This film series presents a panoramic view of recent independent film from Latin America, while also introducing a new screening area in the Museo – the transformation, for the first time, of the Nouvel Building’s outdoor terraces into a new and unprecedented open-air cinema. Scene Games is linked to the critical legacy of new film movements from the 1990s, offering an interpretation of the latest films from Latin American cinema, barely seen in Europe, where theatricality is the key element in approaching reality.
In 2007, the late Brazilian film-maker Eduardo Coutinho published a newspaper ad: he was looking for women willing to tell their life story on camera. With these anonymous women and a group of well-known actresses he made Jogo de cena (Playing). In the film they recount the same stories; a series of masks that blur personal accounts to draw a collective, sentimental and political portrait of a country undergoing significant changes. The shadow of that film looms large and unfolds this film series, a retrospective that, like the work of Eduardo Coutinho, is guided by strategies of estrangement, rewriting, farce and dramatisation as a channel of knowledge. These ideas, revolving around theatricality, are threaded together to establish an in-depth analysis of recent cinema made in Latin America, thereby setting up a link between the so-called New Argentine Cinema and what would later follow.
The films in Scene Games differ greatly from one another and hail from countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. All of them put experiments with the unreal into practice – from theatrical representation to cinematic deconstructions of narrative – and, as a whole, the series demonstrates how certain types of today’s Latin American film is presented as a white lie that, at least, aspires to reveal other bigger lies.