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IN FOCUS: 10 YEARS OF CINEMA TROPICAL AT MOMA

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 5:15 PM

La primera década del siglo 21 ha visto un resurgimiento sin precedentes del cine latinoamericano ayudado en gran parte por la ola del nuevo cine argentino, jóvenes realizadores y modelos de producción híbridos. Cinema Tropical, organización sin fines de lucro fundada hace ya 10 años por Carlos Gutiérrez y Monika Wagenberg, ha jugado un rol esencial en la distribución y promoción en los Estados Unidos de lo mejor de éste renacimiento. El Moma presenta un merecido homenaje a esta organización, presentando una selección de las mejores producciones promovidas por ella en su programa IN FOCUS: CINEMA TROPICAL, que se lleva a cabo del 4 al 15 de Mayo en las instalaciones del museo en NYC. Desde aquí también felicitamos a Cinema Tropical por su tremenda labor en la promoción y difusión de o mejor de nuestro cine.

El programa presenta varias de las mejores producciones del cine contemporáneo de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, México y Uruguay. Aqui sus descripciones y horarios (en Inglés):

* Historias extraordinarias (Extraordinary Stories). Directed by Mariano Llinás. 2008. Argentina. With
Walter Jakob, Agustín Mendilaharzu, Mariano Llinás.


Three unconnected tales, each featuring a main character --a man known only as X, Z, and H-- branch out into a labyrinth of plots and subplots in a narrative that moves from a small town in Argentina to Africa and back. Mariano Llinás’s four-hour film Extraordinary Stories is the single most accomplished work in recent Argentine cinema, and an audacious and exceptional celebration of the art of storytelling in cinema. In Spanish; English subtitles. 245 min.
Wednesday, May 4, 2:00 (T1) (Introduced by Llinás); Thursday, May 5, 6:00 (T1) (Introduced
by Llinás); Friday, May 6, 3:00 (T1); Saturday, May 7, 1:00 (T2); Sunday, May 8, 4:00 (T2);
Monday, May 9, 4:00

* Turistas. Written and Directed by Alicia Scherson. 2009. Chile. With Carla Aline Kuppenheim, Joel Marcelo Alonso, Ulrik Diego Noguera.

Carla, a woman in her mid-thirties, is ditched by her husband on the road after a heated argument on their
way to vacation, so she decides to continue the trip by herself. She arrives at a beautiful and lush National Park, where a series of incidents and meetings with people will make her embark on a personal adventure.
This enticingly fresh take on the road movie by Chilean director Scherson (Play) becomes a resonant meditation on emotion. In Spanish; English subtitles. 105 min.
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 (T1) (Introduced by Scherson); Saturday, May 14, 4:00 

* Trópico de Cáncer (Tropic of Cancer). Directed by Eugenio Polgovsky. 2004. Mexico.
A poignant and powerful documentary, Trópico de Cáncer is a meticulous account of the perilous conditions of a group of families living in the arid desert. In their quest for survival they hunt animals to sell on the highway. Visually astonishing and with a surprising narrative drive, the film is Polgovsky’s documentary debut, and with his follow-up film The Inheritors has established him as one of Mexico’s most promising documentary filmmakers. Minimal dialogue in Spanish; English subtitles. 52 min.
Thursday, May 5, 4:00 (T1); Saturday, May 14, 2:00 

* Copacabana. Directed by Martín Rejtman. 2007. Argentina.
Taking as its point of departure the annual celebration of the Virgin of Copacabana in a Bolivian neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Martín Rejtman’s first incursion into nonfiction filmmaking threads a sober and meticulous portrait of the Bolivian community in Argentina. With an impressively detailed mise-en-scène and minimal dialogue, Rejtman’s work is playfully structured in reverse, as the film begins with the festivities, follows with the rehearsals and ends in the original journey of the immigrants from one country to the other. 56 min. In Spanish; English subtitles.

* Entrenamiento elemental para actores (Elementary Training for Actors). Written and Directed by Martín Rejtman and Federico León. 2009. Argentina. With Fabián Arenillas, Ulises Bercovich, Luca Damperat. 
Rejtman, a long-time favorite of Cinema Tropical (the organization released his films Silvia Prieto and The Magic Gloves), is often referred to as the father of New Argentine Cinema. In this sharp and witty featurette, co-directed with Federico León, about a theater workshop for children lead by a fervent professor, Rejtman remains true to the minimalist deadpan humor that has distinguished his previous work. In Spanish; English subtitles. 52 min. New York premiere.
Friday, May 6, 8:00 (T1) (Introduced by Rejtman); Sunday, May 15, 5:30 

* 25 Watts. Written and directed by Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella. 2001. Uruguay. With Daniel Handler,
Jorge Temponi, Alfonso Tort.

