The Neighboring Scenes 2022 Latin American film festival is in person at Film at Lincoln Center, Feb 24-28. $15 a film or $80 All-Access Pass ($20 students). filmlinc.org 🇦🇷🇧🇷🇨🇱🇨🇴🇨🇷🇲🇽🇵🇪🇺🇾🇻🇪
One of the things this festival does is screen standout Latin movies from the international film festival circuit. Neighboring Scenes lets you travel the world without leaving New York.
7th Neighboring Scenes 2022
A co-production of Film at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical, this year’s festival is programmed by Cinema Tropical’s Carlos Gutiérrez and Cecilia Barrionuevo of Argentina’s Mar del Plata International Film Festival. NYU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) provides additional support. 🇲🇽🇦🇷
Opening night presents “El Otro Tom” (The Other Tom), the fifth collaboration of Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo. It’s the story of a single mother who struggles to keep her nine-year-old son when she refuses to medicate his ADHD. The film screens Thu, Feb 24 at 7pm. 🇲🇽
The centerpiece selection is “La Caja” (The Box), Lorenzo Viga’s psychological thriller about a teenager from Mexico City who travels north to collect the body of his estranged father who worked in Mexico’s maquiladora system of export manufacturing. Viga’s debut feature “From Afar” was the first Latin American winner of the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion. The film screens Sat, Feb 26 at 9pm. 🇲🇽
The key image is from “Yo y las bestias” (Me & the Beasts), Nico Manzano’s deadpan comedy about a struggling Venezuelan musician who finds his muse in two mysterious masked beings. Venezuela has Caribbean culture. From that perspective, we recognize the Yoruba orisha Yemayá (the face mask) or possibly Oshún (the yellow dress) in the Lucumí tradition. They are not beasts. They are more like angels and if they enter your life, you will indeed be very inspired. Interestingly, these are feminine orishas, and the creative part of a man is his female aspect or “anima.” We don’t know how to explain this to New Yorkers, but most Caribbeans understand. Ashé. The film screens Sat, Feb 26 at 6:45pm. 🇻🇪
Check the complete lineup at filmlinc.org