Ibero-American Film Festival at Lafayette College
September 30-October 28, 2021
Every Thursday at 6pm
Landis Cinema, William C. Buck Hall (Williams Arts Campus)
Movies will be available remotely one day after the screenings. For remote access to the films, please go to: https://pragda.com/sfc-event/lafayette-college/
1) Joaquín Sorolla: Journeys of the Light (2017) / Sonia Tercero / Spain / 55 mins
September 30- 6:00 PM
Presented by Professor Katie Stafford
Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla decorated the Hispanic Society of America in New York, commissioned by an American millionaire. The effort of creating these Visions of Spain ultimately caused him a stroke. In this documentary, experts reveal the keys of naturalist painting and achievements in art markets.
2) Los Lobos (2019) / Samuel Kishi / México / 95 min
October 7- 6:00 PM
Presented by Professor Sidney Donnell
With touches of The Florida Project, Los Lobos follows brothers Max and Leo who, together with their mother Lucía, have just crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in search of a better life. But it is not easy for them to gain a foothold in their new home country. While waiting for Lucia to return from work, the kids build an imaginary universe with their drawings and think about mom’s promise of “Disneyland,” their land of dreams.
Told with unmatched authenticity, including powerful documentary footage mixed with fiction and playful animation (reminiscent of the Puerto-Rican coming of age masterpiece We the Animals), Kishi’s film is unique and breathtaking. The film blossoms into a wondrous adventure story as the two brothers gather the courage to venture outside and explore the strange new world just outside their tiny apartment door.
Los Lobos is an absorbing coming-of-age story about migrant life through the prism of its most innocent figures.
3) The Journey of Monalisa (2019) / Nicole Costa/ Chile, USA / 93 mins
October 14 – 6:00 PM
Presented by Professor Amauri Gutiérrez-Coto
Chilean-born performer and writer Iván Monalisa fully embraces his / her dual selves: scrappy, masculine Iván as well as diva, transvestite sex-worker Monalisa. A reunion with filmmaker Nicole Costa, Iván’s former college classmate, provides the opportunity for a journey through this undocumented transgender immigrant’s daily life of sex, drugs, and poetry—as well as a quest for US legalization. Pragmatic and humorous, Iván Monalisa navigates the gritty underbelly of New York City with charisma and charm.
Nicole Costa intersperses recent scenes of Monalisa’s attempts to get a visa and their first successes as a writer with old VHS footage, snippets of telephone conversations, and extracts from their work: beautiful, raw pieces about life and survival in New York.
4) Bacurau (2019) / Kleber Mendonca Filho / Brazil, France / 131 mins
October 21 – 6:00 PM
Presented by Professor Douglas de Toledo Piza
A few years from now…
Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead. There are forces that want to expel them from their homes, and soon, in a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one.
A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community. The mercenaries just may have met their match in the fed-up, resourceful denizens of little Bacurau.
Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Bacurau is a box office sensation seen in Brazil by over a million people.
5) From the Land to Your Table (2011) / Jorge Coira et all / Venezuela / 107 mins
October 28 – 6:00 PM
Presented by Professor Rebekah Pite
Seven countries, seven popular markets, seven cultures. The first documentary of its kind, From the Land to Your Table shows the perspectives of seven Ibero-American filmmakers as they capture the conditions and cultural diversity of popular produce markets in their individual countries. Created collectively, each segment in this brilliantly executed documentary retains its own unique style and tone, highlighting the fascinating stories of the foods that eventually wind up on our tables. A whole new world reveals itself in every chosen character and image, illuminating the diverse socioeconomic conditions of these countries through the fascinating stories of the foods that we eat and the people who sell and produce them.