Guatemala's second-ever Oscar submission is a powerfully visualized narrative enriched by feminist themes and ethnographic detail. Set in an indigenous Mayan community of coffee-farmers living in the shadow of an active volcano, the story centers on María, a restless 17-year-old indigenous girl whose parents have arranged an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer. She prefers a young worker whom she hopes will take her to the United States "on the other side of the volcano," but an unplanned pregnancy traps her between indigenous beliefs and the deceptions of the modern world. In Kaqchikel and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.
"A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature." — Scott Foundas, Variety
"A vividly observed debut feature...Bustamante dramatizes his characters and their indigenous way of life with a powerful, almost feverish sense of immersion." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
JANUARY 11: This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Camille Roussel, Ph.D. student in Human Development at the University of Chicago, whose scholarship focuses on gender and women's health issues among the K'ekchi' Maya in Guatemala.
1985, Jûzô Itami, Japan, 114 min. With Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto.
- Fri, Dec 2nd 6:00pm
- Fri, Dec 2nd 7:45pm
- Sat, Dec 3rd 5:15pm
- Sun, Dec 4th 3:00pm
- Mon, Dec 5th 6:00pm
- Tue, Dec 6th 8:15pm
- Wed, Dec 7th 6:00pm
- Thu, Dec 8th 8:15pm
- Fri, Dec 9th 2:00pm
- Fri, Dec 9th 6:00pm
- Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
- Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
- Mon, Dec 12th 6:00pm
- Wed, Dec 14th 8:15pm
- Thu, Dec 15th 6:00pm
"A funny story beautifully told." — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A gleefully sensual and inventive comedy...TAMPOPO creates a culinary empire of the senses while entertaining an audience like crazy." — Michael Sragow, Film Comment
A tall, cowboy-hatted stranger named Goro (Watanabe) swaggers into the noodle shop operated by the adorable Tampopo (Miyamoto), whose name means dandelion in Japanese but whose ramen are terrible in any language. A bad ramen is serious business, so Goro takes Tampopo on a quest for The Perfect Noodle. From this offbeat premise, director Itami cooked up one of the most original and delightful comedies ever made, a zesty, simmering concoction that links together three elemental sources of pleasure: movies, sex, and food. Especially food: the film provides an epic catalogue of the myriad ways of preparing ramen and other culinary delights, served up in sensuous and mouth-watering detail. No wonder critic Ravinder Kingra in Keyframe recently named TAMPOPO as “the greatest of all food films.” New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
DECEMBER 12 This screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Chicago Reader Senior Writer / Food Critic Mike Sula.