El sur tiembla

 

Así se llama el ciclo de cine que voy a programar en mayo como parte de Tropical Tuesdays, un iniciativa de Cinema Tropical con Obra Negra-Casa Mezcal, en Manhattan.

Se realizará todos los martes de mayo a las 7 pm y es gratuito.

Las películas están increíbles y agradezco mucho a todos los que hicieron posible que se puedan mostrar en NYC.

 

El sur tiembla

El cine posee muchas veces una fuerza, una energía que es capaz de remecer, reinventar o actualizar la manera en que percibimos la realidad. El agitado pasado, el inquietante presente e incluso el mañana del Cono Sur puede ser definido por cineastas curiosos y arriesgados. Los filmes incluidos en esta muestra son narrativamente osados o bien capturan brillantes instantes de ruptura, cambio social, marginalidad o vanguardia.
El primer programa trae “Aquí se construye (Ya no existe el lugar donde nací)”, un lúcido documental que captura momentos de transformación de la sociedad chilena a través de un la vida de un barrio de Santiago de Chile que está desapareciendo ante la llegada de nuevos edificios. Esta pieza va acompañada por “Home”, de Gianfranco Foschino, un hipnótico video de una sola toma que describe otra forma de vida que se está transformando, la vida rural chilena.

El segundo día tiene invitado a “Yatasto”, de Hermes Paralluelo, un magistral documental  sobre un puñado de jóvens cartoneros que vive en los márgenes de Córdoba, Argentina.

El programa que sigue reúne a dos de los cineastas formalmente más arriesgados del Cono Sur, el argentino Mauro Andrizzi y el chileno José Luis Torres Leiva. “En el futuro”, de Andrizzi, se unen una serie de viñetas visualmente alucinantes que hablan del sexo, el amor y las expectativas que crea. Esta cinta es acompañada por el corto “Copia imperfecta”, un homenaje de Torres Leiva a un titán y agitador del cine, el fallecido cineasta chileno Raúl Ruiz.

Los últimos dos martes de programación traen dos elegantes documentales que registran a dos visionarios de la música en Argentina y Chile. “Süden”, del talentoso Gastón Solnicki, describe el regreso a Buenos Aires de Mauricio Kagel, un extraordinario compositor avant garde argentino que vivió buena parte de su vida en Alemania. “Electrodomésticos: el frío misterio” entrega detalles inéditos de la legendaria banda electrónica Electrodomésticos y su irrupción en la segunda mitad de los 80s, en un Chile asfixiado por la dictadura militar.  Abriendo para “Electrodomésticos” estará el “El Punk Triste”, un video que registra las cenizas de la movida cultural clandestina anti dictadura de los 80s en Chile.

 

 

Este es el comunicado que mando Cinema Ttropical

 

Cinema Tropical Launches the New Weekly Series TROPICAL TUESDAYS:

A Special Microcinema Initiative Featuring Guests Curators

Every Tuesday, Starting May 1 at Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal

Cinema Tropical, the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States, is proud to announce the launch of Tropical Tuesdays, a new and exciting microcinema (small cinemathéque) initiative that will feature guest curators and create monthly programs with screenings every Tuesday at Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal in downtown Manhattan.

The aim of this new initiative is to provide a creative platform for innovative curatorial experimentation in Latin American cinema, as well as to become a salon that can serve as a meeting place for local Latin American filmmaking and visual arts communities. “Cinema Tropical originally got started as a weekly film series in downtown Manhattan over a decade ago, so we’re excited to go back to our origins with this new project,” says Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Director of the non-profit organization.

The films will be screened on digital format in an informal setting, free and open to the public. The program will include special guests for discussion following the screenings. Tropical Tuesdays will kick off this May, and the first confirmed guest curators are Chilean film critic Jerónimo Rodríguez and Peruvian filmmaker/curator Juan Daniel F. Molero.

