Now in its third year, Neighboring Scenes is the Film Society’s showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Highlighting impressive recent productions from across the region, this selective slate of premieres exhibits the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, featuring established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical.
Organized by Carlos Gutiérrez and Cecilia Barrionuevo.
Emanuel Lobo de Andrade and Beatriz Canepa D’Alessandro, Consulate General of Brazil in New York; Caterina Toscano and Fernanda de la Torre, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York; Eduardo Almirantearena, Consulate General of Argentina in New York; Marcelo Alderete; John Campos Gomez; Pablo Conde; Erick Gonzalez; Meghan Monsour; Matías Piñeiro; Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID); Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Opening Night · U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Anahí BerneriAnahí Berneri’s fifth feature is a poignant and compelling drama that portrays three days in the life of a young Buenos Aires mother and sex worker (Sofia Gala Castiglione) who struggles to live under contradictory prostitution laws that are intended to protect her but often do the opposite.
U.S. PremiereReminiscent of films by Hong Sangsoo and Matías Piñeiro, this playful retelling of Dostoevsky's White Nights offers insight into the ambivalence of young love.
New York Premiere · Q&A with María José CuevasMaría José Cuevas’s engrossing and captivating debut feature is a moving portrait of five of Mexico’s most popular and iconic showgirls of the late 1970s and ’80s, almost 40 years after they ruled Mexico’s entertainment world.
U.S. PremiereAn exploration of the aftermath of a group of Bolivian political prisoners’ daring escape from a remote jail in the middle of Lake Titicaca in the seventies; screening with a short about a man’s journey through memory and time. Screening with Las nubes.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Fellipe BarbosaWinner of two prizes at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2017, Fellipe Barbosa’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut, Casa Grande, follows Gabriel Buchmann (Joao Pedro Zappa) as he travels the world for one year before entering a prestigious American university.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with actress and producer Adriana AlvarezMexican-Guatemalan filmmaker Julio Hernández Cordón’s sixth feature is a rakish slacker movie that follows two rebellious girls, Sole (Adriana Alvarez) and Ana (Natalia Arias), who find something inside the trunk of a car that they’d rather immediately forget.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Alejo MoguillanskyMoguillansky’s spectacular follow-up to The Gold Beetle is a fantasia that elegantly weaves together Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the little match girl, Bresson’s saintly abused donkey Balthazar, a Red Army Faction member’s correspondence with an Argentine pianist, and the story of a composer trying to mount an opera at the Teatro Colón.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Chris GudeTwo smugglers’ journey through Colombia’s Guajira peninsula becomes a parable for the search for an idealized land. Screening with Camilo Restrepo’s short La Bouche.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Niles AtallahA sumptuous, experimental examination of the odd life of Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, a French lawyer who claimed he was king of Araucanía and Patagonia in 1860.
U.S. PremiereThis lyrical and immersive documentary reminiscent of films by Peter Hutton and Kazuhiro Soda, follows the rhythms and tides of Mexican fishermen in extreme, minute detail. Screening with Rafael Ramírez’s fiction-documentary hybrid short Amundsen’s Dogs.
U.S. PremiereUsing a wide variety of found footage shot on Easter Island, this film depicts the brutality of colonization and the island’s geographic distance.
N.Y. Premiere · Q&A with Santiago MitreSantiago Mitre (The Student) continues his ongoing cinematic investigation into politics with his third feature, set at a summit of Latin American presidents in Chile. Here, the Argentine president (Ricardo Darín) endures a political and familial drama that will force him to face his own demons.
U.S. PremiereSharing the same title as his 2017 installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s rooftop, acclaimed Argentine visual artist Adrián Villar Rojas's The Theater of Disappearance is a hypnotic triptych portraying the current state of latent war on different continents.
20th Anniversary Screening · World premiere of a new digital restorationThe milestone film that heralded the deeply influential New Argentine Cinema, Pizza, birra, faso is set in the criminal underworld of Buenos Aires, and follows two impoverished teens who graduate from petty theft to armed robber but remain incompetent at both.
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Now in its second year, Neighboring Scenes is the Film Society’s showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Highlighting impressive recent productions from across the region, this selective slate of premieres exhibits the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, and features established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene. Read More