Tropical Uncanny Film Series: “TV or Not to Be”

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Film still: One Day (Un día), 2002. 19 min. © Leonardo Sagástegui

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Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series “TV or Not to Be”

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 1 pm

Cinepolis: The Movie Capital (Cinépolis: La capital del cine) (Ximena Cuevas, Mexico, 2003, 22 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Raffle (Tómbola) (Ximena Cuevas, Mexico, 2001, 8 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Ismar (Gustavo Beck, Brazil, 2007, 12 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
One Day (Un día) (Leonardo Sagástegui, Peru, 2002, 19 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

“TV or Not to Be” is the question embraced by Ximena Cuevas, Gustavo Beck, and Leonardo Sagástegui. With her characteristic unflinching humor, Cuevas offers two critical takes on mass media and the society of consumption. Beck sketches a portrait of Ismar, contrasting the naivety of a child fueled by the allure of television with an individual searching for his own identity, and Sagástegui himself becomes a contestant on a popular game show, in his caustic performance-driven piece One Day.

Introduced by Carlos Gutiérrez and followed by a Q&A with director Gustavo Beck.

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.

Raffle (Tómbola)