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.
2017, Carla Simón, Spain, 97 min. With Laia Artigas, Paula Robles.
"Not since BOYHOOD has a film shown this much respect and understanding for what it's like to be a child." - Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
"An extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory." - Kyle Turner, Village Voice
After her mother dies, gutsy little Frida (Artigas), a mop-headed girl with an attitude despite her six years, is sent from Barcelona to live with her aunt and uncle and their four-year-old daughter Anna at their woodsy and remote home in the country. An angel and a devil, a bad seed and a lonely girl badly in need of love, she proves a naughty and willful challenge, with sly lies, cruel pranks, and the newly discovered arsenal of sibling rivalry. Steeped in the realism of childish ways, yet mystifyingly magical, SUMMER 1993 is an autobiographical film for director Simón, who was orphaned as a child. The film's tender arc of transformation from grief to acceptance of a sense of family is underlined by truly astonishing performances by child actresses Artigas and Robles. SUMMER 1993 was Spain's 2018 submission for Oscar consideration. In Catalan with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
En El Séptimo Día
On The Seventh Day
2017, Jim McKay, USA, 92 min. With Fernando Cardona, Gilberto Jimenez.
"The summer's first surprise crowdpleaser." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Splendidly, unselfconsciously real…an intimate character study, but it's also an excitingly kinetic film." - Amy Taubin, Artforum
This buoyantly good-humored tale detailing one week in the life of José (Cardona), a hard-working undocumented soccer-playing immigrant, effortlessly conveys the dilemma of a man who faces an impossible choice between his job and loyalty to his hometown compatriots. José delivers carryout for an upscale Brooklyn eatery, shares a cramped apartment with buddies, and saves up to bring his pregnant wife from Mexico. He's also captain and MVP for his amateur soccer team. With the team in the finals for the championship, José's boss issues the order that he work the Sunday game day for a private party or else. Director McKay (GIRL'S TOWN, OUR SONG) makes the most of a marvelous cast of first-time actors and provides an engaging look at Brooklyn and some fine soccer action, as the story races to a cliffhanger when teammates and a helpful stranger devise an ingenious solution. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
The Last Suit
El último traje
2017, Pablo Solarz, Spain/Argentina, 92 min. With Miguel Ángel Solá, Ángela Molina.
"Light on its feet…moments of real pathos…kitsch charm." - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
"The rough edges of this tough Argentinian are slowly softened to reveal a man finding what he has searched for his entire adult life." - Rachel Fayne, Atlanta Jewish Times
A story that has its roots in the Holocaust comes satisfyingly full circle in a film that is both sobering and winningly whimsical, as 88-year-old Argentinian Abraham Bursztein (Ángel Solá) takes off on his final odyssey to keep a long-ago promise. He may have a bum leg but he's sharp as a tack, and, on the eve of being shuffled off to a nursing home by his adult children, he makes his escape: destination Poland, via Spain and Germany. This foxy grandpa wears his cantankerous neediness like a badge of honor, guilt-tripping a young hipster into doing his bidding, bargaining a discount with a Madrid hotel owner (a lush and maturely lovely Molina) who unexpectedly becomes a love interest, and getting himself into a jam. As Abraham boards a train that will take him through Germany, the story shifts gears into gentle pathos when memory meets reality for a series of encounters that begin the healing. In Spanish, Yiddish, German, and Polish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)