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New York Premiere of STRANGE BUT TRUE


(Extraño pero verdadero, Michel Lipkes, Mexico, 2017, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

New York premiere!
Filmmaker in person

“Jonathan and Yesi are in love, but fearfully keep this from Mister Clean, their dodgy boss on the bin wagons. In Mexico City, there is no end to the refuse. Cardboard and plastic are separated on the spot, and half-empty bottles of drink finished off in one go; for tips, they will collect the refuse from your kitchen. Everything changes when a body turns up among the containers, its pockets stuffed with cash. Mister Clean comes up with a plan that will benefit them all. In today’s Mexico, it’s simply impossible not to get tangled up in the wretchedness of the violent underworld. This second feature by Michel Lipkes shows an inescapable downward spiral – though not without a glimmer of hope – in luscious black-and-white. Film buff Lipkes nods to masters through clever references and symbolism, making Strange but True both an homage and movie-spotter’s delight on several levels. Hope, love, and belief in the power of cinema.” —Rotterdam International Film Festival

Thursday, May 9, 7:15pm
 32 Second Avenue, at 2nd Street, New York City / (212) 505-5181 

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


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