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What to Watch This Week on Cinema Tropical

We’re thrilled with the initial response to the launch of The Cinema Tropical Collection and Tropical on Demand. The influential newspaper The Guardian wrote a wonderful piece on our streaming platform calling it an “enticing new service” and hailing our inaugural slate as “a promising, provocative first batch of picks.” Click here to read the complete article by film critic Guy Lodge, and visit our streaming platform to watch our films.

And this week, we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the soon-to-open Sag Harbor Cinema, an exciting future non-profit venue in Long Island with three-screens dedicated to mainstream, independent, and foreign cinema. We’re co-presenting with them the virtual theatrical re-release of the 1976 Brazilian classic Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands—which marked the breakthrough performance of international star Sônia Braga—followed by a Q&A with director Bruno Barreto on Sunday, April 19, on Sag Harbor Cinema’s Facebook Live.

Films to Stream Now:

Sag Harbor Cinema Presents: DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS

(Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos, Bruno Barreto, Brazil, 1976, 117 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)

Based on the novel by Jorge Amado, this erotic Brazilian comedy follows the strange events that befall Doña Flor (Sônia Braga in her breakthrough performance) after she is left a widow by the death of her wild, irresponsible husband. Determined to marry more wisely the second time around, Doña Flor weds a stable, but boring pharmacist who has no interest in sex. When she discovers that her new sex life is less than satisfying, Doña Flor is visited by the sexy ghost of her late husband.

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: EVERYTHING ELSE 
(Todo lo demás, Natalia Almada, Mexico, 2016, 72 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)Selected as one of the best films of the year (Amy Taubin, Artforum), and winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Film at the San Francisco Film Festival, Natalia Almada’s debut fiction film
Everything Else stars Academy Award–nominated actress Adriana Barraza (Babel) as Doña Flor, a 63-year-old woman living in Mexico City as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again.

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: TÚ Y YO

(Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada
(Dominican Republic, 2014, 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cartagena Film Festival and acclaimed at Visions du Réel, the debut feature by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada is a poignant chamber piece that delves deeply into divisions of class and race.
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Daily Recommendation: THE DEATH OF JAIME ROLDÓS

(La muerte de Jaime Roldós, Lisandra I. Rivera and Manolo Sarmiento, Ecuador/Argentina, 2013, 123 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

The brief government of Ecuadorian president Jaime Roldós ended abruptly in 1981 with a mysterious air crash. The tragic fate of the first democratic transition in Latin America leads the filmmakers to engage in an intense exercise of storytelling that combines investigative journalism, film essay, and personal drama.

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Daily Recommendation: THE CORRAL AND THE WIND

(El corral y el viento, Miguel Hilari,Bolivia, 2014, 54 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

“Director Miguel Hilari documents his return to his father’s Andean village, Santiago de Okola, which he visited briefly as a child and where his only remaining relative is his uncle. The resulting film is a subtle and deeply personal meditation on the regrets of exile and the fading of culture.” —Margaret Mead Film Festival

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: KÉKSZAKÁLLU

(Gastón Solnicki, Argentina, 2016, 72 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Hailed as “an eerie high-modernist fable… mightily minimalist, and drop-dead gorgeous” (Olaf Möller, Film Comment), Gastón Sonicki’s
Kékszakállú is an beguiling portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood, feeling their way through various crises born of the insular comforts of upper-middle-class life.

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: STILL BURN
(Algo quema,  Mauricio Alfredo Ovando, Bolivia, 2018, 77 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Winner of the Best Director and FIPRESCI awards at the 2018 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Still Burn is a courageous, perceptive documentary about how collective and personal memories are created from—and ultimately shape—a complicated legacy.

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: AWAY FROM MEANING 
(Lejos del sentido, Olivia Luengas, Mexico, 2018, 88 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Awarded the Best Documentary Prize at the Havana Film Festival New York, this deeply personal family love story directed by Liliana’s sister, Olivia, is a poignant meditation about normality and stigma attached to mental illnesses and a portrait of Liliana’s inner world, where her emotions take form.

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The Cinema Tropical Collection: AWAY FROM MEANING 
(Lejos del sentido, Olivia Luengas, Mexico, 2018, 88 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Awarded the Best Documentary Prize at the Havana Film Festival New York, this deeply personal family love story directed by Liliana’s sister, Olivia, is a poignant meditation about normality and stigma attached to mental illnesses and a portrait of Liliana’s inner world, where her emotions take form.

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Daily Recommendation: THE DEATH OF THE MASTER

(La muerte del maestro, José María Avilés, Ecuador/Argentina, 2018, 62 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)

Maestro is dead. Devoted to keeping up the garden, he didn’t feel the earthquake that shook the coasts of the country. Hidden and protected from the outside world by the garden, the forces unleashed arrive like distant echoes. The days of the maestro, ordered by the routine of his work, start to unravel before the violence and strangeness of nature’s behavior, which he had, until then, controlled —a portentous and brutal force.

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