic institutions, attending The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts before receiving his BFA in 1994 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Calderón's paintings have gained notoriety in both the art world as well as in popular culture, notably being featured in Wes Anderson's classic 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums. His work has been exhibited in museums and institutions across the globe, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, New York, the Museum of Natural History in Mexico City, and in the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil.


Thursday, August 1, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue, New York City
No advance ticket sale: Tickets available the day of the screening only

Presented as part of ‘’If You Can Screen It There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema,’ programmed by Matías Piñeiro and Carlos A. Gutiérrez.


 
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Jul
30
7:30 PM19:30

Brasil Summerfest Presents ARNALDO ANTUNES: IN HIS OWN WORDS and CLEMENTINA

Brasil Summerfest and Cinema Tropical present

ARNALDO ANTUNES: IN HIS OWN WORDS  ( Com a Palavra, Arnaldo Antunes , Marcelo Machado, Brazil, 2018, 80 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy Tickets    US Premiere   An autobiographical documentary on the role that the word, the music, and the image occupy in Arnaldo Antunes’ work. From his origin as a poet to success as a singer and composer, the artist revisits the more remarkable moments of his career.   Tuesday, July 30. 7:30pm Anthology Film Archives  32 Second Avenue, New York City

ARNALDO ANTUNES: IN HIS OWN WORDS
(Com a Palavra, Arnaldo Antunes, Marcelo Machado, Brazil, 2018, 80 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Buy Tickets

US Premiere

An autobiographical documentary on the role that the word, the music, and the image occupy in Arnaldo Antunes’ work. From his origin as a poet to success as a singer and composer, the artist revisits the more remarkable moments of his career.

Tuesday, July 30. 7:30pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York City

CLEMENTINA  (Ana Rieper, Brazil, 2018, 75 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Buy Tickets    US Premiere   A look at the trajectory of Brazilian singer Clementina de Jesus (1901-1987). Revealed belatedly at the age of 62, Clementina became one of the greatest voices of samba, representing the so-called “missing link" between Brazilian culture and its African roots. Clementina de Jesus was "discovered" at the age of 62 by researcher Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, becoming one of the greatest proponents of Brazilian samba, music, and culture. Immediately recognized by the musical academy for her unique presence and timbre, she worked as a domestic servant until her career was launched following her debut in the iconic Rosa de Ouro spectacle. She was the first black artist to be honored at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro in a historical show that brought together Paulinho da Viola, João Nogueira, and Elizeth Cardoso, among other prominent figures of samba. Clementina was honored by the Portela Samba School during their 1982 carnival parade. She left a large repository of material used here for the feature documentary,  Clementina.    Tuesday, July 30, 9:15pm Anthology Film Archives  32 Second Avenue, New York City

CLEMENTINA
(Ana Rieper, Brazil, 2018, 75 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Buy Tickets

US Premiere

A look at the trajectory of Brazilian singer Clementina de Jesus (1901-1987). Revealed belatedly at the age of 62, Clementina became one of the greatest voices of samba, representing the so-called “missing link" between Brazilian culture and its African roots. Clementina de Jesus was "discovered" at the age of 62 by researcher Hermínio Bello de Carvalho, becoming one of the greatest proponents of Brazilian samba, music, and culture. Immediately recognized by the musical academy for her unique presence and timbre, she worked as a domestic servant until her career was launched following her debut in the iconic Rosa de Ouro spectacle. She was the first black artist to be honored at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro in a historical show that brought together Paulinho da Viola, João Nogueira, and Elizeth Cardoso, among other prominent figures of samba. Clementina was honored by the Portela Samba School during their 1982 carnival parade. She left a large repository of material used here for the feature documentary, Clementina.

Tuesday, July 30, 9:15pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York City

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Jul
11
7:15 PM19:15

U.S. Premiere of THE DEATH OF THE MASTER

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THE DEATH OF THE MASTER / LA MUERTE DEL MAESTRO
(José María Avilés, Ecuador/Argentina, 2018, 62 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere!
Co-presented by
Kinoscope and the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York (EFFNY).

