The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents its 11th edition of new film from Latin America. A couple highlights:
Te promoteo anarquía (I Promise You Anarchy), Mexico 2015
I Promise You Anarchy follows two teenage lovers in Mexico City as they become embroiled in the city’s illegal, narco-run blood trade. Newcomers Diego Calva Hernández and Eduardo Eliseo Martínez, non-actors discovered on Facebook, give outstandingly honest and committed performances as Miguel and Johnny. They skate with their friends through the chaotic neighborhoods of Mexico City, revel in their blissful sexuality, and make a bit of cash in the illegal blood trade. A contact connects them with narcos—drug traffickers who need black-market blood, since they cannot go to hospitals—and it seems like a perfect way to make a lot of money. But soon Miguel and Johnny are in over their heads, their eyes opened too late to the truly disturbing underground network of clinics servicing victims of the drug wars.
Ausência (Absence), Brazil 2015
The latest film from Chico Teixeira—a popular guest at the very first Latin Wave with his film Alice’s House—is a coming-of-age story set in São Paolo. Fifteen-year-old Serginho has to grow up quickly: His father has left the family and his mother has a drinking problem, leaving Serginho responsible for his younger brother Mateus. No longer in school, Serginho must juggle a difficult home life and a job working for his uncle at a vegetable market. He seeks comfort by hanging out with his friends and in spending time with Ney, a tutor who is also the object of a confusing crush, and his aunt Ivone, a circus performer. Textured and delicate, Absence offers a moving glimpse into the life of a young man entering manhood and discovering his sexuality.
Houston: April 28 - May 1. Full lineup and details here.