Ism, Ism, Ism: Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster

Friday, Oct 11, 2019 7 – 8:30 pm

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Dr.
Evanston, IL 60201

Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster 
(Various Artists, 1933-1998, Various Countries, digital, 70 min total)

A program of short films that explore cinema’s oneiric, disturbing, and irrational potential. Filmed in 1954 in a Colombian fishing town, The Blue Lobster anticipates Magical Realism with a tale of a foreign secret agent who is investigating radioactive lobsters. Lost for decades in Chilean archive, La maleta, the first film by celebrated auteur Raúl Ruiz, offers a surreal mix of suitcases and somnambulists. Mariana Botey’s El dedal de rosas, in collaboration with the actor-director-artist Juan José Gurrola, represents an intersection between two generations of Mexico’s avant-garde. 

In person: Ism, Ism, Ism co-curator Jesse Lerner

Traum (Sueño)
(Horacio Coppola,1933, Argentina, digital, 2 min)

Las ventanas de Salcedo 
(Luís Ernesto Arocha, 1966, Columbia, digital, 6 min) 

La langosta azul (The Blue Lobster)
(Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio and Gabriel García Márquez, 1954, Columbia, digital, 29 min)

La maleta (The Suitcase)
(Raúl Ruiz, 1963-2008, Chile, digital, 20 min) 

El dedal de rosas 
(Mariana Botey, 1998, Mexico, digital, 13 min)


Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America



Image: El dedal de rosas  (Mariana Botey, 1998, Mexico, digital, 13 min)