“On April 16, 2016, a severe earthquake hit coastal Ecuador. José María Avilés’s first feature film is based on this national disaster, but at a great distance from the collapsed buildings and buried loved ones. He shows how an unexpected event can suddenly modify all the rules of the game, even in the remote town of Angamarca – the setting of the film – where the effects of the quake arrive as distant echoes of hostility in the natural environment. An elderly farmer has become one with the land, the lemon trees, and the livestock. But something has changed; nature is disturbed. Water doesn’t run off well, a calf dies for no reason, and the wind keeps picking up. Acting calmly, yet with rising desperation, the ‘maestro’ adheres to his daily routine, trying to get things back on track. It will kill him, that’s certain.” –International Film Festival Rotterdam

Thursday, July 11, 7:15pm
Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue, New York City
No advance ticket sale: Tickets available the day of the screening only


Presented as part of ‘
’If You Can Screen It There: Premiering Contemporary Latin American Cinema,’ programmed by Matías Piñeiro and Carlos A. Gutiérrez.

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Jul
10
8:30 PM20:30

Films on the Green Presents THE AMAZING CATFISH

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Films on the Green
and Cinema Tropical Present

THE AMAZING CATFISH / LOS INSÓLITOS PECES GATO
(Claudia Sainte-Luce, Mexico/France, 2013, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
With Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala, Sonia Franco

Martha (Owen), a mother of four rambunctious and imaginative children, finds solace upon meeting Claudia (Ayala), a younger woman trying to figure out her purpose in life. The two quickly become friends and Martha invites Claudia to come live with her family. When Martha’s health declines, the bond Claudia has with each member of the family is forced to be tested, giving opportunity for true, strong relationships to be created.

July 10, 8:30pm
J. Hood Wright Park

351 Fort Washington Avenue, New York City

 
 
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Jun
28
to Jul 4

Theatrical Release of Les Blank's CHULAS FRONTERAS

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CHULAS FRONTERAS
(Les Blank & Chris Strachwitz, USA, 1976, 58 min.)

A zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, Norteña music fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with German dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. Newly restored in 4k, Chulas Fronteras celebrates the famed Mexican-American musicians of the borderlands, the migrant farming communities from which they come, the strong family bonds of Tejanos, and the social protest ethos inscribed in their music. Blank & Strachwitz's film brims with tender affection for its subjects, the vitality of their marvelous music, and the generosity of spirit they show in the face of hardship. Featuring Flaco Jiménez, Lydia Mendoza, Los Alegres de Terán, and many others.

Screening with Del Mero Corazón (Straight from the Heart)

Opens Friday, June 28
Metrograph

7 Ludlow Street, New York City
For tickets: bit.ly/chulasnyc
Maureen Gosling & Harrod Blank in person Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29!

 
 
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Jun
27
7:15 PM19:15

U.S. Premiere of THE OMISSION

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THE OMISSION / LA OMISIÓN
(Sebastián Schjaer, Argentina, 2018, 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. premiere!

“In a snowy and industrial city in the south of Argentina, Paula, a 23-year-old girl from Buenos Aires, starts an intense job hunt with the sole purpose of saving money. The lack of a job, a home and a stable emotional environment will end up turning that search into a personal and introspective journey. She will have to deal with the hard living conditions in the south as well as with the unsolved aspects of her life, which will gradually be revealed. She knows she is shouting, but she can’t hear herself. Resembling a combination of Carey Mulligan, Sandra Huller, and Michelle Williams, Brito—next to be seen prominently in a feature-length documentary by American avant-garde legend James Benning—keeps Paula flintily sympathetic throughout. She etches a subtle and believable portrait of an astute person experienced far beyond her tender years, and considerably tougher than her gamine looks suggest.” —Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

Thursday, June 27, 7:15pm

 
 
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Jun
19
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IT'S ALL GOOD at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents

IT’S ALL GOOD / ESTÁ TODO BIEN
A film by Tuki Jencquel
(Venezuela/Germany, 2018, 70 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

”A country's collapse is dramatic and in hindsight seems inevitable, but when it's experienced gradually, on a day-by-day basis, it can almost pass unnoticed, like looking in the mirror each morning and not seeing how you age.” - Tuki Jencquel, Director, Está todo bien

Venezuela is a country rich in natural resources that for decades has prided itself on having one of the best public health systems in the entire region. Today, the near-total collapse of Venezuela’s health system is resulting in severe medicine shortages, a dramatic increase in infant mortality, the reappearance of once-eradicated diseases like diphtheria, and a mass exodus of doctors to hospitals overseas. In Está todo bien, Caracas-born Tuki Jencquel asks a pharmacist, trauma surgeon, activist and two patients to confront the same questions millions of Venezuelans are facing: protest or acquiesce, emigrate or remain, lose all hope or hang onto faith? 

