We Hold Our Cycle in Manhattan

New York City’s Trailblazing Arthouse Film and Multiarts Event… with Central American flair

New York City's pioneering film and multiarts event inspired by Central American culture returns to  La Nacional -- the venerable Manhattan arts organization that has welcomed us since our founding -- for the eighth consecutive year.  This year we screen 338 films from 23 countries and 35 directors in all styles and genres (many of them world, US or New York premieres), with strong showings by women directors and women’s themes, and a specialty in contemporary Central American art house. We’ll have some of the most powerful documentaries you’ve ever seen, and a great selection of shorts.  The Cycle also offers surprises in visual arts, crafted goods, live performance and Central American delicacies for a memorable film-viewing experience that has made a niche of its own in the city’s bustling arts landscape.

Bronx World Film Cycle

Winter 2019

 

(Manhattan Screenings)

La Nacional

239 West 14th St., Fl. 2

(7th-8th Ave.), New York City

Friday, January 4, 2019

01:00 pm: Opening.  Visual Arts.

Coffee/Hot Hors d’oeuvres

01:30 pm: PROGRAM 1

2:45 pm: PROGRAM 2

4:oo pm: PROGRAM 3

5:15 pm: PROGRAM 4
6:00 pm
: OPENING CEREMONY

6:30 pm: PROGRAM 5

7:30 pm: PROGRAM 6

8:30 pm: PROGRAM 7

10:30 pm: CONCERT AND CONVERGENCE
 

Saturday January 5, 2019

1:00 pm: VISUAL ARTS  EXHIBIT. GASTRONOMY.

2:00 pm: PROGRAM 8

3:30 pm: MEET THE FILMMAKERS

4:30 pm: PROGRAM 9

5:30 pm: PROGRAM 10

6:45 pm: PROGRAM 11

8:30 pm: PARTY AND SOCIAL HOUR

Sunday January 6, 2019

12:00 pm: Opening.  Visual Arts.

1:00 pm: PROGRAM 12

2:15 pm: PROGRAM 13

3:30 pm: PROGRAM 14

4:45 pm: GASTRONOMY/ENTERTAINMENT

6:00 pm: PROGRAM 15

7:15 pm: PROGRAM 16

9:00 pm: CLOSE

EMPTY VIEW

(Animation)

 

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 4:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 1:00 pm

SCR/DIR Ali Zare Ghanatnowi and Mohammad Hadi Sobhanian. IRAN, 2017, color, 18:00. Animation.) Mother keeps a look out for her son to return home from the war. She knits him a pair of gloves remembering how her son rubbed his cold hands together on the wintry morning that he left. The war goes on. Mother waits. She unravels the gloves and knits them over and over again. When their small hone is bombed, the gloves burn into ashes. Mother sits atop the rubble, plucks her white hair one by one and knits the glove with her hair. Finally spring arrives and the war ends. Mother hears the sound of military boots nearing. She gathers all the strength left in her and walks down the stairs with anticipation. (In Arabic with English subtitles).

(World premiere)

IN A STRANGE LAND

(Drama)

 

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 5:15 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 1:00 pm

 

 

(SCR/DIR Mikhail Chernih. RUSSIA, 2017, color, 15:00 min. Comedy.). Sunday afternoon. A Russian landed gentleman has his breakfast in company of the Frenchman Monsieur Shampoo at a well-provisioned table. Monsieur Shampoo has lived there for a long time now, and seems to serve the single function of an earpiece for the the bourgeois gentleman’s constant praise of all things Russian and France’s worthlessness, even lambasting the ill-fated French mustard. The Frenchman, stung, storms from the table, ready to leave Russia forever. But can these two really live without each other? (In French with English subtitles.)

(US premiere)

G20 NO FILTER

(Documentary)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 7:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 2:15 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Rasmus Gerlach,  GERMANY, 2017, color, 13:00. Drama) Most people remember the images of destruction from the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg. Rasmus Gerlach rode on his bicycle over the battleground. Nobody stopped him. A simple street performance as a new form of protest, soon overshadowed  by pictures of the escalating  violence.