The launching program of Tropical Tuesdays will be “The South Trembles”, curated by Rodríguez for the month of May. This program is a playful take on cinema’s potential to question, reinvent and jolt our perception of reality. South America’s restless past, unsettled present, and even its uncertain future could be defined and redefined by some curious and bold filmmakers. The program features films by Chilean and Argentinean directors such as Ignacio Agüero, Gastón Solnicki, Mauro Andrizzi and José Luis Torres Leiva. The works in in this series, many of them having their New York premiere, are narratively daring, subverting easy classification, and they successfully capture striking moments of rupture, social change, marginality and vanguard.

For June, Molero has curated the program “Subversive Churches And Mundane Icons”, a provocative meditation on cultural colonialism and religious syncretism. The filmmakers featured in this program, including Luis Buñuel, Albert Serra and Amat Escalante, have adapted fragments of the Bible, the Catholic iconography, and other methods of religious propaganda, such as Brazilian Televangelism, to subvert the power of images. Cinema itself has become a religion, one not based on text but on an audiovisual preaching that creates mundane icons and subversive churches.

About Cinema Tropical: New York-based Cinema Tropical (CT) [http://www.cinematropical.com], founded in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, CT is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country. In 2011 The Museum of Modern Art paid tribute to the work of the organization with the film series “In Focus: Cinema Tropical.”

About Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal: Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal integrates three key factors which separates it from other New York spots the combination of art, food, music, cinema and drink. Artists from all corners of the world will be showcased including writers and poets, the independent cinema, and international music.

About the Guest Curators:
Juan Daniel F. Molero (Lima, b. 1987) studied Film Directing at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, he has worked as film journalist for Cinencuentro.com, international programmer at Cine//B Festival in Chile, and he’s an alumnus of the NisiMasa Film Journalism Workshop at Lima Festival 2009, the IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics 2010, the Buenos Aires Talent Campus 2010, and Berlinale Talent Campus 2011. His first feature film Reminiscencias has been exhibited at MoMA, BAFICI, Rotterdam, Art Museum of Lima, La Habana, FIDMarseille, and Lima Independiente.

Jerónimo Rodríguez is a film critic that currently works as a host/critic on the prestigious film review television program, Toma 1, on NY1 Noticias, in New York City. He also contributes as a film columnist for various publications, including People Magazine en Español and the website El Nuevo Canon. In addition he collaborated with the script of the feature film Huacho, which was selected at Cannes 2009 Critics’ Week, and the Toronto International Film Festival and won several awards and funds, including the Sundance Film Festival/NHK International Filmmakers Award. He also edited the feature Sentados frente al fuego (By the Fire) which premiered last year in the official selection of San Sebastian Film Festival.

Special thanks: Livia Bloom (Icarus Films), Eva Cáceres (El Calefón Cine), Janneke Langelaan (Hubert Bals Fund International Film Festival Rotterdam), Filmy Wiktora, Jonathan Lavoie (I-20 Gallery), Federico Veiroj, Nicolás Carnavale (Bafici), Iván Navarro, Hueso Records, Roger Alan Koza, Alicia Scherson, Gilles Sousa (BAF Films), Julien Rejl ( Capricci), Brian Belovarac ( Janus Films), Miguel Hilari, Ricardo Alves Junior, John Campos Gómez.

For more information, screeners for review, hi res images, or to schedule an interview with the curators or filmmakers, please contact Leah Serinsky at (212) 254-5474 or press@cinematropical.com<mailto:press@cinematropical.com>

TROPICAL TUESDAYS Program
May/June 2012

‘The South Trembles’
Curated by Jerónimo Rodríguez

Aquí se construye (o ya no existe el lugar donde nací) [Under Construction, (The Place Where I Was Born No Longer Exists)]. Directed by Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2000, 77 min.
Over various years, this intimate documentary builds a portrait of a neighbor who observes the demolition of the adjoining house and the construction of a building on the same site. This Chilean film captures the devastating and revealing passage of time, subtly piecing together a puzzle of the impact of urban change, reaching an illuminating account of what development and modernization mean for a country.
Preceded by Home. Directed by Gianfranco Foschino, Chile, 2009, 5 min. A single-take hypnotic video that portrays another vanishing way of life – Chilean rural living.
Tuesday, May 1, 7pm

