Contemporary and Classic Latin American Movies


 7th Annual Film Festival
 REEL TIME AT GALA
 Mexico – Argentina – Colombia 
 November 28 - December 2, 2018

Showcasing new and classical films from three Latin American industries leading the industry. Discussion after each screening.

All films in Spanish with English subtitles.

Tickets:
$10 each film, but the Mexican classic on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 7 pm which is FREE.
Film Fest Pass: $30 (one ticket to all films).



SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, November 28 at 7 pm – ARGENTINA

NADIE NOS MIRA / NOBODY’S WATCHING
(dir. Julia Solomonoff, Argentina/Colombia/Brazil/USA, 2017, 102 min.) Appropriate for audiences 18 and up

Thirty-year-old Nico leaves a promising acting career in Argentina after a romantic break-up with his male married producer. He lands in New York City, lured into believing that his talent will help him find success “on his own” and prove his self-worth. But that’s not what he discovers. Too blond to play Latino and his accent too strong to play anything else, Nico falls through the cracks, and must juggle odd jobs to survive. Unwilling to return home and be seen as a failure, Nico manages to stay afloat thanks to his ability to pretend to be something he isn’t. But he gets lost in his own lies. Theo, the baby he cares for, becomes his only genuine bond of affection. His fragile world is shaken when he receives a visit from his former producer/mentor and ex-lover.
Starring Guillermo Pfening, winner of the Best Actor Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for his role of Nico, and Elena Roger (who played the title role in the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita), Nobody’s Watching is an international co-production that uniquely occupies the creative border between American independent filmmaking and Latin American cinema.
Post-film discussion with director Julia Solomonoff. Reception courtesy of the Embassy of Argentina.

Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm - COLOMBIA

ADIÓS ENTUSIASMO / SO LONG, ENTHUSIASM
(dir. Vladimir Durán, Colombia/Argentina, 2017, 79 min.) Not appropriate for young children

The acclaimed debut feature by Colombian filmmaker Vladimir Durán—a favorite at the Berlinale’s Forum and winner of the Best Director and Best Colombian Film awards at the Cartagena Film Festival—follows Axel and his older sisters Antonia, Alejandra, and Alicia. They live in an apartment that becomes their kingdom ruled by extravagant policies that they’ve imposed, including locking up their mother, Margarita, in a room. The children communicate with their mother through a small window, giving her blankets, DVDs and reading material, and celebrating her birthday in the corridor. When she’s eventually had enough, it’s Axel who must decide what to do.
Shot in Argentina, So Long, Enthusiasm establishes Durán as a talent to watch.
Post-film discussion with producer Joyce Ventura. Reception courtesy of the Embassy of Colombia.

Friday, November 30 at 7 pm - MEXICO

ME GUSTA PERO ME ASUSTA / I LIKE IT, BUT IT SCARES ME
(dir. Beto Gómez, Mexico, 2017, 100 min.) Appropriate for all ages

In this box office hit from Mexico, Brayan Rodríguez, the innocent heir to a nouveau rich Sinaloa family, is sent to Mexico City to expand the mysterious family business. In the capital he meets Claudia, a spoiled millennial being pressured by her father to find a job, and their worlds collide.
Appearances can be deceiving when hipster culture meets narco aesthetics in this deliciously subversive romantic screwball comedy starring Minnie West and Alejandro Speitzer in their charming feature film debuts, from director Beto Gómez (Saving Private Perez).
Post-film discussion with director Beto Gómez. Reception courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Mexico.

Saturday, December 1st:

4 pm - MEXICO 
TODO LO DEMÁS / EVERYTHING ELSE
(dir. Natalia Almada, Mexico, 2016, 72 min.) Not appropriate for young children

Selected as one of the best films of the year (Amy Taubin, Artforum), and winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Film at the San Francisco Film Festival, Everything Else stars Academy Award–nominated actress Adriana Barraza (Amores Perros, Babel) as Doña Flor, a 63-year-old bureaucrat living in Mexico City. Natalia Almada's debut fiction film explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is a brutal form of violence, the story ultimately becomes a mesmerizing contemplation on solitude.
Post-film discussion with curator Carlos Gutiérrez and film critic Anne Wakefield Hoyt.

7 pm - ARGENTINA
ALANIS
(dir. Anahí Berneri, Argentina, 2017, 82 min.) Appropriate for audiences 18 and up

Winner of the Best Director and Best Actress awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the fifth feature by Argentine filmmaker Anahí Berneri is a poignant and compelling drama that portrays three days in the life of a young Buenos Aires mother and sex worker struggling to survive.
Featuring a potent performance by Sofía Gala Castiglione in the title role (alongside her real-life son Dante), the film offers an unsentimental and non-moralizing take on a self-determined woman trying to live her unapologetic life while facing contradictory prostitution laws that are intended to protect her but often do the opposite.
Post-film discussion with curator Carlos Gutiérrez and guest speaker.

Sunday, December 2nd:

4 pm - COLOMBIA
AMANECER / DAWN
(dir. Carmen Torres, Colombia/Spain, 2018, 78 min.) Not appropriate for young children

Carmen has always known she is adopted, so when her adoptive mother dies, she sets out to find her biological mother on a journey to uncover her roots and identity that will help her come to terms with her loss and recover fading memories. Armed with nothing more than a name, the director’s search takes her to a town in the Department of Santander, where her “real” mother leads a life that seems to hold no place for her. The two women approach each other with ambivalence, torn between the desire to open up to one another and the knowledge that prudence is probably their best bet. All contact between them is marred by secrecy, unease and repressed love and conflicting stories and explanations about the past.
Amanecer, winner of the award for Best Colombian Film at the Cartagena International Film Festival, is a documentary feature about what it means to be a mother, what it means to be a daughter, about blood ties, about who we choose to be and the people we choose to share our lives with. It is also about how film can bear witness to individual quests that force us all to ask ourselves those uncomfortable questions. 
Post-film discussion with curator Carlos Gutiérrez and guest speaker. 

7 pm - MEXICO
LA PERLA / THE PEARL
(dir. Emilio Fernández, Mexico, 1947, 85 min.) Appropriate for all ages

Set in a fishing village in the Mexican Pacific coast, The Pearl tells the story of Mexican diver Kino (played by the iconic Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz), who discovers a pearl at the bottom of the sea that is worth thousands. He and his wife Juana (the wonderful María Elena Márquez) have taken possession of the pearl and everyday people try to get in on the cash. When their baby son is stung by a scorpio, he’s unable to get treatment because the doctor demands prepayment.
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck—who also co-wrote the screenplay, directed by the great Emilio ‘El Indio’ Fernández and with a dazzling cinematography by the legendary Gabriel Figueroa, The Pearl is a precious gem of Mexican cinema.
Intro by curator Carlos Gutiérrez.

Community Partners: Filmfest DC, The Washington DC Film Society, Women in Film and Video.

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