The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
Jul
6
to Sep 30

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

Mexico’s film industry blossomed in the 1940s and 1950s, a period known as the “Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.” This series, which features comedies, melodramas, film noir, and more, programs films to be played multiple times over three months, so it's easy to catch all the films. Here's a list: You’re Missing the Point (Ahí está el detalle), 1940; Another Dawn (Distinto Amanecer), 1943; A Woman in Love (Enamorada), 1946; The Kneeling Goddess (La diosa arrodillada), 1947; Salón México, 1948; Tender Pumpkins (Calabacitas tiernas), 1948; A Family Like Many Others (Una familia de tantas), 1948; Soledad’s Shawl (El rebozo de Soledad), 1952; The Palm of Your Hand (En la palma de tu mano), 1950; The Other Woman (La otra), 1946; The Night Falls (La noche avanza), 1951; The Pearl (La perla), 1945; Rosauro Castro, 1950; and Macario, 1959.

Houston: July - September at Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

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Swim Team
Jul
12
to Nov 16

Swim Team

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

Nationwide: Playing now. Check here for a screening near you.

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Dolores
Sep
1
to Oct 12

Dolores

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.  

Nationwide: Opens Sept. 1. Check here for screenings near you.

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Embargo
Sep
8
to Sep 21

Embargo

EMBARGO is a documentary that chronicles the story of the politics and collusion behind the Cuban embargo; its history, impact and evolution.  Along with information from recently declassified documents and original interviews with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Sergei Khrushchev, Ted Sorensen, and Lucie Arnaz, among others, an unprecedented array of historical, political, social and cultural perspectives are revealed. New insights include the Fulgencio Batista-Richard Nixon-CIA connections; Nixon’s link to the failed Bay of Pig invasion; the behind-the-scenes experiences of Ted Sorensen during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Watergate and more. The film's compelling truths ultimately weave the threads of an untold history and expose a foreign policy that has failed both countries.

Los Angeles: Playing now at Monica Film Center
New York: Opens Sept. 15 at Village East Cinema.

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La Selva Negra (The Modern Jungle)
Sep
8
to Oct 27

La Selva Negra (The Modern Jungle)

This documentary is set the region of la selva negra (“The Black Jungle”), in southern Mexico, which is named after the thick fog that is common there.  Carmen lives modestly, but in peace, on the plot that her husband paid for with his life, fighting for a landless farmers’ movement. Juan, although a shaman, suffers from a hernia that his incantations cannot treat, and falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement. This is ‘the modern jungle’ that appears before our unbelieving eyes. A portrait of globalization, The Modern Jungle documents the struggles and encounters of the local characters with outside forces: from capitalism and commodity fetish, to the culture of cinema, and the directors of this film. 

Bloomington, IN: Oct. 27 at IU Cinema. 
Los Angeles: Sept. 8 as part of Cine Sin Fronteras

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Holy Mountain
Sep
13
to Sep 24

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.

Minneapolis: Sept. 22 & 23 at Uptown Theatre.
Tucson: Sept. 13 at the Loft Cinema.

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Gainesville Latino Film Festival
Sep
14
to Sep 30

Gainesville Latino Film Festival

Since 2005, the Gainesville Latino Film Festival has featured hundreds of groundbreaking, highly acclaimed and thought-provoking films from Latin America. In 2017, our mission continues: to afford Gainesville the unique opportunity to see world-class cinema, innovative shorts, international award winners, and foster diverse experiences that link people through the art of cinema- launching Gainesville as a cultural destination. This year’s amazing line-up includes films from Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, US, and Guatemala. All films are free for the public.

Gainesville: Sept. 14 - 30. Full lineup and details here.

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Tiempo de morir (Time to Die)
Sep
15
to Nov 5

Tiempo de morir (Time to Die)

From 1966. Back from an 18-year stretch in the pen for murder – or was it? – Jorge Martinez de Hoyos (chief villager in the original Magnificent Seven) returns to his native village to reclaim his mother’s home – the door falls off – and saddle; for the job and horse he was promised once released; and to seek out old flame Marga López (star of Buñuel’s Nazarin and Mexican acting legend) – did she wait for him? But the two sons of the man he killed, one increasingly almost reasonable, the other eaten alive by dreams of vengeance, have been counting the days. From an original story by Colombian expat and former film critic – and later Nobel laureate – Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), and co-written with iconic Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo), who “Mexican-ized” Márquez’s dialogue, this was the directing debut for then-21-year-old Ripstein, future director of Deep Crimson and Hell Without Limits.

