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Cine Mexico Now

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. www.ncarts.org.

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This is Not Berlin (Esto no es Berlin)

DIR HARI SAMA | Mexico | 2019 | 105 MIN / 1986. Mexico City. Best friends Carlos and Gera are struggling to survive their suburban middle-class existence until they discover the electrifying world of the Azteca, an underground nightclub overflowing with sex, drugs, and uninhibited excess. As they find their artistic voices and explore their sexuality, their friendship is tested as they descend further into the debaucherous scene. Semi-autobiographical, filmmaker Hari Sama has crafted a stylish portrait of youth in rebellion, filled with a post-punk soundtrack and brilliant performances from its cast, including Oscar nominee Marina de Tavira (ROMA). Official Selection, 2019 Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED / 1986. Ciudad de México. Los mejores amigos Carlos y Gera están luchando por sobrevivir a su existencia suburbana de clase media hasta que descubren el electrizante mundo del Azteca, un club nocturno subterráneo repleto de sexo, drogas y exceso desinhibido. A medida que encuentran sus voces artísticas y exploran su sexualidad, su amistad se pone a prueba a medida que descienden más en la escena libertina. Semi-autobiográfico, el cineasta Hari Sama ha elaborado un elegante retrato de la juventud en rebelión, lleno de una banda sonora postpunk y brillantes actuaciones de su elenco, incluida la nominada al Oscar Marina de Tavira (ROMA). Selección oficial, festivales de cine Sundance y Tribeca 2019. En español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACÍON

Monday, September 23 @ 7pm – q&a with director Hari Sama to follow + margarita mixer at XCaret!

Hari Sama studied directing at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and musical composition at CIEM in Mexico City. With his four feature films, he has participated in numerous film festivals and won several awards. The Dream of Lu (2011) won a Golden Goblet for best actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival and an Ariel Award. Awakening Dust (2013) won the Kukulkán Award for best picture at the Riviera Maya Film Festival.

Saturday, September 28 @ 3pm

 

I'm Leaving Now (Ya Me Voy)

DIR LINDSEY CORDERO, ARMANDO CRODA | US | 2018 | 75 MIN / Felipe is an undocumented Mexican immigrant at a crossroads: after 16 years in Brooklyn and sending the bulk of his earnings to his wife and children in Mexico, he's decided to return home to the family he hasn't seen in almost two decades. But when he informs them of his plans, he discovers that they've squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. Shot over two years, this is a searing and intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. In allowing the rhythms, emotions, and sounds of Felipe’s day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window into one of the most pressing political issues of our time, without sentimentalizing or trivializing its subject. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED / Felipe es un inmigrante mexicano indocumentado en una encrucijada: después de 16 años en Brooklyn y enviando la mayor parte de sus ganancias a su esposa e hijos en México, decidió regresar a su casa con la familia que no había visto en casi dos décadas. Pero cuando les informa de sus planes, descubre que han malgastado el dinero, están profundamente endeudados y no quieren que él regrese. Filmado durante dos años, este es un retrato abrasador e íntimo de un trabajador indocumentado en la marginalidad. Al permitir que los ritmos, las emociones y los sonidos de la vida cotidiana de Felipe impulsen la historia, Cordero y Croda abren una ventana impresionista y cinematográfica a uno de los temas políticos más apremiantes de nuestro tiempo, sin sentimentalizar o trivializar él. En inglés y español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACIÓN

Monday, September 30 @ 7pm

Saturday, October 5 @ 3pm

The Phantom of the Monastery (El Fantasma del Convento)

DIR FERNANDO DE FUENTES | MEXICO| 1934 | 85 MIN / One of the first Mexican horror films, this pioneering work by filmmaker Fernando de Fuentes is a wonderfully macabre gothic masterpiece. A married couple and their best friend seek shelter from the night at an ancient monastery. A mad, lascivious abbot tells them that the cloister is haunted by the spirit of a monk who sold his soul in exchange for his best friend’s wife, a legend eerily close to their own lusty dynamic. Through the night the supernatural gains sway until dawn discloses new revelations. New digital restoration courtesy UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, with support from the George Lucas Family Foundation. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED / Una de las primeras películas de terror mexicanas, este trabajo pionero del cineasta Fernando de Fuentes es una obra maestra gótica maravillosamente macabra. Una pareja casada y su mejor amigo buscan refugio de la noche en un antiguo monasterio. Un abad loco y lascivo les dice que el claustro está poseído por el espíritu de un monje que vendió su alma a cambio de la esposa de su mejor amigo, una leyenda inquietantemente cercana a su propia dinámica lujuriosa. Durante la noche, lo sobrenatural gana influencia hasta que el amanecer destapa nuevas revelaciones. Nueva restauración digital cortesía de UCLA Film & Television Archive y The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, con el apoyo de la George Lucas Family Foundation. En español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACIÓN

Monday, October 7 @ 7pm

Saturday, October 12 @ 3pm

The Chambermaid (La Camarista)

