Truman
Apr
7
Jun 30

Truman

TRUMAN explores the intimacy and tenderness of a lifelong friendship headed towards its imminent end. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián (Ricardo Darín, 2009’s Academy Award®-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes”) has decided to forgo treatment, and spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara, “Talk to Her”) pays his ailing friend an unexpected visit, he quickly realizes he won’t be able to change his mind. In what will be their final reunion, the two friends set out to finalize Julián’s funeral arrangements, settle his accounts and, most importantly, find a home for his beloved dog, Truman.

Cities Nationwide: Opens April 7. Check here for a theater near you.

Beatriz at Dinner
Jun
9
Jul 13

Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Nationwide: Opens June 9. Check here for a theater near you

11:55
Jun
9
Jul 6

11:55

After being involved in the fatal shooting of a local drug dealer, U.S. Marine Nelson Sanchez (Victor Almanzar) returns to the neighborhood he fled years ago. Amid the fanfare and celebration on his homecoming from Afghanistan, the brother of the deceased learns of Nelson’s return and vows revenge. When word reaches Nelson that his would-be killer is due on the 11:55 bus, he decides to protect himself and his family and make a stand. Nelson seeks out assistance from a fellow Marine vet,  (John Leguizamo) and asks his drug-dealing godfather (David Zayas) to broker peace. As the clock ticks down, Nelson charts an unlikely path to break the cycle of the violence that has defined his life.  11:55 also stars Elizabeth Rodriguez, Julia Stiles, & Shirley Rumierk.

Nationwide: Releases June 9. Check here for a theater near you.

Selena
Jun
22
Jul 26

Selena

Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death.

Cinelandia's co-founder Vanessa Erazo was on NPR to talk about the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Selena. Listen to the interview and read more here.

Los Angeles: June 24 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
New York: July 26 as part of SummerScreen. 
Omaha: June 22 at El Museo Latino.

El Estudiante
Jun
23
Jun 28

El Estudiante

Roque starts University in Buenos Aires but he is not particularly interested in attending classes or working towards a degree. Instead, he dedicates his time to one of the many groups vying for control of the university, motivated less by grand political ideals than by a wish to get close to Paula, an attractive young teacher heavily involved in internal university politics. By Santiago Mitre.

New York: June 23 - 28 at Spectacle Theater

O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist)
Jun
23
Jul 13

O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist)

In João Pedro Rodrigues' new Portuguese language film Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.

Denver: Opens July 7 at Sie FilmCenter.
Los Angeles: Opens June 30 at Nuart Theatre
New York: Opens June 23 at Lincoln Center.

Vida de familia (Family Life)
Jun
23
Aug 4

Vida de familia (Family Life)

When a married couple decides to move to France with their young daughter for a few months, they ask a distant cousin, Martín, to housesit and take care of their cat. At 40 years old, Martín has no kids, no wife, and no job. Despite Martín’s brooding and strange demeanor, the family dismisses any doubts they have and leave the house in his care. 
One day, the cat goes missing. Martín goes out searching for him and falls for Pachi, an attractive single mother. He brings her to the house and wins her over by posing as a divorcee who doesn’t get to see his daughter because of his vindictive ex-wife. Before long, Pachi is bringing her young son over to the house, turning their casual fling into domestic bliss. As the imminent return of the real family gets closer and closer, Martín’s pseudo-family begins to unravel.

Miami: Opens July 21 at Tower Theater Miami.
San Diego: Opens June 23 at Digital Gym Cinema.
San Francisco: Opens July 28 at Roxie Theater.

Distancia Cortas (Walking Distance)
Jun
23
Jun 29

Distancia Cortas (Walking Distance)

WALKING DISTANCE is a heart-warming urban fairytale about Fede, a man who weighs 450 pounds and lives confined to his home. Fede decides to venture out of his house and take an old picture reel to a photo lab where he meets Paulo, a solitary comic lover that ends up selling him a used camera. While spending time with Paulo and his brother-in-law, Ramon, Fede discovers that photography is more than just a hobby. A friendship between the three men grows, changing their lives forever.

San Francisco: Opens June 23 at the Roxie Theater. Director Alejandro Guzmán Álvarez in person for Q&A after Friday & Saturday screenings!

Paulina
Jun
23
Jun 29

Paulina

PAULINA is a complex exploration of the ethics of political action and a provocative character study of a social justice activist – and her unsettling choices in the face of violence and social discrimination. Set in a racially and politically marginalized community in Argentina's Northeast, the film tackles the moral ambiguities of those who seek to aid and ally themselves with the disadvantaged from their positions of privilege.  When the film begins, Paulina (Dolores Fonzi, in a searing performance) leaves a promising legal career in the shadow of her politically-powerful father to work as a school-teacher in a rural village, on the border with Paraguay and Brazil. Paulina speaks no Guaraní and her teenage students artfully parry her attempts to lift them into political consciousness.

