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09 21 THRU 09 24 06 | 100% VENEZUELA FILM SERIES @ NYU

09 21 THRU 09 24 06 | 100% VENEZUELA FILM SERIES @ NYU

Venezuela The King Juan Carlos I Center and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of New York University, in collaboration with Cinema Tropical, present:100% VENEZUELA features 14 films from the South American country. The Festival focuses on the violence that has characterized Venezuelan cinema through its history, exhibiting classic films from the 80’s and 90’s, and the most recent productions of Venezuelan filmography. Solveig Hoogesteijn, Diego Rísquez and Alfredo Anzola, among other important Venezuelan filmmakers, will attend the screenings and participate in a symposium. Curated by Javier Guerrero, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

THURS. |  09 21 06 | 4:15PM | PANDEMONIUM, LA CAPITAL DEL INFIERNO | PANDEMONIUM, HELL’S CAPITAL CITY
Bitter vision of the bleak state of affairs in a fictional Latin American city, Pandemonium, through the warped view of a completely dysfunctional family. Among them are a radical poet with no feet, a government official who still runs the country from his jail cell, an amoral mother, and a beautiful young street kid who they have adopted. An angry, lyrical, surreal film that screams for social justice. (Román Chalbaud, 1998, Venezuela, 97 min. In Spanish / No English Subtitles)

THURS. |  09 21 06 | 6:15PM | I’M A CRIMINAL | SOY UN DELINCUENTE
Ramón is not different at all from other youths who, without a clear conscience and pushed by hunger, leave the misery of their shanties on the hills to immerse themselves in the city in search of a solution to their problems. From an early age, Ramón knows all about the streets and the prisons, where he has learned to rob, beat-up, rape and even kill, with no other option, no other defense but that of his own violence. (Clemente de la Cerda, 1976, 112 minutes. In Spanish / No English Subtitles)

FRI. |  09 22 06 | 2PM | AMOR EN CONCRETO | LOVE IN CONCRETE
A night in war-torn Caracas, in a corner of the Latin world, driving on concrete-filled avenues. One finds a war tank, which reappears in the most surprising places, constantly searching for the road to the President’s Palace. That night on the Libertador Avenue, six characters have decided to change their life in that city. (Franco de Peña, 2003, Venezuela, 102 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

FRI. |  09 22 06 | 4:15PM | SANGRADOR | BLEEDER
Maximiliano is a decent man who has fallen in with a gang of thieves. But after three mysterious women tell him that he will never die at the hand of another man, Maximiliano falls prey to his own arrogance and insecurities, and begins to doubt the wisdom of his leader, Duran. Maximiliano’s wife plants the notion in her husband’s mind that he would be better off without Duran, and Maximiliano plans to take the life of his one-time friend. A contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. (LeonardoHenríquez, 2000, Venezuela, 89 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

FRI. |  09 22 06 | 6:15PM | MANUELA SÁENZ
In 1856, a whaling ship docks at the Peruvian fishing village of Paita. Among the boat’s crew is a young sailor by the name of Herman Melville, who is developing the idea for a novel about a whale, called Moby Dick. Meanwhile, in the village resides an elderly woman named Manuela Saenz, who at what time was the center of national gossip by becoming passionately involved with Simon Bolivar, the Latin American revolutionary. Melville meets her and attempts to get her to talk about Bolivar. Sherefuses, but his visit prompts her to re-read Bolivar’s letters to her, which causes her to have vivid memories of their time together. (Diego Rísquez, 2000, Venezuela, 97 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

FRI. |  09 22 06 | 8:15PM | SE SOLICITA MUCHACHA DE BUENA PRESENCIA Y MOTORIZADO CON MOTO PROPIA
Alexander and his friend Diosa start working in a furniture store. He suspects that the owner is involved in underground shenanigans. To owner Grau Klein, they pretend not to know each other. As they find out more about his activities, Alexander decides to give Klein a taste of his own medicine. (Alfredo Anzola, 1977, Venezuela. 90 min. In Spanish / No English Subtitles)

SAT. |  09 23 06 | 2PM | THE WEDDING | LA BODA
The marriage of a young couple, noisily celebrated in a Latin American neighborhood home, becomes a microcosm of society. The past, present and future mix together, and people from different social strata meet and then meet again, tied to thirty years of Venezuelan history: the transition from a dictatorship to democracy between the years 1950 and 1980. (Thaelman Urguelles, 1982 (110 minutes). No English Subtitles.)

