(Humberto Solás, 1968) · A landmark achievement of Cuban cinema, Humberto Sol´s' 1968 epic traces the national history of Cuba through three chapters. Each part follows one of three women, each named Lucía, as they navigate the 1895 Cuban War for Independence, the fall of General Machado and the wake of Castro's revolution, respectively. Taken together, the stories of the three Lucías form a poignant, pressing narrative of Cuba's struggle and progress as a nation.
runtime: 160m format: 16mm
(Mario Peixoto, 1931) · Celebrated by David Bowie, Orson Welles, and Caetano Veloso alike, Limite is a film whose name is whispered more frequently than it is viewed, widely admired among the cultural elite. Mario Peixoto's first and last feature film, Limite follows two women and a man lost at sea as they aimlessly search through their pasts, their chances of survival growing ever bleaker. A Brazilian cult classic, this provocative film is a landmark in Latin American cinema.
runtime: 120m format: 16mm
(Toni Venturi, 2001) · Set in Brazil, Venturi's portrait of agitated love centers on the abandoned Lena, who owns a bar off the highway that few ever visit. Pregnant by her former lover, Colonel Santos, and then forsaken by him, Lena finds her budding romance with one of his subordinates, Vilela, unnervingly intruded upon by the man who has left them both behind. Trapped in isolation, the pair struggle to find peace in the present while being haunted by the specters of their pasts.
runtime: 85m format: 35mm
(Augusto Tamayo, 2010) · A chance encounter unites two individuals during an intense night in Lima. Coming from different walks of life, La Vigilia unites Edgardo Chocano, a high-class intellectual, and Jessica, a violent and streetsmart girl. Trying to hide from a gang of delinquents pursuing her, Jessica breaks into Edgardo's private and antiquated home. Thrilling and suspenseful, Tamayo's film ruminates on the contrast of these two opposing identities and personalities.
runtime: 95m format: 35mm
(André Klotzel, 2001)· Based on the classic Brazilian novel by Machado de Assis, the narrator of Posthumous Memories is a wealthy but dead man, reflecting on his prior life. Be sure to join us as the narrator, Brás, takes us on a journey through his life as he remembers it.
runtime: 101m format: 35mm
(Tomás Gutierrez Alea, 1979) · Cuba's aristocrats lose their privileges to Castro's guerrillas much as Confederate elites lost theirs to Sherman. Unlike Gone With The Wind, this film does not invite us to sympathize with these rich men. They are pampered and childish, a class that impedes rather than leads. A question may lie beneath the surface. Is theft justified if one does not like those in power? Note that Los Sobrevivientes ("The Survivors") was released in the year of the Iranian revolution.
runtime: 130m format: 35mm
(Enrique Álvarez, 2002) · A tale of frustration and frayed affection marred by social hardships, Miradas follows a day in the lives of four Havana Harbor youths. On first meeting, Ivan falls in love with Ana, who's trying to get over her ex-boyfriend Sergio, whom she left while abroad. Sergio is visiting, but arrives with his new girlfriend Carla. The lives of these four young people interweave as they navigate the perils of young love, rejection, alienation, and trying to make some money.
runtime: 90m format: 35mm
(Mauro Farias, 1991) · Framed by the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Não Quero Falar Sobre Isso Agora follows one man's journey of self-discovery upon the dissolution of all he holds dear. An aspiring writer, Daniel O'Neil is left alienated and adrift when his wealthy girlfriend suddenly walks out on him and he's evicted from his hotel in Copacabana. Heartbroken and homeless, Daniel embarks on new friendships, relationships, and adventures - with the occasional drug bust - as he struggles to forge a new life for himself.
runtime: 88m format: 35mm
(Sergei Eisenstein, 1938) · After the monumental Battleship Potemkin, master Sergei Eisenstein turns his sights on the Russian folk hero, Prince Alexander Nevsky. The resulting film follows a group of Russian soldiers as they defend their homeland from invading Teutonic knights. Eisenstein's formal brilliance, and conviction in the glories of political struggle, transforms this underdog story into a towering historical epic. Don't miss the iconic Battle on the Ice scene, set to Sergei Prokofiev's soaring score.
runtime: 112m format: 16mm
(Fritz Lang, 1927) · Upon realization that he is a member of the upper class in an extremely exploitative dystopia, Freder Fredersen rebels against his industrialist father to save the workers from their harsh underground dwellings. A classic of interwar European film, Metropolis draws inspiration from cubist and futurist aesthetics to tell a sci-fi tale of class divides, as an analogy to the contemporary struggles between capitalism, communism, and fascism.
runtime: 135m format: 16mm