New York: Opens June 23 at Spectacle Theater.

O menino e o mundo (Boy and the World)
Jun
23
Sep 26

O menino e o mundo (Boy and the World)

This Brazilian animated film follows Cuca, a small boy from the country, as he embarks on a journey to the big city to find his father. Entirely wordless, the narrative describes a clash between poor and rich, countryside and city, indigenous and imperial, handcrafted and mechanized, with a soundtrack of lush Brazilian music. It was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar in 2016. 94% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Louisville: Sept. 26 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
San Antonio: June 23 at San Antonio Museum of Art.

El Techo (On The Roof)
Jun
23
Jun 29

El Techo (On The Roof)

In Havana, on a roof, three young friends gather every day to tell stories and dreams, to treat that time passes without notice. In the midst of his boredom, without money and dreaming prosperity, they decide to set up their own business. The cost of this dream, finally, will no longer exempt them to certain happiness and personal maturity.

Miami: Opens June 23 at Tower Theater Miami.

Icaros: A Vision
Jun
23
Jun 25

Icaros: A Vision

In search of a miracle, an American woman embarks on a journey to the Peruvian Amazon and finds hope in a community, through rituals involving an ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca. With her perception forever altered, she forges a bond with a young indigenous shaman undergoing a crisis of his own, and a motley crew of psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the meaning of their mortality. Filmmakers Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi have deftly handled this drama by drawing from their own experiences, allowing for a uniquely stirring film that touches on the notions of friendship, familial bonds, and the fear of the unknown. Together they face down an uncertain future by learning how to tame the spiritual chaos that often prevents enlightenment.

Seatttle: June 23 - 25 at Northwest Film Forum

Permitidos (That's Not Cheating)
Jun
27
6:30 pm18:30

Permitidos (That's Not Cheating)

When is cheating on your partner not cheating? That’s the premise of this new, outrageous comedy from Argentina. Camila and Mateo have lived happily together for eight years but that’s about to change when, over dinner with friends, they discuss the true meaning of cheating and come to the conclusion that one can be unfaithful as long as it is with an “unreachable” celebrity. Camila and Mateo choose their respective imaginary hook-ups without realizing that their “wishes” will soon be granted.

Chicago: June 27 as part of Reel Film Club,

Sleep Dealer
Jun
27
7:00 pm19:00

Sleep Dealer

Intelligent, humane, and intensely imaginative, Alex Rivera’s feature debut is set in the near future, where sealed borders divide the world but a digital network ties people together. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack, Memo, a young Mexican from Oaxaca, travels to Tijuana to join a new kind of migrant work force – one where the poor plug their nervous systems into a global electronic grid and control worker-robots in America from virtual sweatshops in their home countries. In Tijuana, Memo becomes entwined with a young journalist who uploads her memories and sells them online, and a military contractor who operates drones around the world from his base in California.

Screens with The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.–Mexico War): In this master piece of border camp and reverse anthropology, the artists attack hard reality with large doses of irony, black humor and high style, generating a complex commentary on history, society, pop culture, the politics of representation and the repercussions of ethnic dominance.

San Francisco: June 27 at the Roxie Theater.

Y Tu Mamá También
Jun
27
7:30 pm19:30

Y Tu Mamá También

This road comedy from Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) is that rare movie to combine raunchy subject matter and emotional warmth. Gael García Bernal (Neruda) and Diego Luna (Rogue One, Milk) shot to international stardom as a pair of Mexico City teenagers from different classes who, after their girlfriends jet off to Italy for the summer, are bewitched by a gorgeous older Spanish woman (Maribel Verdú, Goya in Bordeaux) they meet at a wedding. When she agrees to accompany them on a trip to a faraway beach, the three form an increasingly intense and sensual alliance that ultimately strips the two men physically and emotionally bare. Shot with elegance and dexterity by the great Emmanuel Lubezki, Y Tu Mamá También is a funny and moving look at human desire.

Pleasantville, NY: June 27 at Jacobs Burns Film Center. Q&A with JBFC Artist-in-Residence Bernardo Britto.

Cine en el Parque/Film in the Park
Jun
28
Aug 9

Cine en el Parque/Film in the Park

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, ILCC presents Film in the Park/Cine en el Parque. The series runs throughout the summer, and features family-friendly films projected on large screens in various citywide parks for free. This program’s goal is to bring film to various underserved communities in Chicago. The films screened are selected from the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival. One highlight: 

Como en el Cine (Just Like in the Movies), Peru
After finding out that his girlfriend cheated him under his own Star Wars bed sheets, Nico decides to go back to his true love, recruiting his old college friends to make a low budget short film. Nico and his small crew will face a series of absurd situations in this irreverent comedy that will delight the hardcore movie lover.

