Ongoing

The Latin American Canon of Cruelty

Series | Explore the time, space and history of the region through the lens of Latin American filmmakers.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

The American Cinematheque invites you to delve into the films of Latin America through The Latin American Canon of Cruelty, an exciting new monthly series that examines the creation of the “New World” while constructing a visual language that is uniquely historical, disturbing and heartbreaking.

Dark and political in nature, the series unearths the creation of Latin America from the conquest, the lingering scars of colonialism and the effects of religious fanaticism to questions about an impending dystopian future. The cruelty of the series – as broadly defined by Latin American filmmakers in their own images – encompasses physical, emotional and spiritual cruelty that is both self-imposed and enforced by oppressive systems.

The series begins with Felipe Cazals’ 1976 chilling feature CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY about a town manipulated by a corrupt priest to commit unspeakable acts on a group of young men which went on to change the course of Mexican cinema and influence great contemporary Mexican filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón.

The canon encompasses all genres, eras and countries ranging from films like Arturo Ripstein’s THE CASTLE OF PURITY which served as a strong influence on Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ DOGTOOTH and Melina León’s investigation on the violent effects of corruption in Peru with her astonishing black-and-white 2019 debut feature, SONG WITHOUT A NAME. Animated films like Cristobal León and Joaquín Cociña’s nightmarish stop motion feature THE WOLF HOUSE about the real-life post WWII isolated German colony in Chile, Colonia Dignidad and dystopian explorations of the landscape such as Kleber Filho Mendonça’s BACURAU, Julio Hernández Cordón’s BUY ME A GUN and Ricardo Silva’s unforgettable transborder apocalypse NAVAJAZO. The Latin American Canon of Cruelty serves to fill in the large gaps left not only by history but also film canons, while highlighting some of the most important and innovative filmmakers from Mexico, Central and South American, and the Caribbean.

Join the American Cinematheque every month as we add films to The Latin American Canon of Cruelty and explore the time, space and history of the region through the lens of Latin American filmmakers.

Read More about Patricio Guzmán's BATTLE OF CHILE PART I — III
SUN DEC 3, 2023

7:00 PM

Patricio Guzmán's BATTLE OF CHILE PART I — III

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | LA Premiere of Restoration!

Read More about VICTIMS OF SIN
FRI NOV 17, 2023

1:00 PM

VICTIMS OF SIN

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about VICTIMS OF SIN
WED NOV 15, 2023

10:00 PM

VICTIMS OF SIN

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about VICTIMS OF SIN
SUN NOV 12, 2023

4:00 PM

VICTIMS OF SIN

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘Sunday ‘Rest’orations’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about THE WOLF HOUSE
THU OCT 26, 2023

7:00 PM

THE WOLF HOUSE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about BACURAU
WED OCT 25, 2023

7:00 PM

BACURAU

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Q&A with filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho and producer Emilie Lesclaux 

‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about THE DEVIL QUEEN
SUN OCT 22, 2023

4:00 PM

THE DEVIL QUEEN

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Introduction by filmmaker Chica Barbosa

‘Sunday ‘Rest’oration’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about THE HOLY INQUISITION
SAT SEP 23, 2023

7:00 PM

THE HOLY INQUISITION

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about TIME TO DIE
THU SEP 21, 2023

10:00 PM

TIME TO DIE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about THE DEVIL BETWEEN THE LEGS
WED SEP 20, 2023

7:00 PM

THE DEVIL BETWEEN THE LEGS

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’ 

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about THE REALM OF FORTUNE
SUN SEP 17, 2023

4:00 PM

THE REALM OF FORTUNE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Introduction by filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego 

‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival

Read More about DEEP CRIMSON (Director’s cut)
SAT SEP 16, 2023

7:30 PM

DEEP CRIMSON (Director’s cut)

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego 

U.S. Premiere! New 4K Restoration and Director’s Cut Courtesy of Janus Films 

‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about BLEAK STREET
FRI SEP 15, 2023

10:00 PM

BLEAK STREET

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Introduction by filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego 

‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about DIVINE
FRI SEP 15, 2023

7:00 PM

DIVINE

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Q&A with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and screenwriter Paz Alicia Garcíadiego 

‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about THE CASTLE OF PURITY / THE PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS
THU SEP 14, 2023

7:30 PM

THE CASTLE OF PURITY / THE PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein. Moderated by Carlos Aguilar.

‘Arturo Ripstein: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ and ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Co-presented by Hola Mexico Film Festival 

Read More about WE ARE THE FLESH
TUE AUG 22, 2023

10:00 PM

WE ARE THE FLESH

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about PRISIONEROS DE LA TIERRA
THU JUL 27, 2023

7:00 PM

PRISIONEROS DE LA TIERRA

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | ‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about CARANDIRU
WED JUN 28, 2023

7:30 PM

CARANDIRU

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by actor Wagner Moura

‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about BLEAK STREET
SUN JUN 4, 2023

10:00 PM

BLEAK STREET

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Introduction by Cindy Flores, Programming Assistant at American Cinematheque

Read More about SONG WITHOUT A NAME
THU MAY 11, 2023

7:00 PM

SONG WITHOUT A NAME

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Los Feliz 3 | Pre-recorded introduction by filmmaker Melina León

The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’

Read More about CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY
THU APR 27, 2023

7:30 PM

CANOA: A SHAMEFUL MEMORY

$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Introduction by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro

‘The Latin American Canon of Cruelty’