Contemporary and Classic Latin American Movies

 8th Annual Film Festival
 From the Streets to the Screen
 Mexico – Bolivia – Brazil 
 November 20 - 24, 2019

A series of groundbreaking films from the indigenous nations of Bolivia, vibrant contemporary work by young Mexican and Brazilian filmmakers, and a classic from Mexico’s Golden Age. Discussions and O&As with the curator, filmmakers, actors, and film experts will be held after each screening.

All films in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles.

$10 each film
Film Fest Pass: $30 (one ticket to all films). GET FEST PASS HERE


Wed, Nov 20 at 7 pm:

EL RÍO (THE RIVER) - Directed by Juan Pablo Richter, Bolivia/Ecuador, 2018, 92 min.

Sebastian (Santiago Rozo), an introverted teenager, leaves a fraught situation in the city to live with his long-estranged father on his ranch in a small tropical-jungle town. While trying to figure out his place as the boss's son, he finds himself in a world packed with violence, lies and power games in which women are pawns and victims.
“Flowing with intrigue, beauty and brutality…” - Miami Film Festival

Post-screening Q&A with lead actor Santiago Rozo. Wine toast following the screening.

Thu, Nov 21 at 7 pm:

SOCRATES - Directed by Alexandre Moratto, Brazil/USA, 2018, 71 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Appropriate for ages 16+

After his mother's sudden death, Socrates (Christian Malheiros), a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo's coast, must survive on his own while coming to terms with his grief. As he faces isolation because of his sexuality, his search for a decent, worthy life reaches a breaking point. In the longstanding Brazilian film tradition of social-realism, Sócrates is a refreshing and vigorous take on the coming-of-age tale.

Winner of the Independent Spirit Award.

Post-screening Q&A with lead actor Christian Malheiros. Wine toast following the screening.

Fri, Nov 22 at 7 pm:

CINDERELO - Directed by Beto Gómez, Mexico/Dominican Republic, 2019, 91 min.

This screwball comedy follows Marlon Flores (Miguel Rodarte), a talented photographer with an amazing ability to highlight anyone's inner beauty, but not his own. His ugliness attracts the rejection and ridicule of all women, except his assistant Maria, who can see him for who he really is. Tired of constant contempt, he unexpectedly encounters his fairy godfather (Joaquín Cosío), a mysterious man who casts a spell on him, transforming him into an irresistible hunk named Brando (William Levy). The catch? His good looks only take effect at night and disappear at the stroke of midnight. With the help of his best friend Felix, Marlon turns the handsome Brando into the most coveted man in the city. But can you find true love with a double identity?

Post-screening Q&A with director Beto Gómez and festival curator Carlos Gutiérrez. Reception courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Sat, Nov 23:

4 pm - ALGO QUEMA (STILL BURN) - Directed by Mauricio Alfredo Ovando, Bolivia, 2018, 77 min.

Alfredo Ovando Candia was a military general and Co-President of Bolivia whose political and military service connected him to the largest massacre of workers in the country’s history and the military campaign in which Che Guevara was killed. In this courageous documentary, his grandson incorporates archival footage, home movies, and interviews with relatives to study the many profiles of his grandfather. He shows how collective and personal memories are created from—and ultimately shape—a complicated legacy.

“This is a film about the infinite images of my grandfather, captured during his dictatorial government in Bolivia during the 1960s. My family's version is confronted with the official history: The massacres of miners, the nationalization of oil, Che Guevara and the Teoponte guerrilla. As in the movies of celluloid, every time I stop to look at an image more carefully, something burns inside me.” — Mauricio Alfredo Ovando

Winner of Best Director and FIPRESCI awards at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.

Post-screening Q&A with director Mauricio Alfredo Ovando and Fadrique Iglesias, a Bolivian writer specialized in the dictatorships in Bolivia during the 60s and 70s.

7 pm - AS DUAS IRENES (THE TWO IRENES) - Directed by Fabio Meira, Brazil, 2017, 89 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

13-year-old Irene is bored by her ho-hum, small-town existence until she discovers her father’s double life with a second, secret family. Keeping this to herself, she strikes up a friendship with her half sister, a girl her age who is also named Irene. What follows is a delicate dance of identity, betrayal, and self-discovery as Irene must manage her own duplicitous existence.

Winner of Best First Feature and Best Cinematography Awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival.

Post-screening Q&A with director Fabio Meira.

Sun, Nov 24:

4 pm - EL REY DEL BARRIO (THE KING OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD) - Mexican Classic - Dir. Gilberto Martínez Solares, Mexico, 1949, 100 min.

In this classic comedy, Mexican icon “Tin Tan” (Germán Valdés) leads a gang of small-time con artists whose crimes include conning wealthy women by acting as musicians. Everything gets complicated when one of the victims (Silvia Pinal) falls in love with him and is hell-bent on marrying him.

The persona of Tin Tan was intimately linked to Hollywood through his trademark character of the pachuco. With his zoot suit, swagger, streetwise sensibility, bilingual wordplay and embrace of swing, Tin Tan became the cinematic embodiment of a cultural figure forged between two nations.

This movie is considered by many critics to be one of the top five comedies in the Spanish language.

Post-screening Q&A with critic Anne Wakefield Hoyt.

7 pm - RESTOS DE VIENTO (WIND TRACES) - Dir. Jimena Montemayor Loyo, Mexico, 2017, 93 min.

After losing their father and patriarch, a family drifts aimlessly through life. The mother (Dolores Fonzi) struggles with depression and the task of caring for her children. Daughter Ana shuts down while her brother opens himself up to the strange creature that suddenly appears. In this fantasy-laced drama, the family will have to grow and let go of their fears in order to survive.

Winner of Best Mexican Film and Best Director at the Guadalajara Film Festival.
Winner of the Narrative Feature Jury Award at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Post-screening Q&A with critic Anne Wakefield Hoyt. Champagne toast celebrating the artists and the end of the Festival.

Curated by Carlos Gutiérrez, Cinema Tropical.

Supported in part by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Embassies of Bolivia, Mexico, and Brazil to the Unites States, and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Community Partners: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, FilmfestDC, and Women in Film & Video.

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