Chicago: Wednesdays, June 28 through August 9. Full lineup and details on their website.

La reina de los jueves (Queen of Thursdays)
Jun
29
Jul 6

La reina de los jueves (Queen of Thursdays)

She was the very pinnacle of grace, power and talent—yet for years Rosario Suárez, the former prima ballerina of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, was only showcased on the ballet’s Thursday programs, and rarely in weekend performances. This went on for so long that Rosario became known as la reina de los jueves: The Queen of Thursdays. Her career in Havana existed only in deference to the founder and director of the Ballet, dancer and choreographer Alicia Alonso, the favored one chosen by Castro himself, until Rosario’s prima ballerina status was finally declared, long after she had reached the age where most dancers retired. Eventually a family crisis brought Rosario to Miami. And exile.

Miami: Coming soon to Tower Theater Miami.

La tercera orilla (The Third Side of the River)
Jun
29
7:15 pm19:15

La tercera orilla (The Third Side of the River)

This slow-burn drama follows 17-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother and younger siblings in a small provincial city in Argentina. His estranged father, Jorge, a respected doctor, has decided that Nicolas will be his successor in both his medical practice and agricultural business. Nicolas obeys his father, but hates him. He has seen his mother suffer because of Jorge’s double life – having started a new family, Jorge refuses to acknowledge Nicolas’s mother or her children publicly. As tensions between father and son grow, Nicolas realizes that he must make a choice and take action for the sake of his future.

New York: June 29 at Anthology Film Archives.

El Topo
Jul
7
10:00 pm22:00

El Topo

A classic cult film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, "El Topo" is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away.

Denver: July 7 at Sie FilmCenter.

Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Jul
14
Aug 17

Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)

Through Alejandro Jodorowsky's autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile where he met Enrique Lihn, Stella Díaz Varín, Nicanor Parra... at the time promising young but unknown artists who would later become the titans of twentieth-century Hispanic literature. He grew inspired by the beauty of existence alongside these beings, exploring life together, authentically and freely. A tribute to Chile's artistic heritage, Endless Poetry is also an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one's life forever.

Denver: Opens July 28 at Sie Film Center.
Los Angeles: Opens July 14 at NuArt Theater.
New Orleans: Opens July 21 at Zeitgeist.
New York: Opens July 14 at Sunshine Cinema.
Phoenix: Opens July 21 at FilmBar.

Hermia & Helena
Jul
14
Jul 16

Hermia & Helena

Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York City to attend an artists’ residency to develop her new project: a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon her arrival, Camila quickly realizes that her work doesn’t compensate for the absence of her friends and boyfriend she left behind. When she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle, a former participant in the same residency, Camila second-guesses her studies altogether. The English-language debut by Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro.

Seattle: July 14 - 16 at Northwest Film Center.

Alejandro Jodorowsky Retro
Jul
14
Jul 15

Alejandro Jodorowsky Retro

To celebrate the release of ENDLESS POETRY, the Roxie conjures 4 films from the filmography of the foremost psychomagical movie-making master surrealist. Films include: 

EL TOPO
Jodorowsky’s legendary, notorious cult hit essentially created the genre of the midnight movie. Incorporating influences from tarot to the Bible to surrealism into a mind-blowing western, Jodorowsky cast himself as the leather-clad gunman, El Topo, who wanders through a desert strewn with mystical symbols on an unnamed quest.  1970.

FANDO Y LIS
Using only one page script and the memory of his stage production, director Alejandro Jodorowsky blended surreal beauty and savage imagery to fashion this bizarre tale of corrupted innocence, sadomasochistic love, and unattainable paradise. 1968. 

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN caused a scandal at the 1973 Cannes Film Fest. Once again, Jodorowsky plays the allegorically named lead, “The Alchemist,” who assembles a group of people from all walks of life and renames them for the planets in the solar system.  1973. 

SANTA SANGRE
A lurid Oedipal masterpiece, SANTA SANGRE marked Jodorowsky’s shockingly audacious return to cinema after a long absence following THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Squatting smack dab on the intersection between art film and (ghastly) horror movie, this visually ravishing, viscerally unhinged spectacle mingles drama, romance, surrealism & violence in a way that, at the time of its release, had writers referencing Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, by way of Buñuel.

San Francisco: July 14 - 15 at the Roxie.

