November 21, 2003 - Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros - A Closer Future: Mexican sci-fi cinema
November 21, 2003

A Closer Future: Mexican sci-fi cinema

A Closer Future: Mexican Sci-fi Cinema

Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, SAPS
Tres Picos #29
Col. Polanco, 11560
México, D.F.
Tel 5203.5888, 5531.3394, ext. 207

www.salasiqueiros.artte.com

A CLOSER FUTURE

FIRST FESTIVAL OF MEXICAN SCI-FI MOVIES

A CLOSER FUTURE is a multidisciplinary project aimed at rescuing the history of Mexican sci-fi cinema. It involves restoring and screening six selected films, a four day international seminar on the Mexican imaginary view of the future, and two exhibitions by Carolina Kerlow and Maurycy Gomulicki. This project is coordinated by the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros.

Over 30 films with sci-fi topics were produced in Mexico from the 1950s to the 1980s. Amongst them, popular comedians and wrestling heroes, like El Santo, travel to unknown worlds or fight against aliens and mad scientists; in other cases, export-only copies feature sensually clad female space invaders ridding their tacky garments. Even though they were box office hits, these films have rarely returned to the wide screen after their first commercial run. Disregarded due to their low budgets, weird plots, and lack of artistic pretensions, many of these movies and their memorabilia were lost or destroyed. A CLOSER FUTURE is the first scholarly approach to Mexican sci-fi production involving interviews conducted with actors, directors and producers who participated in/or with the works as well as a thorough two-year research history made in public and private archives.

In addition to six days of screenings and seminars, the projects closing ceremony will include an ambitious list of selected Mexico City musicians, who when disassembling and reinterpreting original soundtrack clips, encounter psychotronic elements of a close, yet distant past.

For more information (in Spanish) please visit our websites: www.salasiqueiros.artte.com or

www.ciencia-ficcion.com.mx

A CLOSER FUTURE

FIRST FESTIVAL OF MEXICAN SCI-FI MOVIES

SALA DE ARTE PÚBLICO SIQUEIROS

PROGRAM

TEATRO DE LA DANZA

Centro Cultural del Bosque

Reforma and Campo Marte

NOVEMBER, TUESDAY 25th

19:30 Opening

20:00 Monsters Spaceship (La nave de los monstruos)

Special Guest: Lorena Velázquez

NOVEMBER, WEDNESDAY 26th

Beginning of the Seminar: A Vision of the Future in Mexico?

17:00 Table 1: From the Countryside to the City and from the City to Outer Space

Lecturers: Rafael Aviña, Gustavo García, David Wilt, Alfonso Manjarrez

Moderator: Iván Trujillo

20:00 Santo vs the Alien Invasion (Santo vs. la invasión de los marcianos)

Special Guest: The Son of the Santo

NOVEMBER, THURSDAY 27th

17:00 Table 2: A Future the Mexican Way

Lecturers: Manuel Rocha, Leopoldo Laborde, Bernardo Fernández

Moderator Alfonso Manjarrez

20:00 The Stronger Sex (El sexo fuerte)

Special Guest: Evangelina Elizondo

NOVEMBER, FRIDAY 28th

17:00 Round Table: Masked Aliens, Go-Go Female Invaders

Lecturers: Armando Bartra, Salvador Mendiola, Alfonso Morales, José Luis Barrios

Moderator: Iñaki Manero

20:00 The Planet of Invader Women (El planeta de las mujeres invasoras)

Special Guests: Guillermo Murray and Adriana Roel

NOVEMBER, SATURDAY 29th

17:00 Table 4: To the Infinite and Closer

Lecturers: Naief Yehya, Fabián Giménez Gatto, Miguel Ángel Fernández, Alex Rivera

Moderator: Itala Schmelz

20:00 The Conqueror of the Moon (El conquistador de la Luna)

Special Guest: Ana Luisa Peluffo

NOVEMBER, SUNDAY 30th

16:00 Robot VS the Aztec Mummy VS the Human Robot (La momia azteca VS el robot humano)

18:00 Concert: Psychotronic Vibrations from Sidereal Space ( Reverberaciones psicotrónicas: ondas del espacio sideral)

Álvaro Ruiz, Los Shajatos, Duopandamix, Guillermo Santamarina, Sonido Lasser Drakar, Chino y los cochinos, Trio Chamberlains

Parallel Screenings

Cinematógrafo del Chopo

Dr. Atl #37 Col. Santa María la Ribera

12:00, 17:00 y 19:30 hrs.

November, Monday 24th Monsters Spaceship (La nave de los monstruos)

November, Tuesday 25th Santo vs the Alien Invasion (Santo vs. la invasión de los marcianos)

November, Wednesday 26th The Stronger Sex (El sexo fuerte)

November, Thursday 27th The Planet of the Invader Women (El planeta de las mujeres invasoras)

November, Friday 28th The Conqueror of the Moon (El conquistador de la Luna)

November, Saturday 29th The Aztec Mummy VS the Human Robot (La momia azteca VS el robot humano)

November, Sunday 30th Spiders from Hell (Arañas Infernales)

Cafeteria from the Centro Cultural del Bosque

Reforma and Campo Marte

Video Screenings

20:30 hrs

November, Thursday 6th Sinister Invasion (Invasión siniestra)

November, Thursday 13th Santo VS the Murderers from Other Worlds (El Santo contra los asesinos de otros mundos)

November, Thursday 27th Mexico 2000

Contemporary Art in the Siqueiros Hall of Public Art

Tres Picos #29 Col. Polanco

From November 12th 2003 to January 15th 2004

Carolina Kerlow
From Celluloid to Oil Painting

Maurycy Gomulicki
Energy Stills

Carolina Esparragoza
TV / ANTENNA

Lobby of the Teatro de la Danza at the Centro Cultural del Bosque.

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