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, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain, 115 min. With Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas.
"Defiant…spins the viewer out of the theater in wonder. It won't be forgotten." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
"Perplexing and intoxicating in equal measure…exquisite, inventive command of sound and image." - Guy Lodge, Variety
In this long-awaited fourth feature, her first film in nine years, contemporary master Martel weaves a haunting and enigmatic tale adapted from the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, set in the 18th Century on the Asunción coast of South America. A prideful man in a tricorn hat and brocade coat looks out to sea, longing for his deliverance from his backwater post in a ragged rural colony of the Spanish crown. Many circles of hell await Zama (Giménez Cacho) in Martel's rendering of a story that gains acute physicality through her evocative and unorthodox framing and startling use of layered sound. As this preening functionary futilely petitions his superiors for the transfer to the capitol, a more revealing look into the soul of a man who is the eager pawn of a system of dominance and the cruelest of subservience plays out. In its final section, the film opens up to the hallucinatory-seeming vision of vast grasslands, where Zama attempts to prove his worth by pursuit of a wanted criminal. Co-presented with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Photographs from Lucrecia Martel's appearance at the Gene Siskel Film Center in April 2018.
A Fantastic Woman
Una mujer fantástica
2017, Sebastián Lelio, Chile, 104 min. With Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes.
"It's a fantastic movie. Daniela Vega, the star, is fantastic in it...Psychologically astute and socially aware as the film is, it is also infused with mystery and melodrama, with bright colors and emotional shadows." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative, this is a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of vision." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Like Lelio's previous hit GLORIA, this Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a big-hearted story centered on a remarkable woman who finds strength as she fights to assert her dignity and self-worth. Marina (trans actress Vega in a groundbreaking performance) is a waitress and aspiring singer in a loving relationship with a wealthy older man (Reyes). That all changes when her lover suddenly dies, and she finds that her sexual identity now exposes her as an object of suspicion and contempt, disrespected by doctors, investigated by the police, and despised by her late lover's family, who seek to strip her of her possessions and bar her from the funeral. Marina bears these indignities with increasingly strained fortitude and restraint, before embarking on an uphill battle to reclaim her place in the world. Director Lelio and cinematographer Benjamín Echazarreta enhance Marina's journey with richly colored widescreen compositions, Hitchcockian suspense elements, a multitude of mirrors, and surreal reveries that evoke Buster Keaton and Pedro Almodóvar. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
Messi and Maud
2017, Marleen Jonkman, Netherlands, 92 min. With Rifka Lodeizen, Cristóbal Farias.
"An offbeat character study that's brimming with unexpectedly engrossing interludes." - David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Shot mostly in Spanish and rich in striking, location-based photography...revel[s] in Chile's endlessly varying and frequently stunning natural landscapes." - Ben Croll, Screen Daily
A road movie set against the ever-changing landscape of Chile, this story of a forty-something Dutch woman's attempt to kick over the traces of her former life in a foreign country follows an impulsive journey that produces psychic fallout when cultures collide. Maud (Lodeizen), the childless survivor of one too many miscarriages, ditches her husband on their Andes ski vacation and takes off alone in the night, a hitchhiking backpacker with a series of made-up identities. A ride with an abusive truck driver ends with Maud escaping with his little boy, who calls himself Messi after his favorite soccer star. Less a surrogate mother than a free-spirited playmate, Maud finds fun times wearing thin in the face of the child's expectations, and searches her soul for an endgame. In Dutch and Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Visit Films. DCP digital. (BS)
Attendees will receive a complimentary Daelmans stroopwafel cookie.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Special thanks to Ace Hotel for their support.