La Bamba
Jul
14
6:30 pm18:30

La Bamba

Lou Diamond Phillips plays legendary 1950s rocker Ritchie Valens (born Ricardo Valenzuela), in this musical biography. Before scoring radio and concert success with hits like "La Bamba", "C'mon Let's Go", and "Donna", Valens was a 15-year-old migrant worker who worked with his mother Connie (Rosana De Soto). Valens' half-brother Bob Morales (Esai Morales) is a vitriolic ex-con who roars into the migrant camp on his Harley after his release from jail. Valens' musical talents are encouraged by his family -- though later various members of his family react to his fame with varying degrees of pride and envy -- and he soon earns an audition with legendary record producer and former Artie Shaw clarinet player Bob Keane (Joe Pantoliano). Valens soon appears in an Alan Freed rock n' roll teen exploitation film, lip-synching his blistering recorded version of "Ooh, My Head". When a romance with Donna Ludwig (Danielle von Zerneck) is forbidden by her conservative father, Valens pens the famous ballad that bears her name. Tours follow his chart success until the fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of Valens, The Big Bopper (aka J.P. Richardson), and Buddy Holly on February 3rd, 1959

Los Angeles: July 14 at Skirball Cultural Center. Free outdoor screening.

Holy Mountain
Jul
14
10:00 pm22:00

Holy Mountain

Legendary filmmaker/artist Jodorowsky followed up his famous 1970 cult classic El Topo with this surreal 1973 epic about a powerful alchemist who leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures through an increasingly bizarre journey to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.  The film was also written, produced, co-scored, co-edited by Jodorowsky, and produced and released by Beatles manager Allen Klein of ABKCO Music and Records.  A truly unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

Denver: July 14 at Sie FilmCenter.

Santa Sangre
Jul
21
10:00 pm22:00

Santa Sangre

Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1989 film,  Santa Sangre is a surreal horror story about a young man, Fenix (Axel Jodorowsky) who has grown up in a circus with his mother Concha (Blanca Guerra) and his philandering father. Fenix witnesses a brutal fight between his mother and father, at the end of which his mother loses both of her arms and his father commits suicide. Fenix spends years in an insane asylum, before his mother persuades him to act as her hands in her bizarre nightclub act. Soon, Concha is having Fenix perform a variety of murders, where he is killing every female in sight. 

Denver: July 21 at Sie FilmCenter.

Dance of Reality
Jul
28
10:00 pm22:00

Dance of Reality

The Dance of Reality is the first film in 23 years made by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky,  best known for his cult classics El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre. A magical realist dream autobiography of his difficult childhood growing up in a family of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants in a small coastal town in Chile (Tocopilla, where the film was shot). His father (played by Jodorowsky's son Brontis) is harsh and dominating, an idealistic communist who attempts to assassinate a plutocratic general; his big-bosomed, over-protective mother (Pamela Flores), sings all her lines opera-style, often nude. Jodorowsky himself appears as a spirit guide to his youthful self (Jeremias Herskovits). Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky's philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations. An unforgettable and unique film. 

Denver: July 28 at Sie FilmCenter.

Almodóvar en Total
Aug
1
Aug 31

Almodóvar en Total

Denver is getting a complete Almodóvar 20-film retrospective in August. Special presentations throughout the series will be hosted by the Director of Film Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and author of “Pedro Almodóvar,” Ernesto Acevedo-Muñoz. 

Denver: August 1 - 31 at Denver Film Society.

United Latino Film Festival
Aug
10
Aug 11

United Latino Film Festival

The United Latino Film Festival exists to showcase the Latino independent filmmaker. Our mission is to encourage filmmakers through a competitive showcase of independent features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Filmmakers participate in their screenings and after the films speak with audience members who seek a closer look into the creative process.

Hudson, OH: August 10 - 11. Full lineup and details here.

Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)
Sep
22
Oct 13

Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds.  Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life.  Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors.  But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Based on his own graphic novel, Alberto Vázquez's BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is a darkly comic, mind-bending fantasy.  Gorgeous graphic imagery brings to life a surreal and discordant world populated by adorable (and adorably disturbed) animated critters, searching for hope and love amid the ruin.

Nationwide: Opening Fall 2017.

Coco
Nov
22
Jan 4

Coco

Young Miguel longs to play the guitar just like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. When he sneaks into de la Cruz' museum at night, Miguel and his dog friend are transported to the Land of the Dead.  How will they get back home?

Nationwide: Opens Nov. 22.

Ferdinand
Dec
15
Jan 18

Ferdinand

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover. From Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio."

Nationwide: Opening Dec. 15.


Salón México
Jun
18
6:00 pm18:00

Salón México

Directed by Emilio Fernández and stunningly photographed by the great Gabriel Figueroa, Salón México (1948) is a prime example of Mexico’s cabaretera genre. In their bleak narratives, shadowy visual style, and jaundiced view of a corrupt status quo, these films were roughly equivalent to American film noir. But whereas the Hollywood genre centered on males in trouble, cabareteras focused on women forced by circumstances into prostitution and delivered a fierce critique of machismo. Here, Mercedes (Marga López) works as a dance-hall b-girl to pay for her younger sister’s private school education. When Mercedes takes money owed her by her pimp (Rodolfo Acosta), his retaliation is swift and brutal.

