Now in its fifth year, Neighboring Scenes is Film at Lincoln Center’s wide-ranging 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, and spans a wide geographic range, featuring established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene. Presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical.
The Opening Night selection is Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary Lemebel, an intimate portrait of pioneering queer writer and visual artist Pedro Lemebel, told with unprecedented access and footage. Other highlights of the lineup are Pablo Larraín’s Ema, an electrifying character study anchored by performances from Gael García Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo; José Luis Torres Leiva’s tender, emotionally raw Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes, a poetic meditation on death, mortality, and selfless love in the face of terminal illness; and five short films: Daniela Delgado Viteri’s Shortcuts, Miguel Hilari’s Bocamina, Pablo Mazzolo’s Green Ash, Alejandro Alonso’s Home, and Ulises Conti’s Persona 5.
Documentaries are strongly featured in the Neighboring Scenes lineup, including Maíra Bühler’s Let It Burn, which follows the marginalized residents of São Paulo’s Dom Pedro hostel as they struggle with addiction, loneliness, and the threat of eviction; Private Fiction, Argentinean documentarian Andrés Di Tella’s cinematic reconstruction of his late parents’ turbulent love story, told through their personal letters and photos; Marcelo Gomes’s engaging travelogue Waiting for the Carnival, a portrait of a small Brazilian village dominated by the production of denim; the essay film Pirotecnia, which finds director Federico Atehortúa Arteaga examining the uncanny relationship between his mother, Colombian cinema, and the country’s history of armed conflict; and Hilari’s lyrical Compañia, which blurs past and present, dream and reality in its portrayal of an indigenous Andean community’s return home for a festival of the dead after migrating to the city.
The lineup also showcases multiple debut features, including Jo Serfaty’s coming-of-age story Sun Inside, which follows four teenagers from the Rio de Janeiro favelas in the days leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics; Salomón Pérez’s In the Middle of the Labyrinth, a boy-meets-girl teenage love story that evokes both slacker cinema and formal documentary; Workforce, a poignant and astute meditation on class warfare from Mexican director David Zonana; Lucía Garibaldi’s provocative, menace-tinged portrait of unrequited love and sexual awakening The Sharks, winner of the Sundance 2019 World Cinema Dramatic Best Director Award; Clemente Castor’s format-shifting hangout film Prince of Peace, capturing the daily routines, fights, and uncanny discoveries of a group of Mexican teenagers; and Again Once Again, which finds director Romina Paula playing a fictionalized version of herself opposite her own mother and son in a richly personal exploration of motherhood.
Organized by Carlos Gutiérrez and Cecilia Barrionuevo.
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Opening Night Reception · New York Premiere · Q&A with Joanna Reposi GaribaldiWith unprecedented access and footage, and an uncanny resonance with the recent political upheaval in Chile, Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary about writer and visual artist Pedro Lemebel is an intimate and poetic journey through the controversial artist’s risky performances dealing with homosexuality and human rights.
U.S. PremiereMoving freely between documentary and scripted drama, Argentine novelist, actor, and playwright Romina Paula’s debut feature is a rich and surprising personal work exploring the poignant emotional landscape of motherhood. Screening with Daniela Delgado Viteri’s Shortcuts.
North American PremiereWinner of the top prize for Best Medium-Length Film at Visions du Réel, the second film by Bolivian director Miguel Hilari (The Corral and the Wind) is a lyrical and mystical documentary about the migration of an indigenous community to the city. Screening with Hilari’s Bocamina.
U.S. PremiereInspired by a line of poetry by Cesare Pavese, Chilean filmmaker José Luis Torres Leiva’s latest feature is an intensely felt tone poem about mortality and selfless love, starring Amparo Noguera (A Fantastic Woman) and Julieta Figueroa.
New York PremiereIn his latest film since the 2016 double bill of Neruda and Jackie, Pablo Larraín returns to present-day Chile to tell this incendiary portrait of a young woman in rebellion, brilliantly acted by Mariana Di Girolamo. A Music Box Films release.
North American PremiereDirector Salomón Pérez’s debut feature, set in the Peruvian city of Trujillo, depicts the world through the eyes of teenager Renzo, a skater with no clear idea about his future, and Zoe, a girl obsessed with drawing the city’s maze of antennae and cables.
New York PremiereBrazilian filmmaker Maíra Bühler’s documentary is a powerful and delicate portrait of the Dom Pedro hostel and its inhabitants who fight for life in solidarity. Screening with Pablo Mazzolo’s Green Ash.
U.S. PremiereIn Federico Atehortúa’s film essay, a family accident leads to the director discovering the uncanny relationship between his mother, the origins of Colombian cinema, and recent events in the country’s prolonged armed conflict.
U.S. PremiereWinner of Best Mexican Film at the 2019 FICUNAM International Cinema Festival, Clemente Castor’s debut feature is a format-shifting hangout film distinguished by its young director’s visionary, oddball perspective. Screening with Alejandro Alonso’s Home.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Andrés Di TellaIn his latest documentary, Argentinean filmmaker Andrés Di Tella uses photos and love letters from his late parents—his father, Torcuato, born in Argentina; and mother, Kamala, from India—to create an intimate portrait of a turbulent 20th-century love story.
New York Premiere · Q&A with Lucía GaribaldiWinner of the World Cinema Dramatic Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Lucía Garibaldi’s assured and understated debut feature is an engaging and provocative coming-of-age tale centered on a 14-year-old girl living in a small beach resort rumored to be plagued by sharks.
North American Premiere · Opening Night ReceptionJo Serfarty’s spirited debut feature, set in Rio de Janeiro, follows four teenage high-schoolers from the favelas—Karol, Junior, Ronaldo, and Caio—as they plan their summer. Screening with Ulises Conti’s Persona 5.
New York PremiereThe most recent film by acclaimed director Marcelo Gomes (Once Upon a Time Veronica) is an engaging documentary portrait of relentless capitalism, centered in the small Brazilian village of Toritama.
New York Premiere • Q&A with David ZonanaA poignant and astute meditation on class warfare, David Zonana’s acclaimed debut follows a construction worker who finally takes the law into his own hands after enduring a succession of abuses by the wealthy owner of a luxury house where his brother died in an accident.
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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… Read More
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