2017 Cine LatinoPrograms

Cine Latino Programs

Cine Latino continues our commitment to presenting the best in Ibero and Latin-American cinema with a pair of brilliant films from two of the world’s most acclaimed directors: Such is Life in the Tropics (Sin muertos no hay carnaval) is Ecuadorian director Sebastián Corder’s latest examination of corruption and class in his native country, and Woodpeckers (Carpinteros), is Jose Maria Cabral’s sixth feature, the Dominican Republic’s official entry for the 90th Academy Awards.
Each year’s Cine Latino is a gathering place for vital new voices in cinema, from intriguing short works to probing documentaries to a vast array of fascinating narratives. With eight films from emerging filmmakers, such as Carla Simón’s Opening Night cine-memoir Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993, Verano 1993), or seasoned co-directors going solo for the first time, as with Daniela Thomas’ Vazante, this year’s Festival promises to be an incredible showcase of emerging visionaries.
Itself a synthesis of literature, photography, and performance (among other disciplines), cinema has always been a product of, and profoundly connected to, the world of fine arts. The Art of Living reflects film’s unique connection to classic forms of self-expression. This year, Cine Latino’s Art of Living program focuses on music, in Miguel Angel Rosales’ examination of the Spanish slave trade and its effect on Iberian music in Gurumbé. Afro-Andalusian Memories and the startling visual images from an enormous fireworks festival in Tultepec, Mexico in Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory.
Latin America and the Iberian peninsula have long been vanguards in creating an inclusive film industry for women, allowing Cine Latino to feature seven different films directed by women among the 16 in our festival. With an eye toward expanding the discussion and broadening the cinema landscape, Cine Latino is proud to showcase the best works by emerging and established female artists.
While we at Cine Latino are honored and excited to bring a Focus on Mexico to our audience, we would first like to acknowledge the devastation wrought by the recent earthquake, and offer our thoughts to each and every person affected by this disaster. In the spirit of gratitude toward a nation that has always graciously shared its riches with the world, Cine Latino will be contributing toward earthquake relief efforts. We stand with the people of Mexico and are both humbled and inspired by their strength, resilience and character.

That Mexico’s contributions to the worlds of international art, culture and the sciences are beyond measure is a point that can hardly be disputed. And since the advent of cinema in the late-1800s, its singular contribution to the art of the moving image has likewise been at the forefront of shaping global cinema culture. From the silent reels that captivated Mexico City and shaped a nation’s revolution to the riches of a thirty-year Golden Age to the more recent rise of New Mexican Cinema, the nation has enjoyed the unique position of harnessing its rich, colorful and often conflicting cultural heritages into an emotionally charged, narratively diverse, and artistically uncompromising cinema.