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Posted by Michael Mulvey at 11:59PM
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With so many great events in this year’s program, you probably won’t be able to go to everything that grabs your interest. Here are my top five, not to be missed events at Cinemapolis:

Kill Me Please- Barra da Tijuca, West Side Zone of Rio de Janeiro. A wave of murderers plague the area. What starts off as a morbid curiosity for the local youth slowly begins to spoil away at their lives. Among them is Bia, a fifteen year old girl. After an encounter with death, she will do anything to make sure she's alive. Director:  Anita Rocha da Silveira (105 min.) 9PM Friday April 13

Entrelos Hielos de las Islas Orcada, with live musical accompaniment by Cloud Chamber Orchestra. Cloud Chamber Orchestra consists of Robby Aceto, Peter Dodge and Chris White.  The trio performs improvisational scores for silent film screenings, engaging the film as the forth member of the performance.

This Year FLEFF celebrates a decade of collaboration with Cloud Chamber Orchestra by hosting a screening of Jose Manuel Moneta’s 1927 Antarctic silent documentary Entre los Hielos de las Islas Orcadas. You can read a great overview of this film’s history and significance, as well as excerpts of an interview with Moneta by clicking here8:00 PM Saturday April 14.

The Cloud Forest, 2017 Directed by Mónica Álvarez Franco . A small community in Veracruz is the guardian of one of the ecosystems facing the most risk: the cloud forest. By redesigning their needs, education and relationship with other people and with nature, they search for a simpler and sustainable life. 1:30 PM Sunday April 15 (90 min.)

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maioranais, a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history. Rumble tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Steven Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Link Wray, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, Slash, and Randy Castillo 1:30 PM Sunday April 15 (103 min.)

Zama The great Lucrecia Martel ventures into the realm of historical fiction and makes the genre entirely her own in this adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Argentinean literature. In the late 18th century, in a far-flung corner of what seems to be Paraguay, the title character, an officer of the Spanish crown (Daniel Giménez Cacho) born in the Americas, waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious location. Martel renders Zama’s world—his daily regimen of small humiliations and petty politicking—as both absurd and mysterious, and as he increasingly succumbs to lust and paranoia, subject to a creeping disorientation. Precise yet dreamlike, and thick with atmosphere, Zama is a singular and intoxicating experience, a welcome return from one of contemporary cinema’s truly brilliant minds. A Strand Releasing release. 4PM Sunday April 15 (115 min.)

These are the five events at Cinemapolis that are anchors in my schedule. I like to leave some room for kismet, or the unexpected. After all it is a festival.

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