A gentle reminder that cinema itself is young and full of possibilities.”
— Jordan Cronk, Sight & Sound

KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ
A film by Gastón Solnicki
(Argentina, 2016, 72 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Opens Friday, July 12
Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, New York City
www.filmlinc.com / (212) 875-5232

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.

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, July 21, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. 

 

Past Theatrical Engagements

A rare and wonderful gem of world cinema.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

TWO SHOTS FIRED / DOS DISPAROS
(Martín Rejtman, Argentina/Chile/Germany/ Netherlands, 2014, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

One Week Exclusive Engagement! May 13-19
Film Society of Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, New York City
www.filmlinc.com / (212) 875-5232

Rejtman’s first feature in a decade is an engrossing, digressive comedy with the weight of an existentialist novel.

Sixteen-year-old Mariano (Rafael Federman), inexplicably and without warning, shoots himself twice—once in the stomach and once in the head—and improbably survives. As his family strains to protect Mariano from himself, his elder brother (Benjamín Coehlo) pursues a romance with a disaffected girl (Laura Paredes) who works the counter at a fast-food restaurant, his mother (Susana Pampín) impulsively takes off on a trip with a stranger, and Mariano recruits a young woman (Manuela Martelli) to join his medieval wind ensemble.

Rejtman tells this story with both compassion and formal daring, pursuing one thread only to abandon it for another. Two Shots Fired is a wry, moving, consistently surprising film about the irrationality of emotions and how they govern our actions at each stage of our lives.

https://www.filmlinc.org/films/two-shots-fired/

 
Tender insight into a complicated mother-son relationship… (a) deft balance of toughness and sensitivity.”
— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

BAD HAIR / PELO MALO
(Mariana Rondón, Venezuela/Peru/Germany, 2013, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
A Cinema Tropical/FiGa Films release.  

Two Weeks Only! November 19-December 2
Film Forum
209 West Houston Street (west of Sixth Ave.), New York City www.filmforum.org / (212) 727-8110
 

"A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story, Bad Hair chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior, living in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo—bad hair. For his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane straight to resemble one of his pop star idols. His mother, unemployed and frazzled from the pressures of raising two children in an unforgiving city, has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Grandma is more accepting, teaching Junior to dance to one of her favorite ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll tunes.

Writer-director Mariana Rondón grounds her film in the cultural realities of working-class Venezuela – and, by dint of two remarkable performances, finds warmth and humor between mother and son, even as the uncertainties of pre-adolescence threaten to pull them apart. Winner, Best Film, San Sebastian Film Festival, and winner of directing, acting, and screenwriting awards at numerous festivals throughout the world." - Mike Maggiore, Programmer, Film Forum

http://filmforum.org/film/bad-hair-film-page