Award-Winning Puerto Rican Drama “Cows Wearing Glasses” at The Caribbean Film Series, October 19th at BAMcinématek
Intimate portrait of an elderly, ill-tempered painter losing his sight and trying to reconcile his past. Director Alex Santiago Perez in attendance for post-screening Q&A.
September 15, 2016/Brooklyn, NY – What significance will your life have when it’s most critical component begins to vanish? Who will you now be? This is the crux of Marcelino ‘Marso’ Sariego’s new way of life as the eccentric painter and university professor learns he is going blind in the personal drama Cows Wearing Glasses (Las Vacas Con Gafas), the first feature film from Puerto Rican director Alex Santiago Perez.
Having trouble coming to term with his eventual full-on blindness, and ultimately his own demise, the solitary and acerbic Marso is forced to take stock of his life that’s been full of professional achievements but severely lacking in personal life successes – most pointedly the estranged relationship with his daughter (Cristina Soler). Mixed with moments of internal conflicts and understated humor, Daniel Lugo’s performance as the enigmatic Marso draws viewers into the reality of this paralyzing new position in life, with an honest and uncompromising approach.
Using the beauty and history of Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan as a backdrop and contrast to Marso, Santiago Perez’s observations on creativity and identity connects viewers with the same questions Marso is himself asking, removing the ostentatious nature of a master painter away into that of an everyday man facing a strange future in a candid and conflicted way.
Romola Lucas, co-founder of The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) and Caribbean Film Series shares, “We first saw this film at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival and have since been excited to share it with New York City audiences.” She continues that, “It’s exciting for us to present our first Spanish-language film as part of the Caribbean Film Series, expanding the scope of what Caribbean film represents here in Brooklyn.”
Co-presented by BAMcinématek and the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, Cows Wearing Glasses will screen at BAM Rose Cinemas on Wednesday, October 19th, at 7:30pm. The short film Yolanda (2013), by Puerto Rican filmmaker, Cristian Carretero, will precede it.
For more information visit bam.org/film/2016/cows-wearing-glasses. For overall information about the Caribbean Film Series and the Caribbean Film Academy contact Romola Lucas, at email@example.com or Brooklyn Cinema Collective’s Curtis Caesar John, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COWS WEARING GLASSES (Las Vacas Con Gafas)
93 minutes | Puerto Rico | 2014
Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Alex Santiago Pérez
When eccentric painter and art professor Marcelino (Daniel Lugo) contracts a disease that makes him lose his eyesight, he is forced to rethink his relationship with his daughter, and take stock of a life full of professional success but an unsatisfactory personal life. Winner of the Int’l Film Festival Curacao Yellow Robin Award, with biting humor and moments of intimate stillness, this debut feature film from Puerto Rican director Alex Santiago Pérez is a reflection on the position of a man who long ago lost sight of himself, and is now forced to face the inevitable.
Directed by Cristian Carretero
14 minutes | Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic | 2013
A single mother struggles to raise her children on the poor outskirts of Santo Domingo. Tired of hustling in the streets, she decides to leave it all behind and illegally immigrate to Puerto Rico on an overcrowded wooden vessel.
About the Caribbean Film Academy
Established in 2012, The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.
About The Brooklyn Cinema Collective
The Brooklyn Cinema Collective (BCC) is a media consulting and advocacy non-profit company helmed by Curtis Caesar John, a media-maker and arts manager operating out of New York City. A longtime film programmer, Curtis served as Festival Director of New Voices in Black Cinema, a film festival he helped create, that takes place at BAMcinématek and brought audiences the NYC premieres of such films as Neil Drumming’s Big Words and Alain Gomis’ Tey, among many other worthwhile and breakthrough films.
The four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas (BRC) opened in 1998 to offer Brooklyn audiences alternative and independent films that might not play in the borough otherwise, making BAM the only performing arts center in the country with two mainstage theaters and a multiplex cinema. In July 1999, beginning with a series celebrating the work of Spike Lee, BAMcinématek was born as Brooklyn’s only daily, year-round repertory film program. BAMcinématek presents new and rarely seen contemporary films, classics, work by local artists, and festivals of films from around the world, often with special appearances by directors, actors, and other guests. BAMcinématek has not only presented major retrospectives by major filmmakers such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Manoel de Oliveira, Shohei Imamura, Vincente Minnelli (winning a National Film Critics’ Circle Award prize for the retrospective), Kaneto Shindo, Luchino Visconti, and William Friedkin, but it has also introduced New York audiences to contemporary artists such as Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, BAMcinématek programmed the first US retrospectives of directors Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Winding Refn, Hong Sang-soo, and Andrzej Zulawski.
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