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El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)
Sep
20
to Mar 31

El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)

At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up in a retirement home and are even trying to convince him to amputate his disabled limb. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he’s planned a one-way trip to the other side of the world.

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As Boas Maneiras
Oct
26
to Dec 19

As Boas Maneiras

Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. With powerful visuals and an impecable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

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El Angel
Nov
9
to Dec 14

El Angel

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling—to be a thief—manifested itself. When he meets Ramon (Chino Darín) at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime; killing is just a random offshoot  of the violence, which continues  to escalate until Carlitos is finally  apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance,  the press dubs Carlitos "The Angel of Death." Showered  with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity.

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Roma
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Roma

The most personal project to date from Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in Mexico City’s middle-class Roma neighborhood. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst Mexico’s political turmoil of the 1970s.

Worldwide: Releases in December. Check the website for details.

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Feliz Año Tijuana
Dec
14
to Dec 20

Feliz Año Tijuana

The reckless air of a border town gives extra flavor to a Mexican New Year’s Eve when the night urges Latin American Studies professor Alejandro (Deveze) into the waiting arms of temptation. A missed flight to his home in León strands the cautious middle-aged professor in Tijuana, where the town’s seedy air suggests danger, but the energy in the streets issues an irresistible invitation. After an unexpected encounter with pretty blonde former student Ana (Veta), an American, he joins a party of reveling academics. It’s the first course in an evening laced with comic undertones that will evolve into a tangled odyssey of new sights, new emotions, and a dangerous attraction. Director van Baal (LARGO) makes superb use of Tijuana’s colorful panorama of street action as Alejandro mixes with the vendors, mystery characters, sex workers, and would-be friends who will challenge his status quo.

Chicago: Opens Dec. 14 at Siskel Film Center.

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Pájaros de verano
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Pájaros de verano

In 1970s Colombia, a narco-trafficking era known as “la Bonanza Marimbera” pulls an indigenous Wayuu family into the fray as they enter the booming business of selling marijuana to Americans. Led by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayuu way of life. The strong and impulsive women and men must fight to maintain their livelihoods, culture, and traditions.

To be released February 2019.

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Cocote
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Cocote

Cocote follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act — especially for him, an Evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out. 

Boulder: Nov. 30. More details here.

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Pendular
Nov
30
to Dec 6

Pendular

In an empty loft an unnamed young couple—a sculptor and a dancer—stick orange-colored tape to the floor to demarcate two identically sized areas: one space is to be her dance studio and the other his sculpture workshop. An open plan kitchen and a mattress turn the place into a home and we observe them engage in a sexual relationship, thereby setting the stage for a low-key psychosexual drama centered around the couple's erotic, artistic, and everyday rituals. Afterwards, they always retreat behind their dividing lines as a means to inspire their creativity. Before long, he begins to use her space for his large sculptures, and she uses them for her choreography. This interplay between intimacy and rivalry is designed to empower their mutual goal of constantly exploring themselves anew. However, the man begins to experience a growing desire to have a child with her, as they slowly lose their capacity of distinguishing between their artistic projects, their past and their romantic relationship. Filmmaker Júlia Murat playfully explores their yearning to belong, as they begin to challenge both their artistic identities as well as their identity as a couple.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 30 at Facets.

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El libro de Lila
Nov
24
to Dec 8

El libro de Lila

The border that divides storybooks from everyday life dissolves in Colombian writer-director Marcela Rincón González’s marvelous animated adventure about a very special girl trying to find her way home.

Lila is a character from a children’s book who accidentally winds up caught in the world of her readers. The only person who can help Lila return to her rightful place is Ramón, the book’s owner, but he’s grown up now, has stopped reading and, most problematic of all, has lost his sense of wonder. Lila and her new pal Manuela are determined to convince Ramón of Lila’s plight, but in order to retrieve Lila’s book they must traverse the treacherous Desert of Lost Memories.

Miami: Nov. 24, Dec. 2 & 8 at Tower Theater.

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Cielo
Nov
23
to Nov 29

Cielo

Set in Chile’s Atacama Desert, CIELO explores the sublime night sky, employing an elegant, unusual use of time-lapse photography to capture the movements of a breathtaking astronomical tableau. Filmmaker Alison McAlpine’s thoughtful narration and the ambient sounds of the desert are blended with otherworldly music and affecting moments of deep silence. The resulting meditation on the heavens is a mystical paean to the beauty of the sky and an inspiring vision of a universe that we both see and cannot see. The Atacama – with its high-altitude setting (between the Andes and Chilean Coast Mountains), aridity (the driest non-polar place in the world, receiving an average of only .6 inches of rain per year), and near-complete lack of cloud cover and light pollution – is an ideal place to appreciate the firmament. CIELO is a distinctively cinematic reverie on these night skies, as experienced by astronomers at the La Silla, Paranal, and Las Campanas observatories, as well as local farmers, cowboys, and miners.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 23 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Las Sandinistas!
Nov
21
to Dec 4

Las Sandinistas!

