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, João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa, Brazil, 97 min. With Aristides de Sousa, Renata Cabral.
"Instant classic...a cumulatively engrossing and ultimately very moving work of clear-eyed political intent." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Nothing short of extraordinary...In a little over an hour and a half, ARABY captures a whole world." - Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage
"The road was my home," says Cristiano, the unassuming worker and wanderer whose status as the protagonist of this proletarian saga does not become clear until twenty minutes into the film. It is at that point that another character - a teenage boy trapped in a stifling Southeastern Brazil factory town - discovers Cristiano's journal. Scrawled into a spiral notebook, the document opens up a hardscrabble Arabian Nights treasure chest of tales within tales, campfire-lit songs, crime and punishment, jobs that come and go, love found and lost and found again, and hard-won political awakening. This critically acclaimed film evokes the Dardenne Brothers' working-class fables, Wim Wenders's bluesy road movies, and Agnès Varda's fragmented odyssey VAGABOND, but with an understated, evocatively universal power all its own. In Portuguese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
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)