Chicago: Sept. 23 & 27 at Siskel Film Center.
Los Angeles: Opens Sept. 22 at Ahrya Fine Arts.
New York: Sept. 15 - Sept. 21 at Film Forum.
Rohnert Park, CA: Nov. 3 & 5 at Sonoma Film Institute.

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Carpinteros
Sep
15
to Nov 9

Carpinteros

Tall, dark, and handsome, Julián steps off a bus, hands over his clothes, gets his long curly locks chopped off, and becomes fresh meat walking inside the Najayo Prison in the Dominican Republic. He locates his cellblock underneath the moist corner where the Woodpeckers perch. Woodpeckers-prisoners who romance ladies incarcerated at the women’s prison 150 meters across the way-spend their days in affectionate conversation with their lovers through sign language. When Julián encounters Yanelly, a gorgeous spitfire of a woman, he finds love in the last place he imagined. Now he must find a way, through cement, barbed wire, dozens of guards, and murderous exes to win Yanelly’s love, all the while keeping it secret.

Nationwide: Opens Sept. 15. Check here for a screening near you.

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Paulina
Sep
15
to Sep 21

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.

San Diego: Opens Sept. 15 at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Ultimos Dias en la Habana (Last Days in Havana)
Sep
15
to Sep 21

Ultimos Dias en la Habana (Last Days in Havana)

In director Fernando Pérez's latest film, Havana is a crumbling dowager-in-waiting whose lover has overstayed his absence beyond expectation. In a dilapidated apartment lives Diego (Jorge Martínez) whose AIDS affliction has left him bedridden but with joie de vivre intact. Miguel (Patricio Wood) is Diego's childhood friend and roommate, but not his lover, though he waits upon Diego hand and foot, tending to his every whim. Miguel wears a scowl like a badge of honor, tired of waiting for the US visa that's a long time coming.

Miami: Opens Sept. 15 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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Mate-me Por Favor (Kill Me Please)
Sep
15
to Sep 21

Mate-me Por Favor (Kill Me Please)

KILL ME PLEASE blends coming-of-age with slow-burning horror, in the vein of the 1980’s teen slasher genre. Sex, religion, and death run rampant in this ambitious feature debut by director Anita Rocha da Silveira. Bia, Michele, Mariana and Renata are a clique of affluent high school girls. They waste away their days — wandering the fields between the vertigo-inducing high rises that they call home. When a wave of murders occur in their Rio de Janeiro suburb, the girls develop a morbid curiosity with the balance between life and death. 

Los Angeles: Opens Sept. 15 at Arena Cinelounge.

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El Futuro Perfecto (Future Perfect)
Sep
15
to Sep 21

El Futuro Perfecto (Future Perfect)

Weaving documentary fragments into a fiction narrative, Nele Wohlatz intimately describes the culture-shock experience of Xiaobin, a seventeen-year-old Chinese girl attempting to make her way in Buenos Aires, finding shelter in a furtive romance with Vijay, a young Indian man who she meets in her language class. Winner of the Best First Feature prize at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, Wohlatz’s sui generis debut finds a startling, innovative, fluid form, while announcing a new filmmaking talent.

New York: Opens Sept. 15 at Metrograph.

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Way to Andina
Sep
16
to Sep 29

Way to Andina

Andina is the 80-year-old opera written by immigrant composer Eustasio Rosales. The score was never performed until Arlen Parsa, Rosales’ great-grandson, discovered the work and began researching composer’s story. Now he's determined to fulfill his family legacy and resurrect the opera, decades after it was first written.

Atlanta: Sept. 24 as part of the Georgia Latino Film Festival.
Boston: Sept. 29 as part of the Boston Latino Film Festival. Filmmaker present for Q&A.
Holland, MI: Sept. 21 as part of Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival. Filmmaker present for Q&A.
Longmont, CO: Sept. 16 as part of the Nederland Film Festival.
San Francisco: Sept. 16 as part of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival. Filmmaker present for Q&A.

