Bronx World Film Cycle. Pioneer of art house film in our beloved borough!

New film by young filmmakers from all over the world. In your ’hood, your parks, your public spaces. This summer. We are the pioneers of art house film in the borough of The Bronx!

We Return to our Home Base

 

New York City’s Trailblazing Arthouse Film and Multiarts Event… comes back to Bronx parks and outdoors venues

New York City's pioneering film and multiarts event inspired by Central American culture returns to  the great outdoors in The Bronx for the third summer in a row  This summer we screen 32 films from 20 countries and 28 directors in all styles and genres (many of them US or New York premieres), with strong showings by women directors and women’s themes. The Summer Cycle is long on animation, short documentaries and dance film.  It offers a memorable film-viewing experience that has made a niche of its own in the city’s bustling arts landscape.

Bronx World Film Cycle

Summer 2019

(Outdoor Screenings)

PGM 1: Wed. August  7

Lincoln Hospital

06:00 pm: World Music

7:15 pm: OPENING CEREMONIES

8:00 pm: SCREENINGS
 

PGM 2: Thurs. August  8

Lincoln Hospital

07:00 pm: World Music

8:00 pm: SCREENINGS

PGM 3: Fri. August  9

Loreto Playground

07:00 pm: World Music

8:00 pm: SCREENINGS

PGM 4: Sun. August 11

Ambrosini Field (City Island)

07:00 pm: World Music

8:00 pm: SCREENINGS

PGM 5: Wed., Aug. 21

Lehman College

07:00 pm: World Music

8:00 pm: SCREENINGS

PGM 6: Fri. Aug. 23

Crotona Park Amphitheater

07:00 pm: World Music

8:00 pm: SCREENING

WATER DREAM
(Drama, Animation)

Pgm 1, 3, 5

(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.

(US Premiere)

THUMBELINA AND THE OGRE
(Drama, Animation)

PGM 1, 3, 4

(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)

 

(US Premiere)

LO GUARRACINO
(Animation, Comedy)

 

Pgm 1, 3, 4, 5

(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)

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DIASPORA

(Animation, Drama)
 

Pgm 1, 3, 5, 6

 

SCR/DIR Irem Gülen Akgun, TURKEY, 2018, color, 09:06.) It's a film about a circle stuck in a cornered world and its journey to fit in

US  premiere

ALMA
(Animation)

Pgm 2, 6

(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.

 

(US premiere)

PREY

(Animation, Drama)

Pgm 2, 5

 

(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.

New York City premiere

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SHIN-CHI’S CANOE

(Drama)
 

Pgm 2, 6

 

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)

ENOHA

(Animation)
 

Pgm 1, 6

 

(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.

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TOWARDS THE OPEN SKY

(Drama)
 

Pgm 1, 3, 5, 6

 

(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.

US Premiere

MAROVO CARVER

(Documentary)
 

Pgm 1, 4, 6

 

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.)

New York City premiere

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ORPHEUS

(Animation)
 

Pgm 1, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

(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.

US  premiere

WATER WARRIOR

(Drama)
 

Pgm 2, 6

. (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

US Premiere

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MUGGED

(Comedy)
 

Pgm 1, 3, 5, 6

DIRSCR/PROD Jaco van Bosch. SOUTH AFRICA, 2019, color, 3:00. Comedy.) A naive Jazz musician recaps the story of how he got mugged by a charming street robber while on his way to his best friend Greg.

US Premiere

CAR WASH

(Comedy)
 

Pgm 2, 3, 4

SCR/DIR Marine Surblé, FRANCE, 2019, color, 3:37.) A man, a woman, and an absurd love story in a Car Wash.

US Premiere

MOTHER AND MILK

(Animation, comedy)
 

Pgm 2, 3, 4

 (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.

US Premiere

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99 PROBLEMS

Documentary with Animation
 

Pgm 2, 3, 4

 (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.

MONSTER

(Animation)
 

Pgm 2

(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.

US premiere

STILL LIVES

(Animation)
 

Pgm 2, 5, 6

(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)

US Premiere

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A DEMONSTRATION OF  BRILLIANCE

IN FOUR ACTS

(Animation, comedy)
 

Pgm 2, 4

(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…

US Premiere

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MODERN BABEL

(Animation)
 

Pgm 2

(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.

US premiere

A SCANDAL EVERYONE KNOWS

(Animation)
 

Pgm 2, 5

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.”

GIRLS

(Comedy)
 

Pgm 2, 3, 5

SCR/DIR Elkjana Gjipali, ALBANIA, 2019, color, 12:00. Fiction). (In Albanian with English subtitles.) 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?

THE SCENT OF THE WET GROUND

SEEMS SWEETER THAN EVER  FOR HER

(Documentary)
 

Pgm 1, 3, 4

(SCR/DIR Marta Arjona, SPAIN, 2019, color, 04:57. Documentary). The scent of the wet soil seems sweeter than ever for her. Something has changed inside her. She is not who she used to be. She follows her path, but at every step she feels lighter… lighter of memories. (In Catalonian, with English subtitles. NYC premiere)

New York City Premiere

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 FEST

(Animation)
 

Pgm 2, 3, 4

(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.

New York City Premiere

BLOOD LINEAGE

(Comedy)
 

Pgm 1, 5, 6

(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.

New York City premiere

THREE TREMBLING CITIES

(Narrative)
 

Pgm 1, 5, 6

(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.)

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GOD ON A LEASH

(Documentary)

Pgm 1, 3, 5, 6

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)

BANGLADESHI BARISTA

(Documentary)
 

Pgm 1, 5, 6

(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.

 

(US premiere)

WORKS BY SPECIAL GUEST HANNAH RAYNE

(Animation)
 

Pgm 1, 5, 6

(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.

 

(US premiere)