2015, Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela, 93 min. With Alfred Castro, Luis Silva.
- Sat, Oct 22nd 6:30pm
- Tue, Oct 25th 6:00pm
"A tightly coiled, beautifully acted relationship study that occasionally swerves in the direction of a gangland thriller." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
A middle-aged gay man (Castro of NO and THE CLUB) with father issues and a penchant for watching becomes entangled with a Caracas street thug (Silva). Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FROM AFAR engages Venezuela’s catastrophic present through the prism of machista homophobia and repressed desire. We will pick up our discussion of the eroticized other in relationship to national cinema, using BATTLE IN HEAVEN as a departure point. Vigas’ use of suspense will be contextualized in terms of the international art-house thriller (the New French Extremity in particular), as well as contemporary Latin American masters of the genre like Lucrecia Martel and her “Salta Trilogy” (2002-2008). We will also consider contemporary challenges for queer culture in the Caribbean more generally, and consider regional precedents for Vigas such as Tomás Guitérrez Alea’s STRAWBERRY AND CHOCOLATE (1993) and Marcelo Piñeyro’s BURNT MONEY (2000). In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (Daniel R. Quiles)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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