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Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
Sep
16
to Sep 23

Brazilian Film Festival of Miami

Bringing new Brazilian films to Miami for 21 years, this festival presents a full week of programs in several locations. Here's the opening night film:

João, o maestro
The life of João Carlos Martins, a Brazilian pianist and orchestra conductor, celebrated as one of the greatest interpreters of Bach.

Miami: Sept. 16 - 23. Full lineup and details here.

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Cine Mexico Now
Sep
17
to Oct 25

Cine Mexico Now

Cine Mexico Now brings award-winning contemporary Mexican cinema to the heart of Detroit. Curated from the world’s top film festivals, Cine Mexico Now includes films that bring to life a rich portrait of the Mexican experience. The series takes place September 17 - October 25 exclusively at Cinema Detroit with the support of Mexican Consulate in Detroit.

Detroit: Sept. 17 - Oct. 25 at Cinema Detroit.

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Cinema Novo
Sep
19
to Sep 28

Cinema Novo

Cinema Novo is a movie-essay that investigates poetically the most important movement of Latin America cinema, through the thoughts of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Glauber Rocha, Leon Hirszman, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, Ruy Guerra, Walter Lima Jr., Paulo César Saraceni, among others.

Miami: Sept. 19 - 28 at Miami Beach Cinematheque.

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Frágil equilibrio (Delicate Balance)
Sep
20
to Sep 24

Frágil equilibrio (Delicate Balance)

FRÁGIL EQUILIBRIO is a journey across the world, highlighting our common dreams, hopes, and humanity. It focuses on three stories in Africa, Spain, and Japan, each of which addresses modern day issues. In Morroco, African immigrants try to cross over to Europe by climbing the fences that separate Morocco from Spain. In Spain, the economic collapse leaves citizens homeless, and in Japan, “salary-men” work themselves to death chasing after an unattainable “dream.” The stories are tied together by the words of the former President of Uruguay, José “Pepe” Mujica, who gained notoriety on the world stage as a rare politician: one that lives according to the ideas and principles he preaches. His extensive interview, conducted while still in office, became the “blue print” for the documentary. A film by Guillermo García López.

Austin: Sept. 20 & 24 as part of CineNoche.

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CineLatino
Sep
21
to Sep 24

CineLatino

CineLatino is a 4-day, cultural celebration of Latino Cinema. With 15 titles, the festival features a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles.
The Festival will take place during Hispanic Heritage month, on September 21-24, 2017 at the Denver Film Society’s Sie FilmCenter. The Denver Film Society is proud to recognize the contribution of Latinos in the world of cinema and celebrate the culture with premieres, interactive projects, receptions and special events.

Denver: Sept. 21- 24 at Sie FilmCenter.

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Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival
Sep
21
to Sep 24

Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival

Award-winning films will be shown at the Holland Civic Theater. Films include shorts, documentaries, and feature-length, all of which explore a variety of themes in which Latino imagination and creativity approach humor, politics, culture, fiction and art. Most films are screened in Spanish with English subtitles. All film viewings are open and free to the public.

Holland, MI: Sept. 21 - 24. Full lineup and details here.

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Georgia Latino Film Festival
Sep
21
to Sep 24

Georgia Latino Film Festival

Now celebrating our 6th year, the Georgia Latino Film Festival (GALFF) is the premier celebration of Latino and Georgia Cinematic Excellence. Georgia Latino Film Festival Screens over 30 films at the festival to nearly 1500 attendees in 4 days during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th -Oct 15) each year. Each year, the Georgia Latino Film festival receives approximately 300 films from all over Georgia, United States, Latin America, Mexico and Spain and we pick 30 films, best of breed to showcase at the festival. Georgia Latino Film Festival is one of the fastest growing film festivals in the South East.

Atlanta: Sept. 21 - 24. Full lineup and details here.

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El ángel exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

El ángel exterminador (The Exterminating Angel)

A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel's daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel (El ángel exterminador). Made just one year after the director's international sensation, Viridiana, this film, full of eerie comic absurdity, continues Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes. In his autobiography, My Last Sigh, the impish filmmaker answered viewers seeking a neat explanation for what is surely one of the great surrealist films of all time: "People always want an explanation for everything. And for everything for which they cannot find an explanation, they resort in the last instance to God. What's the use? Eventually they have to explain God."

