Cinema Tropical, the premier organization for Latin American cinema in the U.S. created by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg in 2001, is launching its most ambitious project to date intended to celebrate a decade of great Latin American cinema with a special series of events slated for this October.
On Friday, October 22, Cinema Tropical will award the 10 Best Latin American Films of the Decade (2000-2009) with the first edition of the Cinema Tropical AWARDS at the TimesCenter in New York City. This cutting edge event is the first of its kind ever, and aims to establish an annual tradition in the future. It honors the tremendous and constantly growing creative output of Latin American cinema and demonstrates this region’s great quality and diversity.
Stars like directors Carlos Reygadas and Lucrecia Martel – three of her productions scored among the ten best – have confirmed their presence at the ceremony. The Awards ceremony represents a prestigious endeavor with international impact, and is just one of four integral parts of ten days of immersion into the fascinating world of Latin American cinema:
The program kicks off on Thursday, October 14 with a special edition of TropiChat with guest filmmaker Sebastián Silva (The Maid) at The New York Times building, followed by a book presentation on Wednesday, October 20 at Americas Society: Cinema Tropical has partnered with Jorge Pinto Books to produce a special commemorative book on the top ten films of the decade, with essays written by guest film critics and scholars. This compilation will be available for purchase throughout the event, and online in outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com
Additionally New York cinephiles will have the chance to indulge into a true feast between Monday, October 18 and Sunday, October 24, when the selected top notch productions will be on screen during a special series at the IFC Center in downtown Manhattan.
Ever since the New Argentina Cinema took off in the late 90s and fueled local productions throughout Latin America, the cinema from the region has experienced an impressive renaissance. Cinema Tropical’s exciting initiative coincide with the tenth anniversary of the U.S. premiere of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s acclaimed Amores Perros, the film that has been acknowledged as the one that opened the door for Latin American cinema in the U.S.
“Latin American is producing some of the best cinema in the world these days”, says Carlos A. Gutiérrez, co-founding director of Cinema Tropical, “with this initiative we want to pay tribute to the great film talent that has emerged from the region in the last decade, as well as to help promote it internationally.”
And the winners are…
The selection of the winning titles was made based on a survey among distinguished critics, scholars and film professionals based in the New York City region, that was made public at the end of 2009.
1) La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina. 2001)
2) Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexico, 2000)
3) Luz silenciosa / Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2007)
4) Cidade de Deus / City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002)
5) Ônibus 174 / Bus 174 (Jose Padilha, co-directed by Felipe Lacerda, Brazil 2002)
6) Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico, 2001)
7) Whisky (Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll, Uruguay, 2004)
8) La mujer sin cabeza / The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 2008)
9) La niña santa / The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 2004)
10) El laberinto del fauno / Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Mexico/Spain, 2006)
The Cinema Tropical AWARDS are presented in partnership with Voces, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times; IFC Center; Jorge Pinto Books; BOMB Magazine and Americas Society.
The Cinema Tropical AWARDS are sponsored by Cine Latino; Stella Artois; the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York; and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York City. Media Sponsors: NY1 Noticias and Telemundo 47.
Cinema Tropical is the premier purveyor of Latin American cinema in the United States. Founded in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting what was to become the biggest boom of Latin American cinema in decades, Cinema Tropical brought U.S. audiences some of the first screening of films like Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. Through a diversity of programs and initiatives, Cinema Tropical is thriving as a dynamic and groundbreaking 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization experimenting in the creation of better and more effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in this country.
For more information visit: http://www.cinematropical.com/Awards