If you’re seeking a place to watch the most groundbreaking films in Latin America, then you need to make Cinema Tropical a priority. The institute’s Cinema Tropical Awards remain one of the most important devoted to Latin American cinema, and this year it’s partnering with Film at Lincoln Center to present its Neighboring Scenes series from February 14 to 18.
Neighboring Scenes looks at the “breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches” by a wide geographical range of Latin American filmmakers. Its opening night feature is Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary, Lemebel, about queer writer and artist Pedro Lemebel. You can additionally watch a diverse series of documentaries, including Maíra Bühler’s Let It Burn, looking at addiction, eviction and loneliness among a community of people living in a São Paulo hostel; Argentine director Andrés Di Tella’s Private Fiction, which is about his parents’ “turbulent” love story. And the documentary Compañia is a mystical story of an Indigenous community in the Andes putting on a festival for the dead.
Also on tap is Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s Ema, which once again teams the director with actor Gael García Bernal, about a couple navigating their relationship and their adoptive son. The film will see a wide release this summer.
Debut features are also being put center stage. Sun Inside is the debut feature from Jo Serfaty about four Rio de Janeiro teenagers during the 2016 Summer Olympics; In the Middle of the Night, from Salomón Pérez, is a teen love story blending “slacker cinema and formal documentary.” And the Sundance 2019 World Cinema Best Director Award Winner, Sharks from director Lucía Garibaldi, will also be showcased.
There are still more exciting films being featured. All films will be screened at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center.
Learn more and purchase tickets at Film at Lincoln Center’s website.