National Gallery of Art Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Concert, Films, and Spanish-Language Offerings
Film still from Alamar (Pedro González-Rubio, 2010, 35 mm, Spanish with subtitles, 73 minutes), to be shown at the National Gallery of Art on Saturday, September 18, as part of the GenMex: A New Generation of Cine Mexicano film series.
As Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, 2010, the National Gallery of Art presents an array of offerings honoring this rich and diverse cultural legacy. Pianist Carlos Rodriguez will perform music by Latin American composers in the picturesque West Garden Court on September 26, and the Gallery presents a film series entitled GenMex: A New Generation of Cine Mexicano throughout the month of September. This series will feature the work of eight directors in the innovative Nuevo Cine Mexicano movement. In addition to these programs, the Gallery regularly offers Spanish-language guided tours and printed guides to the permanent collection.
All programs offered free of charge, with availability on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted.
GenMex: A New Generation of Cine Mexicano In a memorable year for Mexico—2010 marks both the bicentennial of independence from Spain and the 100th anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution—it is also becoming abundantly clear that fresh directorial talents are invigorating the burgeoning pool of distinctive cinema known as Nuevo Cine Mexicano, one of the world’s most dynamic national cinema movements. This series, which began on September 4, includes the work of eight young directors. Presented in association with the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Mexico. The Gallery wishes to thank Carlos Gutiérrez. All films are screened in the East Building Auditorium.
Alamar: Saturday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. Constructing a fictional tale from a true life episode, Alamar documents a boy’s extended visit with his father and grandfather in the fishing villages near Mexico’s fabled Banco Chinchorro, before returning to Rome to live forever with his Italian mother. “The simplicity and details of a wonderful but limited experience pared down to their most honest, most untroubled, and often most beautiful essences.”—Daniel Kasman (Pedro González-Rubio, 2010, 35 mm, Spanish with subtitles, 73 minutes)
Lake Tahoe : September 19 at 4:30 p.m. The formal elegance of Lake Tahoe belies its undercurrent of offbeat charm. In the aftermath of some unidentified family misfortune, young Juan searches for answers but spends most of his time in droll encounters with a variety of colorful locals. “Exquisitely captured in natural light by cinematographer Alexis Zabé, Juan’s journey is framed by sherbet-colored houses and lemon sidewalks, dipping palm fronds and a burnished, turquoise horizon. The director calls his style ‘artisan cinema ….’”—Jeannette Catsoulis (Fernando Eimbcke, 2008, 35 mm, Spanish with subtitles, 84 minutes)
Presumed Guilty September 25 at 4:00 p.m. Two filmmakers track two young lawyers in a quixotic quest to unmask Mexico’s labyrinthine legal system. Based on the case of Antonio Zúñiga, wrongly condemned for murder, Presumed Guilty shows a surprisingly effective access to courts and prisons and exposes the loopholes of an entangled system in which, traditionally, an accused remains guilty until proven innocent. (Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith, 2008, Spanish with subtitles, 87 minutes)
For more information: www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/spanish.shtm.
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