Film Society's Fifth Latin American Film Showcase Set for Lincoln Center in NYC

by Sandra Ogle

A scene from Celina Murga's "Ana and the Others," screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's LatinBeat 2004. Image provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

LatinBeat 2004, an annual showcase of films from Latin American countries presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, kicks off Friday, September 17th with a private screening of Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries," starring Gael Garcia Bernal as the revolutionary "Che" Guevara. Twenty films from 9 countries will be screened during the annual program's fifth edition, running until the 28th at the Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

Other screenings include the U.S. premieres of Andres Wood's coming-of-age story "Machuca," set in Chile, and Mercedes Garcia Guevara's documentary "Tango, a Strange Turn," which focuses on a new generation of tango musicians in Buenos Aires. The Cuban/Spanish feature "So Far Away," in which Mirtha Ibarra and Antonio Valero star, will have its New York premiere on Saturday. The 2004 Sundance Film Festival selection "What Sebastian Dreamt" will also have its New York premiere during LatinBeat. The film, based on Rey Rosa's novel of the same name, centers on a young Spaniard who moves to the Guatemalan rainforest.

Other New York premieres include Celina Murga's "Ana and the Others," Guillermo Casanova's "Journey to the Sea," and Everardo Gonzalez's documentary "Pulque Song." Also, Ana Poliak's top jury prize winner at this year's Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente "Pin Boy" will have its U.S. premiere Friday night.

The festival's special sidebar program will be a retrospective of Argentine director Marcelo Pineyro's work. The retrospective will include screenings of his 1992 film "Tango Feroz" and his 2000 feature "Burnt Money." Also showing is his latest film "Kamchatka," which was Argentina's foreign-language Oscar submission last year, will have its New York premiere Saturday night and will be followed by a Q&A session. The film centers on a family who escapes to the countryside during Argentina's 1976 war, and stars Ricardo Darin and Cecilia Roth as the parents.

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