Posts tagged ‘Madeinusa’
Hugely original, exquisitely shot fable by gifted Peruvian Claudia Llosa.
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Bit of a weird one, this. London’s British Film Institute has always, in my experience, been one of the most interesting and forward-looking arts venues – and not even just for film – in the city.
Huge disappointment, then, to see the line-up for the Latin American film season coming up in August; the imaginatively-titled South American Renaissance. It’s not that City of God, Lower City, Bus 174, or Central Station are bad films – far from it, in fact. And both the Argentinian ‘documentary’ The Blondes and Peruvian fable Madeinusa are intriguing films, (more…)
With its vibrant and varied national identities, a turbulent and sometimes tortured past along with its proud cultural heritage, Latin America has all the necessary ingredients for a rich tradition of cinema and film.
In the early years, the Latin American film industry was dominated by Mexico, which exported its enormously successful movies throughout the world. But over the second half of the 20th century, a number of other big film centers developed, in particular Cuba, Argentina and Brazil.
Throughout this period, filmmakers drew upon wide political and social influences, reflecting the often chaotic environments they were trying to reflect. Latin America’s prominent role within the non-aligned movement during the Cold War and widespread popular opposition to the giant northern neighbor helped influence the development of Tercer Cine, Third Cinema, as a backlash against Hollywood, US cultural dominance and capitalism.
Led by the Argentinean Grupo Cine Liberacion, but also driven by radicals in Cuba, (more…)