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Mar 22, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Tropic Pocket: Recent works by Camilo Restrepo

Followed by drinks with Cecilia Barrionuevo

We are pleased to partner with Cecilia Barrionuevo, the newly appointed director of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, for the NYC premiere of Colombian filmmaker Camilo Restrepo’s Tropic Pocket, followed by a series of his recent works.

As a filmmaker who works primarily in 16mm, the materiality of the image is at the heart of Restrepo’s work. He insists that rather than nostalgia, this decision comes from the “conviction that images draw their meaning from the plurality of media in which they take shape.” The many mediums in these rhythmic works form layers that are constantly collapsing and colliding into one another, as if combatting the frameworks imposed on the subjects of the film. Restrepo brings the pulse of the subjects to life, and by doing so creates captivating experiments of a representation of refusal. Please join us in welcoming these films and stay for drinks afterwards with Cecilia Barrionuevo!


La Bouche

19 mins., 2017

A man learns his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband. Time stands still as he oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge.  A musical featuring Guinean percussion master, Mohamed Bangoura (“Red Devil”), loosely based on his own story.

La impresión de una guerra

26 min., 2015

For over 70 years, Colombia has been confronted with internal armed conflict. Over the years, the outlines of the conflict have grown indistinct. A climate of generalized violence has gradually settled over society as a whole. Violence and barbarity have worked themselves into every aspect of daily life, and fine traces of it mark the streets. Through a multitude of these traces, perhaps the narrative of this hazy war will finally take a firmer shape. “Impression of a War” offers a vision of some of those deliberate, accidental, ostensible, fleeting or dissimulated marks. They are often signs of the struggle against oblivion, indifference and impunity.

Tropic Pocket

9 min., 2011

The Choco area in Colombia remains isolated between sea and forest. There, religious missions, military operations, and touristic projects amongst others have come and gone, coexisted and ignored each other at the same time. Judgment put aside and free of narration, Tropic Pocket captures images to witness and justify these actions, leaving behind their argumentative weight.  The spectator will decide which amongst these layers of reality and mystification are the most deceitful.


13 min., 2016

To keep the promise she made to her dying mother, a young woman sets off to find her father, a fickle man she has never known. On the way, she discovers he is in fact dead, but, driven by the bewitching rhythms of the Maloya, a Reunion Island ritual singing and musical tradition, she does not abandon her goal: she must find her father.

67 min

Since 2010 up to the present, Cecilia Barrionuevo has been a programmer of the Mar de Plata International Film Festival. She has collaborated as a guest programmer for others film festivals and museums. She is a co-editor of the publication Las Naves Cine. She has collaborated as a writer in several cultural publications, participated in roundtable discussions and has been a jurist at international film festivals. She has an MA in Creative Documentary Making. In 2013, she was a fellow in the Flaherty Film Seminar NY.

Camilo Restrepo (born in 1975, Medellín, Colombia) has lived and worked in Paris, France since 1999.He is a member of L’Abominable, an artist-run film laboratory.
His films have been selected in festivals including Toronto, New York and Locarno where he has won the Pardino d’Argento two years running.

La Bouche (Premiere at the Director’s Fortnight , Cannes 2017)
Cilaos (2016) Pardino d’argento (Festival del Film Locarno)
La impresión de una guerra (2015) Pardino d’argento (Festival del Film Locarno)
Como crece la sombra cuando el sol declina (2014)
Tropic Pocket (2011)

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Mar 22, 2018
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Free – $10.00


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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