Tuesday, March 5, 2013

CInema: Epica Encounters at 92YTribeca

March - April, 2013
Co-presented by 92YTribeca and Cinema Tropical
Programmed by Jerónimo Rodríguez

Some things in life fall away into a forgotten chasm, relegated to imperfect human memories, tucked away in a remote abyss where you will probably never hear from them again. Film often reverses the course of events, giving these things a place in our history.

This program focuses specifically on the ability of film to shed light on those spots that might otherwise be lost forever. The selected films deal with episodes of a nebulous past, with activities that are not usually represented, with fractured spaces, and finally, with the frailty of memory. Filmmakers, videographers, professionals, and amateurs from Latin America, Spain and the US help create a bridge between what is seemingly irrelevant and what takes on significance.

This show features a Hi-8 home video, an underground scream, a fading memory, an unknown story, a rehearsal, and a rarely seen film.

All screenings at 92 Y Tribeca.  200 Hudson Street (at Canal Street) | (212) 601-1000 / www.92Y.org/Tribeca/Film

Wednesday March 6, 7pm
Lovely Tapes: Vikingland
(Xurxo Chirro, Spain, 2011, 97 min.)
In Vikingland, Spanish filmmaker Xurxo Chirro edits camera footage recorded by a Galician sailor two decades ago during a working voyage between Denmark and Germany. Chirro not only reconstructs this unexpected protagonist and cameraman’s anecdotal personal journey, but also raises questions about the craft of filmmaking with subtle and ingenious wit. Chirro will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Wednesday, March 13, 7pm 
Captivating Rehearsals: Rosalinda
(Matías Piñeiro, Argentina, 2010, 40 min.)
A playful and mysterious film that elevates the typically behind-the-scenes activity of rehearsal to challenging narrative heights. With Rosalinda, the Argentinean Matías Piñeiro develops a sensual portrait around a theater group preparing to stage Shakespeare, an experience in which he imperceptibly erases the boundaries between representation through “acting” and the “real.” Piñeiro will be in attendance for a post screening discussion.

Wednesday, March 20, 7pm
Slippery Past: The Other Day
(El otro día, Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2012, 115 min.)
“Slippery Past” presents a subtle film that attempts to evoke intimacy and family memories. In an observational and leisurely tone, the director Ignacio Agüero meditates about his past in El otro día (The Other Day) through familiar objects left in his home. This exercise slowly gives way to a deeper reflection on the complexities of Chilean society. Special thanks to Livia Bloom and Icarus Films. Agüero will be in attendance for a post screening discussion.

Wednesday, Mar 27, 7pm
Counterculture Traces: The Life, Death, and Assumption of Lupe Velez
(Vida, muerte y asunción de Lupe Vélez, José Rodríguez Soltero, USA, 60 min. 1966)
This rarely seen film Vida, muerte y asunción de Lupe Vélez (The Life, Death and Assumption of Lupe Velez) is one of the few existing records of Puerto Rican involvement in the New York underground of the 60's. It is a testament to the work done by filmmaker José Rodriguez Soltero, who, from the heart of the counterculture, helped create a legendary film. The director collaborated on the film with Mario Montez, an icon who was also a muse to Andy Warhol and Jack Smith.Director: José Rodríguez Soltero

Wednesday, April 3, 7pm
Fractured Spaces: Short Film Program
A selection of short films that examine physical spaces, many of them fragmented or under transformation. This program includes an unsettling tour through the streets of Madrid by the collective, Los Hijos, in Enero, 2012 (January, 2012); a striking portrait of Haiti that Fern Silva creates in Peril of the Antilles; the eerie tranquility of a Peruvian beach resort recorded by Andrea Franco in En Ancón (In Ancon); an illuminating examination of the World Trade Center site by Carlos Motta in his film Ivory Tower; and a playful, virtual journey by Juan Daniel Molero in Image Not Found. Franco & Motta will be in attendance for a post screening discussion.
Peril of the Antilles (Fern Silva, USA, 2011, 5 min.)
En Ancón (Andrea Franco, Perú/USA, 2012, 27 min.)
Ivory Tower (Carlos Motta, Colombia/USA, 2011, 11 min.)
Enero, 2012 (Los Hijos, Spain, 2012, 18 min.)
Image Not Found (Juan Daniel Molero, Peru, 2013, 18 min.)

Wednesday, April 10, 7pm
Late Letters: Tudo É Brasil

(Rogério Sganzerla, Brazil, 82 min. 1997)
The closing night revolves around a gifted and inquisitive filmmaker who worked most of his life at the margins of the industry and other artistic movements. Brazilian director Rogério Sganzerla, a member of Cinema Marginal and responsible for the cult classic,Red Light Bandit, made several documentaries about another indomitable auteur: Orson Welles. Styled as a freeform visual essay, Tudo É Brasil (Everything Is Brazil) is a speculative, arabesque mosaic of the American filmmaker on his tumultuous visit through Brazil in 1942. The work doubles as a political meditation on the identity of South America’s largest country.

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