Yatasto. Directed by Hermes Paralluelo, Argentina, 2011, 99 min.
Bebo, Pata and Ricardito are young cartoneros. Like most of the residents of Villa Urquiza, a peripheral zone in Cordoba, Argentina, they make their living driving carts to collect used cardboard and recyclable materials that will then be sold. Using remarkable fixed shots and patiently observing what the boys have to say, Paralluelo has gone far beyond mere depiction: he has achieved a masterfully crafted documentary that truly connects with the life of his subjects.
Tuesday, May 8, 7pm

En el futuro (In the Future). Directed by Mauro Andrizzi, Argentina, 2010, 60 min.
Fascinating and cutting-edge, a film straight from another planet, this Argentinean reel is a series of suggestive and amusing vignettes. A sequence of several couples kissing leads to a number of confessions and anecdotes about past loves. Andrizzi says of his film, “The future is pure speculation. So is love. Each love story in the film takes us to a different past from a different present. The hope for a bright future is an illusion that keeps us expecting as it unleashes the anguish of waiting for something extraordinary to happen.”
Preceded by Copia imperfecta (Imperfect Copy). Directed by José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, 2012, 2 min. A short film tribute to the late Raul Ruiz, commissioned by the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm

Süden. Directed by Gastón Solnicki, 60 min. Argentina, 2009.
After decades living in Germany, Mauricio Kagel, one of Argentina’s most celebrated composers of the 20th century, returns for the last time to his country to conduct a major concert with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic. During his stay, he collaborates with Ensemble Süden, a group of young performers who play his remarkable and radical repertoire. This inspired documentary details with elegance the complex and playful process of making contemporary music under any and all circumstances.
Tuesday, May 22, 7pm

Los Electrodomésticos: El frío misterio (The Electrodomésticos: The Cold Mystery). Directed by Sergio Castro, Chile, 2010, 110 min.
Amid the boredom and obscurity that prevailed during the military dictatorship in the 80s in Chile, three brilliant musicians eager to experiment emerge from the underground and shake things up. This solid documentary not only captures the artful protest of Electrodomésticos, one of the boldest rock bands in Chilean history, but delivers a faithful testimony of many others who participated in the resistance at that time.
Preceded by El punk triste (The Sad Punk). Directed by Mario Navarro, Chile, 2010, 22 min.) A man that was a member of the underground scene in Santiago in the 80s visits five parts of the city where, according to him, the Punk movement was born.
Tuesday, May 29, 7pm

 

 

“Subversive Churches And Mundane Icons”
Curated by Juan Daniel F. Molero

Simón del Desierto (Simon of the Desert). Directed by Luis Buñuel, Mexico, 1965, 45 min.
The ascetic Simon believes he is a sinner and decides to self-inflict a sacrifice, living like a hermit on the top of a pedestal in the middle of the desert to be closer to God and resist the temptations of the world. His followers are peasants and travelers that believe him to be a saint capable of performing miracles and they crowd to hear his speeches. However, Satan tries to tempt him with the pleasures of the world.
Preceded by El monte de Gabriel (Gabriel’s Mount). Directed by Christopher Murray, 2007, Chile, 25 min. Gabriel climbs the hill next to town every week, searching for some divine manifestation. This time, a young sixteen-year-old neighbor will break his silence; and Carta del Apostol San Juaneco a la ciudad del mal (Letter from the Apostle Saint Juaneco to the City of Evil). Directed by Aldo Salvini, 1994, Perú, 11 min.) A fugitive meets a slum bum who believes he is sent from God to found the City of Hope and destroy the City of Evil.
Tuesday, June 5, 7pm

