Our Annual Manhattan Screening
New York City’s Trailblazing Arthouse Film and Multiarts Event… comes back to La Nacional for the 9th year!
New York City's pioneering film and multiarts event inspired by Central American culture returns to La Nacional on West 14th Street in Manhattan, the place it has called home since its founding in 2011. This winter we screen 44 films from 25 countries and 39 directors in all styles and genres. Many of these works will be having their US or New York premieres with us, or already had them in our Summer Cycle 2019 outdoors program in The Bronx.
The curated program is strong on women directors and themes, animation, drama and comedy. As usual, it also offers the finest in Central American art house film, earning its reputatiojn as the pioneering plaftorm in the US for the region's filmmakers..
Bronx World Film Cycle
(La Nacional in Manhattan)
OPENING: Fri Jan. 3
5:00 pm: World Music/Gallery Opens
PGM 1: Fri Jan. 3 @ 5:30 pm
PGM 2: Fri Jan. 3 @ 6:30 pm
PGM 3: Fri Jan. 3 @ 8 pm
MEET THE FILMMAKER
PGM 4: Fri Jan. 3 @ 10:30 pm
PGM 5: Sat. Jan. 4 @ 12 midnight
PGM 6: Sat Jan. 4 @ 11 am
PGM 7: Sat. Jan. 4 @ 11:45 am
PGM 8: Sat. Jan. 4 @ 12:15 pm
PGM 9: Sat. Jan. 4 @ 1 pm
PGM 10: Sun Jan. 5 @ 11 am
PGM 11: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 11:30 am
PGM 12: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 12 noon
PGM 13: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 1 pm
PGM 14: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 2 pm
PGM 15: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 3 pm
PGM 16: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 4 pm
PGM 17: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 4:30 pm
PGM 18: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 6:30 pm
PGM 19: Sun. Jan. 5 @ 7:30 pm
(SCR/DIR Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez, MEXICO/COSTA RICA, 2019, color, 92:00. Drama). Inspired by the relationship between Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Costa Rican nurse Judith Ferreto, who cared for Kahlo during the final years of her life. As in a mirror, in her home in Costa Rica Judith is cared for by a woman. In her memories, in the Blue house in México, Frida is cared for by Judith. In Judith's inner world, reveries, myths, imagination and reality intertwine.This feature comes fresh off a tour of world film festivals in seventeen different cities, picking up a host of awards and accolades along the way. Bronx World Film has screened other works by Ms. Yasin in the past, incuding her first feature film, El camino, and the short film Sed, by Aldo Gutiérrez Cortés. (In Spanish, with English subtitles. NYC Premiere)
(New York City Premiere)
(SCR/DIR Federico Peixoto, COSTA RICA, 2019, color, 85:00. “Tlacuilos,“ in the Maya empire, were the master sculptors who carved in stone the chronicles of their day. Now Tlacuilos also means the definitive documentary on graffiti and Hip Hop in Central America. Filmed by Federico Peixoto over twenty years in eight countries, it tells the story of the movement in the voices of its pioneer figures. Its visual style, rhymes and music all tell the story of a movement that “is achieving what politics never achieved: Central American integration (DJ Flako, Guatemala, 2012).” (In Spanish, with English subtitles.)
(SCR/ DIR José Wheelock, NICARAGUA, 2018, color, 21:00. Cuatro historias de vidas enfrentadas a la cotidianidad llena de violencia en barrios populares de Managua. Es un trabajo que combina teatro, ficción y los testimonios de cuatros personajes que habitan en barrios populares de Managua. A través de las diferentes disciplina, construimos la historia de vida de nuestros personajes marcados por la violencia.
