to Aug 31

Chicago Theatrical Release of KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ

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A film by Gastón Solnicki
(Argentina, 2016, 71 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Hailed as "an eerie high-modernist fable... mightily minimalist, and drop-dead gorgeous" (Olaf Möller, Film Comment), Kékszakállú is an beguiling portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood, feeling their way through various crises born of the insular comforts of upper-middle-class life.

A playful tableau of spiritual seeking, the film is comprised of moments that seem to have been drawn from memory, with an elliptical musicality that moves according to forms, colors, sounds, and states of being. The status quo of boredom and leisure is challenged by the vicissitudes of Argentina’s economic malaise, forcing the offspring of this vanishing upper class to extricate themselves from the grips of familial privilege. 

True to Solnicki’s non-fiction roots, and with a painterly mise-en-scène, the film presents a documentary-like exposure of the quotidian while suggesting possibilities for redemption among this brood of the weary. There is no protagonist in Kékszakállú, rather several young women blanketed under layers of sunlit lassitude and politely tamped down discomfort. Yet, this is a joyful experience, moving inexorably toward liberation.

Partly inspired by Béla Bartók’s sole opera, Bluebeard’s Castle (vivid passages are heard throughout the film), Kékszakállú radically transposes the portent of Bluebeard’s Castle into something far less recognizable: a tale of generational inertia, situated between the alternating and precisely rendered tableaux of work and relaxation in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este. 

Named as one of the Best Undistributed Films of 2016 by Film Comment and IndieWire, selected as one of Artforum's ten best films of 2016 by James Quandtand an official selection at the Venice, Toronto, and New York film festivals, Kékszakállú will open on Friday, August 25, at Facets Cinémathèque in Chicago. 

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“A dark journey of the soul…one of the more understated and yet compelling evocations of life under the junta.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Keep[s] the viewer claustrophobically locked in Francisco’s experience of the city, a labyrinth of shadow in which any number of threats lurk just off camera.” — Erin Delaney, Film Comment

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires under Argentina’s military regime, this low-key but suspenseful thriller makes a middle-aged apolitical office worker the reluctant messenger in a precarious plot to prevent the political kidnapping of two strangers. Francisco (Velázquez), a sad-faced family man, receives a call from a woman he knew in college, with a seemingly benign request to publish his student poem. Directors Márquez and Testa keep the story simmering just below the surface, floating subtle suggestions of humor even as they trigger unease and launch the threat that forces Francisco into a life-and-death odyssey that evolves in the dark empty streets just blocks from his home. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)

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to Aug 31

U.S. Theatrical Release of TALES OF AN IMMORAL COUPLE

Hola Mexico Distribution has announced the U.S. theatrical release of the screwball comedy Tales of an Immoral Couple (La vida inmoral de la pareja ideal), the fifth feature film by writer-director Manolo Caro. The film opens Friday, August 25 in screens across the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and San Diego, among other cities. This marks the first U.S. theatrical distribution by the young yet accomplished Mexican film and theater director, whose deft comedies have enjoyed significant box office success at home, making him the only filmmaker in Mexico to have scored a top ten highest-grossing movie in the past three consecutive years.  

Tales of an Immoral Couple centers on Lucio and Martina, two former lovers whose passionate romance began while attending a strict Catholic high school in Mexico. Twenty-five five years later, they unexpectedly run into each other in the city of San Miguel de Allende and despite still sharing an undiminished love for one another they both pretend to be in happy marriages––even if it’s all lies. As they try to maintain their facades, a comedy of errors ensues that reveals the true reasons why the couple ended up separating in the first place.    

Emmy-nominated actress and Caro regular Cecilia Suárez plays the role of Martina, while Manuel García Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven and the upcoming Soldado) plays the role of Lucio. They are joined by a cast of established as well as up-and-coming actors including Sebastián Aguirre (Güeros and A Monster with a Thousand Heads), Andrés Almeida (You’re Killing Me Susana and Y Tu Mamá También), and Spain’s Paz Vega (Lucía and Sex, and Almodóvar’s Talk to Her and I’m So Excited). 

Shot on location in Mexico’s picturesque San Miguel de Allende, Tales of an Immoral Couple premiered on Mexican screens in November of last year and became one of the top-grossing Mexican films of 2016. With a charming vivacity and a talented cast with impeccable comedic timing, the film offers U.S. audiences a great introduction to Caro, a director who deftly combines his artistry with comedy.

