Outdoor Cinema: Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (Venezuela/Peru)
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (Venezuela/Peru/Argentina/Gernmany)
Directed by Mariana Rondón; 2013, 93 mins.
Prescreening and events begin at 7:00 p.m. Movie begins at sundown (around 8:30 p.m.)
A touching and humorous coming-of-gender story, Bad Hair chronicles the life of nine-year-old Junior, living in a bustling Caracas tenement with his widowed mother. Junior fears he has pelo malo – bad hair – and for his school photo, he wants to iron his stubbornly curly mane to resemble his pop star idols. His mother has serious misgivings; she suspects her son is gay. Rondón grounds her film in the cultural realities of working-class Venezuela – and, by dint of two remarkable performances, finds warmth and humor between mother and son, even as the uncertainties of pre-adolescence threaten to pull them apart.
Programmed by Film Forum.