LAS LETRAS / THE LETTERS
(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