New York: Sept. 22 at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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O menino e o mundo (Boy and the World)
Sep
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

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

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Sin Nombre
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Sin Nombre

Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a Honduran teen, hungers for a better life. Her chance for one comes when she is reunited with her long-estranged father, who intends to emigrate to Mexico and then enter the United States. Sayra's life collides with a pair of Mexican gangmembers (Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer) who have boarded the same American-bound train. Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga.

Austin: Sept. 26 at Violet Crown Cinema.

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Jodorowsky's Dune
Sep
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Jodorowsky's Dune

In 1975, following the success of his wild cult films El Topo and The Holy Mountain, Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger (who later designed the nightmarish look of Ridley Scott’s Alien) and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud, Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s beloved novel Dune was poised to change cinema forever. For two years, Jodo and his team of “spiritual warriors” worked night and day on the massive task of creating the fabulous world of Dune: over 3,000 storyboards, numerous paintings, incredible costumes, and an outrageous, moving and powerful script. In the words of Jodorowsky’s producer, Michel Seydoux, “It should have been enough. But it wasn’t.” Through interviews with legends and luminaries including Giger, Gary Kurtz (producer of Star Wars) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director of Drive), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky himself filmed over the course of three years, director Frank Pavich’s film – featuring never-before-seen realizations of Jodo’s mind- blowing psychedelic space opera – finally unearths the full, unbelievable saga of the Dune that never was. 

Tucson: Sept. 27 at The Loft Cinema.

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Boston Latino International Film Festival
Sep
28
to Oct 1

Boston Latino International Film Festival

The Boston Latino International Film Festival showcases films that deal with issues of importance and interest to the Latino community in the US, Latin America, and Spain. An important part of their mission is to portray an accurate image and representation of Latinos in the US and Latin America.

Boston: Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. Full lineup and details here.

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Soy Nero
Sep
29
to Oct 5

Soy Nero

After several failed attempts to cross the border without papers, Mexican teenager Nero (Ortiz) finally succeeds in making it back to Los Angeles. He begins to realize the difficulty of leading a regular life as an illegal immigrant so he decides to enlist in the US Army as a “Green Card Soldier”, a short cut to citizenship. Now halfway around the world, Nero guards an Iraqi border for the US Army keeping out those who pose a threat to American interests abroad. SOY NERO is the first film to take on the story of foreign-born soldiers in the Unite States. The US has provided a path to citizenship through the military since the Vietnam War. The program works, however, some 3,000 foreign-born soldiers have been deported. 

Los Angeles: Opens Sept. 29 at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

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Chavela
Oct
4
to Oct 17

Chavela

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Centered around never-before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

New York: Opens Oct. 4 at Film Forum.

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Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Oct
5
7:30pm 7:30pm

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.

Tucson: Oct. 5 at The Loft Cinema.

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Seattle Latino Film Festival
Oct
6
to Oct 14

Seattle Latino Film Festival

Each year, the festival includes international filmmakers, producers and actors in the festival with the specific purpose to engage the Seattle community in conversations that share cross cultural perspectives and to create a forum for the ideas being explored, many of which are integral to the experience of "Latinidad." The Festival runs during the month of October to coincide with the national celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month.

Seattle: Oct. 6 - 14. Full lineup and details here.

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New York Latino Film Festival
Oct
11
to Oct 15

New York Latino Film Festival

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent.

New York: October 11 - 15. Full lineup and details here.

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Tempestad
Oct
20
to Nov 16

Tempestad

Tempest is the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the violence and impunity that afflict Mexico. Through their voices, we are drawn into the heart of their feelings, steeped in loss and pain, but also love, dignity and resistance. A morning on a quite normal day: Miriam is arrested at her workplace and is accused, without proof, of “people trafficking”. Adela works as a clown in a travelling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed; every night during the show, she evokes her missing daughter, Monica. 

Theatrical release Oct. 20.