(US premiere)

 SU

(Drama)

Fri. Jan 5 @ 5:15 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 3:30 pm

(SCR Aizhan Kassymbek, Timur Nurdaulet, Yerbolat Yerzhanov, Alibek Amerzhanov, Ilya Gariyev/DIR Aizhan Kassymbek. KAZAKHSTAN, 2018, color, 20:00.) The past must remain in the past. The page must be turned. Old man Yerbolat couldn’t. His past shadows him and becomes a source of life. He lived all his life without dreaming of the future, but memories of his carefree youth and first love keep his heart beating. In his old age, he returns to the remote village of his childhood to relive the best moments of his life. But time flies, and what remains? Is somebody waiting for him? Will he get rid of his past, or keep it?

 

(US premiere)

 RREZE

(Drama)

Fri. Jan 4 @ 6:30 pm

Sun. Jan 6 @ 6:00 pm

(SCR/DIR Lorena Sopi. KOSOVO, 2018, color, 12:30. Drama.) For her ninth birthday, during the 1999 war, Rreze Abdullahu wrote the Diary of Fear. On that significant day, she didn’t accept gifts or a party. She had one single wish: to stay alive. That day, she approached the Serbian soldier guarding the area and said: “Today’s my birthday, and I don’t want to die. I just want to live.” The soldier began to cry, leaving Rreza amazed. She thought soldiers never cry. Eighteen years later, living amidst the ruins of the past still, Rreze seems to despair of a world that doesn’t appear to be any better. Based on the true diary of Rreze Adbullahu.  (In Albanian with English subtitles)

(New York City premiere)

1000 GESTALTEN
(Documentary)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 7:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 2:15 pm

(SCR/DIR 1000 Gestalten Kollektiv, GERMANY, 2017, color, 11:00. Documentary.) Hundreds of grey figures move slowly and silently, seemingly unassailable through the streets, an unstoppable force with empty faces wrapped in a crusty shell of clay suits. Until one of them stops and an encouraging transformation begins. An exceptional performance art piece during the G20 summit.

(US premiere: Bronx World Film Cycle Summer 2018)

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THE BEAUTY OF REVERSO

(Documentary

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 2:45 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 5:30 pm

(SCR/DIR Michael Brent Adam. GERMANY, 2018, color, 10:00. Documentary.) ReveRso is a Berlin-based performance artist. He is someone who wears identities, personas, characters.....

PRETTY BALLERINA

(Comedy)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 1:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 2:00 pm

 

(SCR Olena Rubashevska/DIR Viktoriia Slopitska and Olena Rubashevska. UKRAINE, 2017, color, 15:21. Musical comedy.) Petrovich is a humble, simple, modest man who makes his living as a plumber. He is also engaged in trying to rid himself of the spirit that takes over his body sometimes and makes him dance. In the end, he reaches a compromise with the ballerina that lives inside him. (In Urkrainian with English suibtitles)
 

(US premiere)

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ONCE UPON A TIME

MY PRINCE WILL COME

(Romantic Comedy)

 

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 1:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 1:00 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Lola Naymark. FRANCE, 2018, color, 15:00.) In the storeroom of the bakery where she works, twenty-seven-year-old Luna dreams of a Prince Charming and a life in a castle. On the same day, she will cross paths with a trash can full of dollar notes and a young man who stutters. What do we do with our childhood dreams when we are nearly thirty years old?

