Guggenheim Museum and Cinema Tropical Present Tropical Uncanny Film Series
Guggenheim Museum and Cinema Tropical Present Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series
New York Premieres Include Nefandus, Journey to a Land Otherwise Known, Ismar, One Day, Ebb and Flow, Hiroshima, and The Palace
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(NEW YORK, NY – July 14, 2014) — The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Cinema Tropical, the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States, will co-produce a film series, Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies on Fridays from August 8 through September 26, as well as Saturday, August 9. Programmed by Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Cinema Tropical, in collaboration with film critic Jerónimo Rodríguez, the series constitutes a playful revision of some of Latin America's cinematic, cultural, political, and social tropes as shown through a mix of documentary, fiction, and experimental films.
Presented in conjunction with Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today—the second exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America—Tropical Uncanny proposes a dialogue between the filmmakers and visual artists and reexamines representations of Latin America at home and abroad. Tropical Uncanny features several films created by exhibition artists, including Carlos Motta’s Nefandus and Juan Downey’s The Laughing Alligator as well as two documentaries, Stars by Federico León and Marcos Martínez, and You Look Like a Carriage that Not Even the Oxen Can Stop by Nelson Carlo. New York premieres include Carlos Motta’s Nefandus, Journey to a Land Otherwise Known by Laura Huertas Millán, Ismar by Gustavo Beck, One Day by Leonardo Sagástegui, Ebb and Flow by Gabriel Mascaro, Hiroshima by Pablo Stoll, and The Palace by Nicolás Pereda. Several of the artists will be in attendance during the screenings, including Carlos Motta and Gustavo Beck.
Films and videos will be screened in the New Media Theater and are free with museum admission. For more information and a full schedule of films, visit guggenheim.org/films.
Friday, August 8, 1 pm
Remapping the New World: Three visual artists reconsider the New World by advancing provocative alternative cartographies.
Journey to a Land Otherwise Known (Voyage En La Terre Autrement Dite) (Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia/France, 2011, 22 min. In French with English subtitles; New York premiere)
Nefandus (Carlos Motta (in attendance), U.S./Colombia, 2013, 13 min. In Spanish and Kogi with English subtitles; New York premiere)
Ex It (Ex Isto) (Cao Guimarães, Brazil, 2010, 86 min. In Portuguese, with English subtitles)
Friday, August 15, 1 pm
Under the Same Stars: A humorous meditation on portrayals of poverty in Latin America, revealing how the poor are manipulated by the media.
The Vampires of Poverty (Agarrando pueblo) (Luis Ospina and Carlos Mayolo, Colombia, 1978, 27 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Stars (Estrellas) (Federico León and Marcos Martínez, Argentina, 2007, 64 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Friday, August 22, 1 pm
Gone Native: Three works made by a heterogeneous group of artists showcase the limitations and pitfalls of ethnographic cinema.
Day Two (Día dos) (Dante Cerano, Mexico, 2004, 23 min. In P'urhepecha, with Spanish and English subtitles)
The Laughing Alligator (El cocodrilo riendo) (Juan Downey, U.S./Chile, 1979, 27 min., b&w and color, sound. In English)
Sip’Ohi, Manduré’s Place (Sip’Ohi, l lugar del manduré) (Sebastián Lingardi, Argentina, 63 min. 2011. In Wichí with English subtitles)
Friday, August 29, 1 pm
Cold Front: The fanciful idea of a sudden temperature drop in Recife and Buenos Aires offers an ideal starting point for two cherished South American filmmakers to advance poignant multilayered critiques of globalization and late capitalism.
Cold Tropics (Recife frío) (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2009, 24 min. In Spanish, Portuguese, and French with English subtitles)
The Magic Gloves (Los guantes mágicos) (Martín Rejtman, Argentina/France, 2003, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Friday, September 5, 1 pm
Musical Mayhem: An unusual pairing between Guatemalan marimba music and heavy metal, and mariachi with post-punk music that playfully confronts tradition with modernity.
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)
Friday, September 12, 1 pm
Nueva York: Offers an off-kilter portrait of the city.
Recordando el ayer (Alexandra Cuesta, U.S.A, 2007, 9 min, 16mm, b&w Silent)
You Look Like a Carriage that Not Even the Oxen Can Stop (Pareces una carreta de esa que no la para ni lo’ bueye) (Nelson Carlo, U.S./Dominican Republic, 2012, 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Friday, September 19, 1 pm
TV or Not to Be: The question embraced by Ximena Cuevas, Gustavo Beck, and Leonardo Sagástegui.
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 (in attendance), Brazil, 2007, 12 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles; New York premiere)
One Day (Un día) (Leonardo Sagástegui, Peru, 2002, 19 min. In Spanish with English subtitles; New York premiere)
Saturday, September 20, 6 pm
The Ordinary Unspoken: Two filmmakers, one Brazilian, the other Uruguayan, push the cinematographic use of verbal language to its limits.
Ebb and Flow (A Onda Traz, O Vento Leva) (Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil/Spain, 2012, 28 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles; New York premiere)
Hiroshima (Pablo Stoll, Uruguay/Colombia/Argentina/Spain, 2009, 79 min. No dialogue, with English intertitles; New York premiere)
Friday, September 26, 1 pm
Domestic Dialectic: The figure of the maid embodies a plethora of Latin America’s gender, class, and social contradictions. Three filmmakers present varied factual and imagined perspectives on the place of servants in the contemporary world.
The Palace (El palacio) (Nicolás Pereda, Mexico/Canada, 2013, 36 min. In Spanish with English subtitles; New York premiere)
Amelia & Morena (Andrea Franco, Peru/USA, 2010, 10 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Reimon (Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina/Germany, 2014. 72 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Special thanks to Amalia Córdova, Chris Gude, Raúl Guzmán, Pablo León de la Barra, Corey Sabourin, Maria-Christina Villaseñor, and Christina Yang. Thanks to Marilys Downey; Alex García and Sandro Fiorin, FiGa Films; and Jessy Vega, Interior XIII.
Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. The Guggenheim’s free app, available with admission or by download to personal devices, offers an enhanced visitor experience. The app features content on special exhibitions, some also available in Spanish, including Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today as well as access to more than 1,500 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection and information about the museum’s landmark building. A verbal imaging guide for the collection is available for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Guggenheim app is sponsored by Bloomberg.
Museum Hours: Sun–Wed 10 am–5:45 pm, Fri 10 am–5:45 pm, Sat 10 am–7:45 pm, closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at: guggenheim.org and guggenheim.org/connect.
July 14, 2014
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Lauren Van Natten, Associate Director, Media and Public Relations
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840
Film still: You Look like a Carriage that Not Even the Oxen Can Stop (Pareces una carreta de esa que no la para ni lo’ bueye), 2012. 85 min. © Nelson Carlo.