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Cárcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)
Oct
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Cárcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)

Chained and tortured, dozens of youths from America and prominent Guatemalan families were held captive in the depths of the Guatemalan jungle in the 1970s and 1980s. With the complicity of the military high command that governed Guatemala at the time, they were brainwashed to worship Dave Burden, a quack American therapist, who carries out his dark project involving addicted and mentally ill youth. The film’s title comes from the novel by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, in which he narrates events similar to the ones that took place in the jungle prison many years before they became public knowledge.

Bloomington, IN: Oct. 27 at IU Cinema.

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Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)
Nov
1
to Nov 22

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.

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Etiqueta No Rigurosa (No Dress Code Required)
Nov
3
to Nov 9

Etiqueta No Rigurosa (No Dress Code Required)

In this up-to-the-minute documentary, Victor and Fernando run a beauty salon in Baja California, Mexico. For many of their customers they were a lovely gay couple, until they decided to marry. They become the first ones in their state to fight for their rights in a place filled with homophobia and inequality, facing down the city council of Mexicali, which defies the Supreme Court ruling that allows gay marriage. Through their struggle, both in the courts and in the community, they manage to open the eyes of Mexican society, and affirm a love that fills every frame of this moving and eye opening new film.

New York: Opens Nov. 3 at Village East Cinema.

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The Films of Ana Mendieta
Nov
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Films of Ana Mendieta

The late Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta forged a radical practice that explored primal themes of displacement, the body, violence, and transformation. Known mostly for her earthworks, photographs, and performances, Mendieta also created numerous short films. With these works, she both captured her ephemeral performances and further transformed them through trick photography, staging, or video synthesis. In Silueta Sangrienta (1975) the artist’s body is suddenly replaced with a pool of blood; in Butterfly (1975) the artist’s body morphs and pulsates with the electrons of a video monitor. Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, film archivist for The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, presents a selection of these films, many which have been recently rediscovered and restored. The program will be followed by a discussion with Cecilia and scholar Rachel Weiss.

Chicago: Nov. 9 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Santa y Andrés
Nov
10
to Dec 7

Santa y Andrés

Set in 1983, the second feature from Cuban writer-director Carlos Lechuga (Melaza) chronicles the human encounter between Andrés, a novelist ostracized for his “ideological problems” and his sexuality, and Santa, a woman charged with keeping this ostensibly dangerous dissident from disrupting a political event and gaining the attention of the foreign press. Santa & Andrés is at once intimate and expansive, a chamber drama whose central action is a dialogue between two souls on either side of a profound cultural divide. Proximity inevitably prompts captive and warden to realize how much they have in common—and how completely the last six decades have affected the Cuban psyche. 

Theatrical release Nov. 10.

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La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis)
Nov
17
to Nov 23

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis)

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires under Argentina’s military regime, this low-key but suspenseful thriller makes a middle-aged apolitical office worker the reluctant messenger in a precarious plot to prevent the political kidnapping of two strangers. Francisco (Velázquez), a sad-faced family man, receives a call from a woman he knew in college, with a seemingly benign request to publish his student poem. Directors Márquez and Testa keep the story simmering just below the surface, floating subtle suggestions of humor even as they trigger unease and launch the threat that forces Francisco into a life-and-death odyssey that evolves in the dark empty streets just blocks from his home. 

Theatrical release Nov. 17.

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Coco
Nov
22
to 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.

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Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits
Nov
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits

For more than 30 years interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco has explored notions of race, identity, and power through video and performance. In recent years Fusco has examined a number of legendary stories that lack pictorial representation due to institutional censorship or an absence of governmental documentation. She presents two intimate artist portraits centered on concepts of the body, state control, and expurgation, investigating their effects on artistic production and political discourse in Cuba. Both created in 2015, La confesión explores the public confession of poet and accused counterrevolutionary Heberto Padilla, while La botella al mar de Maria Elena focuses on the state intimidation of political reformer Maria Elena Cruz Varela. These portraits examine the relationship of art and artists to our contemporary political moment while charting a legacy of regime power and control of information.

Chicago: Nov. 30 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Ferdinand
Dec
15
to 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.

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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
Sep
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

A revisionist western set in turn-of-the-last-century Texas, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez gives Edward James Olmos a career part in the title role, a Mexican-American farm worker who goes on the run after he’s slapped with an unfair murder charge, trailing six hundred Texas Rangers behind him. A low-key and low-budget frontier epic told with total life-marred historical veracity, Young’s film breathes life into a legendary episode of immigrant resistance to nativist bullying.