Opens Friday, August 25 at the following theaters:
Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills, CA
Laemmle Playhouse, Pasadena, CA
Cinepolis Pico Rivera, Pico Rivera, CA
Digital Gym, San Diego CA
Regal Ontario Palace, Ontario, CA
Regal Rancho Del Rey, San Diego, CA
Regal Edwards South Gate, South Gate, CA
Regal Texas Station, Las Vegas, NV
Cine Latino Aurora, Aurora, CO
Cine Latino Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
Cine Latino Pasadena, Pasadena, TX
AMC Gulf Pointe 30, Houston, TX
AMC Studio 30, Houston, TX
AMC Mesquite 30, Dallas, TX
AMC Parks @ Arlington, Dallas, TX
AMC Cicero 14, Chicago IL
AMC Ford City 14, Chicago, IL
AMC East Ridge, San Jose, CA
AMC Mercado 20, San Jose, CA
AMC Edinburg 18, Edinburg, TX
AMC Orange 30, OC, CA
AMC Jersey Gardens 20, NJ
AMC Empire 25, New York, NY
AMC Westgate 20, Phenix, AZ
AMC Palm Promenade 14, San Diego, CA
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Cobb Dolphin Mall, Miami, FL
Maya Cinemas, Pittsburg, CA
Maya Cinemas, Fresno, CA
Maya Cinemas, Salinas, CA
Maya Cinemas, Bakersfield, CA


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to Sep 7

NYC Theatrical Release of JESÚS

Nothing comes easily to Santiago teen Jesús. His group has just lost the local battle of the boy bands, he can’t seem to finish high school or keep track of money, and his widower father is fed up with his inertia. Uncertain what path to take, Jesús is trapped in a dead-end cycle of getting wasted with his buddies and looking for trouble.

One night, the boys are partying in a cemetery when things get out of hand. The boys gang up on a defenseless kid, beating him badly. The next day, Jesús learns that the kid’s in a coma, and the police are searching for those responsible. Desperate to avoid both the authorities and his friends, he has no choice but to turn to his father for help. But how far should a father be expected to go to protect a child when that child is as lost as Jesús?

JESUS is loosely inspired by true events that occurred in Santiago, Chile, where Daniel Mauricio Zamudio, a gay man, was beaten and tortured for several hours in a park in downtown Santiago. After being attacked by four men, Zamudio died 25 days later after being in a coma. Zamudio has become a symbol against homophobic violence in Chile.

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to Sep 21

Theatrical Run of NOBODY'S WATCHING at Film Forum

Directed by Julia Solomonoff

Nico (a stunning Guillermo Pfening), is a 30-something actor who leaves a promising career in Argentina (where he stars in a T.V. soap) after a romantic break-up with his male married producer. Like many before him, cast adrift in New York City, Nico is thwarted in his efforts to land a job in either movies or on the stage. A smarmy agent advises him that Latinos are hot, but that he’s too blond and his accent has to go. Nico overstays his visa, juggles odd jobs (nannying for a wealthy friend; cleaning apartments) and engages in petty theft. Surprise visits from a former co-star and his ex-lover force him to reckon with his national, individual, and sexual identities.

As the national debate on immigration focuses on border-crossing, Nobody's Watching presents an alternative take on Latin America-US emigration. Solomonoff and Pfening, who won the Best Actor prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, imbue this precarious, isolated experience with humor, warmth, and humanity. 


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U.S. Premiere of WINTER DAYS on Writer Mario Bellatín

(Invernadero, Gonzalo Castro, Argentina, 2010, 94 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere

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

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

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

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Brasil Summerfest Presents TIM MAIA

Tim Maia
(Mauro Lima, Brazil, 2014, 140 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
With Robson Nunes, Babu Santana, Aline Moraes, Cauã Reymond.

Sebastião Rodrigues Maia, a.k.a. Tim Maia, was a tempestuous singer and composer who revolutionized Brazilian music. Mauro Lima’s biographical drama tells his story from precocious teen years to heady days in New York City up until the peak of his career, when he scored dozens of top hits and became one of the most popular and beloved stars of the Brazilian music scene. 

Part of Brasil Summerfest, presented in association with Cinema Tropical.

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Brasil Summerfest Presents TROPICALIA

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Tropicália, Brasil Summerfest, The New School, and Cinema Tropical presents: 

(Marcelo Machado, Brazil, 2012, 87 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

In the late 1960s, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, and Tom Zé were creating the soundtrack to the artistic movement that sent shockwaves through Brazilian culture. Combining recently recovered archival material and encounters with these musicians and other icons of the movement, Tropicália shines a contemporary light on this vital moment in the history of the country—and of popular music around the world. A rare and thrilling document of the brilliant sparks that fly when art, culture, and politics collide.


