New Women Auteurs of Contemporary World Cinema: Tótem
Director: Lila Avilés Run Time: 95 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 2023 Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Starring: Marisol Gasé, Mateo García Elizondo, Montserrat Marañon, Naíma Sentíes, Saori Gurza
Screenwriter: Lila Avilés
Producers: Louise Riousse, Lila Avilés, Tatiana Graullera
Co-Presented by LACMA and Jacqueline Lyanga, Founder and Artistic Director of Global Cinematheque
This winter, join guest curator Jacqueline Lyanga, Global Cinematheque’s Founder and Artistic Director, for a spotlight on auteur women of contemporary world cinema. This free public screening series will showcase debuts and second features from women who both write and direct their films. These filmmakers all bring their own distinct point-of-view and visual and narrative style and evolve the representation of women in cinema. The series will feature the Mexican film Tótem by Lila Avilés, the Malaysian film Tiger Stripes by Amanda Nell Eu, the French film Le Ravissement (The Rapture) by Iris Kaltenbäck, and the British film Girl by British-Nigerian filmmaker Adura Onashile.
In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party for her father, Tona, led by her mother, aunts, and other relatives. As the day goes on, building to an event both anticipated and dreaded, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. This poignant and emotionally expansive film from Lila Aviles (The Chambermaid) cements her skill at directing dynamic ensemble performances in her stunning sophomore effort.
Film Begins at 7:00pm
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