Tropical Uncanny Film Series: “Musical Mayhem”

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Film still: Marimbas del infierno, 2010. 74 min. © FiGa Films

Film & Video Screenings

Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series “Musical Mayhem”

Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 1 pm

Touching from a Distance (Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, U.S., 2008. 6 min. No dialogue)
Marimbas from Hell (Marimbas del infierno) (Julio Hernández Cordón, Guatemala/Mexico, 2010, 74 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

In the hybrid comedy Marimbas from Hell, Julio Hernández Cordón tells the feverish story of an improbable artistic collaboration between two wretched musicians, Don Alfonso, a homeless marimba player, and Blacko, a pioneer of Guatemalan heavy metal. The film is preceded by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere’s Touching from a Distance, which serves as a musical appetizer and toys with the idea of the fragmentation of public space to the rhythms of mariachi music.

Screened as part of the film series Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies and presented in conjunction with Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today.

Tropical Uncanny is programmed by Carlos A. Gutiérrez in collaboration with Jerónimo Rodríguez.

Special thanks to Amalia Córdova, Chris Gude, Raúl Guzmán, Pablo León de la Barra, Corey Sabourin, Maria-Christina Villaseñor and Christina Yang.

Thanks to Dora Amorim, CinemaScopio; Agustina Chiarino, Control Z Films; Amanda Guimarães and Rachel Daisy Ellis, Desvia; Marilys Downey; Alex García and Sandro Fiorin, FiGa Films; Natalia Trebik, Le Fresnoy; and Jessy Vega, Interior XIII.

Marimbas from Hell (Marimbas del infierno)