Latin American Film Festival
One of our most popular annual events returns on September 20 for a full week!
Presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Purchase an all-movie pass for $45 here! The averages out to roughly $5.50/ticket, including our Late Night.
One of our most beloved annual events, the Latin American Film Festival features some of the outstanding feature films and documentaries from Latin America. Some of these films have been released in the U.S. (to stellar reviews) while others are exclusively available at our festival!
This year’s line-up includes:
- White Elephant (Argentina) – In the “Villa Virgin”, a shantytown in the slums of Buenos Aires, Julian (Ricardo Darín, The Secret in Their Eyes, Carancho) and Nicolas (Jérémie Renier, In Bruges, Atonement) – two priests and long-standing friends – work tirelessly to help the local people. Nicolas joins Julian in overseeing the construction of a hospital following the failure of a project he was leading in which paramilitary forces assassinated members of the community. Deeply troubled by his actions, Nicolas finds solace in Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho, Lion’s Den), a young, attractive atheist social worker.
- Neighboring Sounds (Brazil) – Life in a middle-class neighborhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbor’s dog. A slice of ‘Braziliana’, a reflection on history, violence and noise.
- Sofia & the Stubborn (Colombia) – Sofía and her husband live in a small village in the Colombian countryside. Their life has just been a long repetition of facts for years. They grew here, married and they know everybody in the village. He is the owner of a grocery. She makes everything in their house: she chooses his clothes in the morning, prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner, feeds the birds, cleans… And she has an old dream: she wants to go to the sea whereas she has always known mountains. But Gustavo always has good reasons to delay the trip. She leaves her morose husband and, with the curiosity of a teenager, embarks upon an adventure full of unexpected meetings and highly imaginative situations. Innovative, moving, and refreshing cinema.
- 7 Boxes (Paraguay) – t’s Friday, 40 degrees in Asunción. Víctor a 17 year old wheelbarrow leader, dreams of becoming famous, absorbed on the TV of an appliance store in the Municipal Market. Then, he loses a customer, another carter got ahead. The market’s world is hostile, competitive and there are thousands like him waiting to carry things. Then he receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content, in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. The other half will be given to him when he finishes the job. Víctor, who has never seen a bill of this value, has no idea how many Guaraníes (Paraguayan money) the bill is worth. But he also knows well that he doesn’t have the right to ask. His need is greater than his curiosity.
- The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (Mexico) – Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito” pursues failed careers as baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies – where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors (Venezuela) – Hector, a well-to-do commercial pilot, discovers that his wife has been unfaithful during his long absences; Christian, an informal worker who lives with his girlfriend Valentina in a working class neighborhood, promises a local criminal to safeguard a package. Desperate to pay off some outstanding debts, Christian kidnaps Hector’s son, unleashing a chain of events that will prove tragic for all parties involved. “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is a powerfully intense urban drama.
- I Am Andean (Soy Andina) (U.S.) – Two New Yorkers return to Peru to reconnect with roots and dance. Folk dancer Nélida Silva returns to her Andean birthplace to host the fiesta patronal. Modern dancer Cynthia Paniagua embarks on her won journey after meeting Neli, determined to “know the real Peru and unearth the mystery of the dances.” Soy Andina is an inspirational story about Peru, dance and affirming identity in a globalized world.
All films feature English subtitles.
Don’t miss our Latin American Late Night this week: Robert Rodriguez’s “Mexploitation” film MACHETE!