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, Iván Osnovikoff and Bettina Perut, Chile, 78 min.
- Fri, Aug 30th 2:15pm
- Fri, Aug 30th 6:15pm
- Sat, Aug 31st 5:45pm
- Sun, Sep 1st 7:45pm
- Mon, Sep 2nd 3:15pm
- Tue, Sep 3rd 8:00pm
- Wed, Sep 4th 6:00pm
- Thu, Sep 5th 8:00pm
"A blissful documentary portrait…captures moments of vitality, beauty, and hilarity."—Charlie Watson, Slant
"This is as close to being a dog as you are likely to ever get."—Carlos deVillalvilla, Cinema365
The filmmakers set out to make a documentary about the teenagers who inhabit Parque de los Reyes ("Park of the Kings"), a skate park in Santiago, Chile. After several months of shooting, they found the focus of their film shifting to Chola and Fútbol, two inseparable stray dogs who reign over this urban oasis. The teenagers remain in the form of overheard conversations—fraught with anxieties over parents, puberty, and drugs—that counterpoint the Zen-like serenity of the two charismatic stars. Without cuteness or anthropomorphism, through carefully edited rhythms and sensitive, sensuous cinematography, LOS REYES brings the viewer into an authentically transhuman perspective, where tennis balls, raindrops, and insects loom large, while the broad cycles of mortality and the seasons work steadily in the background. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas
2018, Salvador Simó, Spain, 80 min
- Fri, Sep 6th 2:00pm
- Fri, Sep 6th 7:45pm
- Sat, Sep 7th 7:45pm
- Sun, Sep 8th 3:00pm
- Mon, Sep 9th 8:00pm
- Tue, Sep 10th 6:00pm
- Wed, Sep 11th 8:00pm
- Thu, Sep 12th 6:00pm
"Compelling and frequently surprising...it was a brilliant choice on the part of director Salvador Simó to use such an expressionistic medium [i.e., animation] to examine how surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel bent reality to his own ends."—Peter Debruge, Variety
"A captivating labor of love...BUÑUEL is above all a good story elegantly told."—Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter
Based on a graphic novel by Fermin Solis, this unique animated feature focuses on a turning point in the career of the great Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel. With his career at a standstill due to the notoriety of his early surrealist classics, Buñuel sets out in 1932 with three of his leftist/anarchist friends to make LAS HURDES, a bracingly confrontational documentary set in an extremely backward and impoverished region of Spain. Using a style of 2-D animation that emphasizes facial expression over fluidity of movement, director Simó draws a complex portrait of Buñuel—haunted by nightmares and childhood memories of his disapproving father, capable of bizarre and callous behavior, but also finding the compassion and humanity that will fuel his growth as an artist. In Spanish and French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
1976, Les Blank and Chris Strachwitz, USA, 58 min.
- Fri, Sep 13th 2:00pm
- Sun, Sep 15th 3:00pm
- Thu, Sep 19th 8:00pm
"A map through a virtually unknown musical landscape; it's also a joyous, angry, complicated film."—Michael Goodwin, Village Voice
"The best visual record of Tex-Mex and Norteño music."—Ry Cooder
Les Blank was the cinema's master chronicler of regional music, whether it be Louisiana Zydecko, Delta Blues, Oklahoma country-rock, or, in this case, Norteña, the music of the Texan-Mexican border. Blank doesn't explicate his subject in traditional documentary fashion; instead, he immerses us in the world that nurtures the music—the landscapes, the food, the families, the farm workers, the dusty streets, the crowded cantinas. CHULAS FRONTERAS hangs out with such giants of the genre as Flaco Jiménez, Los Alegres de Terán, Lydia Mendoza, and Narisco Martínez, in songs that range from nostalgic to politically charged to prideful. These exceptional 4K restorations capture the richly saturated colors of the original 16mm reversal stock with pristine clarity. In Spanish (with English subtitles) and English (with Spanish subtitles).
Preceded by DEL MERO CORAZÓN (1979, Maureen Gosling and Les Blank, USA, 29 min.), a companion-piece to CHULAS FRONTERAS, filmed at the same time in the same region, but focusing exclusively on love songs, some sweet, some bitter, all of them del mero corazón—"straight from the heart." In Spanish with English subtitles. (MR)
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2018, Lila Avilés, Mexico, 102 min.
With Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez
"Strangely serene, even sublime...the moments of beauty, tenderness and freedom that punctuate the drudgery provide flickers of humanity that feel almost miraculous."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"A fascinating observational drama...nuanced and natural, it has a quiet and modest power as it comments on the ironies of contemporary cities like Mexico City and their growing economic divide."—John Fink, The Film Stage
A film about a quietly persevering maid embedded in the class structure of Mexico City calls up inevitable comparisons to ROMA, but Lina Avilés's debut film is closer in spirit to Ken Loach or even Chantal Akerman (JEANNE DIELMAN…) than to Alfonso Cuarón. Subtler, less spectacular, more politically incisive than ROMA, THE CHAMBERMAID centers on Eve, a 24-year-old employee whose domain is the 21st floor of a luxury hotel. Patiently, concisely, absorbingly, the film immerses us in her daily routine, as she caters to the whims of guests, interacts with supportive co-workers, and is strung along by her supervisors. Never leaving the hotel, we learn of her outside life (she has a four-year-old son who is usually asleep by the time she gets home), her aspirations (she is taking a union-sponsored GED class), and her occasional transgressive impulses (she gets turned on by a voyeuristic window-washer). Dangled in front of her are the enticements of a spiffy red dress left unclaimed in the Lost & Found, and a promised promotion to the newly opened, ultra-luxurious 42nd floor. As tension and frustration build, Eve edges closer to a resolution that might bring disaster or liberation. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
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)