Bolivar, a Tropical Symphony (Dir. Diego Rísquez, 1979)
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Date: November 15, 2017
Location: Downtown Independent
Address: 251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA. 90012
Introduction by film scholar Isabel Arredondo
Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum
In the 1980s, the multifaceted artist, painter and filmmaker from Venezuela, Diego Rísquez, undertook the daunting project of a trilogy about the real and mythical histories of the Latin American continent and made his first feature film: Bolivar, Tropical Symphony, which became the first Super 8 film to be selected for the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. We screen it in what might be its Los Angeles premiere. (Digital) ~ Presented as part of Ism Ism Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America
With stunningly rich and complex visual images, Rísquez films eschew all dialogue yet present a coherent and critical reinterpretation of Venezuelan history.
Ana M. Lopez, Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures
Risquez shows an expansive imagination in creating sweeping, sensual, painterly canvases with very few resources: basic equipment and a group of non-professional actors, mainly friends, who take on the roles of emblematic figures of history and myth.
John King, Magical Reels