The Mute. 2013. Peru/Mexico. Written and directed by Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal

Iberoamérican Images: The State of the Art

May 1–14, 2014 The Museum of Modern Art

For just over 15 years, Ibermedia has been instrumental in the continued ascent of Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese filmmaking. The intergovernmental Ibermedia organization began with seven member countries; today films from over 20 member countries appear on festival schedules and in cinemas the world over. Ibermedia facilitates and finances co-productions of documentaries and fiction films between its Spanish- and Portuguese-language member countries, and grants money for international distribution and promotion. Professional film organizations from the country sponsoring the proposal select the projects to be helped by the Ibermedia umbrella organization, thus ensuring each project’s autonomy. To date, Ibermedia has supported over 600 films and provided training for filmmaking professionals.

MoMA’s fourth biannual Ibermedia program is particularly rich, with a number of films that have U.S. distribution and/or a healthy festival run behind them, and a treasure trove of films by filmmakers who seldom get the opportunity to show their work in the U.S. Mercedes Moncada Rodríquez's stunning, heartbreaking Magic Words (Breaking a Spell), which opens the festival with a weeklong run, is perhaps her most accomplished yet. Films by promising new talents from Uruguay, Cuba, and Colombia, among others, appear alongside work by seasoned filmmakers like Brazil’s Lúcia Murat, capturing a stirring picture of the state of the medium today, in all its variety and splendor. Several filmmakers will be present to introduce their films, and on May 3 a special screening and round-table discussion takes place at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center in conjunction with the exhibition.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, with Jesse Cumming, Curatorial Intern, Department of Film.

Prints courtesy the filmmakers and Films Boutique, Film Movement, Habanero Films, Memento Films, Pragda, Sony Pictures Classics, Talga Films, and Urban Distribution International.

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