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Cinema Tropical Festival

The year's best Latin American films will be screened throughout the weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image

DetailsFebruary 04, 2018
Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image and Cinema Tropical present the 2018 edition of the Cinema Tropical Festival celebrating the year’s best Latin American films. The festival will feature the winners of the 8th annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which represent the artistic excellence of contemporary Latin American cinema. The Festival offers a platform for local audiences to discover the exciting world of film coming from the region.

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La Soledad

Starting with Friday at 7pm – La Soledad follows José, a young father who discovers that the dilapidated mansion he squats will soon be demolished. Desperate to save his family from homelessness, José embarks on a mystical search for a cursed treasure that is rumored to be buried in the house. Director Jorge Thielen Armand will be at the screening in person.

Saturday at 2pm – Adriana’s Pact – The filmmaker’s aunt is suddenly arrested while visiting her family in Chile and accused of having worked for dictator Pinochet’s notorious secret police, DINA. As her aunt denies these accusations, the director sets out to investigate Adriana’s history, managing the tough balancing act of maintaining her role as both niece and filmmaker.

Saturday at 4pm – Combining a wealth of newly discovered home movies, video, and written documents with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage, Memories of a Penitent Heart is a documentary that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama.  Director Cecilia Aldarondo will be at the screening in person.

Sunday at 3pm – Araby – Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles upon a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms.

Sunday at 5pm – The Human Surge, a film about our present moment that boldly and wildly looks towards our future and takes a humorous look at the way strangers lives intertwine (or don’t).