As the First Time
(SCR/ DIR Emanuela Mascherini, ITALY, 2018, color, 20:00. Oscar is a photographer. He has always tried to stop time, memories and thoughts. He has always succeeded, until the illness that takes over his wife and digital technology seem to steal all forms of memory from him. (In Italian with English subtitles)
Tirana 100 km
SCR Lorin Terezi, Anila Balla/DIR Lorin Terezi, ALBANIA, 2018, color, 20:00. Drama.) Linda's sweet life ends with the death of Stefan, a married businessman who took care of her. Now his family is kicking her out of the house and her-so called-friends are turning their back on her. Caught up in an aggressive and hostile situation, she decides to go back to her birthplace, a small village 100 km away from Tirana. This new reality shatters her expectations. Now, she has to make a decision between her pride and her prosperity
(SCR/DIR Jing Sun, CHINA, 2018, color, 15:03. Animation.) As an ancient Eastern proverb describes it: “A mantis hunting the cicada unknowingly falls prey to the eyes of an oriole.” The most vivid view of the natural cycle in human societies is best seen through the lens of karma on a microscopic scale.
The Other Zoo
(SCR/DIR Ricardo Ángel Rysh, EL SALVADOR, 2018, color, 15:00. Drama.) A father and his five-year-old daughter take a trip to the zoo. She unexpectedly disappears. Her father will go through an anguished search, and an even more puzzling discovery by the end of the film. (In Spanish with Engioh subtitles)
SCR/DIR Aizhana Kassymbek, KAZAKHSTAN, 2019, color, 13:54. Drama.) A coming-of-age story about a young boy who must learn about making difficult decisions on his way to adulthood. Torn between his urge to run away from his humdrum life to fulfill a dream of becoming a pilot, and the obligation he feels toward his sickly grandfather, who he cannot leave to die alone, the young man must grow up rather quickly. When a neighbor approaches with a possible solution, the young man faces the test of a lifetime.
(SCR/DIR Priit Tender, ESTONIA, 2019, color, 13:00. Animation.) Orpheus can enchant everyone with his music, including animals and plants. His song can even rescue his beloved Euredice from the underworld. But there is one condition - until Orpheus reaches the land of the living, he cannot turn around to see if his love is truly following him.
A DEMONSTRATION OF BRILLIANCE
IN FOUR ACTS
(SCR/DIR Morten Tšinakov and Lucija Mrijak, ESTONIA/CROATIA, 2017, color, 15:03. Animation.) The people wait for someone special. He’s born as a grown-up man in a suit. They follow him, cheering his theatrical but utterly pointless performances. In the middle of one performance he makes a mistake and his adorers abandon him. Left alone, he meets a woman made for him. The performances continue…
SCR/DIR Kate Kroll and Allan Hopkins, CANADA, 2018, color, 14:40.) Through his father's gift of a tiny hand-carved cedar canoe, Shin-chi finds the strength to endure his first year at Indian residential School. (In Halq’emeylen and English)
Documentary with Animation
(SCR/DIR Ross Killeen, IRELAND, 2019, color, 13:00. Documentary with animation). The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business. Through the eyes of Pinky, the self declared “king of the ice-cream men,” we're taken into this unregulated industry where rival drivers will stop at nothing to protect their livelihoods.
SCR/DIR. Elliot Spencer, SOLOMON ISLANDS/AUSTRALIA, 2015, color, 13:00. Documentary.) Tasiro the wood carver expertly creates sculptures reflecting Solomon Island culture and the natural beauty of his environment. Narrated in Marovo by Tasiro himself, this gentle, uplifting story takes you deep into the World Heritage-Listed Marovo Lagoon where past, present and future, come together. (In Marovo, with English subtitles.)
(SCR/DIR Charlotte Kirzin, FRANCE, No Release Date, color, animation). The island of Lagoonarium, on which young Enoha lives with his father, is under the tyrannical yoke of the greedy Hiro. When the little boy accidentally finds himself on the trail of the magical bamboo coveted by Hiro, he engages in an initiatory journey during which he will face the raging of nature as the fury of men.
(SCR/DIR Zhao Lin, FRANCE, 2019, color, 11:00. Animation.) A housewife loses her mind when shopping, degenerates into an animal. In a morning, an ordinary home in a noisy city, a housewife who is doing housework finds the refrigerator empty, so she drives to supermarket. To her surprise, the whole town’s people flock to the supermarket and get ready for shopping spree because there is a big promotion that day. The housewife can hardly compete with the over-excited people. She is pushed into a corner. Seeing the chaos from the corner, she is like being brainwashed. She gets up soon and joins the competition of snapping up.
