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.
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco
2017, James Crump, USA, 95 min.
"Dazzling…does a spectacular job of returning us to the swirling scene of bohemian sophisticates." - Interview
"A full-throttle visual treat…intimate, deeply moving, and often hilarious." - Adam Hobbins, The Knockturnal
It took a young Puerto Rican-born unknown from Harlem to bust open the stuffy world of post- WWII high fashion with new energy, color, and diversity, as seen in this vibrant profile of New York artist, photographer, and videographer Antonio Lopez and his collaborator/partner Juan Ramos. First known for his sinuous, boldly sexy fashion illustrations in publications including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New York Times, high-spirited pansexual Lopez quickly propelled himself to the heart of a new international fashion scene as discoverer of models and actresses including Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Tina Chow, and Grace Jones. As the ringleader of a good-time "gang" that included Bill Cunningham, Grace Coddington, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint-Laurent, Patti D'Arbanville, Joan Juliet Buck, and more, he was both arbiter of taste and charismatic object of desire for both men in women in a hedonistic pre-AIDS era. Director Crump includes a wealth of Lopez's art, personal videos, and affectionate interviews with friends including Lange, Cunningham, and Coddington, in a film that moves to the beats of the time with music by the Temptations, Isaac Hayes, Donna Summer, and more. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)
As boas maneiras
2017, Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas, Brazil, 135 min. With Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano.
"A colorful, singular modern fairy tale…Guillermo del Toro meets Jacques Demy." - Serena Donadoni, Village Voice
"Wondrously weird…the film blends raw horror, deftly composed songs, beautifully drawn storyboards and strong lead performances into a single, elegant package." - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Rich, alone, and pregnant Ana (Estiano) hires down-on-her-luck Clara (Zuaa) as nanny-to-be and something more in this supernatural fantasy that shades into horror-tinged darkness when a lesbian romance under the full moon becomes an omen for things out of this world. An incisive and sometimes humorous look at push-pull class warfare takes a sharp turn when a mother's hunger for blood and a horrific birth usher Clara into a new role as the surrogate mother, protector, and guard to a little boy with the unique characteristics of his mysterious and unknown father. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
2017, Laura Collado and Jim Loomis, Spain, 82 min.
"Offers a banquet of close-ups bound to make the tummy rumble." - Patrick Mullen, Point of View Magazine
"A fascinating window on the challenges of meeting often rarefied expectations within haute cuisine circles…will satisfy the appetites of both the curious and the food-focused alike." - Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
The much-honored Spanish restaurant elBulli, which closed in 2011, was once considered the best in the world, but this intriguing foodie documentary reveals a rival - a sibling rival, that is. While elBulli's head chef Ferran Adriá was proclaimed a genius, it seems that behind the scenes simmering wasn't confined to stockpots. Over a four-year period, filmmakers Collado and Loomis follow the story of Ferran's former partner and co-chef, younger brother Albert, as he steps out of the long shadow of elBulli's legacy and stakes his own claim to fame on an ambitious string of five restaurants in Barcelona's theater district, each featuring a different wildly innovative cuisine. Mouths will water as the film details the creation of Enigma, the seriously experimental eatery that Albert hopes will seal his place in gastronomic history. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)