Las Vegas in 16 Parts

Film still from Luciano Piazza’s Las Vegas in 16 Parts.

Join us at 6pm on Monday, April 8 for a screening of Argentine filmmaker Luciano Piazza’s Las Vegas in 16 Parts (2015, 16mm, color, sound, 53 minutes). Before the film, Piazza will be showing a short, BORDER (25min), about the border between the U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base and Cuba.

About the Film

In Las Vegas in 16 Parts, Piazza explores the endless spectacle of an organic machine fed with fear and desire. Instead of trying to extract from Las Vegas a model to critique our “connectivity to the real”, he considers Las Vegas a “liquid ever-changing mirror.” Piazza explores humans’ bittersweet desire to belong to something, to be a significant part of the tradition that will narrate history, to find our reflection in a shining symbol.

Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look of Silence), says, “Las Vegas in 16 Parts is generous, funny, apocalyptic, full of moments of embarrassment and intimacy that, once seen, cannot be forgotten. There is ravishing beauty amid desolation, an uncanny sense of rhythm, framing that electrifies, and dramas at once microscopic and overwhelming. Piazza’s ability to capture scenes where we are unguarded despite - or because of - a pressure to perform, whether from an inherently theatrical situation or his camera’s presence, is profound and astonishing. I could not look away.”

Las Vegas in 16 Parts was screened in International Competition Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal, 2015; BAFICI, Argentina, 2016; Lima Independent International Film Festival, Peru, 2016; Zumezeig, Spain, 2017; L’abominable, France, 2017; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, 2017; Cinemateca Naciona de México, México, 2017.

A Q&A with Luciano Piazza will follow the screening.

Sponsored by MDOCS, the Skidmore History Department, the World Languages and Literatures Program, the Latin American and Latinx Studies program, and the Tang Teaching Museum.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Luciano Piazza

Luciano Piazza is an Argentine filmmaker, critic, and writer based in Los Angeles. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires, creative writing at New York University, and film and video at the California Institute of the Arts. He is also the curator of Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo, the first comprehensive, United States–based film program and catalogue to treat the full breadth of Latin America’s vibrant experimental film production. The exhibition features key historical and contemporary films from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States.

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