PANORAMA LATINX is an initiative of the Gene Siskel Film Center dedicated to year-round Latin American film programming. We engage the dynamic Latinx community of greater Chicago through showcasing the work of emerging and established Latinx filmmakers, educational screenings, and community partnerships.
PREVIOUS FILM SERIES
The Cordillera of Dreams
La cordillera de los sueños
2019, Patricio Guzmán, Chile/France, 85 min.
"Haunting and allusive…a stunning achievement."—Jessica Kiang, Variety
"Caps off an astonishing set of history-focused essay films...The trilogy represents one of the great artistic statements of the decade."—Martyn Conterio, CineVue
Following NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT and THE PEARL BUTTON, Patricio Guzmán's latest film completes a documentary trilogy that stands as one of the great achievements of 21st century cinema. Like its two predecessors, CORDILLERA centers on one of Chile's natural features, which serves as a grand metaphor linking the past and the present, the personal and the historical, the particular and the cosmic. The film's title refers to the massive bulwark of the Andes Mountains that surrounds the country, both protecting it and isolating it. Seen in both spectacular aerial views and granular close-ups, the cordillera (derived from Spanish for "little rope") becomes a springboard to explore the Pinochet regime's still-potent legacy, the current regime's efforts to deny the past, and Chilean artists' continuing struggle to confront that past, whether by working in exile (like Guzmán) or, in the case of featured documentary filmmaker Pablo Salas, by staying behind and providing a filmed record that stands as a bulwark against official state-sanctioned amnesia. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
2018, Li Cheng, Guatemala/USA, 86 min.
With Enrique Salanic, Ana Cecilia Mota
"Earthy and honest, this observational drama deals with big themes without ever getting pushy about them."—Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Its absorbing naturalism, beautifully rendered by cinematographer Paolo Giron, has a transporting, you-are-there quality that recalls the work of Kelly Reichardt and Victor Nuñez.."—Ruben Rosario, Miamartzine
Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival, JOSÉ is a beautifully observant love story about being young, gay, and poor in a world dominated by machismo, evangelism, and possessive mothers. Living with his devout single mom (Mota) in Guatemala City, the closeted 19-year-old José (Salanic) ekes out a living by hustling up customers for a cheap restaurant. His main source of pleasure is furtive afternoon hook-ups in hot-sheets hotel rooms. When one of these hook-ups, with an itinerant construction worker, develops into a serious affair, José is faced with the difficult decision to abandon his mother and leave town with his lover. The film's frequent sex scenes are explicit and tender; its long-take style was inspired by Hou Hsiao-hsien; and its feeling for the bustling street life of Guatemala City is vivid and authentic. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Panorama Latinx Short Film Showcase
2019, Various directors, Various nations, 89 min.
- Sat, Feb 1st 8:00pm
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s Panorama Latinx programming and outreach initiative is pleased to announce the second edition of our short film showcase. This year’s edition introduces the works of Chicago-based filmmakers representing Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Addressing the complexities of our time through different genres and methods of storytelling, the films guide us over the nuances of identity and collectivity in the 21st century. From ecology to social dynamics, the directors present a manifold of practices that point to the relevance of imagination in today’s world. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. DCP and ProRes digital.
THIS YEAR'S JURY
Marcela Fuentes: Associate Professor at Northwestern University and author of Performance Constellations: Networks of Protest and Activism in Latin America
Alan Medina: Co-founder of filmfront and Inga.
Marina Resende: artist, researcher and critic for Hyperallergic and THE SEEN, among others.