Ventana Sur: Panel Talks Merits, Setbacks in Latin Queer Cinema

Variety | 12/13/2018 | Holly Jones
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BUENOS AIRES — Four venerable professionals from the cinema world joined on Monday evening for Queer Cinema In Latin America, a frank discussion on Latin America’s role within the queer filmscape for Ventana Sur’s Industry conference series held at the UCA campus in Buenos Aires. Touching on advancements in character arc and notable achievements in recent years, the panel spoke to the ongoing trend of giving a voice to marginalized communities and just how far cinema has come in regards to showcasing queer stories, admitting there’s progress to be made.

Leading the panel was Diego Trerotola, local film critic and director of Festival Asterisco. Trerotola spoke to fellow panelist, Argentine film director Albertina Carri, about the progression of her films “Barbie También Puede Estar Triste,” “Pets,” and “Las Hijas del Fuego.”

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“18 years ago you made films with dolls, ten years ago with found porn footage, and now you can finally pull off what you were working towards before,” remarked Trerotola. Carri agreed and added, “18 years ago it would’ve been impossible to make ‘Las Hijas.’ It was hard to find 20-30 women to appear on screen together, those discussions and the progression of talks about that project, it was difficult.”

The panel went on to discuss tropes often perpetuated in queer cinema. “In gay films, there is a sense of happiness but in **** films, you only see...
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