Contemporary and Classic Latin American Movies


5th Annual Film Festival
REEL TIME AT GALA
Mexico – Argentina – El Salvador 
October 26 - 30, 2016

A series of films exploring the socio-political landscapes of Argentina and El Salvador, as well as contemporary and classical films from Mexico. Panel discussion with the curator, artists and film experts will be held after the screenings. 

All screenings are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Tickets: $30 Film Fest Pass (to see all the movies), $10 per film (except Wild Flower, free of charge).

In collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, Mexican Cultural Institute, Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of El Salvador, Salvadoran Cultural Institute, and Cinema Tropical of New York.

Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm
LA CALLE DE LOS PIANISTAS / PIANISTS STREET
Dir. Mariano Nante, Argentina, 2015. 85 min.
In Spanish, English, and French with English subtitles

On Rue Bosquet, a small street in Brussels, two identical buildings stand side by side. One is the home of the Tiempo-Lechner family, known for its long lineage of piano prodigies. Matriarch Lyl Tiempo presides over her renowned children, Sergio Tiempo and Karin Lechner, as well as Karin’s daughter, Natasha. At only 14, Natasha is already a busy performer who carries the weight of her musical heritage on her shoulders. She asks: What does it actually mean to be a pianist? If there is an answer, it is to be found in the house next door, at the home of the famous Argentine concert pianist Martha Argerich, who opens her doors and reveals an inner life that is still filled with uncertainty: At the age of 70, she is still on a quest for perfect technique. This unusual, very human documentary is filled with moments of extraordinary intimacy and exceptional music.

Post-film discussion with director Mariano Nante, introduced by Argentine actress Carla Peterson. Reception follows, courtesy of Embassy of Argentina.

Thursday, October 27 at 7 pm
ALBORADA
Dir. Paula Heredia, El Salvador, 2015, 54 min.

Josefa, a former guerrilla leader in El Salvador, seeks to emerge from a life of secrecy. Her daughter, Salvadoran filmmaker Paula Heredia, accompanies her in a journey that gives voice to Josefa and to the people of Suchitoto, El Salvador, the community that embraced her after the war.

Post-film Q&A with director Paula Heredia and Eduardo López, co-director and producer of The Harvest of Empire. Reception follows, courtesy of Embassy of El Salvador.

Friday, October 28 at 7 pm
LA DELGADA LÍNEA AMARILLA / THE THIN YELLOW LINE
Dir. Celso García, Mexico, 2015, 95 min.

“A palpable pleasure to watch” (Variety), The Thin Yellow Line chronicles five financially strapped men from very different walks of life who are hired to paint the center stripe along 120 miles of Mexican state highway. The dramedy’s ensemble cast led by Damián Alcazar (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), includes Silverio Palacios (Y Tu Mamá También) as a motor-mouth former circus stagehand;  Américo Hollander as a rebellious teen; Gustavo Sánchez Parra (Amores Perros) as a cynical ex-con; and Joaquín Cosio (Savages) as the driver with failing eyesight. Celso García’s acclaimed debut feature was nominated for 14 Ariel Awards (Mexico’s Academy Awards) and was the winner of four awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival.

Post-film discussion with actor Américo Hollander, introduced by Alberto Fierro, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute. Reception follows, courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute/Embassy of Mexico.

Saturday, October 29 
4 pm: CÓMO GANAR ENEMIGOS / HOW TO WIN ENEMIES
Dir. Gabriel Lichtmann, Argentina, 2015, 78 min.

Lucas, a young lawyer who loves detective stories, is drawn into a mystery of his own. After withdrawing a large sum of money, he meets the stunning Bárbara and they spend the night together. The next morning, Bárbara and his money are gone and Lucas uncovers a twisted plot.

Post-film discussion with filmmaker Gabriel García.

7 pm: LA CALLE DE LA AMARGURA / BLEAK STREET
Dir. Arturo Ripstein, Mexico/Spain, 2015, 99 min.

Veteran auteur and master of the Mexican bizarre, Arturo Ripstein (Deep Crimson) – an influence on a generation of his country’s directors – plunges into a Mexico City demimonde of crime, prostitution, and luchador wrestling. The film’s luscious black-and-white cinematography recounts a true crime story of twin mini-luchadores (who never remove their masks), the mother who adores them, and two prostitutes whose best days are long behind them. Ripstein imbues his Bunuelian tableaux with both empathy and dark humor.

Sunday, October 30
4 pm: Mexican Classic Film
FLOR SILVESTRE / WILD FLOWER
Dir. Emilio Fernández, Mexico, 1943, 94 min.

Flor Silvestre follows the romance between Esperanza (Dolores del Río), granddaughter of a common laborer, and José Luis Castro (Pedro Armendáriz), the firebrand son of a landowner. Joining a revolutionary movement, Castro is disowned by his father, but Esperanza remains loyally by his side. Later Castro's father is killed by outlaws. Seeking vengeance, Castro sacrifices his own life, while Esperanza carries on his revolutionary work with their young son in tow.

Post-film discussion with Dr. Barbara Tennenbaum, Mexican specialist, Library of Congress (Retired).

7 pm: EL INCENDIO / THE FIRE
Dir. Juan Schnitman, Argentina, 2015, 95 min.

On the way to closing the contract on their first home, Lucía and Marcelo withdraw a hundred thousand dollars in cash from their bank. The seller can’t make it to the signing and it gets postponed to the next day. Frustrated, they head back to their old place and put the money away. The next 24 hours will unveil the true nature of their love, the crisis they are in, and the violence within themselves. “A riveting chamber piece of subtle shifts and evenhanded power struggles" (Variety), Schnitman’s debut feature film was the winner of the Best Film Award at the Transylvania Film Festival.

Introduced by Carla Peterson, Argentine actress.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: DC Independent Film Festival, Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival and Symposium, Filmfest DC, Washington DC Film Society, Latin é, and Women in Film & Video.


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