New York: Sept. 18 at the Metrograph.

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Los Tallos Amargos
Sep
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Los Tallos Amargos

In the 1940s and 50s the Argentine film industry was as technically sophisticated as any in the Americas, and Ayala’s noir, a headlong plunge into the troubled conscience and warped psyche of a journalist haunted by the memory of committing murder, is a preeminent example of the national cinematographic genius at work, stunningly shot by Ricardo Younis, an apprentice of Gregg Toland.

New York: Sept. 16 at Metrograph.

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El Topo
Sep
15
to Sep 17

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.

New York: Sept. 15 & 16 at IFC Center.

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Santa Sangre
Sep
15
to Sep 20

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. 

Detroit: Sept. 15 & 16 at Main Art Theatre. 
Tucson: Sept. 20 at The Loft Cinema.

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CineMagnifico
Sep
14
to Sep 17

CineMagnifico

¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included.

Albuquerque: Sept. 14 - 17. Full lineup and details here.

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Official Latino Short Film Festival
Sep
14
to Sep 17

Official Latino Short Film Festival

Filmmaker Danny Hastings created the Festival in 2015 in response to the lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees. Their mission is to showcase, nurture, and support the emerging creative American Latino filmmaker in the United States.  This year’s theme is “AMERICAN DIVERSITY” and shorts will be screened in thematic blocks.

New York: Sept. 14 - 17. Full lineup and details here.

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Ladronas de Almas (Soul Robbers)
Sep
8
to Sep 14

Ladronas de Almas (Soul Robbers)

Sixty years after the release of the first Mexican zombie film, “Ladrón de cadáveres (The Body Snatcher)” (Fernando Mendez | Mexico | 1957), and after the great horde of tapes, series and other products of cult and fashion of the undead, a Mexico national production that not only takes the issue of the eats-brains as the axis of the plot, but contextualizes them combining it with a historical moment: The War of Independence. A group of suspected insurgents in search of a lost loot arrives at an hacienda inhabited only by the owner, his daughters and a servant of Haitian origin. Their eagerness not to leave the war with empty hands will make them defy the seemingly defenseless women, who have a macabre advantage.

San Francisco: Opens Sept. 8 at Roxie Theater.

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Nadie nos mira (Nobody's Watching)
Sep
8
to Sep 14

Nadie nos mira (Nobody's Watching)

Nico (a stunning Guillermo Pfening), is a 30-something actor who leaves a promising career in Argentina (where he stars in a T.V. soap) after a romantic break-up with his male married producer. Like many before him, cast adrift in New York City, Nico is thwarted in his efforts to land a job in either movies or on the stage. A smarmy agent advises him that Latinos are hot, but that he’s too blond and his accent has to go. Nico overstays his visa, juggles odd jobs (nannying for a wealthy friend; cleaning apartments) and engages in petty theft. Surprise visits from a former co-star and his ex-lover force him to reckon with his national, individual, and sexual identities.

New York: Opens Sept. 8 at Film Forum.

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500 Years
Sep
8
to Sep 14

500 Years

500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Ríos Montt to the popular movement that toppled sitting President Otto Pérez Molina. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population in Guatemala, and explores their struggles in the country’s growing fight against impunity.

San Diego: Opens Sept. 8 at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Jesús
Sep
1
to Sep 14

Jesús

Nothing comes easily to Santiago teen Jesús. His group has just lost the local battle of the boy bands, he can’t seem to finish high school or keep track of money, and his widower father is fed up with his inertia. Uncertain what path to take, Jesús is trapped in a dead-end cycle of getting wasted with his buddies and looking for trouble. One night, the boys are partying in a cemetery when things get out of hand. The boys gang up on a defenseless kid, beating him badly. The next day, Jesús learns that the kid’s in a coma, and the police are searching for those responsible. Desperate to avoid both the authorities and his friends, he has no choice but to turn to his father for help. But how far should a father be expected to go to protect a child when that child is as lost as Jesús?

New Orleans: Opens Sept. 8 at Zeitgeist.
New York: Opens Sept. 1 at Cinema Village.

