The inaugural edition of the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York happens this June with a lineup of the latest and greatest in Ecuadorian film. A couple highlights:
The work of a luthier - an artisan who builds guitars - consists of small and delicate actions that result in a craft that is a whole lot more than its raw materials. Portraying a sensory experience of an almost hypnotic activity in the construction of a musical instrument through curving of the elements, this beautifully shot documentary explores the dimensions in which an artisan transforms -almost alchemically- pieces of wood into a fine guitar.
Sin otoño, sin primavera (No Autumn, No Spring)
A portrait of Guayaquil’s erratic and disenchanted middle class youth and their pursuit of happiness. The portrait of an invisible generation. A punk ballad told from the point of view of 10 youngsters with stories that interconnect, not with their destinies but with their concepts: the trip as a way of reinvention, questioning happiness and the system, evasion, moral limits, madness, decadence and love.
New York: June 17 - 21. Full lineup and details here.