“Ahora!: Latin American Cinema Now” comes to Chicago next Sat 8th

07/01/2011 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

From January 8 through February 2, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents Ahora!: Latin American Cinema Now, a series of eight films sampling the latest trends from one of the most exciting frontiers of contemporary world cinema. Seven of the eight films (all but BROTHER & SISTER) are Chicago premieres.
The major political and economic shifts that have occurred south of the border in the last decade have been accompanied by bursts of creativity in Latin American cinema. Spurred by access to global markets, international funding, and wider audiences, the epicenters have shifted from nation to nation (Mexico in the early 2000s, Argentina in the early and mid-2000s, more recently Uruguay and Chile) while maintaining an impressive overall momentum. Carlos A. Gutiérrez, cofounder of the distribution network Cinema Tropical, recently observed, “What we’ve witnessed in Latin American in general and in particular in countries like Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Chile, is unprecedented…It will be a huge revisiting task to understand the creative explosion of the past ten years.”
It would be presumptuous to generalize too neatly about such a large and diverse area from such a sampling of films, but a few noticeable trends can perhaps be picked out: deep ambiguity of character, often accompanied by uncertainty of identity (IT’S YOUR FAULT, NORBERTO’S DEADLINE, CRAB TRAP); spare, character-driven narratives, often accompanied by a controlled austerity of style (IT’S YOUR FAULT, MARIMBAS FROM HELL, MARTHA, A USEFUL LIFE, CRAB TRAP); fluidity of tone, with a special ability to shift from melancholy to deadpan humor (MARIMBAS FROM HELL, MARTHA, A USEFUL LIFE); themes of displacement, with characters washed aside by the tides of cultural change (MARIMBAS FROM HELL, MARTHA, A USEFUL LIFE, CRAB TRAP). In general, much of recent Latin American cinema has been marked by an openness that indicates great respect for both the films’ characters and their spectators, participating in a process of ongoing evolution and redefinition.

Source: Siskel Film Center

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