Now in its fourth 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.
Consulate General of Argentina, New York; Consulate General of Brazil, New York; Consulate General of Uruguay, New York; Arthouse Hotel
Q&A with Federico Veiroj · New York Premiere · Opening Night · ReceptionA clever and emotionally layered debut performance from Gonzalo Delgado is the heart of this portrait of an artist in crisis from Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj (The Apostate, ND/NF 2016).
Centerpiece Screening · New York PremiereGorgeously shot by Diego García, the latest from Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Silent Light, Post Tenebras Lux) is a bold and heartfelt exploration of marriage and intimacy.
Q&A with Julio Hernández Cordón · New York PremiereAbsurdist, macabre, and exhilarating, Buy Me a Gun is like a cross between The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Mad Max as told through Hernández Cordón's lo-fi futurist visual style.
Q&A with João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora · New York PremiereWinner of Un Certain Regard’s special jury prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora’s hybrid is a dramatically intriguing, richly textured portrait of grief and the threats facing ancient traditions by modern society.
U.S. PremiereIgnacio Juricic Merillán’s assured and understated debut feature follows a 54-year-old neighborhood hairdresser who is asked to appear on a TV show about the violent death of her lesbian daughter years earlier. Screening with José Luis Torres Leiva’s Sobre cosas que me han pasado.
New York PremiereIn Óscar Catacora’s acclaimed debut feature—the first Peruvian movie shot entirely in the Aymara language—an elderly couple living in a remote part of the Andes faces the challenges of daily life with courage and determination. Screening with Lina Rodriguez’s Before My Eyes.
U.S. PremiereIn Alejandro Fadel’s genre-bending and offbeat philosophical horror movie, rural police officer Cruz investigates the bizarre case of a headless woman's body found in a remote region of the Andes.
Q&A with Camila José DonosoAt 66, Nona lives alone and is recuperating from cataract surgery, while a mysterious fire ravages acres of forest in southern Chile and generates unrest in her otherwise sleepy town. Screening with Benjamín Naishtat’s A Local Kind of God.
North American PremiereA beguiling and enigmatic nocturnal experience, set in the peripheral and desolate spaces of the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte, Ewerton Belico and Samuel Marotta’s debut feature gradually wanders into the dreamlike territory of a trance film.
U.S. PremiereIncorporating archival footage recorded during Alfredo Ovando Candia’s military de facto government, home movies, and interviews with relatives, Bolivian filmmaker Mauricio Alfredo Ovando’s debut feature juxtaposes his family's memories of his grandfather with the official history. Screening with Luis Arnías’s Punky Eye.
Q&A with Iván Fund and introduction by Luis Alejandro Yero · North American PremiereA remarkable ensemble of young nonprofessional actors carries Argentine director Iván Fund's lyrical film—an oneiric vision of the apocalypse in which a strange incident has left the adults of a working-class neighborhood in an everlasting slumber. Screening with Luis Alejandro Yero’s The Cemetery Lightens.
Q&A with Paola Buontempo · U.S. PremiereWinner of Best Mexican Feature Documentary at the Morelia Film Festival, the third feature film by Spanish-born director Nuria Ibáñez (The Tightrope, The Naked Room) follows Chilo and Omar, who seem to be the only two men on earth. Screening with Paola Buontempo’s The Forces.
Q&A with Cristóbal León · New York PremiereEvoking Colonia Dignidad, an infamous torture colony operating during the Pinochet regime, The Wolf House is an animated film unlike any other, an exquisitely handcrafted surrealist docu-horror-fairy tale about one of Chile’s darkest periods.
Q&A with Eduardo WilliamsFor this edition of Neighboring Scenes, we are pleased to present a selection of Williams’s short films and celebrate the young auteur as he continues to realize his bold, singular vision—featuring the North American premiere of his latest film, Parsi (in collaboration with Mariano Blatt).
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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. Read More
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