La Cartelera cinematografica está variada este mes. El LatinBeat regresa al Lincoln Center y también el New York Internacional Latino Film Fest. A ellos se une Ducoweeks en el IFC de la Sexta Avenida con dos producciones latinas. Allí también pueden ver El Topo los últimos días de Agosto.
El anticipado debut de Mosquita y Mari y Hermano se lleva a cabo en el Cinema Village y Searching for SugarMan, sobre el cantautor Rodriguez y su merecido comeback es un documental para no dejar de ver. Tuve el placer de escucharlo en vivo durante el Tribeca Film Festival donde se presentó el documental. Ustedes también tendrán la oportunidad de escucharlo en concierto en el Highline Ballroom a fines de mes ( Vean Calendario de Musica). El Queens Museum continúa con el festival de verano que incluye una serie de cine. Pelotero se presenta en varias salas del país o en On Demand y aún pueden encontrar Cristiada, To Rome with Love and Savages en cartelera.
Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A's and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet.
When Mari moves in across the street from Yolanda, they maintain their usual life routine, until an incident at school thrusts them into a friendship and into unknown territory. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda's grades begin to slip while Mari's focus drifts away from her duties at a new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves.
Residents from the ejido (communal land) Los Cuates de Australia in Northeast Mexico perform every year a massive exodus to look for water during drought. In this exile, men, women, elders, and children wait for the first drops of water to return to their lands, metaphor of a small town that hides from death.
August 10 - 16
- WE WOMEN WARRIORS/ TEJIENDO SABIDURÍA (Nicole Karsin, USA/ Colombia, 2012, 79 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
We Women Warriors follows three native women caught in the crossfire of Colombia's warfare who use nonviolent resistance to defend their peoples' survival. Colombia has 102 aboriginal groups, one-third of which face extinction because of the conflict. Trapped in a protracted predicament financed by the drug trade, indigenous women are resourcefully leading and creating transformation imbued with hope. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture. August 10 - 16.
In its 13th edition, Latinbeat presents a variety of the best recent Latin American cinema. The region continues to offer an incredible wealth of strong documentaries that explore uncharted aspects of history and travel beyond capital borders, redefining national identities. Personal stories and formal exploration abound in bold new fiction. There will be lots of music–from Uruguay, Brazil and Chile–and, as always, the exciting presence of filmmakers, producers and actors at screenings and at our panel on New Mexican Cinema. Series programmed by Richard Peña and Marcela Goglio.
* The New York International Latino Film Festival > Agosto 13 - 19 > NYILFF.
Launched in 1999, the New York International Latino Film Festival’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America offering an expansive image of the Latino experience, and celebrating the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.
* 3rd Annual New York City International Film Festival > Various locations> August 9-16 > NYIFF
Jodorowsky’s legendary, notorious cult hit essentially created the genre of the midnight movie — a spectacle so stunning and bizarre that normal hours couldn’t contain it. Incorporating influences from tarot to the Bible to surrealism into a mind-blowing western, Jodorowsky cast himself as the leather-clad gunman, El Topo (‘the mole’), who wanders through a desert strewn with mystical symbols on an unnamed quest, leaving blood and carnage in his wake. Declared a masterpiece by no less than John Lennon himself, EL TOPO tops even the most outrageous aesthetic experiments of its radical era and remains unmatched in its provocations and strange beauty. Long unavailable, EL TOPO is presented in a gorgeous new restoration personally overseen by Jodorowsky.
* HERMANO > Directed by Marcel Rasquin > Opens August 24 in NYC > AMC Empire 25 and Cinema Village and nationwide.
Hermano tells a simple and powerful story about two kids raised together as brothers: Daniel (Fernando Moreno) and Julio (Eliú Armas) – who struggle to become professional soccer players. Both exceptional players, in La Ceniza slum, the opportunity of a lifetime arrives when a headhunter for the Caracas Football Club invites them to a try-out with the team. But their life in the slum interferes and a tragedy shakes them, forcing them to make a choice: the unity of their family or their lifelong dream?
* SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN > Directed by Malik Bendjelloul > Now in New York and Los Angeles > Soon nationwide > SUGAR.
In 1968, there emerged from Detroit a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. Searching for Sugar Man tells the story of the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered in South Africa and finally became the legende he always deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.
* FILM SERIES AT 92Y TRIBECA > ALL YEAR > FILM
Screenings include indies just off the festival circuit, monthly sing-alongs, underground gems and all that flickers in between. Come early to grab a beer or wine in the cafe and stay for the filmmaker Q&A—this is way beyond your average night at the movies.
* QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART’S 8th INTERNATIONAL OUTDOOR FILM, DANCE & MUSIC SERIES > Hasta Agosto 24 > QUEENS.
The free weekly outdoor festivities feature live dance performances, a concert, and film screening from one of the many international locales that fuel Queens’ cultural and artistic vitality.
This year’s trip visits eight more delightful cultural geographic locations. The voyage has a particularly Caribbean flavor complementing our current exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. Your ticket is booked!
Just In Case of Rain, program moves inside the museum.
Aug 3: West Indies | Aug 10: Taiwan | Aug 17: Dominican Republic | Aug 24: Puerto Rico.
* FOR GREATER GLORY > CRISTIADA > Directed by Dean Wright > En Catelera > GLORY.
An impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film's adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War the daring people¹s revolt that rocked 20th Century North America.
Academy Award® nominee Andy Garcia headlines an acclaimed cast as General Gorostieta, the retired military man who at first thinks he has nothing personal at stake as he and his wife (Golden Globe nominee Eva Longoria) watch Mexico fall into a violent civil war. Yet the man who hesitates in joining the cause will soon become the resistance's most inspiring and self-sacrificing leader, as he begins to see the cost of religious persecution on his countrymen . . . and transforms a rag-tag band of rebels into a heroic force to be reckoned with. The General faces impossible odds against a powerful and ruthless government. Yet is those he meets on the journey youthful idealists, feisty renegades and, most of all, one remarkable teenager named Jose who reveal to him how courage and belief are forged even when justice seems lost.
* SAVAGES. Directed by Oliver Stone > With Benicio del Toro. En Cartelera.
* TO ROME WITH LOVE. Directed by Woody Allen. With Penélope Cruz. En Cartelera.