MOTHER AND MILK
(SCR/DIR Ami Lindholm. FINLAND, 2010, color, 10:34. Animation) Motherhood as catastrophe film. For a newborn, the mother gives up her old life and breast milk floods everything. Once she realizes she is a part of the eternal chain of generations, she can start living her new life. Although babies are cute, the difficult situations, sleep deprivation and negative feelings can surprise new parents.
SCR/DIR Elkjana Gjipali, ALBANIA, 2019, color, 12:00. Fiction). Three friends meet together in a car that is parked at the side of the road outside a small village in Albania.They all plan to go and live in the capital, Tirana. They plan their future in the big city and they dare also to dream and live outside Albania. Will they start the engine and follow their dreams? (In Albanian with English subtitles.)
(SCR/ Hervé Tougeron, DIR Koji Yamamura, JAPAN/FRANCE, 2019, color, 11:53. A musical, visual, poetic expedition imagines life appearing in the sea depths, the earth stone-grey, naked and sad continents and seas populated by chaotic animals. Images and score lead the viewer to ancient times, from bacteria to blue algae, unknown forms to first living organisms, as life in the primitive ocean multiplies.
Senders (SCR/Edgard Vásquez DIR Omar Cubías, EL SALVADOR, 2019, color, 12:30. Drama.) As he runs his mailman‘s route, Fermín suffers a small accident with some letters. He has to contact one of the recipients to tell her about the problem. Thus he meets Marcelina, a lonely old woman who has long yearned for the arrival of news. (In Spanish with Engiosh subtitles)
(SCR/ DIR Hypatia Avilés, MEXICO 2016, color, 11:30. Experimental). A musician performs his ritual before going on stage; the dressing rooms are crowded and noisy, nevertheless, he finds enough peace to admire his beloved instrument and the concentration to warm up. Gradually, images and sounds come out from his mind in a surreal way, describing the complex world of music. (In Spanish with English subtitles)
(SCR/DIR. Michelangelo Fornaro, ITALY, 2003, color, 10:00..) Angelino and his fellow fishermen, back from another unlucky day, witness an amazing deep-sea spectacle that enacts “Guarracino,” the 18th-century Neapolitan song. The protagonist, a typical Neapolitan sea fish, enlists a snail to catch the eye of Sardella, engaged to Bluefin. The rivals quarrel, with kin and friends piling on. The story ends when the narrator decides it’s time to eat. (In Neapolitan with English subtitles)
(SCR Nana Ghana, Evan Williams, Sophia Loukiades /DIR Nana Ghana. USA, 2017, color, 10:48. Fiction.) Trending African artist Serge Attukwei Clottey playing “himself “ is invited to Los Angeles, a place experiencing drought, by US art dealers after his work is discovered on the internet, Serge transforms into the WATER WARRIOR, demonstrating the water crisis as a global issue and raising awareness on the need to conserve water
(SCR/DIR Michelangelo Fornaro, ITALY, 2019, color, 11:32. Animation.) A journey from Darkness to Light. Alma reveals the metamorphosis of a man before his fears and unexpected discoveries. The investigation of his own nature takes him to certain conditions, just like the very essence of which he is made.
THREE TREMBLING CITIES
(SCR/DIR Arthur Vincie, USA, 2016, color, 10:00. Drama). A fiction webseries. An intimate portrait of the inner lives and daily struggles of the immigrants who make NYC's heart tremble with hope. This is the sixth episode of season one, introducing roommates Babacar, Dawit and Abdul, who are trying to make a living and get ahead. (In English.)
TOWARDS THE OPEN SKY
(SCR/DIR Milana Vorobyeva, FRANCE, 2019, color, 6:00. Stop-motion animation.) In a big greenhouse, a majestic palm tree rises above all others plants. Doomed to spend her life inside, she desires to see the blue sky, the warm sun and wind of her native land.
THUMBELINA AND THE OGRE
(SCR/DIR Cécile Robineau, FRANCE, 2018, color, 08:00. Animation) An ogre lives alone in a huge garden, where he spends his time eating and gardening. One day, he meets a tiny woman who falls from a barn-swallow. Their peculiar friendship is put to the test because of their true nature.Thumbelina wants to travel again, while the ogre’s appetite awakens. (In French, with English subtitles)
(SCR/DIR Marie Chalandre, FRANCE, 2018, color, 07:00. Animation thriller.) A man, a beach, a hut, and a sea. He waits for the one who has come already and will not come back again. He has devoured her with his bestial love. Colors dance on his body, drawing the memory of a passion.