Austin: June 18. Presented by Austin Film Society.

En el Séptimo Día
Jun
18
5:30 pm17:30

En el Séptimo Día

Acclaimed director Jim McKay’s (Our Song, Girls Town) first film in over a decade is this timely, compassionate, often humorous look at life in New York as an undocumented Mexican immigrant. José works long hours doing bicycle deliveries for a restaurant in Carroll Gardens and then spends his day off on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. When his team makes it to the championship, he and his teammates are thrilled. But Jose’s boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells him he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. Knowing he’ll be fired if he doesn’t show up for work, Jose is forced to choose between his job and his loyalty to his team. Shot on the streets of Brooklyn, En el Séptimo Día vividly captures the everyday struggles and camaraderie that binds this community together in a universally relevant story of fortitude and dignity.

New York: June 18 at BAM.

Norteado
Jun
17
5:00 pm17:00

Norteado

Rigoberto Perezcano’s debut feature, Norteado, follows Andres as he travels from Oaxaca to Tijuana to cross the US border. Things don’t result as planned and he has to stay in Tijuana where he starts working in a grocery store, there, he meets Elia, Cata and Asensio. What Andres finds in Tijuana makes him think about what he’s about to do and become aware of what he’s leaving behind. Despite the difficulty of the film’s subject matter, Perezcano’s ability to find humor in the absurd provides relief as we accompany Andres in his latest attempt to make it to the other side. Norteado talks about the illusion that the United States represent for those who decide to cross the border searching for a better life.

San Francisco: June 17 at the Roxie. Followed by a Skype Q&A with writer and producer Edgar San Juan.

Elián
Jun
16
Jun 22

Elián

Featuring powerful personal testimony, candid interviews, and extraordinary archival news footage, the feature presents a gripping account of Elián González’s remarkable survival after his mother and others perished at sea, the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and Miami-based relatives and the momentous political fight surrounding it all.  

Miami: Playing now at O Cinema Wynwood.

Me Estás Matando Susana (You're Killing Me Susana)
Jun
16
Jun 22

Me Estás Matando Susana (You're Killing Me Susana)

You’re Killing Me Susana centers on Eligio (Gael Garcia Bernal), a narcissistic Mexico City soap actor whose wife Susana (Verónica Echegui) has left him without uttering a word. Discovering she’s enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa university, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him, but upon arriving soon discovers she’s already moved on. Eligio soon learns it’s going to take a lot more than his usual boyish charisma and sweet talk to win her back.

Fort Lauderdale: Opens June 16 at Savor Cinema.

La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat)
Jun
14
8:00 pm20:00

La muerte de un burócrata (Death of a Bureaucrat)

Set in the early days of Castro’s Cuba, the film pokes fun at red tape and communist bureaucracy and is as laugh-out-loud funny today as it was fifty years ago. When a model worker dies accidentally, as a badge of honor, he is buried with his labor card. Hilarious antics ensue when his widow realizes she needs the labor card to claim her pension. Since it is against regulations to exhume the body, the widow robs the grave. But she can't rebury the body since there's no record of the exhumation in the first place. And where can the family keep the body while they are unraveling the red tape? This masterful comedy was one of Cuban director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s earliest successes, and alludes to the work of comedy greats Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.

Los Angeles: June 14 at the Palace Theatre. Followed by a bilingual Q&A.

Esteban
Jun
13
Jun 15

Esteban

Nine-year-old Esteban and his divorced mother try to make ends meet by selling a variety of products on the streets of Havana. Drawn by the music coming out of a dilapidated house, Esteban meets Hugo, an embittered piano teacher. Esteban has a gift for music and will do anything in his power to nurture this new found passion even if it means going behind his mother’s back. With an original score by jazz great Chucho Valdes and a charismatic performance from Reynaldo Guanche as Esteban, Cosculluela’s film debut is a gentle tale of dreams come true under the direst circumstances.

Miami: June 13 - 15 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Q&A session with Director Jonal Cosculluela after the screenings.

ME and Mr. MAURI
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

ME and Mr. MAURI

During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Dr. Osa Hidalgo de la Riva collected 75+ hours of raw video footage, some at the bedside of friends dying from AIDS. She did most of the original filming without a budget, using borrowed cameras and donated tape.  These interviews include some of the earliest recorded first-hand statements about the early years of Two-Spirit and LGBT Latino Liberation in California.

