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.
You're Killing Me Susana
Me estás matando, Susana
2016, Roberto Sneider, Mexico/Canada, 100 min. With Gael García Bernal, Verónica Echegui.
“García Bernal continues to explore his comedic chops, although he also offers some of his best dramatic and poignant moments.” — Guillermo Verduzco, The News
YOU'RE KILLING ME SUSANA will return by popular demand March 31 - April 6!
Wickedly handsome telenovela actor Eligio (García Bernal) cheats serially on his whip-smart novelist wife Susana (Echegui) until the morning he wakes up to find her gone. Turns out she’s heading for Iowa, to a scholarship residency at famous writers’ workshop, and she soon has her belatedly contrite and suddenly re-smitten husband in hot pursuit. This romantic comedy gives equal time to comedy and romance, with steamy love scenes, realistic culture clash drama of Latinos adrift in white-bread territory, and sharply funny encounters when, in a sequence set in snowy Chicago, hot-tempered Eligio learns what infidelity feels like when the tables are turned. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. DCP digital.
Me and the Alien
El Alien y yo
2016, Jesús Magaña Vázquez, Mexico, 80 min. With Ines de Tavira, Juan Pablo Campa, Paco de la Fuente, Juan Ugarte.
"Tender and unconventional." — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader
A crowd-pleasing comedy and love story with the year’s best comeuppance plot, this sneaky little film gooses the old theme of a rock band’s rise and fall with some audacious twists, a cast made in heaven, and a unique take on diversity. A struggling punk band gets more than they bargained for when they hire Pepe (de la Fuente) a keyboardist with Down syndrome, snarkily nicknamed The Alien by Lauro (Campa), the band’s founder and lead singer. To the shock of the preening front man and the delight of his bass player girlfriend Rita (de Tavira), Alien’s out-of-this world tunes are the key to fame and a crafty top-notch manager. Jealous efforts to put the new star attraction in his place go humorously and satisfyingly awry, leaving the effortlessly subversive Alien with a winning hand. Special appearances include Café Tacvba’s Meme del Real and rocker Jessy Bulbo, showcasing Mexico City’s alternative rock scene. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
2015, Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 93 min. With María Mercedes Coroy, María Telon.
"A transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature." — Scott Foundas, Variety
"A vividly observed debut feature...Bustamante dramatizes his characters and their indigenous way of life with a powerful, almost feverish sense of immersion." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Guatemala's second-ever Oscar submission is a powerfully visualized narrative enriched by feminist themes and ethnographic detail. Set in an indigenous Mayan community of coffee-farmers living in the shadow of an active volcano, the story centers on María, a restless 17-year-old indigenous girl whose parents have arranged an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer. She prefers a young worker whom she hopes will take her to the United States "on the other side of the volcano," but an unplanned pregnancy traps her between indigenous beliefs and the deceptions of the modern world. In Kaqchikel and Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)