June 19, 8:45pm at the IFC Center
Q&A to follow with filmmaker Tuki Jencquel and Francisco Valencia, film subject and director of Codevida

June 20, 6:15pm at Film at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Q&A to follow with filmmaker Tuki Jencquel and Francisco Valencia, film subject and director of Codevida

 
 
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11
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Latin American Films at Rooftop Films 2019

Latin American Films at Rooftop Films

Co-Presented by Cinema Tropical

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY     A film by Petra Costa (Brazil, 113 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)  Buy Tickets   As a child in 1985, filmmaker Petra Costa ( Elena ,  Olmo and the Seagull ) saw democracy take root in Brazil following years of authoritarian rule under a military dictatorship. Gaining unprecedented access to working-party leaders Lula de Silva and his protégée Dilma Rousseff, Costa traces the downfall of both democratic leaders following corruption scandals that resulted in the impeachment of Rousseff and the imprisonment of de Silva. Merging the personal and the political, Costa delves to the heart of her country's unfolding identity crisis, examining widespread institutional corruption while connecting her own family's complex past to Brazil's current crisis. Capturing a unique historical moment,  The Edge of Democracy  examines the forces at play in the global erosion of democracy.   Tuesday, June 11, 7pm The William Vale  111 N 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn  $16 online or at the door. Use the code DEMOCRACY25 at checkout to receive 25% of tickets!

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY
A film by Petra Costa
(Brazil, 113 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)
Buy Tickets

As a child in 1985, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, Olmo and the Seagull) saw democracy take root in Brazil following years of authoritarian rule under a military dictatorship. Gaining unprecedented access to working-party leaders Lula de Silva and his protégée Dilma Rousseff, Costa traces the downfall of both democratic leaders following corruption scandals that resulted in the impeachment of Rousseff and the imprisonment of de Silva. Merging the personal and the political, Costa delves to the heart of her country's unfolding identity crisis, examining widespread institutional corruption while connecting her own family's complex past to Brazil's current crisis. Capturing a unique historical moment, The Edge of Democracy examines the forces at play in the global erosion of democracy.

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
The William Vale

111 N 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$16 online or at the door. Use the code DEMOCRACY25 at checkout to receive 25% of tickets!

THE BONY LADY   A film by Thiago Zanato and Adriana Barbosa (USA, Brazil, and Mexico, 20 min.)  Buy Tickets   Arely Vazquez is a Mexican transgender woman leader of the Saint Death Cult living in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady), as she likes to call her, Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.   Presented as part of the ‘New York Non-Fiction’ program.    Friday, June 14, 7:45pm Green-Wood Cemetery  500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn  $16 in advance or at the door. Use the code NYNF25 at checkout to receive 25% of tickets!

THE BONY LADY
A film by Thiago Zanato and Adriana Barbosa
(USA, Brazil, and Mexico, 20 min.)
Buy Tickets

Arely Vazquez is a Mexican transgender woman leader of the Saint Death Cult living in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady), as she likes to call her, Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.

Presented as part of the ‘New York Non-Fiction’ program.

Friday, June 14, 7:45pm
Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn
$16 in advance or at the door. Use the code NYNF25 at checkout to receive 25% of tickets!

TRUE LOVE IN PUEBLO TEXTIL   A film by Horatio Baltz (Cuba and USA, 5 min.)  Buy Tickets   Nine-year-old Maribel explains to us how it feels to be stricken with the world's oldest infliction: love.   Presented as part of the ‘Love is Short’ program.    Tuesday, July 23, 7pm   The William Vale  111 N 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn $16 online or at the door

TRUE LOVE IN PUEBLO TEXTIL
A film by Horatio Baltz
(Cuba and USA, 5 min.)
Buy Tickets

Nine-year-old Maribel explains to us how it feels to be stricken with the world's oldest infliction: love.

Presented as part of the ‘Love is Short’ program.

Tuesday, July 23, 7pm
The William Vale
111 N 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
$16 online or at the door

MIDNIGHT FAMILY     (Luke Lorentzen, USA/Mexico, 81 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)  The Ochoa family runs a for-profit ambulance in Mexico City, competing with other EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. While making a living in this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police forces the family to try legitimizing their operation, their desperate financial situation pushes them into questionable practices even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services. In humanizing the Ochoas’ ethically compromised business,  Midnight Family  explores urgent questions around healthcare, the failings of government and the complexity of personal responsibility.   Saturday, June 29, 7pm Brooklyn Army Terminal  140 58th St., Brooklyn, NY 11220 Free!  RSVP requested .

