Dolores
Sep
1
to Nov 30

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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Pólvora y Gloria (Brimstone & Glory)
Oct
27
to Dec 2

Pólvora y Gloria (Brimstone & Glory)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. 

Boulder: Opens Nov. 29 at Dairy Arts Center.
Chicago: Opens Nov. 17 at Siskel Film Center.
Minneapolis: Opens Nov. 24 at St Anthony Main Theatre.
New York: Opens Nov. 22 at Quad Cinema
Phoenix: Opens Nov. 17 at FilmBar.
San Francisco: Opens Nov. 3 at Roxie Theater
San Rafael: Opens Nov. 3 at Rafael Film Center
Seattle: Nov. 11 - Nov. 25 at Northwest Film Forum. 

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The Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale
Nov
15
to Nov 19

The Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale

The Latino and Iberian Film Festival (LIFFY) at Yale strives to promote cultural awareness and understanding by presenting films from diverse countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. LIFFY audiences will enjoy post-screening conversations with filmmakers, actors, and film producers from many of the films featured in the Festival.

New Haven: Nov. 15 - 19. Full lineup here. All films have English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

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Cine Latino
Nov
16
to Nov 19

Cine Latino

Cine Latino 2017 will be an opportunity for audience members to view some of the best Latin American and Iberian films being made today, meet and connect with talented visiting filmmakers from those regions, and participate in a variety of engaging film-related events: workshops, panels and parties, with great food and music to round out the experience. In 2017, Cine Latino will focus its celebration on Mexico, whose cinematic traditions are one of the most important in the world. Here's on highlight:

Mala Junta (Bad Influence), Chile, 2016
Arrested after a violent gas station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano (Andrew Bargsted) is remanded to the custody of his father, Javier (Francisco Pérez-Bannen), an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward Cheo (Eliseo Fernández), whose indigenous Mapuche community fights against the displacement and destruction wrought by a massive local pulp mill. The connection between the two boys quickly deepens against the pressures of schoolyard cruelty and the troubled home lives of each, forcing a reckoning between each young man and the world around him in this extraordinary debut feature from writer/director Claudia Huaiquimilla.

Minneapolis/St. Paul: Nov. 16 - 19 at various venues.

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Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)
Nov
17
to Nov 23

Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)

Waitress/singer Marina (Daniela Vega) is planning for the future with her boyfriend Orlando, but her world is shaken when Orlando suddenly falls ill and passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated with suspicion and, as a transgender woman, is met with harsh judgment and discrimination by Orlando's family. The struggles she faces in the aftermath of her lover's death become a microcosm for her life, as she battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting in order to become the woman she is - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

New York: Opens Nov. 17 at Angelika Film Center.

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Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Nov
17
to Nov 23

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.

Amherst, MA: Nov. 17 at Amherst Cinema.

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El Futuro Perfecto (Future Perfect)
Nov
24
to Dec 10

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.

Austin: Dec. 10 at AFS Cinema.
Chicago: Opens Nov. 24 at Facets. 

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Uma Loucura de Mulher (Mad About Her)
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Uma Loucura de Mulher (Mad About Her)

Gero is a local politician dazzled by the chance to become state governor. But when his wife Lucia slaps an influential politician at a party after he takes some liberties with her and the photo lands on the front pages, Gero, following the advice of his closest associate, decides to send her to a mental asylum. Lucia flees to Rio de Janeiro where she runs into childhood sweetheart Raposo and soon the embers of that old romance are rekindled. Fearing another political scandal, Gero goes after Lucia hoping to win her back.

Chicago: Nov. 28 as part of Reel Film Club.

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Los Nadie (The Nobodies)
Dec
1
to Dec 7

Los Nadie (The Nobodies)

Meet Camilo, Mechas, Manu, Ana and Pipa. Tattooed, pierced, and styled with wild hair and grunge clothing, they perform circus tricks at traffic lights, saving up money to go traveling. Overbearing parents, religious austerity and a distinct lack of prospects are forcing these kids out of the city, chasing freedom. Shot in softly focused black-and-white, the film displays a clean monochromatic aesthetic that contradicts the anarchic attitude of our central characters.

