PLURIVERSALE I

 

OCOTEPEC ODYSSEY

 

Sci-fi folk tales by Naomi Rincón Gallardo*

Installation, performance, and retrospective of Mexican sci-fi films of the 1960s

 

25-28 October 2014

Filmhauskino, Maybachstraße 111, 50670 Cologne

 

Ocotepec Odyssey is a transdisciplinary research project about radical social experiences challenging the belief in progress in Mexico in the 1960s to ’70s. It takes its name from a small town in Morelos, whose indigenous communitarian features inspired philosopher and maverick Catholicpriest Ivan Illich. Illich later founded a center called CIDOC in Cuernavaca: a gathering point for radical intellectuals from around the world, whose practitioners questioned the axioms of modern thinking with alternatives related to liberation theology. Taking the form of an installation, performance, and sci-fi film retrospective, Ocotepec Odyssey is a trip that goes from popular feminist pedagogical experiences to experimental, hallucinogenic group therapy and psychoanalysis in monasteries. In this non-linear narrative, stories around Illich and CIDOC are fictionalized; a galactic queer axolotl warns us about the counterproductive effects of modernity, as a transgender priest reads a mass and lulls to sleep her fetus-monks.

 

 

Performance, concert
OCOTEPEC ODYSSEY
Sat, 25.10.2014 / 20:00
Naomi Rincón Gallardo, Marie Strauss
Special guest: LIA LA NOVIA

 

Installation
OCOTEPEC ODYSSEY
Sat, 25.10.2014 / 20:00
Sun, 26.10.2014 / 15:00 – 22:00
Mon, 27.10.2014 / 15:00 – 16:30, 18:30 – 22:00
Tue, 28.10.2014 / 17:30 – 23:00

 

Film Screening
PLANET OF THE FEMALE INVADERS /
EL PLANETA DE LAS MUJERES INVASORAS
Sat, 25.10.2014 / 22:30
Dir.: Alfredo B. Crevenna, 1966, Mexico, Spanish with Engl. subtitles, 86 Min.
Installation, performance, concert, film screening/ Sat, 25.10.2014 / 5 €

 

In this sequel a beautiful Alien women come to Earth and, disguising their spacecraft as an amusement park ride, lure several humans inside and take them to their homeworld. Tired of living underground because of the blinding light on their planet's surface, the aliens wish to relocate to Earth, but they need human lungs to adapt to our world's atmosphere.

 

Film Screening
THE SHIP OF MONSTERS /
LA NAVE DE LOS MONSTRUOS
Sun, 26.10.2014 / 20:00
Dir.: Rogelio A. González, 1960, Mexico, Spanish with Engl. subtitles, 81 Min.
Tickets: 5 €

 

It centers around two females from outer space who are sent to find male creatures to help repopulate their planet.

They are accompanied by a robot as they cruise the galaxy for helpless males. They eventually have a menagerie of bizarre creatures including a short doll-like being with an exposed brain, a huge one-eyed monster, a spider and an odd creature made only of bones.

 

Film Screening
CONQUEROR OF THE MOON /
EL CONQUISTADOR DE LA LUNA
Mon, 27.10.2014 / 20:00
Dir.: Rogelio A. Gonzáles, 1960, Mexico, Spanish with Engl. subtitles, 80 Min.
Tickets: 5 €

 

As a Scientist (Soler) prepares to launch his Spaceship to the Moon, his daughter (Peluffo) calls an eccentric inventor and electrician named Bartolo (Espino) to repair her iron. Wanting to rush the repaired iron to this beautiful woman, Bartolo boards the professor's spaceship, where his daughter is doing some last-minute checking, and when he tries to plug in the iron, he moves a lever and accidentally launches the spaceship. After the ship automatically makes a safe landing on the Moon, Bartolo and the woman explore the lunar surface and discover a strange chamber that functions as an elevator; this takes them to an underground chamber where they discover lunar inhabitants who resemble humanoid fish, ruled by an enormous brain with an eye on a tentacle and powers of teleportation.

 

Film Screening
THE ASTRONAUTS /
LOS ASTRONAUTAS
Tue,  28.10.2014 / 18:00
Dir.: Miguel Zacarías, 1964, Mexico, Spanish with Engl. subtitles, 85 Min.
Tickets: 5 €

 

In the women-ruled planet of Venus, the Union Leader of the Oppressed Husbands Syndicate wants to revert the power of leadership back to the men and threatens to initiate a strike if his will is not heard. The female leader of Venus, however, believes otherwise and asserts that male dominion will only cause war and disruption. Therefore, she sends Lieutenant Laúr and Sergeant Rauna on a mission to choose two male earthlings who can prove to be more useful than Venusian men, so that they can bring more of them to Venus.

 

*Program Beneficiary of Jóvenes Creadores 2012-2013 del Fondo Nacional Para la Cultura y las Artes, México

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