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By Popular Demand! Encore Screening of THE THIRD SIDE OF THE RIVER


(La tercera orilla, Celina Murga, Argentina, 2014, 92 min. digital. In Spanish with English subtitles)

New York Premiere.
Filmmaker in Attendance!

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

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

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Los Angeles Theatrical Release of LA GRANJA

LA GRANJA A film by Angel Manuel Soto (Puerto Rico, 2015, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) In the small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten by the catastrophic effects of an economic depression and drug addiction, lives are pushed to the limit. A promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories focus around the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico. Each actor in this modern day tragedy will ultimately discover how the pursuit of hope can dehumanize and expose underlying animal instincts. Winner of the Best First Film Award at the Guadalajara Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language at the UK National Film Academy, La Granja held its world premiere at Fantastic Fest and had a successful film festival run playing at Tribeca, Raindance, Miami, among others. Soto’s acclaimed debut feature offers a timely and electrifying portrayal of the hardships and hopelessness of life in modern Puerto Rico, and heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in Puerto Rican cinema. 

A film by Angel Manuel Soto
(Puerto Rico, 2015, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

In the small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten by the catastrophic effects of an economic depression and drug addiction, lives are pushed to the limit. A promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories focus around the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico. Each actor in this modern day tragedy will ultimately discover how the pursuit of hope can dehumanize and expose underlying animal instincts.

Winner of the Best First Film Award at the Guadalajara Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language at the UK National Film Academy, La Granja held its world premiere at Fantastic Fest and had a successful film festival run playing at Tribeca, Raindance, Miami, among others. Soto’s acclaimed debut feature offers a timely and electrifying portrayal of the hardships and hopelessness of life in modern Puerto Rico, and heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in Puerto Rican cinema. 

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U.S. Premiere of Mexican Film YO by Matías Meyer

A film by Matías Meyer
(Mexico/Canada/Dominican Republic/Switzerland, 2015, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

U.S. Premiere. Filmmaker in Attendance!

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


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4th Week of Matías Piñeiro's HERMIA & HELENA in NYC

A film by Matías Piñeiro
(USA/Argentina, 2016, 87 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
A Kino Lorber release.

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A favorite at the Locarno, New York, Toronto, and BFI London film festivals, Matías Piñeiro’s fourth installment in his celebrated series on William Shakespeare’s comedies also marks his first film shot in the United States.

In Hermia & Helena, Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York City to attend an artists’ residency to develop her new project: a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon her arrival, Camila quickly realizes that her work doesn’t compensate for the absence of her friends and boyfriend she left behind. When she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle, a former participant in the same residency, Camila second-guesses her studies altogether.

The fifth feature film by the Argentine-born director includes understated and complex performances by an assorted cast featuring Piñeiro regulars Agustina Muñoz and María Villar (Viola, The Princess of France), with stalwarts of New York’s independent film scene such as Keith Poulson (Listen Up Philip), Mati Diop (Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum), filmmakers Dan Sallitt (The Unspeakable Act) and Dustin Guy Defa (the upcoming Human People).

In Hermia & Helena (named after two characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Piñeiro continues his exploration of female roles in Shakespeare’s comedies after Rosalinda (2010), Viola (2012), and The Princess of France (2014), and his most recent film is a welcome creative encounter between American independent filmmaking and Latin American cinema.   A valentine to New York City, Hermia & Helena is a film of delightful amorous detours, dead ends, and new beginnings, navigating different hemispheres and languages, where the written words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life.

“(A) gloriously imaginative vision of youthful ardor in love and art alike.”
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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(André Midani – Do vinil ao download, Andrucha Waddington & Mini Kerti, Brazil, 2015, 120 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)


Based on André Midani’s autobiography, this feature discusses crucial events in Brazilian music by telling about the life and relationships of this music industry executive who molded amazing careers and made the industry boom in Brazil between 1950 and 2000. His story is told through informal gatherings and jam sessions done at André’s house with artists, intellectuals and journalists who influenced him and who were influenced by him. These gatherings contributed many things, both material and immaterial, to the culture of the country.

Screening followed by a conversation with legendary music producer André Midani and journalist Larry Rohter.

