Friday, November 16, 2012
Free and open to the public
For the last nine years SVA has collaborated with the Celebrate México Now—the first and only annual festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture—to showcase the winners of the Morelia International Film Festival. Award-winning short films from last year’s competition will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session with director Sofia Carrillo (Prita Noire) and others, moderated by Lucila Moctezuma of Women Make Movies, a New York non-profit media arts organization which supports independent films and video by and about women.
Ranging from animation to documentary, all films are in Spanish with English subtitles. The program includes Ojos que no ven (Eyes That Do Not See, 2010, Special May 5th Studio Award) by Regina García Solórzano, about a woman on the verge of a crisis that will test her integrity; Prita Noire (2011, Best Animated Short Film) by Sofía Carrillo, about two sisters who are prisoners in a foreign land; Erase una vez (Once Upon a Time, 2011, Best Animated Short Film) by Alejandro Ríos, in which animal characters from diverse fables take matters into their own hands; Requiem para la eternidad (Requiem for Eternity, 2011, Best Short Documentary) by Alberto Resendiz Gómez, a memoir of the director’s bout with cancer; and Mari Pepa (2011, Best Short Fiction) by Samuel Isamu Kishi Leopo, about a shift of responsibility in a multi-generational household.
Hosted by the historic town of Morelia, some 200 miles west of Mexico City, the Morelia International Film Festival is the world’s premier forum for emerging Mexican filmmakers, having introduced such directors as Tin Dirdamal, Elisa Miller, Nicolás Pereda and Pedro González Rubio.
Encompassing cuisine, dance, film, literature, and music, Celebrate México Now provides New Yorkers with a glimpse of the most intriguing artists and ideas pouring out of Mexico today. This year the festival and all its programming were invited to be part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide Voices from Latin America Festival.
Presented by the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department.