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.
2018, Don Millar, USA, 83 min.
"An enjoyable experience that presents an appealing overview of the artist's life and works."—Paul Parcellin, Film Threat
He has been called the most popular living artist, and he has called himself "the most Colombian of Colombian artists." This authorized portrait of Fernando Botero, including unprecedented access to the 86-year-old artist himself, compactly covers the amazing story of his career and the vast range of his work. After growing up in poverty in Medellin, Botero developed his signature style of startlingly rotund figures ensconced in paintings (and, later, sculptures) bursting with humor, energy, color, and sharp social commentary. Arriving nearly penniless in New York in the 1960s, Botero found his art out of step and ignored, until the young MoMA curator Dorothy Miller championed him. Since then, his indefatigable output has included series on the Colombian drug wars, Abu Ghraib, and circuses; and such meme-generating favorites as Pope Leo X (after Raphael) and Mona Lisa, Age Twelve. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
2019, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France/Luxembourg, 108 min.
With Juan Pablo Olyslager, Diane Bathen
"A maginicently unflinching film from a master director."—Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
“Sensuous…Bustamante’s command of visual and sonic textures still bewitches.”—Guy Lodge, Variety
From the Guatemalan director of the award-winning IXCANUL comes a searing drama of a husband and father struggling with his sexuality in the face of a conservative family hell-bent on religiously-based denial. The forces of nature, from an earthquake to a raging thunderstorm, become metaphors for the chaos that is unleashed when Pablo (Olyslager), wealthy financial advisor and pillar of his community, is outed with a secret male lover. A chain of retribution starts with wife Isa’s (Bathen) limitless fury, leading to charges of pedophilia and the loss of his job, as well as the redoubled devotional frenzy of parents allied to an evangelical sect. Torn between an honest gay life and access to his children, Pablo is forced into a bizarrely sadistic program of conversion therapy in which each choice is more troubling than the last. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
2019, Alejandro Landes, Colombia/Argentina, 102 min.
With Julianne Nicholson, Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura
"A monumentally cinematic experience of lush wilderness and raw emotions."—Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
“Overpoweringly tense and deeply mad…something between APOCALYPSE NOW, LORD OF THE FLIES, and EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT.”—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
A ragtag clutch of teenage guerillas, living rough in a jungle encampment, plumb the dark depths of a childlike capacity for depravity in Colombian director Landes’s (PORFIRIO) bizarre, mesmerizing, future-set parable on the temptations of power. Minions of a remote revolution that is never specified, and with no authority structure but their own, heavily armed half-wild children sport names like Rambo, Wolf, Lady, and Bigfoot. They live by their own invented rituals, rules, and mating games, until a crisis over a dead cow rips away all pretense of social order. Random violence, half-truths, and sexual jealousy complicate a power struggle over a valuable female American hostage (Nicholson), whose escape attempts bring the group’s internal struggle to a fissure. A percussive atonal score by experimental composer Mica Levi perfectly complements the film’s haunting, unpredictable edginess. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)