From this archival footage the production crew assembled some of the most compelling moments and interwove the stories of Native American/Latino activists who died of "the gay cancer" (AIDS/SIDA) during the 1980s. The recorded testimonies reflect the socio-political origins of several movements of the past 30 years: the Latino, Native American and LGBTQ civil rights movements and access to affordable health care.

San Francisco: June 11. Buy tickets here.

East LA Interchange
Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

East LA Interchange

East LA Interchange follows the evolution of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights from multicultural to predominately Latino and a center of Mexican-American culture in the U.S.  Boyle Heights was once far more diverse than any U.S. city; Mexicans, Japanese, African-Americans, Russian Molokans, Armenians, Italians, and the largest settlement of Jews west of Chicago lived and worked together side by side. The film shows how this one neighborhood managed to survive the construction of the largest and busiest freeway interchange in North America and now faces, gentrification. East LA Interchange features narration by Danny Trejo (Machete) and interviews with will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas), Father Greg Boyle (Homeboy Industries), and Josefina López (Real Women Have Curves) as well as an original song by Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli).

Los Angeles: June 10 at Hollenbeck Park. Free screening.

Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York
Jun
9
Jun 17

Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York

EFFNY brings shorts and feature films from Ecuador to the boroughs of New York City as well as Long Island, Westchester and Rockland. Here's one highlight; check out their website for more.

Alba
Alba is eleven years old. One afternoon, her mother is admitted to the hospital and she has to live with Igor, her father, who she barely knows. Igor’s attempts to get closer to Alba, the girls in her school, and her first kiss serve to propel her path to adolescence and acceptance of her family.

New York: June 9 - 17. Full lineup and details here.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Jun
9
Jun 18

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The New York edition of the Human Rights Watch film fest has a strong selection of Latin American films. The Guatemalan documentaries of Pamela Yates (Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, When the Mountains Tremble, and the latest, 500 Years) will all be presented. Also screening are the Mexican gay rights doc No Dress Code Required and a Chilean documentary, The Grown-Ups,  about the efforts of a group of adults with Down's Syndrome to live as they wish.

New York: June 9 - 18. Full lineup and details here.

La Granja
Jun
9
Jun 15

La Granja

In the small sector of a Macondo-like island forgotten by the catastrophic effects of an economic depression and drug addiction, lives are pushed to the limit. A promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and a fat kid with a bike: three intersecting stories focus around the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse of the island of Puerto Rico. Each actor in this modern day tragedy will ultimately discover how the pursuit of hope can dehumanize and expose underlying animal instincts.

San Diego: Opens June 9 at Digital Gym.

#Resist: Learning from the Farm Workers Movement
Jun
8
7:30 pm19:30

#Resist: Learning from the Farm Workers Movement

The movement to eat clean, local and organic has been growing rapidly for the past several years, but what about the people who actually pick our food? In the next session of BK@24FPS #Resist Film Series we will explore the fight for labor rights by farm workers across the United States. We will look back to the 1960s with Delano Manongs on the Filipino pickers who started the famous grape boycott and a clip from Dolores, the timely documentary on the life of Dolores Huerta of UFW. We'll then flash forward to the present with Food Chains, an exposé on the deplorable conditions that forced Latino tomato pickers in Florida to join together and fight for better wages.

New York: June 8 at UnionDocs.

Hola Mexico
Jun
7
Jun 11

Hola Mexico

Hola Mexico returns with a showcase of recent Mexican films. Check out their website for the full lineup - here's just one highlight:

Tempestad, 2016
This documentary follows parallel stories about the shattering human consequences of corruption and impunity in Mexico. Miriam was arbitrarily accused of human trafficking and incarcerated in a violent prison in northern Mexico without evidence. Adela is a professional clown whose daughter disappeared years ago, and who has received death threats for trying to find her. Guided by these women’s voices, this film explores what it means to find emotional strength in the face of violence, injustice, and helplessness.

Los Angeles: June 7 - 11. Full lineup and details here.

Las Marthas
Jun
4
4:00 pm16:00

Las Marthas

Unlike any other, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is part of a lucrative month-long festival honoring George Washington’s birthday. LAS MARTHAS follows two young women as they prepare for this elaborate rite of passage: Laurita, a 13th-generation debutante descended from Laredo’s original Spanish land grantees who questions debutante society’s class system geared toward girls like herself; and Rosario, a high-achieving, Mexican-raised and U.S.-schooled outsider struggling to understand the elite society’s unspoken rules.

Fort Worth: June 4 at Rose Marine Theater. Free to the public; RSVP here. Includes refreshments and discussion.

