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Southside with You: Oscilloscope Breathe More Life into “Los Sures”

After playing like gangbusters (or more apropos, like ghetto blasters) for the past two weekends at the The Metrograph (grabbing $60,000 and change), Diego Echeverria’s lost 1984 film has unexpectedly landed a distribution deal. Oscilloscope will ensure that Los Sures gets shown theatrically.

Gist: Echeverria’s film probes the residents of the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, pre-gentrification. Poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources are the backbone of a complex portrait that also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation.

Worth Noting: Rediscovered in 2007, the film has become a cornerstone program of the Williamsburg arts nonprofit Union Docs (see trailer below for “Living Los Sures”)

Do We Care?: We’re only Monday and this is already the feel good story of the week. We look forward to this anthropological film treat.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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