San Francisco: Opens Dec. 1 at the Roxie Theater.

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Las Plantas (Plants)
Dec
14
7:15 PM19:15

Las Plantas (Plants)

Roberto Doveris’s debut feature film revolves around Florencia, a 17-year-old girl responsible for the care of her comatose older brother during the summer. Trying to survive with limited means and no assistance, she becomes obsessed with a comic book called “Las Plantas,” which depicts an invasion of earth by sentient plants who take possession of human bodies every full moon. At the same time, Florencia is going through her own sexual awakening, meeting strangers through the internet, and her monotonous daily routine begins to merge with the fantasy world of the comics and her own burgeoning desires. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Berlinale and associate-produced by Alicia Scherson (The Future, Family Life), Plants is “a sexually souped-up teen psycho-thriller…an original coming-of-age tale laced with pop culture” (Variety).

New York: Dec. 15 at Anthology Film Archives.

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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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Elis
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Elis

The life of Elis Regina, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian singer of all time, is told in this biopic film with energetic and pulsating rhythm. Winner of eight awards at the 2017 Brazilian Academy of Cinema Awards, including Best Actress for Andréia Horta as Elis Regina. The film tells the story of the singer from her arrival in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 19 , her rise to success and national and international recognition, until her tragic and early death.

New York: Dec. 15 at Symphony Space.

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Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)
Jan
1
to Jan 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 soon.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival
Mar
15
to Mar 25

San Diego Latino Film Festival

SDLFF was born out of a desire to take a stand against the status-quo of cinema, to challenge the reigning and ever-present stereotypes about the Latino experience in movies, and to give Latino filmmakers the power of telling and sharing their stories, first-hand, about what it means to be Latino.

San Diego: March 15 - 25. Full details here.

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Born in East L.A.
Nov
13
to Nov 14

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.

Santa Ana: Nov. 13 & 14 at The Frida Cinema.

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Corto Circuito
Nov
13
to Nov 16

Corto Circuito

Corto Circuito was formed to showcase short films made by filmmakers from and about Latin America, Spain and the United States. Each year, the selections include animated and fictional short films, as well as documentaries and experimental works, many of which will be U.S and N.Y. premieres. The Festival involves multiple programs, Q&A’s and fiestas to celebrate the contributions Latino cultures have made to New York’s cultural landscape. 

New York: Nov. 13 - 16. Full lineup and details here. All screenings are free and open to the public.

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Maquinaria Panamericana (PanAmerican Machinery)
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Maquinaria Panamericana (PanAmerican Machinery)

A run down construction-machine factory in Mexico City: Maquinaria Panamericana. The employees are happily winding down for the weekend, just like every Friday, except that this day a shocking event breaks their routine: their beloved boss, Don Alejandro, is found dead in the back of a warehouse. Soon this discovery leads to further ones: the company is bankrupt, the workforce have no prospects of employment elsewhere and no hope for any retirement funds. In a state of confusion, fear and grief they decide to hide his death and lock themselves in their dusty workplace to play out an improbable solution.

San Francisco: Nov. 12 at the Roxie Theater.

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Santa Sangre
Nov
10
9:45 PM21:45

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. 

Amherst, MA: Nov. 10 at Amherst Cinema.

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Santa y Andrés
Nov
10
to Nov 16

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. 

New York: Opens Nov. 10 at Cinema Village.

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La Tercera Raíz (The Third Root)
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

La Tercera Raíz (The Third Root)

Camilo Nu is a talented guitarist from Mexico who is propelled on a journey to search the roots of the traditional music of Veracruz know as Son Jarocho, a Mexican music that has been recognized as having Spanish and African influences. Camilo travels through Southern Spain and North Africa to collaborate musically with the local genres in order to discover what similarities still exist, and as his journey gets further from home he is unexpectedly confronted with his own fragmented African heritage that he inherited through his absent father. Camilo’s journey takes on a whole new meaning as he travels deep into the African roots of Son Jarocho and, inevitably, his own identity.