MIDNIGHT FAMILY
(Luke Lorentzen, USA/Mexico, 81 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The Ochoa family runs a for-profit ambulance in Mexico City, competing with other EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. While making a living in this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police forces the family to try legitimizing their operation, their desperate financial situation pushes them into questionable practices even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services. In humanizing the Ochoas’ ethically compromised business, Midnight Family explores urgent questions around healthcare, the failings of government and the complexity of personal responsibility.

Saturday, June 29, 7pm
Brooklyn Army Terminal

140 58th St., Brooklyn, NY 11220
Free! RSVP requested.

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9
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Cinema Brasileiro at the New York Botanical Garden

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Cinema Brasileiro

Presented as Part of ‘Brazilian Modern:
The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

June - September 2019
New York Botanical Garden


As part of the exhibit “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx.” taking place Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the New York Botanical Garden, Cinema Tropical has curated an exciting series of award-winning films and documentaries—some of them to be screened for the time in the U.S.—, which will explore themes central to Roberto Burle Marx’s creative life and times. Various screenings will feature discussions with directors following the film.

Programmed by Mary Jane Marcasiano, organized by Pilar D. Garrett.

All screenings at
Ross Hall at New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
(718) 817-8700 / www.nybg.org
Screenings included in exhibit admission.

Click here for complete information


LANDSCAPE FILM: ROBERTO BURLE MARX  (Filme Paisagem: Um Olhar Sobre Roberto Burle Marx, João Vargas Penna, Brazil, 2018, 74 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  *Filmmaker João Vargas Penna in attendance   The life and works of Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) are portrayed in this documentary. The film presents his ideas and memories through a succession of sensorial landscapes that refer to the trajectory of the painter, sculptor, and landscape architect who designed squares and gardens in cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Recife - most of them marked by native plants of Brazil that form his signature, undulating patterns.   Sunday, June 9, 2pm* and Sunday, September 29, 2pm

LANDSCAPE FILM: ROBERTO BURLE MARX
(Filme Paisagem: Um Olhar Sobre Roberto Burle Marx, João Vargas Penna, Brazil, 2018, 74 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
*Filmmaker João Vargas Penna in attendance

The life and works of Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994) are portrayed in this documentary. The film presents his ideas and memories through a succession of sensorial landscapes that refer to the trajectory of the painter, sculptor, and landscape architect who designed squares and gardens in cities like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Recife - most of them marked by native plants of Brazil that form his signature, undulating patterns.

Sunday, June 9, 2pm* and Sunday, September 29, 2pm

THIS IS BOSSA NOVA  ( Coisa Mais Linda: Historias e Casos da Bossa Nova , Paulo Thiago, Brazil, 2007, 126 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)   This Is Bossa Nova  presents a historical, musical, and informative look into the birth of bossa nova in the 1950s, following the movement to its peak in 1962 when it became a definitively international phenomenon after a Carnegie Hall concert in New York City. Offering exclusive interviews and performances by Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, João Donato, Alaíde Costa, Johnny Alf, Kay Lira, Leny Andrade, Chris Delano, Joyce, Sergio Ricardo, Billy Blanco - all participants of the era and some contemporary followers— This Is Bossa Nova  contains archival images of concerts and international performances of both those Brazilian and foreign artists who participated in the bossa nova movement.   Saturday, June 15, 2pm

THIS IS BOSSA NOVA
(Coisa Mais Linda: Historias e Casos da Bossa Nova, Paulo Thiago, Brazil, 2007, 126 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

This Is Bossa Nova presents a historical, musical, and informative look into the birth of bossa nova in the 1950s, following the movement to its peak in 1962 when it became a definitively international phenomenon after a Carnegie Hall concert in New York City. Offering exclusive interviews and performances by Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, João Donato, Alaíde Costa, Johnny Alf, Kay Lira, Leny Andrade, Chris Delano, Joyce, Sergio Ricardo, Billy Blanco - all participants of the era and some contemporary followers—This Is Bossa Nova contains archival images of concerts and international performances of both those Brazilian and foreign artists who participated in the bossa nova movement.

Saturday, June 15, 2pm

REACHING FOR THE MOON  ( Flores Raras , Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 2013, 118 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)  Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bruno Barreto returns with a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Tracy Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more—a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen.   Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2pm

REACHING FOR THE MOON
(Flores Raras, Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 2013, 118 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bruno Barreto returns with a sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures. Grappling with writer’s block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary (Tracy Middendorf). Hoping to find inspiration on Mary’s sprawling estate, Elizabeth winds up with much more—a tempestuous relationship with Mary’s bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. The attraction of two polar-opposite women has rarely been so volatile and so erotically charged on the big screen.

Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2pm

VINICIUS  (Miguel Faria Jr., Brazil/Spain, 2005, 121 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980) was a cultural force—the sublime poet of the quotidien, author of over 400 poems and 400 song lyrics—and a man who married nine times. He co-wrote The Girl from Ipanema and many other samba and bossa-nova standards. His play Orfeu da Conceição was adapted into the Oscar-winning 1958 film Black Orpheus, for which he also co-wrote several classic songs. To celebrate the life and work of a multifaceted creator—playwright, poet, partner of the most important names of MPB and, above all, an enlightened personage of the country's cultural history—director Miguel Faria Jr. has brought together an incomparable cast of partners, interpreters, friends and rare archival images to reconstruct Vinicius' genial simplicity with the spontaneity, humor, and freedom of friends conversing in a bar.   Saturday, July 6, 2pm

VINICIUS
(Miguel Faria Jr., Brazil/Spain, 2005, 121 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Vinicius de Moraes (1913-1980) was a cultural force—the sublime poet of the quotidien, author of over 400 poems and 400 song lyrics—and a man who married nine times. He co-wrote The Girl from Ipanema and many other samba and bossa-nova standards. His play Orfeu da Conceição was adapted into the Oscar-winning 1958 film Black Orpheus, for which he also co-wrote several classic songs. To celebrate the life and work of a multifaceted creator—playwright, poet, partner of the most important names of MPB and, above all, an enlightened personage of the country's cultural history—director Miguel Faria Jr. has brought together an incomparable cast of partners, interpreters, friends and rare archival images to reconstruct Vinicius' genial simplicity with the spontaneity, humor, and freedom of friends conversing in a bar.

Saturday, July 6, 2pm

THAT MAN FROM RIO  ( L'homme de Ri o, Philippe de Broca, France/Italy, 1964, 112 min. In French, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles)  A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musée de l’Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Métro entrance and witnesses fiancée Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, killed in a car accident 3 years later) getting kidnapped herself–and then the chase begins: by motorcycle, shoe leather, flight to Rio de Janeiro sans ticket or passport, airport baggage carrier, cable car, pink car complete with green stars and a rumble seat, water skies, Amazon river boat, seaplane, jungle vine… all shot in breathtaking widescreen and color. Even as Dorléac, rescued, is kidnapped again, Belmondo performs his own blood-curdling stunts against that sugar loaf Rio skyline and across that under-construction unearthly architecture of Brasilia (even parachuting almost into the jaws of a hungry croc).   Saturday, July 20, 2pm

THAT MAN FROM RIO
(L'homme de Rio, Philippe de Broca, France/Italy, 1964, 112 min. In French, Portuguese, and English with English subtitles)

A blow dart-wielding thug snatches a rare statuette from the Musée de l’Homme; anthropologist Jean Servais (Rififi) is kidnapped in broad Parisian daylight; serviceman Jean-Paul Belmondo begins his 8-day leave by changing to civvies in a Métro entrance and witnesses fiancée Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister, killed in a car accident 3 years later) getting kidnapped herself–and then the chase begins: by motorcycle, shoe leather, flight to Rio de Janeiro sans ticket or passport, airport baggage carrier, cable car, pink car complete with green stars and a rumble seat, water skies, Amazon river boat, seaplane, jungle vine… all shot in breathtaking widescreen and color. Even as Dorléac, rescued, is kidnapped again, Belmondo performs his own blood-curdling stunts against that sugar loaf Rio skyline and across that under-construction unearthly architecture of Brasilia (even parachuting almost into the jaws of a hungry croc).

Saturday, July 20, 2pm

A CASA DO TOM: MUNDO, MONDE, MONDO  (Ana Jobim, Brazil, 2007, 58 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)  Even the most loyal admirer of Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim, the most internationally-recognized Brazilian artist and the person most responsible for turning bossa nova into a global sensation, cannot imagine the surprises they will encounter in this film. In this extraordinarily personal documentary directed by his wife Ana Lontra Jobim, Jobim speaks about his love for the nature of the Mata Atlantica and its influence on his music. In fact, his Rio home, the title of this film, is built on the edge of Rio’s Botanic Gardens which rise up the slopes of Corcovado. Shot in New York, Rio, and the family ranch in Poço Fundo, and incorporating previously unreleased material, the film shows intimate family moments, the birth of famous songs, parties at home with other musicians, and even Jobim in pajamas leading an “expedition” in the woods.   Saturday, August 3, 2pm