(SCR/DIR Nicola Ragone, ITALY, 2016, color, 04::00. Silent.) The awakening of Petru, a Romanian tramp in Italy, sleeping along a sidewalk of the Tiber. The face of a man consumed by tragic events and that of a woman, in the glass of an empty bottle, who bends down to offer alms. Their gaze ignites a mysterious spell of paroxysms: the swooning of desire and the bitterness of two very different destinies.
(SCR/DIR Elli Vuorinen, FINLAND, 2019, color, 6:00. Stop-motion animation.) Traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of modern life, these characters explore the theme of busy stillness from different points of view in seven separate scenes: a couple on an antique bridal box breaks up, turning into tinder; an ancient statue in a glass showcase grows tired of hearing about the dynamic potential of shared workspaces, and the runner on a clay jar is stuck in a never-ending workout session. (In Japanese, Arabic, French, English and Finnish with English subtitles)
(SCR/ANIM Laura Pop, ROMANIA, 2018, color, 04:20. Animation.) Living a constant adolescent drama with the monster inside her mind, a young girl embarks on a spiritual journey in order to make peace with herself and with the ones around her.
A SCANDAL EVERYONE KNOWS
SCR/DIR Dana Lee, KOREA, 2018. TRT 4:38. Animation.) “Russia, 1870. The Royal Laboratory, where the most talented people in the country come together to make weapons. Kacha, a brilliant and beautiful new researcher who obtained her position there because of her mother’s influence and high social status, captures the hearts of existing reserarchers. She is asked to work with Professor Fedor, who has his eye on her. The Professor has a wife and son, but soon falls in love with her. Kacha enters into conflict with Professor Fedor’s researchers as to who will get credit for the research. Everyone knows about the relationship between Professor Fedor and Kacha, but they say nothing at all.”
(SCR/DIR Andrew Grenaille and Claude Bauschinger. USA, 2017, color, 6:00. Drama). When her friend comes back from a coffee date, Tanis begins a bizarre discussion about having children with other Natives just to have Native kids, so their native history doesn’t die out. It’s a comical look at a real fear Natives have.
(SCR/DIR Nikita Diakur, GERMANY, 2018, color, 02:55. Animation) A suburban block party. Rave, drone, bbq and icecream. Then a stunt. Youtube inspired and simulated. “Fest” is a tribute to Youtube culture. Similar to the protagonists in fail compilations, characters in “Fest” are dealing with unexpected results, extreme situations and chaos. Freedom and spontaneity are common elements and are picked up within the animation. The technique is a combination of puppeteering and dynamic computer simulation and varies between physically accurate and broken. Like the fail heroes on Youtube, the animator is never fully in control. Animating like this feels closer to real-life filmmaking: the simulation results are unpredictable and personal. Thus, the focus shifts from outcome to process. The animator is left with the challenge to find the right balance between control and chaos.
GOD ON A LEASH
SCR/DIR Varun Chopra, INDIA/USA, 2019, color, 06:12. Documentary). An ancestral artform survives through the veneration of Hanuman, a Hindu deity with a monkey face and human body.
(In Hindi, with English subtitles)
(SCR/DIR Arkus, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2015, color, 03:00. Documentary.) A film made as an exercise during an Arab Film Studio documentary workshop. It explores the inner turmoil of a man who makes coffee, through his unique coffee making style. We see many such baristas in our everyday life yet we don't notice them and their craft.
WORKS BY SPECIAL GUEST HANNAH RAYNE
Fri. Jan. 3 @ 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Sat. Jan . 4 @ 11 am and 11:45 am
Sun Jan. 5 @ 7:30 pm
(SCR/ANIM Hannah Rayne, AUSTRALIA, 2017, color, 01:24. Animation.) We first discovered the works of Master Animator Hannah Rayne in 2017, and since then she has been a frequent contributor to our Cycle events. She makes her animations the old-fashioned way, drawing each frame by hand, using charcoal and watercolour on paper.