Neighboring Scenes is a new showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Launching in the new year, this selective slate of premieres highlights impressive recent productions from across the region, and exhibits the vast breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. With titles from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic range, evidencing the many sites of contemporary Latin American filmmaking. Some of the featured directors are established auteurs, while others have recently emerged on the international festival scene, snagging top prizes and critical accolades at festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Locarno.
Organized by Rachael Rakes and Dennis Lim. Special thanks to Remezcla.
Opening Night · Q&A with Benjamín Naishtat with reception to followA paramilitary group led by a despotic, Aguirre-like leader makes its way through Patagonia in the hopes of uniting and purifying society in Benjamín Naishtat’s masterfully shot and chilling follow-up to History of Fear (New Directors/New Films 2014).
North American PremiereBiologist-turned-filmmaker Pablo Chavarria Gutiérrez demonstrates a light touch and penchant for narrative openness with this lovingly framed day-in-the-life portrait of a man waiting for an important event that never comes. Screening with Gulliver (María Alché, 25m).
U.S. PremiereBased on the true story of twin luchador brothers in Mexico City who were robbed by two middle-aged prostitutes, Arturo Ripstein’s latest feature is an unflinching look at the mean streets of El Defectuoso.
Fusing elements of Edgar Allan Poe’s titular short story and Treasure Island, this playful, fast-paced meta-film follows an Argentine-Swedish co-production that switches its film’s focus from a 19th-century Swedish proto-feminist novelist to an Argentine radical politician in order for an actor to search for buried treasure.
Q&A with Ives RosenfeldArtfully lensed and deliberately paced, Ives Rosenfeld’s directorial debut follows an amateur soccer player who fantasizes about escaping his everyday world by becoming a professional. But his dreams are shattered when his best friend gets signed instead.
U.S. Premiere · Q&A with Luis OspinaLuis Ospina’s kaleidoscopic documentary focuses on the Cali Group, the Colombian artists’ collective that revolutionized art, cinema, and literature in the 1970s and ’80s, and of which the filmmaker is the only surviving member.
A teenager attempts to break free from her traditional parents’ wishes—but does so only after an unexpected pregnancy in Jayro Bustamante’s exquisitely shot debut feature, winner of a top prize at the Berlinale and Guatemala’s Oscar submission.
César Augusto Acevedo’s Camera d’Or–winning directorial debut is a meditative and painterly allegory in which tensions simmer between an elderly campesino and his ex-wife when he returns to the small house in Valle del Cauca he left 17 years earlier.
Q&A with Dominga SotomayorWhile vacationing in a sleepy resort town, a young couple divert their relationship problems rather than confront them head-on in Dominga Sotomayor’s low-key, visually resourceful drama reminiscent of the films of Josephine Decker and Joe Swanberg.
Q&A with Rodrigo PláAfter being denied treatment for her terminally ill husband, a woman goes up her greedy health-insurance company’s chain of command with a vengeance in this airtight and provocative thriller from Rodrigo Plá (The Delay, The Zone).
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