Cry Now
Jun
4
1:30 pm13:30

Cry Now

CRY NOW  takes us on a journey into Los Angeles’ eclectic music and art scenes. This is the story of Vincent, a restless street artist, while in search for inspiration, will find his muse, LUZY, a tattoo artist, at a backyard boogie. 

Shot in Boyle Heights, San Pedro and El Sereno, the movie makes Los Angeles one of the main characters of the story. While putting their beloved city in the highlights, the CRY NOW crew wanted to avoid the Latino stereotypes in order to make space for the arts and culture of East LA.

Latino boho artists and musicians rule in this lyrical love story straight out of LA’s famed Boyle Heights neighborhood. Their relationship develops despite roadblocks set up by a vengeful lover and the LAPD. The hip and eclectic alt-Latino soundtrack features music by Very Be Careful, Hermanos Herrera, Irene Diaz, others and the artwork of famed muralist El Mac.

Remezcla interviews director Alberto Barboza on making a Chicano rockabilly love story set in East L.A.

Santa Ana: June 4 at Frida Cinema.

Es por tu bien (It's for Your Own Good)
Jun
2
Jun 22

Es por tu bien (It's for Your Own Good)

Arturo (José Coronado), Chus (Javier Cámara), and Hipólito –Poli-  (Roberto Álamo) are three brothers-in-law whose peaceful and happy existence is suddenly sent into shock when Valentina (Silvia Alonso), Arturo and Isabel's (Pilar Castro) daughter, decides last-second to abandon her fiancé, Agustin, at the altar in order to run off with Álex (Miki Esparbe), a young perroflauta and anarchist, whose free ideals and liberal mindedness the conservative Arturo directly opposes. Chus and his wife Olga (Maria Pujalte) discover that their daughter Marta (Georgina Amoros) is dating Dani (Miguel Bernardeau), a broke, troublemaking pothead; and Poli realizes that his daughter, Sarai (Andrea Ros) has started dating Ernesto (Luis Mottola): a playboy who works as an “artistic” photographer, and one of Poli’s former schoolmates. Determined to end their daughters’ relationships with the belief that Álex, Dani, and Ernesto aren't good for their lovely, fragile daughters, Arturo, Chus, and Poli secretly develop a scheme to stop all three relationships good and for all.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

L. A. OLA
Jun
2
Jun 4

L. A. OLA

L.A. OLA presents contemporary narrative feature films and shorts from Spain. This year they expand to New York. Check out their website for all their films. Here's one highlight:

LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA
LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA is a thoughtful and delicate portrait of four young friends through the eyes of Àgata. Now in her first year at university, Àgata finds her relationship with her school friends transformed, both in their daily lives in Barcelona as well as during a trip to the Costa Brava. For this exceptional final thesis film, all four directors shared in the various film production roles, with the assistance of mentors including Isaki Lacuesta and Elías León Siminiani.

New York: June 2 - 4. Full lineup and details here.

Argentine Tango Nights
Jun
2
Jun 16

Argentine Tango Nights

For three Fridays in June, learn tango and watch a movie about tango too.  Films include 1987's Argentine-Puerto Rican production Tango Bar, 2015 Argentine documentary Un Tango Mas, and 1997 Argentine-UK drama The Tango Lesson.

Allentown: June 2 - 16 at Civic Theatre. See here for details.

La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul
Jun
1
6:00 pm18:00

La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul

A rebel and innovator, pop singer Lupe Yoli, otherwise known as La Lupe or La Yiyiyi, was renowned for her emotional performance style. Her renditions of classics such as “My Way,” “Fever” and “Going Out of My Head” were famous worldwide. But the legendary Cuban-born star was also a single mother of two, a survivor of domestic abuse and a Santera who later became an evangelist Christian speaker. LA LUPE QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL tells La Lupe’s story through character-driven interviews in first-person anecdotes, in an oral history much like those found in a folk ballad or a bolero.

New York: June 1 at CCCADI.

Cuban Lens: Contemporary Cinema and Emerging Filmmakers
May
31
7:00 pm19:00

Cuban Lens: Contemporary Cinema and Emerging Filmmakers

Cuban Lens, a one-day film showcase at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, offers context and clarity about those recent Cuban changes through film. It presents emerging filmmakers whose short works capture that transformation. 

The screenings and conversations with filmmakers will engage New York audiences and reflect on important subjects like race, emigration, gender, and tensions around identity: subjects newly imagined by young and diverse filmmakers. The evening will include conversations with directors Marcel Beltrán, Zoe Miranda and scriptwriter Alán González.

New York: May 31 at KJCC.

Desierto
May
28
6:00 pm18:00

Desierto

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Jonas Cuaron, this thriller follows a group of Mexican immigrants over the U.S. border.  Their journey becomes a fight to survive when they find they are being hunted by a rifle-toting vigilante and there’s nowhere to hide.

