Wednesday, July 7, 2010

viewing: verano tropical at instituto cervantes this july & august

this summer, instituto cervantes partners with cinema tropical to present films from the organization's celebrated film collection, showcasing the diversity of latin american production over the past few years. verano tropical will feature eight films from different latin american countries including a wide variety of genres, from ingenious comedies to highly stylized dramas and stirring documentaries. the series will take place every wednesday in july and august, and will feature special guests to introduce each screening.

screenings at:

instituto cervantes at amster yard
211 - 215 east 49th street, new york city
(212) 308-7720 |

wednesday, july 7, 6:30pm historias de fútbol / soccer stories

(andrés wood, chile, 1997, 90 min. in spanish with english subtitles)
just in tune with the 2010 edition of the world cup, the 'verano tropical' film series kicks off with andrés wood acclaimed soccer film. some say in latin america, football (soccer to the us) is the center of everything
Watch the trailer (in Spanish)

wednesday, july 14, 6:30pm suite habana

(fernando pérez, cuba/spain, 2003, 80 min.)
a poetic homage to the city of
havana, this breathtaking film portrays cuba's capital as no other art form has before. a loving and melancholic picture over a 24 hour period of life of this city, the film follows ten ordinary habaneros as they go about their daily routine. there is no dialogue and no need for it either;

wednesday, july 21, 6:30pm la desazón suprema: retrato incesante de fernando vallejo /
the supreme uneasiness: incessant portrait of fernando vallejo

(luis ospina, colombia, 2003, 90 min. in spanish with english subtitles)
colombian biographer, linguist, filmmaker, novelist, musician and biologist fernando vallejo came to global acclaim through filmmaker barbet schroeder's adaptation of his novel, "our lady of the assassins."

wednesday, july 28, 6:30pm el perro

(carlos sorín, argentina, 2004, 96 min. in spanish with english subtitles)
"lovely! flawlessly directed by carlos sorin" — a.o. scott,
the new york times
in this warm-hearted and poignant road movie, a man and a dog embark on a delightful adventure across the stunningly beautiful argentine patagonia.

wednesday, august 4, 6:30pm mi vida dentro / my life inside
(lucía gajá, mexico, 2007, 120 min. in spanish and english with english subtitles)
"in january 2003, 21-year-old rosa estela olera jiménez, an undocumented immigrant from mexico working as a nanny in austin, texas, is brought to trial for the homicide of 21-month-old bryan gutierrez, a young boy who died under mysterious circumstances while in her care.

wednesday, august 11*, 6:30pm hermanas / sisters

(julia solomonoff, argentina/spain, 2005, 88 min. in spanish with english subtitles)
natalia and elena levin, two sisters forced to separate as teenagers in 1975, right after natalia's militant boyfriend martin was disappeared by the military dictatorship, reunite in 1984 in a country foreign to both of them.
*q&a with filmmaker.

wednesday, august 18, 6:30pm hasta el último trago corazón / till the last drop… my heart
(beto gómez, mexico, 2006, 90 min. in spanish with english subtitles)

a declaration of love to mexico and its cultural roots through the women who gave their voices and essence to mexican music.

wednesday, august 25, 6:30pm días de santiago

(josué méndez, peru, 2004, 83 min. in spanish with english subtitles)
selected by over 80 film festivals worldwide and winning no less than a dozen prestigious awards, josué méndez's extraordinary debut explores the tragic impossibility of a war veteran to re-integrate into civilian life.

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