(New York City premiere)

NATURAL SELECTION

(Drama)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 6:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 4:30 pm

 

SCR/DIR Alfiya Khilinskaya. RUSSIA, 2017, color, 15:00 min. Drama.) All relationships are a hunt, with men the hunters and women the prey in our chauvinist world. Some women also turn "conquer me" and "men are obliged" into a life credo. From courting to pursuit (datings) to eating (an allegory for sex), ‘’ women are either food, or they’re life support for men. Not all men and women fit into these boxes, however. An old wolf takes a young wolf on his first hunt . The older one sees prey. The young one is not so sure. What if women are not as primitive as men used to think? (In Russian with English subtitles)

 

(New York City Premiere)

PRUEBA -  CASTING #metoo

(Drama)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 6:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 4:30 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Stanlee Ohikhuare. NIGERIA, 2017, color, 08:00 min. Drama.) Chinny, a 24-yeward-old aspiring actress, must resist the pressure of sleeping with a renowned movie producer in order to secure a role. She soon realizes that the real battle is with something she has become accustomed to: the same reason she is looking to leaver her job as a prostitute and pursue an alternate career in acting, The movie explores a moment in the prevalent scourge of sexual harrassment against young female actresses in the movie industry worldwide.

(New York City premiere)

DANCING FROG

Animation

Fri. Jan. 4  @ 2:45 pm

Sat. Jan. 5  @ 2:00 pm

 

(DIR/SCR Jinman Kim. KOREA. 2017. TRT 10:00. Animation, drama). Everything is connected.

(US premiere: Bronx World Film Cycle Summer 2018)

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 MERMAIDS AND RHINOS

(Animation)

 

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 6:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 4:30 pm

(SCR Dorka Gergely, Polett Dus, Viktoria Traub/DIR Viktoria Traub. HUNGARY, 2018, color, 02:34. Animation) Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come to life: the circus-member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino. The acts of present and and past are in constant metamorphoses and transformation. The characters overstep their own and the surrounding world’s physical borders. Tilda’s life is full of grotesque, bizarre characters hungry for love. The atmosphere of wistfulness, desire, passion and sorrow frame the story.

(New York City premiere)

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M52

(Abstract Animation)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 1:30 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 2:00 pm

 

 (SCR/DIR Yves Paradis. GERMANY, 2017, color, 10:00 min. Abstract animation.). What if you made an improvised animated film one week at a time for a year starting only with the concept of a character pushing a big cube in the desert? Where would this story go? M52 was made over the course of 2017 as a creative challenge. The result is an unexpected science fiction adventure into mankind’s distant future.  (No dialogue)

(New York City premiere)

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THE CLOWN

(Drama)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 4:00 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 5:30 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Gée Gée. FRANCE, 2017, color, 11:00 min. Fiction, Drama Fantastic.)The Clown tells the story of an old actor saying good-bye to his character because he has lost his audience.  He faces a marionette , which represents his other self.  He’s having a conversation with her about his moods. The roles are slowly reversing.

A KALABANDA ATE MY HOMEWORK'

(Animation, Comedy

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 1:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 1:00 pm

(SCR/DIR. Raymond Malinga, UGANDA, 2017, color, 6:25. Animation, Comedy.) A Kalabanda is a mythical creature that is said to haunt schools in Uganda. Tendo, a pupil shows up to class one day without homework -claiming that a Kalabanda ate it. Who'd believe such a lame excuse? No-one! How will Tendo prove his story and does this mythical creature really exist?

ALL HOLLYWOOD SHIT

(Comedy)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 7:30 pm

Sun. Jan. 6 @ 2:15 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Egor Kharlamov. RUSSIA, 2018, color, 15:00. Comedy.) The film tells the story about how stars of Hollywood films try to talk about “cinema”, but it turns out to not be so simple... This film consists of six parts (this is the first part). We’ll say that it is sooner a parody of beloved characters than an “independent film.” (In English)

ENJOY THE SILENCE

(Romantic Comedy)

Fri. Jan. 4 @ 2:45 pm

Sat. Jan. 5 @ 5:30 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Stephan Bookas, FRANCE, 2018, color, 07:00. Magical realism). Jacques is a down-on-his-luck street musician in 1927 Paris. His music finally touches the heart of Julie, and his luck seems to change for the better. Suddenly, Jacques finds himself a silent film character in modern-day Paris, unable to make any sounds or communicate with anyone. Will he find a way back to his own world and reunite with Julie?