SAT. |  09 23 06 | 4:15PM | 3 NIGHTS | 3 NOCHES
When the corpse of mobster Miguel "el Chino" Sanabria surfaces, everyone thinks his death is the result of a heated argument. That is, everyone except Officer Ferran (Victor Mayo), who believes something more menacing was at fault. Along with Picasso (Juanko Vellido), the last person to see Sanabria alive, Ferran sets out to find the truth behind the murder — and learns something about his own destiny in the process. (Fernando Venturini, 2001 (105 minutes). English Subtitles.)

SAT. |  09 23 06 | 6:15PM | TENDER IS THE NIGHT | TIERNA ES LA NOCHE
As its director describes it, a film “without bullets, without sea or mosquitoes, without peasants nor flowers…” (Leonardo Henríquez, 2000 (89 minutes). English Subtitles.)

SAT. |  09 23 06 | 8:15PM | SANTERA
Spanish social worker Paula travels to Venezuela to work in a women’s prison. She sees that the women ignore one prisoner, Santera Soledad, who practices witchcraft. After Soledad is tortured by guards, Paula befriends her and soon learns about her spiritual father Eulogio, her family, and her past life in her jungle pueblo. Hoogesteijn attempts to capture the frenzy and mysticism of authentic jungle Santera dances and rituals. (Solveig Hoogesteijn, 1997 (97 minutes). English Subtitles.)

SUN. |  09 24 06 | 2PM | JERICÓ
It is the XVI century, and Santiago, a Dominican friar assigned to the evangelization of the New World, accompanies the conquistador on his attempt to carry out his mission. The horrors of that war of extermination, the helplessness he suffers and the simple welcome of the indigenous people he encounters, converts him into one of them. However, a conflict between tribal families causes his expulsion and return to a world that he can no longer accept. (Luis Alberto Lamata, 1990 (90 minutes). English Subtitles.)

SUN. |  09 24 06 | 4:15PM | PUNTO Y RAYA
Set at a time of heightened tensions between Venezuela and neighboring Colombia, a Columbian soldier on patrol along the Venezuelan border befriends his Venezuelan counterpart, with unforeseen, unfortunate consequences. Cheito, a fast-talking small-time drug dealer is ambushed by police in a Caracas barrio and finds himself drafted into the army. Meanwhile, Pedro, a rural Colombian laborer, volunteers for service. Cheito finally works up the nerve to go AWOL around the time most of Pedro’s company is killed in a sniper attack. When the two men stumble upon each other in the jungle, Pedro promptly takes Cheito as his prisoner. Before all is said and done, the two men consort with drug traffickers, masquerade as CIA agents and are even declared war heroes–while gradually becoming something resembling friends. (Elia Schneider, 2004 (105 minutes). English Subtitles)

SUN. |  09 24 06 | 6:15PM | DE CÓMO ANITA CAMACHO QUISO LEVANTARSE A MARINO MÉNDEZ
Anita Camacho, ambitious maid, pretends to be the owner of the house where she works to make a rich man fall in love with her, to marry him and to finally stop being poor. The islander Marino Mendez, owner of a fruitshop, pays attention to her and becomes the object of this lovable and skilful girl’s plans who, dressed up in her master’s elegant clothes, tries to seduce him. But a trap of love awaits her when she she walks down the street and breaks more hearts than she desired. (Alfredo Anzola, 1986 (90 minutes). No English Subtitles.)

SUN. |  09 24 06 | 8:15PM | MAROA
An 11-year-old girl, audacious surviver of the asphalt jungle, fascinated by Mozart, in the middle of a criminal act? Impossible, or at least improbable. Maroa’s daily sustenance are cheesy soap operas, “changas” and rap music that interprets the slums; at night, it is the sound of bullets, reflecting statistics of 130 dead each weekend, in the slums of Caracas. Maroa’s life will change the moment she hears the clarinet. (Solveig Hoogesteijn, 2005 (102 minutes). English Subtitles.)

All screenings are taking place at:
The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium at NYU
53 Washington Square South
(212) 998-3650 | www.nyu.edu/kjc
All screenings are free and open to the public.
For complete information and schedule visit:
www.cinematropical.c.topica.com or www.100x100venezuela.blogspot.com

Source: www.cinematropical.com

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