A CASA DO TOM: MUNDO, MONDE, MONDO
(Ana Jobim, Brazil, 2007, 58 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Even the most loyal admirer of Antonio Carlos “Tom” Jobim, the most internationally-recognized Brazilian artist and the person most responsible for turning bossa nova into a global sensation, cannot imagine the surprises they will encounter in this film. In this extraordinarily personal documentary directed by his wife Ana Lontra Jobim, Jobim speaks about his love for the nature of the Mata Atlantica and its influence on his music. In fact, his Rio home, the title of this film, is built on the edge of Rio’s Botanic Gardens which rise up the slopes of Corcovado. Shot in New York, Rio, and the family ranch in Poço Fundo, and incorporating previously unreleased material, the film shows intimate family moments, the birth of famous songs, parties at home with other musicians, and even Jobim in pajamas leading an “expedition” in the woods.

Saturday, August 3, 2pm

TEMPLO VERDE  (Luiz Eduardo Lerina, Brazil, 2019, 58 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)   Templo Verde  ( Green Temple ) has at its center a very special garden where thousands of plant species are sheltered, some endangered. Featuring the participation of landscape artist Cecilia Beatriz da Veiga Soares, biologists Gustavo Martinelli and Henrique Rajão, and nature photographer João Quental, the documentary guides us through the diversity and exuberance of the flora and fauna of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Botanical Garden. The Garden is located between the  Floresta da Tijuca  (Tijuca Forest) and urban Rio de Janeiro, consequently provoking reflection on the fate of a rainforest surrounded by city, the risks and challenges for its conservation, and the need for public awareness in order to preserve what remains of the native flora and fauna of Rio's Mata Atlantica.   Saturday, August 17, 2pm

TEMPLO VERDE
(Luiz Eduardo Lerina, Brazil, 2019, 58 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Templo Verde (Green Temple) has at its center a very special garden where thousands of plant species are sheltered, some endangered. Featuring the participation of landscape artist Cecilia Beatriz da Veiga Soares, biologists Gustavo Martinelli and Henrique Rajão, and nature photographer João Quental, the documentary guides us through the diversity and exuberance of the flora and fauna of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Botanical Garden. The Garden is located between the Floresta da Tijuca (Tijuca Forest) and urban Rio de Janeiro, consequently provoking reflection on the fate of a rainforest surrounded by city, the risks and challenges for its conservation, and the need for public awareness in order to preserve what remains of the native flora and fauna of Rio's Mata Atlantica.

Saturday, August 17, 2pm

MARGARET MEE AND THE MOONFLOWER   ( Margaret Mee e a Flor da Lua,  Malu de Martino, Brazil, 2012, 78 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)  Discover the work and legacy of botanical illustrator Margaret Mee in Malu de Martino’s documentary  Margaret Mee and the Moonflower . The British-born artist spent more than 36 years in Brazil, completed fifteen expeditions into the Amazon rainforest, and produced over 400 illustrations of Brazilian flora, works that are now central to contemporary botanical science research. Drawing on her diaries, interviews, and narratives, the film reveals a tireless advocate for the preservation of Brazilian rainforests and an artist not afraid to command her craft in defense of environmental conservation.   Saturday, August 31, 2pm

MARGARET MEE AND THE MOONFLOWER
(Margaret Mee e a Flor da Lua, Malu de Martino, Brazil, 2012, 78 min. In Portuguese and English with English subtitles)

Discover the work and legacy of botanical illustrator Margaret Mee in Malu de Martino’s documentary Margaret Mee and the Moonflower. The British-born artist spent more than 36 years in Brazil, completed fifteen expeditions into the Amazon rainforest, and produced over 400 illustrations of Brazilian flora, works that are now central to contemporary botanical science research. Drawing on her diaries, interviews, and narratives, the film reveals a tireless advocate for the preservation of Brazilian rainforests and an artist not afraid to command her craft in defense of environmental conservation.