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of 25 Watts, the auspicious debut for the Uruguayan duo Pablo Stoll and the late Juan Pablo Rebella that consolidated Uruguay’s influential participation in the recent revitalization of Latin American cinema. A wry, fresh, and funny Montevideo slacker comedy shot in black and white, 25 Watts launched Control Z Films, the production company created by Stoll, Rebella and Fernando Epstein which initiated a prolific and exciting period for young Uruguayan filmmakers. In Spanish; English subtitles. 94 min.
Sunday, May 8, 1:30 (T1); Monday, May 16, 8:00 

* Santiago. Directed by João Moreira Salles. 2006. Brazil.
A touching documentary in which director Salles examines his family’s relationship with their now retired but still beloved butler Santiago. Not only did Santiago ably manage the Salles’ household, he also found time to catalogue the history of civilization in great detail in his personal journals. In English, Portuguese; English
subtitles. 80 min.
Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 (T2) (Introduced by Salles); Sunday, May 15, 3:30 

* Toro negro. Directed by Pedro González-Rubio and Carlos Armella. 2005. Mexico.
Toro Negro gives deep insight into the life of Fernando Pacheco, a young hapless bullfighter who fights not in big arenas but at popular parties of small Mayan communities in the Yucatán Peninsula. Fernando is heart-warming and honest -- but also an alcoholic, violent and impulsive. Pedro González-Rubio (who later
directed the acclaimed Alamar) and Carlos Armella follow the character at intimate distance, showing raw human passion and conflicts with a disturbing closeness. In Spanish; English subtitles. 87 min.
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 (T1); Friday, May 13, 7:00 (T2) (Introduced by González-Rubio)


* Una semana solos (A Week Alone). Directed by Celina Murga. 2008. Argentina. With: Natalia Gómez Alarcón, Manuel Aparicio, Mateo Braun. 
Celina Murga’s second feature film after her acclaimed Ana and the Others tells the story of a group of kids living in a gated community in suburban Buenos Aires that are left alone as their parents are off on holidays. Murga’s understated and rich portrait is a subtle depiction of class and childhood. In Spanish; English
subtitles. 110 min. Introduced by Murga.
Thursday, May 12, 4:30 (T1) (Introduced by Murga); Saturday, May 14, 8:00 (T1) (Introduced by Murga)

* El vuelco del cangrejo (Crab Trap). Written and directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia. 2009. Colombia. With Rodrigo Vélez, Arnobio Salazar Rivas, Jaime Andrés Castaño.

Daniel is a mysterious man from the city that arrives to an isolated village located on the Pacific Coast of Colombia and gets a temporary job whilst trying to flee. There he’ll encounter the Afro-Colombian traditions and how they’re challenged by recently arrived neighbors. With stunningly beautiful cinematography, Oscar Ruiz Navia’s debut feature film is exemplary of the up and coming Colombian cinema. In Spanish; English
subtitles. 95 min.
Thursday, May 12, 8:00 (T1); Monday, May 16, 4:00 (T2)

* O ceu de Suely (Love for Sale/ Suely in the Sky). Written and directed by Karim Aïnouz. 2006. Brazil.
With Hermila Guedes, Maria Menezes, Georgina Castro.
Karim Aïnouz, one of the filmmakers embodying the vitality of contemporary Brazilian cinema, creates a very different portrait of an indomitable survivor in this terrific follow-up to his internationally successful debut feature Madame Satã . Returning to her hometown in poor northeastern Brazil, Hermila (Hermila Guedes) awaits the arrival of her boyfriend, though her spunk and zest for life take on an increasingly desperate edge when it becomes clear that he will not be coming. The director’s major achievement is making the soulful decency of the townspeople, the empty landscape and rich colors an integral part of the characterization of Hermila, likeable even in her most desperately miscalculated actions of despair. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 88 min.
Friday, May 13, 4:30 (T1); Sunday, May 15, 1:00 (T2)

More info: MOMA.ORG
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