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Co-Presenting PLAY THE DEVIL and AYITI MON AMOUR at the NY African Film Festival


'24th New York African Film Festival'
Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical

(Maria Govan, Trinidad, 2016, 90 min. In English)
In Play the Devil, the prevailing poverty and lush beauty of Trinidad and the pulsating rhythms of Carnival are backdrop to a story where dreams and obsession collide. Gifted 18-year-old Gregory is his family’s only hope for financial success. When the naive young man meets James, a powerful, affluent businessman offering friendship and guidance, his world spins out of control. As James’s persistent advances become more intrusive and menacing, Gregory’s initial compliance changes to rejection and the fallout threatens to ruin his future and expose his secrets. Gregory and James face each other once again—on Carnival Monday, when young men cover themselves in blue paint, dress as devils, and become lost in the frenzy of drumming and howling.
Sunday, May 7, 6:15pm

(Guetty Felin, Haiti, 2016, 88 min. In Haitian Creole, French, and Japanese with English subtitles)
Set in Haiti five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Guetty Felin’s magical realist tale avoids the kinds of images of the disaster that saturated screens around the world. In his depiction of young Orphée’s grief over the loss of his father beneath the rubble of decimated buildings (represented in ghostly images that float beneath the ocean’s surface), Felin refuses to tell a story of victimhood. Instead, she gives the narrative back to the Haitian people, whose lives cannot be reduced headlines. And as her characters begin to heal, Felin suggests that the island will too.
Preceded by: JOJOLO (Lebert Bethune, Jamaica/USA, 1966, 12 min. In English) A subtle study of cultural identity following a graceful young woman of Haitian descent who works as a fashion model and actress in cosmopolitan Paris. Cool, light, and lyrical in style, Bethune’s portrait has a deft thematic touch. 
Sunday, May 7, 8:30pm

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Live Scoring Screening of REDES

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

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



About the project
Horowitz writes: "Silvestre Revueltas – a master Mexican composer whose time will come – composed one of the greatest of all film scores for one of the most beautifully photographed films ever made. The 1935 movie in question is Redes (Nets), an iconic product of the Mexican Revolution. The cinematographer was Paul Strand, the most famous American name in the history of photography as an artform; the director was Fred Zinnemann, en route to Hollywood. There are three reasons why this film is not better-known. The first is that it is Mexican. The second is that there existed no decent print until Redes was restored by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. The third is that the soundtrack is execrable. Only with this new Naxos release, with a fresh recording of Revueltas’ galvanizing score, can the full impact of Redes be realized."

About the panel
The former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez has conducted symphonic music, opera and ballet throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. In the U.S., he has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington. Abroad, he has been heard with the Munich Philharmonic, the Solistes de Berne, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and at the Bellas Artes National Theatre in Mexico City. In the summer of 2000, he toured the major music festivals of Spain with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra in the Spanish premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Born in Madrid and an American citizen since 2009, he worked closely with Sergiu Celibidache in Germany for more than six years. He also studied with Boulez and Xenakis in France. Currently the Music Director of Post-Classical Ensemble in Washington, D.C., he also serves as advisor for education and programming for Trinitate Philharmonia (León, Mexico), modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema, conducting its youth orchestra and choir several weeks per year. A specialist in the Spanish repertoire, Mr. Gil-Ordóñez has recorded four CDs devoted to Spanish composers, in addition to Post-Classical Ensemble’s Virgil Thomson and Copland CD/DVDs on Naxos (Artist of the Week for both releases). In 2006, the King of Spain awarded Mr. Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work in advancing Spanish culture around the world, in particular for performing and teaching Spanish music in its cultural context. Mr. Gil-Ordóñez received a WAMMIE award in 2011 from the Washington DC association of professional musicians in the category of best conductor. Gil-Ordóñez is currently Principal Guest Conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble and Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra.

PostClassical Ensemble Executive Director Joseph Horowitz has long been a pioneer in classical music programming, beginning with his tenure as Artistic Advisor for the annual Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y. As Executive Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, resident orchestra of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he received national attention for “The Russian Stravinsky,” “American Transcendentalists,” “Flamenco,” and other festivals exploring the folk roots of concert works. Now an artistic advisor to various American orchestras, he has created more than three dozen interdisciplinary music festivals since 1985 —including the annual American Composers Festival presented by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. In Fall 2008, he inaugurated the New York Philharmonic’s “Inside the Music” series, writing, hosting and producing a program about Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique symphony; his subsequent and pending Philharmonic productions explore Dvořák, Brahms and Stravinsky. He is currently curating thematic festival projects for the Florida Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Called “our nation’s leading scholar of the symphony orchestra” by Charles Olton (American Symphony Orchestra League), Mr. Horowitz is also the award-winning author of eight books mainly dealing with the institutional history of classical music in the United States: both Classical Music in America: A History (2005) and Artists in Exile: How Refugees from 20th Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts (2008) were named best books of the year by The Economist. As Project Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) National Education Project, as well as an NEH Teacher Training Institute, he is the author of a book for young readers, Dvořák in America, linked to a state-of-the-art DVD. For the NEA, Mr. Horowitz servee as Artistic Director of an annual national institute for music critics at Columbia University. A former New York Times music critic, Mr. Horowitz writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement (UK) and contributes frequently to scholarly journals. His many honors and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEH fellowships and a commendation from the Czech Parliament for his many festival projects exploring Dvořák in America.