Saturday, August 31, 2pm

AMAZONIA: THE AWAKENING OF FLORESTANIA  ( Amazônia: o despertar da florestania,  Christiane Torloni and Miguel Przewodowski, Brazil, 2018, 111 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)   Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania  is a documentary that discusses the ways in which the Amazon rainforest, and nature itself, has been treated in Brazil since the turn of the 20th century. Bringing together testimonies from many different sectors of Brazilian society, including those of indigenous leaders, environmentalists, representatives of the third sector, journalists, artists, intellectuals and many more,  Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania  tracks the ideologies of those who have been fighting to preserve one of Brazil’s most precious legacies. The film leads to the rise of the concept of “ Florestania,"  or “forestship” - a word that synthesizes concepts of citizenship and forest rights to speak to something that may be, in many ways, the genetic code of humanity.   Screening with  GIANTS NY NATURE ITSELF  ( Gigantes pela própia natureza , Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, Brazil, 2019, 3 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles) The ‘Xingu Women's Movement’ is one the most relevant and organized feminist groups within Brazil’s indigenous community today. Based in the  Parque Indígena do Xingu  (Xingo National Park) the group aims to fight for the emancipation of all indigenous women and for greater participation in local and national politics. Produced by Carol Gavazzi and Watatakalu Yawalapiti and directed by Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, the short film and manifesto  Gigantes pela própria natureza  is a true call to mobilization and justice that shows how important these women are for the protection of the forest they live in. Shot in April 2019 and released during the largest indigenous protest in Brazil’s Federal District that same month,  Gigantes pela própria natureza  is an invitation for everyone to join forces with them, to make their voices louder and their message heard.   Saturday, September 14, 2pm and Saturday, September 21, 2pm

AMAZONIA: THE AWAKENING OF FLORESTANIA
(Amazônia: o despertar da florestania, Christiane Torloni and Miguel Przewodowski, Brazil, 2018, 111 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania is a documentary that discusses the ways in which the Amazon rainforest, and nature itself, has been treated in Brazil since the turn of the 20th century. Bringing together testimonies from many different sectors of Brazilian society, including those of indigenous leaders, environmentalists, representatives of the third sector, journalists, artists, intellectuals and many more, Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania tracks the ideologies of those who have been fighting to preserve one of Brazil’s most precious legacies. The film leads to the rise of the concept of “Florestania," or “forestship” - a word that synthesizes concepts of citizenship and forest rights to speak to something that may be, in many ways, the genetic code of humanity.


Screening with GIANTS NY NATURE ITSELF
(Gigantes pela própia natureza, Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, Brazil, 2019, 3 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
The ‘Xingu Women's Movement’ is one the most relevant and organized feminist groups within Brazil’s indigenous community today. Based in the Parque Indígena do Xingu (Xingo National Park) the group aims to fight for the emancipation of all indigenous women and for greater participation in local and national politics. Produced by Carol Gavazzi and Watatakalu Yawalapiti and directed by Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, the short film and manifesto Gigantes pela própria natureza is a true call to mobilization and justice that shows how important these women are for the protection of the forest they live in. Shot in April 2019 and released during the largest indigenous protest in Brazil’s Federal District that same month, Gigantes pela própria natureza is an invitation for everyone to join forces with them, to make their voices louder and their message heard.

Saturday, September 14, 2pm and Saturday, September 21, 2pm

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Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

BLACK GODDESS at the New York African Film Festival

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The New York African Film Festival presents

BLACK GODDESS / A DEUSA NEGRA
(Ola Balogun, Nigeria/Brazil, 1978, 95 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Co-presented by Cinema Tropical
Q&A with Ola Balogun

Black Goddess is a classic Nigerian-Brazilian film from director Ola Balogun that journeys into the past and present of Africa. Balogun’s tale is a love story that spans three centuries, set in both the 18th century and the 1970s, when the movie was made. Structured in the form of mystical journey, the film unfolds under the aegis of the Yoruba divinity Yemoja.

Monday, June 4, 6pm
Francesca Beale Theater
Film at Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street

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May
31
to Jun 13

U.S. Theatrical Release of TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG

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TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG / TARDE PARA MORIR JOVEN
(Dominga Sotomayor, Chile, Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar, 2018, 110 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The year 1990 was when Chile transitioned to democracy, but all of that seems a world away for 16-year-old Sofia, who lives far off the grid in a mountain enclave of artists and bohemians. Too Late to Die Young takes place during the hot, languorous days between Christmas and New Year’s Day, when the troubling realities of the adult world—and the elemental forces of nature—begin to intrude on her teenage idyll. Shot in dreamily diaphanous, sun-splashed images and set to period-perfect pop, the second feature from one of Latin American cinema’s most artful and distinctive voices is at once nostalgic and piercing, a portrait of a young woman—and a country—on the cusp of exhilarating and terrifying change. A KimStim release.