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Trueba X3
Sep
1
to Sep 14

Trueba X3

Fernando Trueba is one of Spain's greatest filmmakers. He won the Best Foreign Language Oscar for Belle Époque (1994) and was nominated again in 2012 for Best Animated Film with the incomparable Chico & Rita. Miami has had a special place in his heart since his first film, Opera Prima (1980), had its US premiere in Coral Gables. Since then, whenever possible, he has attended the opening of his films. Gables Cinema welcomes Mr. Trueba back to the Gables with the premiere of his latest opus, the rollicking Queen of Spain, which continues the fictional saga of the Spanish film crew he introduced in The Girl of Your Dreams eighteen years ago. As a special treat, we're reprising the earlier film as well as unveiling a stunning remastered 4K restoration of Calle 54, his love letter to the music he loves most, Latin Jazz.

Coral Gables: Sept. 1 - 14 at Gables Art Cinema.

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Chulas Fronteras
Aug
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chulas Fronteras

“Beautiful Borders,” as Chulas Fronteras translates, is a zesty introduction to Norteña music and culture that exists along the Texas-Mexico border. This culture is distinct, having its own Spanish dialect, Tejeño, and music that is a fusion of traditional Mexican harmonies, German dancehall rhythms, and a little something extra. From soulful, lively dance tunes to political work songs, Musica Norteña has evolved since the turn of the century into a unique Mexican-American hybrid. Featured are such “traditionalists” as Narciso Martinez, Flaco Jimenez, Los Alegres de Teran, and Lydia Mendoza. Filmmaker Blank links the music’s spirit and vitality to the strong family bonds of the Tejeños. The plight of migrant workers adds a sobering backbeat to a generally joyous film.

San Francisco: August 26 at the Roxie Theater.

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Al Otro Lado
Aug
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Al Otro Lado

From a small fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, Magdiel is a 23-year-old composer who writes songs about the fishermen who have turned their pangas (fishing boats) into drug trafficking vessels. The economic crisis in the fishing industry forces Magdiel, a fourth generation fisherman, to seek another way of life. His two choices: to traffic drugs to the “gringos” in his fishing boat or to leave his hometown behind and become another of an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. When Magdiel meets a coyote (illegal border crossing guide) who agrees to cross him for free in exchange for a corrido song praising the adventures of the coyote himself, Magdiel begins composing and prepares for the journey.

San Francisco: August 26 at the Roxie Theater.

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Viva la Muerte
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Viva la Muerte

For fans of Jodorowsky's transgressive surrealism and taboo-defying imagery, experimental Spanish playwright Fernando Arrabal's work will be an exciting discovery. The two of them, along with artist Roland Topor (who created Fantastic Planet, as well as the credit sequence to this film) founded the Panique art movement - because they thought the Surrealist movement had become too mainstream. Viva la Muerte ("Long Live Death!"), Arrabal's debut film, is a highly personal tale set during the Spanish Civil War, fueled by bizarre images of violence, sexuality, and biting political commentary.

It is more high-minded and challenging than one expects from typical midnight movie fare - it was probably only programmed by distributors chasing the success of El Topo - and a disturbing, striking tour-de-force considered by many critics to be the pinnacle of Spanish avant-garde filmmaking.

Los Angeles: August 25 at Cinefamily.

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Kékszakállú
Aug
25
to Aug 31

Kékszakállú

A portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood, feeling their way through various crises born of the insular comforts of upper-middle-class life.  The status quo of boredom and leisure is challenged by the vicissitudes of Argentina’s economic malaise, forcing the offspring of this vanishing upper class to extricate themselves from the grips of familial privilege.  From Argentinian director Gastón Solnicki (Papirosen) is partly inspired by Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle (vivid passages are heard throughout the film).

Chicago: Opens August 25 at Facets Cinematheque.

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El Techo (On The Roof)
Aug
23
to Aug 27

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.

Austin: August 23 & 27. Part of CineNoche.

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Born in East L.A.
Aug
18
9:15pm 9:15pm

Born in East L.A.

