The festival takes place at Lincoln Center in New York and is co-presented by Cinema Tropical.
Exhibiting the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today, the festival highlights impressive recent productions from across the region. Featuring titles from Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic for the first time, as well as films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Neighboring Scenes celebrates the expanding range of contemporary Latin American filmmaking in its second edition.
“This year, we are pleased to highlight several emerging filmmakers, with many fantastic debut and second films in a range of styles—from political thriller and bleak comedy to observational documentary,” said Festival Organizer and Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer at Large Rachael Rakes. “Furthermore, half of the works on this year’s slate are directed or co-directed by women, who have been critically underrepresented in the region previously.”
Opening Night is the New York premiere of Joaquín del Paso’s feature debut Panamerican Machinery, a Buñuelian satire that takes place behind the locked doors of a dysfunctional factory in Mexico City. Shot on expired film stock, de Paso’s film strikes its absurdist tone with deliberately dated, hazy visuals, courtesy of first-time cinematographer Fredrik Olsson. Closing the festival is the U.S. premiere of New Directors/New Films 2015 alumnus Lukas Rinner’s (Parabellum) second film, A Decent Woman, in which a deadpan maid finds liberation by joining a camp of nudists located near the home she cleans.
Other highlights in this year’s lineup include the North American premiere of Laura Huertas Millán’s Black Sun, an intimate portrait of the filmmaker’s aunt as she battles drug addiction and reflects upon her career as an opera singer; Lina Rodriguez’s This Time Tomorrow, a quiet coming-of-age story in which the “fragile changeability of family life is beautifully and painfully captured” (Variety); a 50th anniversary screening of Brazilian auteur Glauber Rocha’s Cinema Novo masterwork Terra em Transe; and more.
Tickets are on sale now and include a $99 All Access Pass or 3+ film discount packages.