Opens Friday, May 31
Film at Lincoln Center, New York City

Q&As with Dominga Sotomayor at the 6:45pm screenings on May 31 and June 1 
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Opens Friday, June 7
Laemmle Music Hall, Los Angeles
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May
17
to Jun 13

U.S. Theatrical Release of THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA

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THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA
A film by Raúl Ruiz & Valeria Sarmiento
(La telenovela errante, Chile, 1990/2017, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles, )

Raúl Ruiz passed away in 2011, but it should come as little surprise that a filmmaker as mind-bogglingly prolific, subversive, and mischievous as Ruiz wouldn’t let that get in the way of releasing a new film. The footage that comprises The Wandering Soap Opera was the result of a 6-day workshop that Ruiz gave for actors and technicians in his native Chile in 1990, during his first return visit since his departure for France following Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 coup d’état.

Restored and completed by Valeria Sarmiento—Ruiz’s wife and editor, and an accomplished filmmaker in her own right—The Wandering Soap Opera turns out to be far more than a curiosity. Its status as Ruiz’s first post-dictatorship Chilean film would alone qualify it as an important film within his vast oeuvre (Ruiz made more than 100 films over the course of his career), but above and beyond that historical significance it proves to be a typically dazzling and inventive work that embeds a penetrating portrait of a society transfigured by the effects of almost 20 years of a repressive dictatorship into the form of a Borgesian parody of telenovela conventions.

The Wandering Soap Opera contains passages that are as deadpan funny and astonishingly resourceful as anything in Ruiz’s body of work, while Sarmiento’s elegant assemblage (she bookends Ruiz’s own material with footage of him leading the workshop) renders the final product a moving tribute to an extraordinary filmmaker for whom even a hundred films wasn’t enough.

Distributed by The Cinema Guild.

New York Times Critics' Pick!
"A critique of the self-serious idiocy of authority and a celebration of the anarchic power of imagination"
—A.O. Scott, New York Times

“The film is based on the idea…that ‘there’s no such thing as Chilean reality,’ that reality in his country is a series of soap operas. Ruiz specialized in making wry comments about his homeland: one episode in his film bears the heading, ‘If you behave badly in this life, you become Chilean in the next one. R.R.’” –Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

Opens Friday, May 31
Facets Cinémathèque

1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 
www.facets.org

Opens Friday, June 7
Laemmle Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Additional screenings at Laemmle Glendale on June 10, Laemmle Playhouse 7 on June 11, Laemmle NoHo 7 on June 12, and Laemmle Monica Film Center on June 13.
www.laemmle.com

 
 
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May
10
to May 12

COUNCILWOMAN at Workers Unite! Film Festival

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COUNCILWOMAN
(Margo Guernsey, USA, 2019, 57 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)

Politicians aren’t often full-time hotel housekeepers, grandmothers, union members and immigrants working service jobs. But Carmen Castillo changes that when she wins a seat on the City Council in Providence, Rhode Island. Carmen Castillo is a Dominican City Councilwoman who maintains her job cleaning hotel rooms, as she takes on her new role in politics. She faces skeptics who say she doesn’t have the education to govern, the power of corporate interests who take a stand against her fight for a $15/hourly wage in the City, and a tough re-election against two contenders—all of this while balancing the challenges of managing a full-time job cleaning hotel rooms, and a personal relationship. It’s a journey behind the scenes of politics after the victory.

Friday, May 10, 8pm
Workers Unite! Film Festival
Cinema Village

22 East 12th Street, New York City

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May
10
to May 16

U.S. Release of Brazilian Supernatural Horror Noir OUR EVIL

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OUR EVIL / MAL NOSSO
(Samuel Galli, Brazil, 2017, 92 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Our Evil follows Arthur (Ademir Esteves), a former exorcist and doting father preparing for his only daughter’s foray into college. Hiding a secret from his own past in order to protect her future, Arthur hires Charles (Ricardo Casella), a professional hitman and amateur serial killer, to help him fight a demonic power he believes is coming to destroy his daughter’s soul. 

Rooted in a new retro score by Brazilian brothers Gustavo and Guilherme Garbato, Our Evil plays with noir motifs and gritty, handheld realism to offer a piercing personal study reminiscent of Lynch’s particular brand of horror. A possible break-out cult hit for fans of foreign scares, Our Evil marks Galli as a promising newcomer to the field.

Opens Friday, May 10
Laemmle Glendale
207 N. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA

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