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Special Screening of AQUARIUS at PEN World Voices Festival

PEN World Voices Festival presents

A film by Kleber Mendonça Filho
(Brazil/France, 2016, 142 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

A special screening of the powerful 2016 Brazilian film about the struggles of an independent woman, will be followed by a brief discussion of the protests against repression the film has ignited in Brazil. With Lucrecia Zappi, Elissa Schappell, and D.W. Gibson. Moderated by Eric M. B. Becker, editor of Words without Borders and co-editor of Women Writing Brazil (Pen America).

In Aquarius, acclaimed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho (Neighboring Sounds) continues to examine the alienating effects of urban over-development in Recife, a Brazilian oceanfront city. Clara (Sônia Braga, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara, become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Mendonça Filho critiques life in contemporary Brazil, ranging from issues of social class, to the mistrust of government, to ageism, nepotism and corporate corruption, while looking fondly at the music, the places and the objects that we come to cherish in a very personal way. In Aquarius, this history encapsulated in a dwelling, that in and of itself, has been a silent witness to a woman’s entire life.

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U.S. Premiere of LA MALDAD by Joshua Gil

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

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

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

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to Apr 27

World Premiere of NOBODY'S WATCHING by Julia Solomonoff

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

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

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

—Frédéric Boyer

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to Apr 11

Music+Film: Brazil

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

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

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm


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

Sunday,  April 9, 5pm


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

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

Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm


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

Monday,  April 10, 7pm


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

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm

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Indocumentales Presents FREE LIKE THE BIRDS and SIN PAÍS

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

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

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

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

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Latin American Cinema: The State of the Art at MoMA

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

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

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

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New York Premiere of VERANO by José Luis Torres Leiva


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

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

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

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2017 Edition of Tucson Cine Mexico

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Indocumentales Presents Chilean Documentary CHICAGO BOYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LAS LETRAS and SOLAR at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight

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

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

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New York Premiere of Hernán Rosselli's MAURO

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

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

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


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Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema

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

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New York Premiere of NAVAJAZO by Ricardo Silva

A film by Ricardo Silva
(Mexico, 2014, 75 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Theatrical Run of ESTEROS by Papu Curotto

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

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

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

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

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Indocumentales Presents FOOD CHAINS

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

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

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

Panelists include:

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

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Eduardo Coutinho's PLAYING at Flaherty NYC

Word Play
Programmed by Chris Stults & Genevieve Yue


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

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


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

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

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Latino Films at DOC NYC 2016

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

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

DOC NYC 2016

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



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




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



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



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



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



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

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Latin American Films at the Margaret Mead

Latin American Films co-presented by Cinema Tropical:

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

Witness 4,000 square miles of pure white, stretched out in a radiant expanse—Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. For centuries, day after day, the only workers on the Salar have been saleros, or salt harvesters. Following the discovery of giant untapped lithium reserves under the salt flat, Bolivia is poised to generate a fortune from this newfound resource, thrusting the Salar into the modern lithium-mining industry. Moises Chambi Yucra, one of the last remaining salt gatherers of the Salar, grapples with the desire to maintain a multigenerational tradition while feeling the pull toward new prospects and opportunities for his family. Stunning landscape imagery, coupled with Moises’s thoughtful ruminations and candid insights from his wife and family, create a poetic inquiry into the nature of identity and change in the modern world.
Preceded by SONIA'S DREAM (El sueño de Sonia, Diego Sarmiento, Peru, 2015, 14 min. New York Premiere)
Sonia Mamani lives on a small island in Lake Titicaca, along the southern border of Peru. As a teenager, she develops a passion for cooking that quickly outgrows her family’s modest career ambitions for her. In this energizing tale, Mamani turns her culinary expertise into a way of life—traveling the continent, teaching women how to prepare traditional dishes and appreciate their local customs.
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(Jamie Sisley and Miguel Martinez, USA/Mexico, 2016, 70 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. New York Premiere)

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