6/5/12 , Posted by Alex Guerrero at 11:13 PM

Tropical Tuesdays en Junio tiene como tema 'Subversive Churches And Mundane Icons'. La serie se presenta en Casa Mezcal, LES > Tropical.

About: What is it that unites Latin America is a question that raises many answers: the language, simultaneous historical events, the political issues and tendencies, and so on. In summary, we try to forget our differences in order to unite a divided community. But how healthy is that? Wouldn’t it reduce to a basic level the rich complexity of our bonds? I believe that by recognizing our differences between each border or over each coastline, we learn why we belong together. This is why Counter Culture is such a powerful perspective to analyze a community and its issues. It’s extremely difficult to label what’s Counter Culture if we don’t know in which national context it’s born.
The filmmakers included in this program have adapted fragments from the Bible, the Catholic iconography, or other methods of religious propaganda, like Brazilian Evangelist Public Television, to question these practices and subvert the power of these images. Cinema itself has become a religion, one not based on text, but in a prayer that creates mundane icons and subversive churches. La serie es curada por Juan Daniel F. Molero.

Simon of the Desert, directed by Luis Buñuel, Mexico, 1965, 45 min.
The ascetic Simon believes he is a sinner and decides to self-inflict a sacrifice, living like a hermit on the top of a pedestal in the middle of the desert to be closer to God and resist the temptations of the world. His followers are peasants and travelers that believe him to be a saint capable of performing miracles and they crowd to hear his speeches. However, Satan tries to tempt him with the pleasures of the world.
Preceded by EL MONTE DE GABRIEL (Gabriel’s Mount, directed by Christopher Murray, 2007, Chile, 25 min; and CARTA DEL APOSTOL SAN JUANECO A LA CIUDAD DEL MAL (Letter from the Apostle Saint Juaneco to the City of Evil, directed by Aldo Salvini, 1994, Peru, 11 min.)
Tuesday, June 5, 9pm*
*Please note this screening will start at 9pm.

Directed by Amat Escalante, Mexico, 2005, 78 min.

Diego's job is counting people as they enter a large government building. After work, he and his wife Blanca lie on the couch, watch soap operas, or make love on the kitchen table. Their relationship is based on having sex, watching TV, and fighting, until one day their routine is interrupted. Karina, Diego's daughter from a previous marriage, arrives in search of her father's love, but Blanca refuses to accept her. Diego finds himself caught between an extremely jealous wife and a daughter in desperate need of guidance. An astonishing climax will lead Diego to a total loss of control.
Preceded by MARTES DE CH’ALLA (Tuesday Ch’alla, directed by Carlos Piñeiro, Bolivia, 2009, 12 min.)
Tuesday June 12, 7pm

>> Shorts by Carlosmagno Rodrigues

-1976 – LUGAR SAGRADO (1976 – Sacred Place. Brazil, 2009, 6 min.)
-IGREREV - IGRESIA REVOLUCIONARIA DOS CORAÇOES AMARGURADOS (IGREREV, Revolutionary Church Of The Embittered Hearts. Brazil, 2007, 16 min.)
-ANDROMEDA – A MENINA QUE FUMAVA SABAO (Andromeda, the Girl Who Smoked Soap. Brazil, 2007, 15 min.)
-SEBASTIÃO, O HOMEM QUE BEBIA QUEROSEN (Sebastião, The Man Who Used to Drink Kerosene. Brazil, 2007, 11 min.)
-ALEXANDER ILLICH. Brazil, 2009, 13 min.)
-ANALOGÍA DO VERME (Worm Analogy. Brazil, 2007, 18 min.)
-DIANTE DO ABISMO DOS SEUS OLHOS (Before The Abyss Of Your Eyes. Brazil, 2006, 6 min.)
-DROP IN THE DARKNESS. Brazil, 2011, 7 min.)
Tuesday, June 19, 7pm

Birdsong, directed by Albert Serra, Spain, 2008, 98 min.

Serra recasts the story of the Magi as an elemental epic of man simultaneously lost and found in the uncanny beauty of nature. Masterfully shot in black and white on remote, almost extraterrestrial locations in the Canary Islands and Iceland, the film follows the slow, stumbling passage of the kings toward the mysterious birth that beckons them through the long days and dark nights. Birdsong adds a level of humor to gently undercut the sacred qualities of the tale by foregrounding the wonderfully profane corporality of the awkward kings who float and fidget in an assertively and refreshingly human manner.
Preceded by AHENDU NDE SAPUKAI (I Hear Your Scream, directed by Pablo Lamar, Paraguay/Argentina, 2008, 11 min.)
Tuesday, June 26, 7pm 

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