Sangre (Blood). Directed by Amat Escalante, México, 2005, 78 min.
Diego’s job is counting people as they enter a large government building. After work, he and his wife Blanca lie on the couch, watch soap operas, or make love on the kitchen table. Their relationship is based on having sex, watching TV, and fighting, until one day their routine is interrupted. Karina, Diego’s daughter from a previous marriage, arrives in search of her father’s love, but Blanca refuses to accept her. Diego finds himself caught between an extremely jealous wife and a daughter in desperate need of guidance. An astonishing climax will lead Diego to a total loss of control.
Preceded by Martes de Ch’alla (Tuesday Ch’alla). Directed by Carlos Piñeiro, Bolivia, 2009, 12 min.) Images and situations linked to a kept belief among construction workers who know a way to invoke some kind of blessing through a secret ancient ritual.
Tuesday June 12, 7pm

‘Shorts by Carlosmagno Rodrigues’
1976 – Lugar Sagrado (1976 – Sacred Place). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues & Alonso Pafyeze, Brazil, 2009, 6 min. Three living beings are kept in the bottom of a pool. Video of physical and emotional immersion, where there’s no metaphysics, no feelings of spirituality, no mysticism- just the torpor of the condition of being alive and reluctant.
IGREREV – Igresia Revolucionaria dos Coraçoes Amargurados (IGREREV, Revolutionary Church Of The Embittered Hearts). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues, Brazil, 2007, 16 min. A fascist film about religion.
Andromeda – A menina que fumava sabao (Andromeda, the Girl Who Smoked Soap). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues, Brazil, 2007, 15 min. Andromeda is an iconographic creation that mixes fascism and Christianity. “I don’t have the power to change anyone, and if I did, I should struggle to mantain the free will of the people I love”.
Sebastião, O homem que bebia querosen (Sebastião, The Man Who Used to Drink Kerosene). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues, Brazil, 2007, 11 min. A post-traumatic existencial film.
Alexander Illich. Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigue & Andrés Schaffer, Brazil, 2009, 13 min.
A film introduced by delirious speeches, full of skepticism, which thus present the live of a newborn “Alexander Illich”, son of a neurotic in treatment in the clinic – the author himself.
Analogía do verme (Worm Analogy). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues & Cris Ventura, Brazil, 2007, 18 min. A documentary about the pathetic experiments of the character-author Carlosmagno Rodrigues who ties to plunge knives through his arm, and among other acts that he films with friends to attempt to create an understandable film reality.
Diante do abismo dos seus olhos (Before The Abyss Of Your Eyes). Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues, Brazil, 2006, 6 min. A film about genocidal ideologies.
Drop in the Darkness. Directed by Carlosmagno Rodrigues & Cris Ventura, Brazil, 2011, 7 min. A movie about the Christian conversion based on the Letters to the Seven Churches, Chapter 2, Verse 19 of the biblical Book of Revelation, which talks about the speeches used for people’s conversion. The movie is filmed with vertical tracking shots that refer to the Hell archetype.
Tuesday, June 19, 7pm

El cant dels ocells (Birdsong). Directed by Albert Serra, Spain, 2008, 98 min.
Serra recasts the story of the Magi as an elemental epic of man simultaneously lost and found in the uncanny beauty of nature. Masterfully shot in black and white on remote, almost extraterrestrial locations in the Canary Islands and Iceland, the film follows the slow, stumbling passage of the kings toward the mysterious birth that beckons them through the long days and dark nights. Birdsong adds a level of humor to gently undercut the sacred qualities of the tale by foregrounding the wonderfully profane corporality of the awkward kings who float and fidget in an assertively and refreshingly human manner.
Preceded by Ahendu nde sapukai (I Hear Your Scream). Directed by Pablo Lamar, Paraguay/Argentina, 2008, 11 min. At dawn, a man watches the horizon as he stands near his wooden house that dominates the landscape. After a few moments, he returns to his simple dwelling and a short while later a small funeral procession emerges. The man does not take part in it and remains alone, staring into the emptiness before him.
Tuesday, June 26, 7pm

All screening in digital projection, in Spanish with English subtitles
Free Admission
Obra Negra at Casa Mezcal
86 Orchard Street
(212) 777-2600