Cheech Marin writes, directs and stars in Born in East L.A., a hip, outrageous comedy that’s based on his best-selling record parody. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico – without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal – and illegal – scheme he can think of to get back home to the States. He finds himself in jail, in love, and practically in-sane! Trouble follows him everywhere as he runs from la migra in this case of mistaken – or rather misplaced – identity.

San Francisco: August 18 at the Roxie Theater.

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María (y los demas)
Aug
18
to Aug 24

María (y los demas)

Thirty-something María (Barbara Lennie) is at a crossroads. Ever since her mother passed away when María was 15, she has been in charge of the family. When her father leaves the hospital announcing he intends to marry nurse Cachita, time has come for María to take control of her own life. María (and Everybody Else) is the perfect summer movie, one that leaves you feeling refreshed and hopeful for the future - and for the future of women in Film. In her debut, director Nely Reguera has an ace in the hole: her name is Barbara Lennie, and she's Spain's leading young actress. María may well be a Spanish cousin to Bridget Jones, but Colin Firth and Hugh Grant are nowhere to be found. Instead her lover is not much of a boyfriend and her dream of becoming an author is yet to be realized. Leaping into the void with María is this summer's comedic delight.

Coral Gables: Opens August 18 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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Días extraños (Strange Days)
Aug
17
7:15pm 7:15pm

Días extraños (Strange Days)

Juan and Luna, two young Colombians living in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, are infatuated with each other. Their relationship oscillates between tender gestures and violent explosions. But when Luna meets a woman named Federica and brings her home, something changes, setting into crisis the fragile nature of their relationship. Quebrada’s auspicious debut feature, shot in a stylized black-and-white, was hailed by Sergio Wolf, former director of the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) as “one of the best Colombian films in decades.”.

New York: August 17 at Anthology Film Archives.

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Ann
Aug
16
8:45pm 8:45pm

Ann

Ann is a feature film narrating the story of Ruben, a visual artist who has decided to abandon his tormented life by taking refuge within his own imagination; creating a world parallel to reality, which distances him from all material and emotional attachment, thus exorcising his ego.

Miami: August 16 at Miami Beach Cinematheque. Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

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United Latino Film Festival
Aug
10
to 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.

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La Reina de España (The Queen of Spain)
Aug
6
to Aug 28

La Reina de España (The Queen of Spain)

The misadventures of a Spanish crew during the filming of an American movie in Franco's Spain. Penelope Cruz stars as the famous movie star Macarena Granada, who flees the glitz and glamour of 1950s Hollywood to return to her roots in Spain where she has signed on to star in an epic film as Queen Isabella of Spain. The Queen of Spain can be considered as a sequel of The Girl of Your Dreams (La niña de mis ojos, 1998), also written and directed by Trueba.  The Girl of Your Dreams unfolded in Germany, as Hitler was in power: a group of Spanish actors travelled all that way to shoot not one, but two folkloric films. Now, these same characters return to the big screen in The Queen of Spain, but this time to make a historical movie, produced by the USA, and shot in Madrid and its surroundings.

Los Angeles: Opens August 18 at Arena Cinelounge.
Miami: Opens August 6 at Tower Theater
New York: Opens August 18 at Quad Cinema.

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 ¡Alambrista!
Jul
30
4:30pm 4:30pm

¡Alambrista!

In ¡Alambrista!, a Mexican farmworker sneaks across the border to California to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young. Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young’s take is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center. ¡Alambrista!, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s inaugural Caméra d’Or in 1978, remains one of the best films ever made on this perennially relevant topic.

San Francisco: July 30 at the Roxie Theater.

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Dance of Reality
Jul
28
10:00pm10:00pm

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.

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Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)
Jul
28
to Aug 17

Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)

University researcher Martin (Fernando Alvarez Rebeil) turns up in a small jungle settlement in Mexico’s Vera Cruz province in search of the two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. They are two elderly men, Isauro (Manuel Poncelis) and cantankerous Evaristo (Eligio Melendez), living with his granddaughter Lluvia (Fatima Molina). Martin wants to record Isauro and Evaristo in conversation, but unfortunately for him, the old men haven’t spoken to each other for 50 years, and aren't about to start now.

Los Angeles: Opens August 4 at Laemmle Music Hall.
New Orleans: Opens August 11 at Zeitgeist Arts Center.
New York: Opens July 28 at Quad Cinema

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