The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
On selected Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
MERCANO, EL MARCIANO
(MERCANO THE MARTIAN)
"A slyly political, frequently antic take on the classic paranoid scenario of a Martian Invasion on Earth, is a ray of light from an under-acknowledged subculture of Latin American cinema. One of the surprises of the L.A. Latino festival." -Variety>
"The funniest movie Argentina has produced in a while, it has every
ingredient to become a cult movie." -Clarín
"Funny, corrosive, exhilarating" -L'Humanite
"An immediate and effective humour, unpredictable and politically
incorrect" -EL Independiente
"Barbed and subversive!" -Chicago Reader
The first independent Argentine animated film in 30 years, Mercano's wit has
captivated audiences around the word. The story follows Mercano, an
adorable alien who lives happily on Mars until the tragic day when his dog
is killed by a sonar wave sent from Earth. Seeking revenge, he sets course
for Earth, crash-landing in Argentina - not an ideal place for a stranger
without money or a job. Stranded in Buenos Aires, the lonely Martian
wanders through a city that has been devastated by poverty, violence and
uncertainty. Director Antin uses humor and irony to illuminate the realities
of his native country through the eyes of an outsider. Mercano was awarded
the Jury's Special Mention at the Festival du Film d'Animation Annecy, the
world's most prestigious festival for animated films.
Directed by Juan
Antin, Argentina, 2002, 35mm, 72 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.