New York: Nov. 10 at Maysles Cinema.  Q&A with director Reed Rickert and subject and musician Camilo Nu.

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La Bamba
Nov
10
to Nov 12

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.

Santa Ana: Nov. 10 & 11 at The Frida Cinema.

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The Films of Ana Mendieta
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

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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DOC NYC
Nov
9
to Nov 16

DOC NYC

This documentary festival has several films of interest, mostly in the shorts sections. One feature to look out for:

The Iron Triangle, USA, 2017
For decades, Queens’ Willets Point has been the site of an interconnected network of hundreds of small auto repair shops, known for no-frills but inexpensive, quality service. The owners, many immigrants, have persevered despite a lack of city support, but their luck may have just run out. With the Iron Triangle declared a blight and marked for lucrative redevelopment, the working class of Willets Point faces off against gentrification and urban renewal for the future of their livelihoods and community.

New York: Nov. 9 - 16. Full lineup and details here.

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Holy Mountain
Nov
7
to Nov 11

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.

Atlanta: Nov. 7 at Midtown Art Cinema.
New York: Nov. 10 - 11 at Videology.

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Panafest
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Panafest

A celebration of Latino film and culture! We will be featuring screenings of shorts and documentaries from Latin American and U.S. Latino filmmakers, art exhibits, music, panel discussions, food and open bar. Six blocks of shorts and documentaries will feature recent work from Panama, Cuba, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico and the U.S.

Los Angeles: Nov. 4. Full lineup and details here.

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El Topo
Nov
3
to Nov 4

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.

Amherst, MA: Nov. 3 at Amherst Cinema
New York: Nov. 3 & 4 at Videology.

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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
San Diego: Opens Nov. 3 at Digital Gym Cinema.

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Central American International Film Festival
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Central American International Film Festival

CAIFF is a three-day festival of 27 Central American-made films, art exhibitions, workshops, and performances. The film showcase will include short films, documentaries, and full features with Q&A’s and selected films and admission will be free to the public!

The festival's opening night film will be:

Abrazame Como Antes (Hold Me Like Before), Costa Rica
Veronica is a transgender woman who works as a prostitute in a small neighborhood of Costa Rica's capital When a young thief known as Tato has an accident and breaks an ankle, she takes him to her house trying to give him a better life, but also faced with the painful side of motherhood. Finally Veronica realizes that helping Tato was actually helping herself. Q+A with Costa Rican Lead actress Jimena Franco. 

Los Angeles: Nov. 3 - 5. Full lineup and details here.

Cinelandia is pleased to be a media sponsor for CAIFF 2017.

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La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis)
Nov
3
to Nov 9

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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Tiempo de morir (Time to Die)
Nov
3
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.

Boston: Nov. 3 & 5 at Brattle Theatre.
Rohnert Park, CA: Nov. 3 & 5 at Sonoma Film Institute.

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500 Years
Nov
2
to Nov 5

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.

Minneapolis/St. Paul: Nov. 2 - 5 at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

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Alternative Fiction Festival
Nov
2
to Nov 5

Alternative Fiction Festival

This festival includes two films of interest:

Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language), Mexico 2017
A linguist (Fernando Álvarez Rebeil) travels to an isolated Mexican village to study a nearly dead language, but finds that its only two speakers (Manuel Poncelis and Eligio Melendez) refuse to converse with each other due to an ancient grudge. In time, the researcher works to reunite the duo in the hope of preserving their native tongue, and learns more about the language's mysteries in the process. Directed by Ernesto Contreras.

Telefóto, USA 2017
In this unusual ghost story, a working class family of artists reckon with the gentrification of their neighborhood. They are people of an older Oak Cliff (a borough of Dallas, Texas) who cannot afford the new. When the connection between history, possibility, and place is severed, the situation is like living in a ghost world. In this poetic film, the topical coexists with the metaphysical; just as the family is haunted by the higher cost of living, they are visited by troublesome ghosts.

Dallas: Nov. 2 - 5. Full lineup and details here.

