' Ventana al Sur: An Evening of Argentine Experimental Films'

This rollicking evening of challenging, expressive and oppositional Argentine cinema offers a window onto makers shredding formal niceties, relishing in risk and daring to access the sublime. From an achingly beautiful evocation of an hourglass to a darkly humorous evisceration of the tenets of the stock market, this program will take us to the land where summer is winter and winter is summer and render our souls topsy-turvy for a bit too.

Curated by Mark Street and Lynne Sachs. Special guest: Artist Liliana Porter.

LOS ANGELES (Leandro Katz, 5 min., 16mm, 1976) Portrait of a small community living by the railroad tracks in the banana plantation region of Quiriguá, Guatemala. Originally a single take, this film is composed of alternating equal number of moving frames and frozen frames as the camera tracks alongside the train station.
WORKSHOP (Narcisa Hirsch, 10 min.,16mm 1977) A structuralist vision as conceived by one of South America's most beloved experimentalists, Narcisa Hirsch. One wall of the filmmaker's studio as seen through a fixed camera. We see photos she's stuck on the wall, then there is a dialogue with a male friend to whom she is describing the rest of the walls that you don't see. A "one upmanship" of a similar film by Michael Snow where he describes a wall of his studio- workshop, by describing what one CAN see.
ALEPH (Narcisa Hirsh, 1 min., 16mm) In the blink of the eye 1440 frames in one minute the rituals of childhood and adolescence give a magical and haunting rhythm to daily life.
EL EROTICISMO DEL TIEMPO (Narcisa Hirsh, 1 min., video, 2005) Like the curves of the body, an hour glass can both seduce and repel us.
BAJO TIERRA (Pablo Marin, 4 1/2 min., Super 8, sound on CD, 2007) A film portrait of filmmaker Claudio Caldini: in the industrial town of General Rodriguez, Buenos Aires, a man makes a new cinematic offering in front of the no-longer-industrialized Kodachrome.
SIN TÍTULO (FOCUS) (Pablo Marin, 4 min., Super 8, b&w, silent, 2008) Shot on a rooftop in Buenos Aires, this film truncates space in ever inviting ways using a dizzying array of formal tropes.
EQUIVALE A MENTIR (Macarena Cordiviola, 3 min, Super 8 to video, sound, 2001) A meditation on the four elements, and various aspects of fusion--a sensual evocation of the process of change.
ESPECTRO (Sergio Subero, 6 min, super 8 with separate sound on CD, 2008) Abstract images shimmer and shift on the screen.  We are invited to look within as we enter an unfamiliar and unpredictable realm.
MONTEVIDEO (Leandro Listorti, 4 min. DVD, 2008) The capital of Uruguay reveals, briefly, its characteristic of a Doppelgänger City: a single place cut in two spaces where two pairs of creatures explore the limits of the travelogue
STOCK (Ruben Guzman, 5 min. 2007, mini DV) A boy from La Cruz walks to school to read aloud the stock market report from the newspaper. We are witness to the last day of capitalism.
EL GUARDIAN (Ruben Guzman, 5 min., video, 2008) A fantasmic guardian coddles and keeps the images of the world.
NUNCA FUIMOS ALLAH LUNA (Ernesto Baca, 7 min., 35mm, 2008) Two characters on split screens collide, converse and argue as the city unspools kinetically behind them.
FOR YOU/PARA USTED (Liliana Porter, 16 min., video, 1999) A witty and wry comparison of linguistic and visual modes of expression through a series of pithy and provocative animated vignettes.
JARDIN (2 min., video, 2004) A stop motion funhouse ride of dynamic images and shattering sounds--all out in the garden.  The ebb and flow of domestic life yields its own particular texture.
MIRARTE A LO LEJOS/WATCHING YOUR FROM AFAR (Tomas Rautenstrauch, 2009) Tomas and his grandmother, filmmaker Narcisa Hirsch, exchange camera gazes in a cinematic conversation spanning two decades.
VHS (Diego Trerotola, 10 min., video, 2009) Archeological detritus of 80s and 90s video culture woven into a reverie of lust, anger and raunchy fun.  An homage to the passing of a beloved gauge.

Saturday, November 14, 8pm
Millennium Film Workshop
66 East 4th Street
< http://www.millenniumfilm.org > / (212) 673-0090

 

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