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, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Germany, 177 min.
With Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas
“One of the year’s most thought-provoking and spellbinding releases…profound in intention and poetically grand in scope.”—Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
“Rare spiritual drama…beguiling, awe-inspiring.”—Simon Abrams, Roger Ebert.com
Eroticism, lust, and jealousy make for a volatile mix in this raw, visually all-encompassing chronicle of a disintegrating marriage. In emotionally risky, close-to-the-bone casting, director Reygadas (POST TENEBRAS LUX, BATTLE IN HEAVEN) plays Juan, a poet and prosperous bull-rancher in central Mexico, while his real-life wife López plays Juan’s filmmaker wife Esther. Their casually open relationship reaches a crisis when Esther atypically hides her new affair with Phil (Burgers), a genial American ranch hand. The film’s powerful imagery from nature grounds the story in the most elemental animal-world struggle for dominance, survival, and procreation, and yet paradoxically serves to launch it into a metaphysical realm where the mystery of human life with all its raging desires takes on a supernatural dimension. Cinematography by Diego García (NEON BULL, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR). In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
2018, Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina, 109 min.
With Darío Grandinetti, Alfredo Castro
“Subtle, twisting, state-of-the-nation drama works effectively as a noir-like thriller, and as an exploration of a country that has lost its moral compass.”—Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
“Delightfully multi-layered and complex…a film that satisfies on every level and bears repeated viewings.”—Bradley Gibson, Film Threat
An abandoned house, a shady real estate deal, a brief but nasty altercation over a restaurant reservation. These are the factors that coalesce in a backwater town made for noir, drawing self-important suburban lawyer Claudio (Grandinetti, of TALK TO HER and WILD TALES) deep into a murky murder mystery set in 1970s Argentina, against the background of the country’s post-Perón “dirty war.” Claudio’s respectable façade as big man in town is challenged when the sudden disappearance of an obnoxious stranger touches off an investigation by eccentric TV private eye Sinclair (Castro of MUSEO), who demonstrates an alarmingly cunning ability to connect the dots. Director Naishat (HISTORY OF FEAR, THE MOVEMENT) shuffles the plotlines in a cryptic sleight of hand that resonates ominously: people, things, and motives have a way of disappearing without a trace. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
2018, Jill Magid, USA, 86 min.
"Inspired...a multi-layered and thought-provoking work of art."—Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Beguiling...a film that's impossible to shake."—Stephen Saito, Moveable Feast
Two women in the grip of an obsession with the legacy of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán fight an art-world battle over the site of his legendary archive, with this film functioning as both a record and a weapon. Prolonged courtships don’t come any more bizarre than the passionate but platonic one chronicled here by conceptual artist Magid, who also acts as the persistent wooer of the icy, well-heeled art historian who acquired Barragán’s papers and rights to his work as an engagement gift from her husband-to-be. The owner subsequently locked all the materials away in a private European bunker for the next twenty years. In a showy bid to have Barragán’s archive returned to his Mexican homeland, Magid develops a daring and scandalously unorthodox plan that involves exhuming the architect’s ashes. In English. DCP digital. (BS)