CENTERPIECE SCREENING! DIR LILA AVILÉS | MEXICO| 2018 | 102 min / With her feature film debut, theater director Lila Avilés turns the monotonous workday of Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a chambermaid at a high-end Mexico City hotel, into a marvelously observed film of rich, indelible detail. Set entirely in the hotel, this seemingly simple yet emotionally sumptuous movie brings to the fore Eve’s hopes, dreams and desires – thanks in no small measure to the delicately towering performance of Cartol. With sensitivity, tenderness and deadpan wit, THE CHAMBERMAID recognizes and celebrates the women who are the hard-working backbone of every society. Ariel Award (Mexico’s Oscar®) for Best First Feature Film. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED / Con su debut cinematográfico, la directora teatral Lila Avilés convierte la monótona jornada de trabajo de Eva (Gabriela Cartol), una camarera en un hotel de lujo en la Ciudad de México, en una película maravillosamente observada de detalles ricos e indelebles. Ambientada íntegramente en un hotel, esta película aparentemente simple pero emocionalmente suntuosa pone de manifiesto las esperanzas, los sueños y los deseos de Eva, gracias en gran medida a la actuación delicadamente imponente de Cartol. Con sensibilidad, ternura e ingenio inexpresivo, LA CAMARISTA reconoce y celebra a las mujeres que son la columna vertebral de toda sociedad trabajadora. Premio Ariel (Oscar® de México) al mejor primer largometraje. En español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACIÓN

Monday, October 14 @ 7pm

Following the film please stay for a q&a with special guest Patrick Pardy.

Patrick Pardy first came to Mexico from the U.S. in the early 90s and started in the film industry in 1993 as an exhibitor. He owned and operated movie theaters throughout the greater metro area of Mexico City until he returned to the U.S. in late 2005. While in Mexico, he was nominated as a delegate to CANACINE and served there as an advisor for 8 years. He currently works for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Wake Forest University.

Saturday, October 19 @ 3pm

Following the screening, stay for a discussion led by special guest Samanta Ordoñez.

Dr. Samanta Ordóñez is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University. She specializes in contemporary Mexican cinema and culture. Her writing and teaching focus on neoliberalism, masculinity, and Mexico’s racialized class system in recent films and other cultural productions. Her scholarly research appears in publications such as Chasqui and Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas

Our Time (Nuestro Tiempo)

DIR CARLOS REYGADAS | MEXICO | 2018 | 173 min / A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. Although in an open marriage, their relationship begins to crumble when Esther falls in love with an American horse trainer and Juan is unable to control his jealousy. Visionary filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (SILENT LIGHT, POST TENBRAS LUX) bravely stars in this intimate exploration of marriage alongside his wife Natalia López. Official Selection, 2018 Venice, Toronto, AFI Fest, and San Sebastian film festivals. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED /Una familia vive en el campo mexicano criando toros de lidia. Esther está a cargo de dirigir el rancho, mientras que su esposo Juan, un poeta de renombre mundial, cría y selecciona a las bestias. Aunque tienen un matrimonio abierto, su relación comienza a desmoronarse cuando Esther se enamora de un entrenador de caballos estadounidense y Juan no puede controlar sus celos. El visionario cineasta Carlos Reygadas (LUZ SILENCIOSA, POST TENBRAS LUX) protagoniza valientemente en esta exploración íntima del matrimonio junto a su esposa Natalia López. Selección oficial, festivales de cine de Venecia, Toronto, AFI Fest y San Sebastián 2018. En inglés y español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACIÓN

Monday, October 21 @ 7pm

Our Time will be introduced by Paolo Tosini.

Paolo Tosini studied film restoration in Udine and Berlin.Was the founder and director for 5 years of the Film Restoration Lab of the National Film Archive in Mexico. He has been a consultant on film restoration and archiving for several institutions in Mexico and throughout Latin America, including the National Archive in Dominican Republic and the City’s Film Archive in Bogota, Colombia. He is currently in charge of the Collegium for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival and is the office manager and Italian teacher at CHICLE Language Institute.

Saturday, October 26 @ 3pm

Following the screening, stay for a discussion led by special guest Samanta Ordoñez.

Dr. Samanta Ordóñez is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wake Forest University. She specializes in contemporary Mexican cinema and culture. Her writing and teaching focus on neoliberalism, masculinity, and Mexico’s racialized class system in recent films and other cultural productions. Her scholarly research appears in publications such as Chasqui and Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas

Leona

CLOSING NIGHT FILM! DIR ISAAC CHEREM | MEXICO | 2018 | 95 min / Ariela, is a young muralist living in Mexico City, balancing her independent sensibilities with her more conservative Jewish family. But when she falls for the handsome, but not Jewish writer Iván, she's forced to choose between her heart and her heritage. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to be made. Co-written by lead actress Naian González Norvind (Best Actress Winner at the 2018 Morelia Film Festival), LEONA deftly filters the romantic comedy through the lens of a feminist journey of self-discovery. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED / Ariela, es una joven muralista que vive en la Ciudad de México, equilibrando su sensibilidad independiente con su familia judía más conservadora. Pero cuando se enamora del apuesto escritor, no judío, Iván, se ve obligada a elegir entre su corazón y su herencia. Ariela madura con todo el drama y los conflictos interpersonales de una novela de Jane Austen, viéndola negociar el laberinto de la presión familiar, el precedente religioso y su propio sentimiento floreciente es a la vez doloroso y hermoso: no hay opciones fáciles de tomar. Co-escrita por la actriz principal Naian González Norvind (Ganadora a la Mejor Actriz en el Festival de Cine de Morelia 2018), LEONA filtra hábilmente la comedia romántica a través de la lente de un viaje feminista de autodescubrimiento. En español con subtítulos en inglés. SIN CLASIFICACIÓN

Monday, October 28 @ 7pm

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