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NOW THRU 09 22 06 | THE FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS LATINBEAT: RECENT FILMS FROM LATIN AMERICA

NOW THRU 09 22 06 | THE FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER PRESENTS LATINBEAT: RECENT FILMS FROM LATIN AMERICA

Lincoln_center The past decade has witnessed a very welcome resurgence throughout Latin America, not only from traditional producers as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico but also from a host of lesser-known national cinemas. This is a reflection of the political and social changes taking place across the region, as Latin Americans search for new answers and ideas after having gone through and pushed aside a host of orthodoxies ranging from romantic revolution to free -market capitalism. The emphasis of many of the films and filmmakers in the program has moved away from discussions of society to explorations of the individual. All films in LatinBeat are New York premieres in their original language with English subtitles.

WED. | 09 20 06 | 8:45PM | THE GIRL ON THE STONE | LA NIÑA EN LA PIEDRA
In a small town near Mexico City, junior high school student Gabino becomes obsessed with his adored and charming girlfriend Maty after she breaks up with him. After two months of begging her to return to his side and putting up with her constant humiliations, led on by his bully friends, Gabino takes advantage of an opportunity to make her pay for her snubs and punish her vanity. THE GIRL ON THE STONE won the Golden Mayahuel in the Mexican competition at the Guadalajara Film Festival in March 2005, and is the third film in the trilogy that began with VIOLET PERFUME (2000). Sistach’s THE COMET, which relays the story of an adolescent couple caught up in the tumultuous events of early 20th century Mexico, is the second film in the trilogy. *Intro and Q&A with Maryse Sistach
(Maryse Sistach, Mexico, 2005, 85 min. In Spanish with English
subtitles)


WED. | 09 20 06 | 2PM | FOR RENT | SE ARRIENDA

34-year-old Gastón Fernández has no money, job, girlfriend, friends or any ambitions in life. He’s a composer who doesn´t compose. The one-time "most likely to succeed" at Santiago’s Musical Conservatory has passed from promise to failure. He is haunted by his own alter ego, a sort of doppelgänger dressed in a black coat, who watches each and every one of his steps from a city that is and is not Santiago. Is this strange, empty and foggy city part of his past or is it an invention? Forced by his father to stop acting like the teenager he no longer is, Gastón Fernández gets a job as a realtor for his father’s business and soon he begins to see a new city. The empty apartments he shows will begin to fill up with new people with new stories that will help him understand and value his own. This is the first film by writer Alberto Fuguet (TINTA ROJA), based on his novel by the same name.*Intro and Q&A with Alberto Fuguet (Alberto Fuguet, Chile, 2005, 109 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

THURS & FRI. | 09 21 & 09 22 06 | REVOLUTION: FIVE VISIONS | REVOLUCIÓN: CINCO MIRADAS
This timely documentary reframes the Cuban revolution through the lens of five Cuban photographers whose lives and work span nearly five decades of revolution in Cuba. From Havana to Miami, photographers on both sides of the political divide reveal the defiance of revolutionaries and artists alike, and discover the power of art to liberate. Preceded by THE ASPHALT VIRGIN / LA VIRGEN DEL ASFALTO (Fernando Frias and Paulina Lasa, Mexico, 2005, 8 min. In Spanish with English subtitles) One night an image of "La Virgen de Guadalupe" appeared on a street in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City. The next day the street was closed, candles were placed everywhere and people prayed at all hours of the day. A miracle or not? Thursday, September 21, 4:30pm; Friday, September 22, 6:15pm (Nicole Cattell, Cuba, 2006, 56 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

THURS & FRI. | 09 21 & 09 22 06 | THROUGH YOUR EYES | A TRAVÉS DE TUS OJOS
Argentina’s economic crisis is in full swing when Lito and Nilda travel to New York to fulfill Nilda’s lifelong dream of seeing "The Big Apple." During their visit, they also plan to get a medical check up for Nilda, who suffers from a kidney illness. But once in New York and despite Lito’s warnings, Nilda neglects her diet and has to be hospitalized when her condition worsens. Lito is overwhelmed. On his own and penniless, he will get to know an unexpected side of New York. While his life in New York starts to undergo a freeze, the ice factory he owns in crisis-ridden Buenos Aires starts to melt. With stellar performances by award-winning Argentine actors Pepe Soriano and Adriana Aizenberg. Thursday, September 21, 2pm & 8:15pm*; Friday, September 22, 4pm
*Intro and Q&A with Rodrigo Furth(Rodrigo Furth, Country: Argentina, Release: 2006, Runtime: 104 min.)

THURS & FRI. | 09 21 & 09 22 06 | CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF TROPICÁLIA: OTHER (SWEET) BARBARIANS / OUTROS (DOCES) BÁRBAROS
In 1976, four prominent Tropicália singers, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethania, and Gal Costa went on tour in Brazil with their artistically and politically vibrant brand of Bahia-based music; the concert led to the famous album and documentary OS DOCES BARBAROS (also shown in this sidebar). In 2002, the four reunited to perform their daring and wild style of Tropicália. This documentary, directed by Andrucha Waddington (HOUSE OF SAND), captures their two live concerts in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and includes fascinating footage of the group reuniting, clips from the 1976 documentary, and interviews in which the members of the group discuss their involvement and relationship to the politics and sounds of Tropicália.
Thursday, September 21, 6:30pm; Friday, September 22, 2:15pm & 8pm
(Andrucha Waddington, Brazil, 2002, 75 min. In Portuguese with English
subtitles)

All screenings at:
Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, plaza level
(212) 875-5600
For full schedule and tickets online visit: www.filmlinc.com

Source: www.cinematropical.com

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