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Denver Film Festival
Nov
1
to Nov 12

Denver Film Festival

This year's festival includes a special sidebar, CineLatino, including new films as well as a three-film retrospective of the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Here's one highlight:

La defensa del dragon (The Dragon Defense), Colombia, 2017
In a bittersweet debut drama named for a legendary chess move, Colombian writer-director Natalia Santa tells the story of three longtime friends living in Bogotá. Samuel (Gonzalo de Sagarminaga) is an occasional tutor in chess and math. Like his two best friends—pot-smoking, gambling doctor Marcos (Manuel Navarro) and Joaquin (Hernan Mendez), a glum watch repairman living hand-to-mouth in his vintage shop—he is professionally gifted but financially and emotionally hard-up. The trio has long survived in a fog of oblivion, drifting aimlessly through shabby nightspots as their lives deteriorate around them. Then comes a moment of truth—but are they too jaded to acknowledge it? 

Denver: Nov. 1 - 12. Full lineup and details here.

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Acantilado (The Cliff)
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

Acantilado (The Cliff)

The members of a commune, dressed in white and holding torches, throw themselves into the sea from a cliff in the Canary Islands. The police suspect that one of them could have been Gabriel’s sister Cordelia, whom he hasn’t seen in several years. Gabriel arrives to help with the police investigation. But as he and Helena, Cordelia’s best friend, begin to unearth the motives that led the commune to commit mass suicide, Gabriel begins to question his own relationship to his sister, wondering whether he pushed her away from him and into the arms of a cult.

Chicago: Oct. 31 as part of Reel Film Club.

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Los Tallos Amargos
Oct
28
to Oct 30

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.

Chicago: Oct. 28 & 30 at Siskel Film Center.

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Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema
Oct
27
to Nov 2

Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema

Since the late 1950s, Mexico has produced its own rich and distinctive strain of horror cinema, combining supernatural tales of witches and vampires with regional folklore, head-spinning surrealism, and heaps of creepy Gothic atmosphere. Brimming with cinematic invention, these high water marks of the genre are among the wildest, freakiest, and most unique horror movies ever made.

New York: Oct. 27 - Nov. 2 at BAM.

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Cárcel de Arboles (Prison of Trees)
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

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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La Selva Negra (The Modern Jungle)
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

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. 

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La Reina de España (The Queen of Spain)
Oct
27
to Nov 2

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.

Coral Gables: Opens Oct. 27 at Gables Art Cinema.

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El Amparo
Oct
27
to Nov 2

El Amparo

At the end of the 80's, by the creeks of the Arauca river, near the Colombian-Venezuelan border, two men survived the brutality of a shooting in which 14 of their mates were killed. They claimed to be mere fishermen, but the Venezuelan army accused them of being guerrilla fighters, intimidated them in every possible way, and even attempted to remove them from the cell where they were guarded by a policeman. Their neighbors prevented their transfer, but the pressure they faced to give in and submit the official version was overwhelming. Based on a play by Calzadilla and scriptwriter Karin Valecillos.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Calle 54
Oct
27
to Nov 2

Calle 54

Latin Jazz is the vibrant, life-affirming music guaranteed to chase the blues away and Calle 54 is director Fernando Trueba's valentine to the pulsating rhythms that changed his life for the better. First he travels to Havana, New York, San Juan, Stockholm and Cadiz to catch the musicians on their home turf. Then he films them with six Panavision cameras in Manhattan's Sony Music Studio on West 54th Street (hence the title). There's more to Latin music than salsa, merengue and reggaeton. Calle 54 was chosen as one of the ten best films of the year by The New York Times and featured in its anthology, 1,000 Greatest Films of All Time. The film's mythic stature has increased over the years with the passing of featured legends Gato Barbieri, Cachao, Chico O' Farrill, Hilton Ruiz, Mario Rivera, Dave Valentin, Milton Cardona, Steve Berrios, Bebo Valdes, Patato, Puntilla and Tito Puente, all of them captured in their prime. Also starring living masters Paquito d'Rivera, Chucho Valdes, Chano Dominguez, Elaine Elias, Michel Camilo, Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band.

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