Lecture by Melika Bass at Tuesday screening! Film Series : New Sensory Cinema

La Ciénaga

2001, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 103 min. With Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 7th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 11th 6:00pm

"A film that has an extraordinary cumulative power...Martel takes fundamental risks with form and style, and it pays off brilliantly." — Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune

In the midst of drunkenly lounging beside her filthy swimming pool, bourgeoisie matriarch and all-around monster Mecha (Borges) falls on several broken glasses, necessitating a trip to the hospital and the perpetual assistance of her family thereafter. So begins Martel's debut feature, one of the masterpieces of contemporary Latin American cinema, which follows Mecha's children and distant relations as they navigate life in an uncomfortable, overcrowded house and the sticky title swamp that surrounds it. Martel's trademark disorientation and discontinuity are on full display here, as is her pessimistic view on the Argentinian middle class. 35mm. (Cameron Worden)

APRIL 11: Lecture by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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