The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
2016, Diego Luna, Mexico, 100 min. With Maya Rudolph, Danny Glover.
"MR. PIG may be an elegy, [but] it won't traffic in self-importance or self-pity." — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
A moving, finely tuned performance by Danny Glover as Ambrose, an aging pig farmer heading down his last highway, anchors this gentle road movie on the elusive trail of forgiveness. Concealing alcoholism, foreclosure, and a health secret from his estranged adult daughter Eunice (Rudolph), Ambrose dotes on Howie, the enormous prize hog that occupies a central place in his life as his pet and emotional anchor. A trip to Mexico to sell Howie for a handsome sum in order to create a legacy for Eunice goes awry, bringing cantankerous father and wary daughter together for one last chance to connect as family. In English. DCP digital. (BS)
Dólares de Arena
2014, Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, Dominican Republic, 84 min. With Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica.
"An artful and slyly political example of contemporary art cinema informed by the ethos of the New Wave." — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
A young Dominican woman (Mojica) blithely sells her favors to the foreign tourists and expatriates at a beach resort, but things become more complicated with the elderly Frenchwoman (Chaplin) who has fallen in love with her. Many of the films in NO BORDERS inevitably touch or focus on encounters: between different classes, genders, races, sexualities, nationalities, and so on. Sand Dollars is premised on a monetized version of encounter—tourism (and perhaps “sex tourism,” depending on one’s perspective)—that defines Caribbean economies. To better understand Cárdenas and Guzmán’s politics of intimacy, we will compare their film with Third Cinema’s conception of tourism in Mikhail Kalatozov’s I AM CUBA (1964) as well as related examples. In Spanish, French, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (Daniel R. Quiles)