Tuesday, July 9, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 10:10 AM

Un poco de cine para ponerlos al día en la riqueza visual y narrativa del cine hecho por Latinos tanto en los Estados Unidos como en Latinoamérica y Europa.

LatinBeat 2013 > Julio 12 - 21 > Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC > Latin.

It is impossible to give a complete overview of current trends in Latin American filmmaking in just 10 days; the amount of rich work being created right now is too vast. Instead, think of this edition of Latinbeat as a sampling, mostly by emerging filmmakers—only a handful of them have showcased works here in the past. Most striking about this recent crop of films is the number of co-productions between multiple Latin American countries, which speaks of an expanding exchange of ideas and sense of identity within the region. Yet this widening collaboration is just one part of a continued effort to make possible startling, defiant, innovative and beautiful storytelling, despite often limited resources.  This year’s lineup also includes the previously announced retrospective of filmmaker, Matias Piñeiro, who will screen his films THE STOLEN MAN and THEY ALL LIE during the festival while simultaneously theatrically opening VIOLA and ROSALINDA at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on July 12th. 

Los Amantes Pasajeros (I'm so excited). Director Pedro Almodóvar > Nationwide > En varios teatros.

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In the new comedy by Pedro Almodóvar, a very mixed group of travelers are in a life-threatening situation on board a plane flying to Mexico City.
A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people on board Peninsula Flight 2549. The pilots are striving, along with their colleagues in the Control Center, to find a solution. The flight attendants and the chief steward are atypical, baroque characters who, in the face of danger, try to forget their own personal problems and devote themselves body and soul to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they wait for a solution. Life in the clouds is as complicated as it is at ground level, and for the same reasons, which could be summarized in two: sex and death.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN > Directed by Malik Bendjelloul > In NYC:Village East Cinemas > Nationwide > SUGAR.

In 1968, there emerged from Detroit a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. Searching for Sugar Man tells the story of the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered in South Africa and finally became the legende he always deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.

Pacific Rim. Director Guillermo del Toro > Estrena Julio 12 > Nationwide > En varios teatros.

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As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Viola > Director Matías Piñeiro > Julio 12 - 18 > Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC > Viola.

Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare’sTwelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus > Director Sebastián Silva > Estreno Julio 12 > IFC Center, NYC > Fairy.

On a trip through Chile a boorish American expat named Jamie (Michael Cera) and three Chilean brothers plan to set off in search of the prized San Pedro cactus and its promise of beachy hallucinations. But in the previous night’s drunken stupor Jamie invites a free- spirited fellow American (Gaby Hoffmann) along on their mescaline-driven road trip, and her devil-may-care worldview gives them more of an adventure than any of them had bargained for.

* CENTRO HISTORICO. Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice y Manoel de Oliveira > Julio 19 - 25 >  Anthology Film Archives, NYC > CENTRO.

This new omnibus film, a remarkably successful example of a famously cursed form, brings together short films by four renowned and legendary filmmakers – Aki Kaurismäki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira. Though unified by a common theme – the producers asked each filmmaker to take their inspiration from the Portuguese city of Guimarães, the European Cultural Capital for 2012, and in particular to reflect on “the stories the city has to tell” – these four short films are radically different from each other. Sandwiched between two relatively light films (Kaurismäki’s typically dry and delicate TAVERN MAN and de Oliveira’s uncharacteristic foray into the explicitly comic, THE CONQUERED CONQUEROR), are Costa’s dark, claustrophobic, and deeply disquieting SWEET EXORCIST (starring his perpetual muse, Ventura, and marked by his usual ravishing command of digital video), and Erice’s fascinating, beautifully structured documentary study of a shuttered textile factory, BROKEN WINDOWS. As a whole, CENTRO HISTÓRICO encompasses four unique and varied perspectives on an ancient European city, as well as demonstrating the thrillingly varied range of sensibilities of these visionary filmmakers.

Brasil Summerfest 2013 > Brazilian Music Documentaries > Julio 21 - 24 > New School University, NYC > Brasil.

Películas de Clair, Picabia, Buñuel y Dalí > Agosto 6 - 7 > Anthology Film Archives, NYC > Archives.


Old Cats. Directores Sebastián Silva y Pedro Peirano > Agosto 20 - 26 > MoMA, NYC > Cats.
Old Cats. 2010. Chile. Directed by Sebastián Silva, Pedro Peirano
Isadora, an octogenarian living comfortably with her husband and two cats, suddenly finds herself fighting a battle on two fronts when the onset of dementia arrives at the same time that her daughter’s attempt to scheme the landlord seems to require that Isadora sign over the lease on her Santiago apartment. Unfolding with black humor and empathy in equal measure, the film emphasizes both the confusion in Isadora’s psyche and the claustrophobia of her domestic landscape. A hit at the Cannes and New York film festivals in 2010, this is the film’s long-awaited theatrical run in the U.S.

El Estudiante. Director Santiago Mitre > Agosto 22 - 28 > MoMA, NYC > Student.
The Student. 2011. Argentina. Written and directed by Santiago Mitre

Winner of Special Jury Prizes at BAFICI (Buenos Aires) and Locarno, and a highlight of the New York Film Festival, The Student charts the political awakening of a student at the University of Buenos Aires. In this tense and shrewdly observedbildungsroman, a brilliant successor to films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Tout va bien (1972) and Krzysztof Zanussi’s Camouflage (1977), the apathetic yet seductive Roque (Lamothe) is drawn into the campus intrigue of warring student political parties, and finds himself torn between two competing impulses: the radical idealism of his girlfriend, a teacher assistant, and the realpolitik cunning of his mentor, a retired politician turned professor. Screenwriter-director Mitre, who has written award-winning scripts for Pablo Trapero and Walter Salles, makes his feature film debut with a sophisticated and subtle meditation on the still-unhealed wounds of Argentina’s Dirty War, and on the clash between old-guard Peronists and a younger generation of leftist activists in Buenos Aires today.

* LOS ULTIMOS CRISTEROS. Director Matías Meyer > Agosto 30 - Septiembre 5 > Anthology Film Archives, NYC > THE LAST CHRISTEROS.

A highly unusual historical film that takes a meditative, nearly non-narrative approach to portraying the experiences of those who continued to resist the Mexican government’s anti-Christian (especially anti-Roman Catholic) persecution, even following the official end of the Cristero War in 1929. Devoted to the cause, despite their increasing desperation and fatigue, and their yearning to rejoin their families, this band of rebels – whose genuine religious faith and spiritual innocence is apparent despite their paradoxical embrace of armed struggle – trudges exhaustedly through the hills and mountains of rural Mexico, experiencing moments of grace and beauty amid the violence and suffering.

GENMEX > Cine Mexicano Contemporáneo > Septiembre 6 -12 > Anthology Film Archives, NYC > Genmex.

You can also see Latino talent participating in:
* Star Trek
* Fast and Furious
* Getaway

And coming up soon: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity; Chávez, Turbo, Sin City, The Counselor, La danza de la realidad, La contadora de películas, Europa Report y 33 días.

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