San Francisco: May 28 at the Roxie. Followed by a Q&A with director.

Buena Vista Social Club
May
27
9:15 pm21:15

Buena Vista Social Club

The legendary documentary that put Cuban music back in the international spotlight. With a small film crew, Wenders accompanied his old friend Ry Cooder, who had written the music for Paris, Texas and The End of Violence, on a trip to Havana. Cooder wanted to record his material for Ibrahim Ferrer’s solo album at a studio there—following the recording of the first Buena Vista Social Club CD (which had not yet been released at that time). Wenders immersed himself in the world of Cuban music. Over the course of several months, he observed and accompanied the musicians—first at home in Havana; then, weeks later, in April 1998, on their trip to Amsterdam for the first public performance of the band (who had never played together outside a studio); then, still later, in July 1998, to their triumphal concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He thus followed the old heroes of the traditional Cuban Son music on their path from being completely forgotten to becoming world famous—within the period of just a few months. “I thought, I’ll shoot a documentary,” Wenders has said, “and here we were, about to witness a fairy tale that no one could have imagined in this form.”  90% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

New York: May 27 at Videology. Each ticket includes a Cuba Libre made with Havana Club rum.

Yo
May
27
7:15 pm19:15

Yo

The third feature film by acclaimed Mexican director Matías Meyer (The Last Christeros, The Cramp) is an adaptation of a short story of the same name by Nobel laureate author J. M. G. Le Clézio. The film follows Yo, a teenager in the body of an adult with an apparent mental incapacity. He lives and works at his mother’s roadside café by a busy highway. One day he meets Elena, an eleven-year-old girl, who will change his life forever. Winner of the Best Film award at the Morelia Film Festival and a Special Mention at the Fribourg Film Festival, Yo is an intriguing mediation on the epic human journey of emotional maturation.

New York: May 27 at Anthology Film Archives.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios
May
26
Jun 22

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to Cuba's vibrant culture with their landmark 1997 album and Academy Award-nominated documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Now, against the backdrop of Cuba’s captivating musical history, hear the band’s story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together. Directed by Lucy Walker.

Nationwide: Opens May 26. Check here for a theater near you.

ONE: Union of the Senses
May
25
6:30 pm18:30

ONE: Union of the Senses

An experimental documentary by Cuban-American artist José Parlá. This love letter to New York City is inspired by the artist’s monumental 90-foot mural of the same name, commissioned for One World Trade Center in 2015. Starring the people of New York as well as the painter himself, the film captures Parlá’s creative process in his studio and as he traverses the city,

New York: May 25 at BAM. Live accompaniment of an original score by El Michels Affair and the Michael Leonhart Orchestra.

El Otro Lado
May
23
7:30 pm19:30

El Otro Lado

Shot in 1977 by photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, the film follows a group from Querétaro—two young brothers, their father, and a small cluster of their friends—who made arduous pilgrimages to Arizona’s Maricopa County to work in the state’s citrus groves. He accumulated footage of them at home and collaborated with them on a filmed restaging of their passage through the desert. We see them playing cards, singing, sleeping, and cooking in the shade of the fields they’ve come to harvest.

New York: May 23 at Light Industry.

Craving Cuba
May
21
4:00 pm16:00

Craving Cuba

CRAVING CUBA is an award-winning documentary film about Cuban-Americans and their complicated relationship with Cuba. This is a story about identity, family, exile and hope. Follow the journey of a Cuban-American woman who was born in New Jersey to Cuban-exiles and has never been to Cuba. Although she has always felt very American, there was always a strong pull to the other half of her identity. Like most in the exiled community, she grew up not being able to go to Cuba. After the December 17th announcement by President Barack Obama, everything changes.

Larkspur, CA: May 21 at the Lark Theater.

Dos Caminos
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

Dos Caminos

Dos Caminos is a powerful drama about life's choices and their consequences. It tells the heart-wrenching story of Dani and Mickie, both roles remarkably played by breakthrough actor Luis Sebastián Borges. Twin brothers marked by misfortune at an early age after their parents' tragic deaths, their chosen paths affect their lives in a shocking way.

New York: May 20. Get tickets here.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
May
18
7:30 pm19:30

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Combining a wealth of recently discovered home movies, video, and written documents with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a documentary that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was something ugly in her family’s past, the film charts her excavation of the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death, and her search for Miguel’s partner Robert a generation later. After two years of dead ends, Robert turns up: but he’s not the same man. He’s reinvented himself as Father Aquin, a Franciscan monk with twenty- five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. For the first time, a member of Miguel’s family wants to hear Aquin’s side of the story—but is it too little, too late? A story about the mistakes of the past and the second chances of the present, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.

New York: May 18 at Union Docs.