September at the Walter Reade has become synonymous with Latinbeat, our annual survey of contemporary Latin American cinema. Now in its 11th year, Latinbeat has never been richer or more diverse in terms of style, genre, theme, location, setting and the number of countries explored. This year, 28 outstanding films from ten countries promote a deeper understanding of Latin America in all its vibrancy and complexity. Throughout the series there will be guest appearances by many of the films' directors, actors and producers.
The series includes a range of sidebars and unique events, including:
A Tribute to Jacobo Morales: Three films by the celebrated Puerto Rican auteur, whose indelible contributions to film helped develop a cultural identity within and outside of Puerto Rico. Jacobo Morales will introduce several screenings. “The star of this year's program is the 73-year-old Mr. Morales, whom many regard as the best filmmaker ever to emerge from Puerto Rico.” - Read Martin Tsai's interview with Richard Peña of FSLC and director Jacobo Morales in The New York Sun.
Spotlight on Chile: Expanding on the strong tradition of political cinema in Chile, a new generation of young filmmakers has developed an accomplished blend of cinematic technique and style in a wide range of genres. This spotlight looks at six original and powerful works from this group, the newest force in Latin American filmmaking.
Latinbeat celebrates Machado de Assis: As part of “Machado 21,” a citywide centennial celebration of writer Machado de Assis, director Nelson Pereira dos Santos will present his screen adaptations of two de Assis works and will join in an onstage conversation with Film Society program director Richard Peña.
Brunch and Conversation with Latin American Filmmakers: The Film Society joins forces with New York Women in Film and Television to celebrate the strong presence of women in Latin American filmmaking. Sunday, Sept. 7, 11:30 a.m., free to ticket holders to the 1 p.m. screening of Kill Them All.
Calendar to view the schedule and purchase tickets online.
Series Pass admits one person to five titles in the Latinbeat 2008 series. $40 public/$30 Film Society member. Available only at the Walter Reade Theater box office (cash only transactions).
Latinbeat 2008 is programmed by Marcela Goglio and Richard Peña and presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Latinbeat is sponsored by Cerveza Dos Equis, with major support from Angel Collado Schwarz and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Special thanks to Gauchas Restaurant. Additional support comes from the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, ProChile, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura del Uruguay, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores del Uruguay, Centro Nacional Autónomo de Cinematografia (CNAC) Venezuela, Ministerio de Cultura de Venezuela and Carlos Gutierrez of Cinema Tropical.
Thanks also to the Consulate General of Brazil, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, the Consulate General of Uruguay, Hoy, El Diario, Village Voice, Telemundo and Bodegas Lagarde. With promotional support fromthe New York Latin Media and Entertainment Commission.