Heroines of Nicaragua's 1979 Sandinista Revolution get their due in this documentary that underlines for posterity the leading role of women in the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) through present-day encounters with the female leaders who made it happen. First-person accounts by key women, including former commander Dora Maria Téllez, reveal how thousands of sheltered country girls and home-bound wives and mothers answered the call of the nation's struggle for social and economic justice to become warriors who shattered gender barriers and matched or bested the men in combat against the troops of the totalitarian Somosa regime in the U.S.-backed Contra War. Compelling historical interviews and combat footage serve to create then-and-now portraits of the film's featured interview subjects, who ushered in a new era of equality, only to see their place in history gradually diminished and erased under the administration of Nicaragua's current president Daniel Ortega.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 30 at the Siskel Film Center.
New York: Opens Nov. 21 at Film Forum.

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Alanis
Nov
16
to Nov 22

Alanis

Sofía Gala stars in ALANIS, a clear-eyed and unsentimental film about  a young Buenos Aires mother who finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her. Winner of Best Actress and Best Director at San Sebastián Film Festival.

San Diego: Opens Nov. 16 at Digital Gym.

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Mi Querida Cofradía (Hopelessly Devout)
Nov
2
to Nov 21

Mi Querida Cofradía (Hopelessly Devout)

When Ignacio manages to secure a highly-respectable position at the local religious guild, Carmen, a devout Catholic woman who was confidently pursuing the same title, refuses to concede gracefully. Her scheme to overthrow him, however, ultimately leads to chain of hysterical and comically inconvenient events that often include an eccentric mix of characters. Marta Diaz De Lope Diaz’s first feature film playfully challenges conventional norms in this screwball comedy where chaos ensues in every corner.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Un traductor
Oct
19
to Nov 2

Un traductor

In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Malin, a Russian literature professor at The University of Havana, is sent to translate between Cuban doctors and children sent from the USSR for medical treatment. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, Malin becomes increasingly depressed. When he meets a child who tells him a story, Malin connects with the kids and finds his way through. Just as he adapts to his new job, the Berlin Wall falls and Cuba enters the deepest economic crisis the island has ever known. But Malin is now so entrenched in the lives of the Chernobyl Children that he doesn’t notice his young family suffering. He must find his way back to his wife and child through the lessons he learns at the hospital – and become a better person on the way.

Miami: Opens Oct. 19 at Tower Theater Miami.

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Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo
Oct
19
to Oct 26

Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo

This is the story of Julita, a matriarch whose three childhood wishes have been granted: lots of kids, a monkey and a Spanish castle. When she is 81 years old, her youngest child discovers that his mother lost the vertebra of his murdered great-grandmother among the exorbitant amount of weird objects she has hoarded throughout her life. During the exciting search for the vertebra, a very extraordinary family history is revealed. This unique old lady is about to find the meaning of life.

Los Angeles: Playing now at Music Hall.

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Araby
Oct
5
to Oct 21

Araby

Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it’s here that Araby begins — or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano’s life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a twenty-year journey in search of a better life.

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306 Hollywood
Sep
28
to Nov 13

306 Hollywood

At 306 Hollywood Avenue in Newark, former dress designer Annette Ontell lived for 71 years in a nondescript white house. After her death in 2011, her grandchildren Elan and Jonathan were left with her belongings, from toothbrushes to tax documents. Instead of throwing away this lifetime of detritus, Venezuelan-American filmmakers Elan and Jonathan began a meticulous process of cataloguing and archiving everything Annette left behind. The result is this magical documentary, an inspiring look at the extraordinary stories and histories hidden away in the everyday. 

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Museo
Sep
21
to Dec 8

Museo

Thirtysomethings Juan Núñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in a Mexico City suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve they decide time has come to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in Mexican history, looting the iconic National Anthropology Museum. Inspired by true events and shot in never-before filmed locations, Museo is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it.

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Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco
Sep
14
to Nov 22

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco

It took a young Puerto Rican-born unknown from Harlem to bust open the stuffy world of post- WWII high fashion with new energy, color, and diversity, as seen in this vibrant profile of New York artist, photographer, and videographer Antonio Lopez and his collaborator/partner Juan Ramos. First known for his sinuous, boldly sexy fashion illustrations in publications including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New York Times, high-spirited pansexual Lopez quickly propelled himself to the heart of a new international fashion scene as discoverer of models and actresses including Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Tina Chow, and Grace Jones. As the ringleader of a good-time "gang" that included Bill Cunningham, Grace Coddington, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint-Laurent, Patti D'Arbanville, Joan Juliet Buck, and more, he was both arbiter of taste and charismatic object of desire for both men in women in a hedonistic pre-AIDS era. Director Crump includes a wealth of Lopez's art, personal videos, and affectionate interviews with friends including Lange, Cunningham, and Coddington, in a film that moves to the beats of the time with music by the Temptations, Isaac Hayes, Donna Summer, and more.

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A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (Forest of Lost Souls)
Aug
31
to Sep 6

A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (Forest of Lost Souls)

Contemplating suicide, an grief-stricken older man (Jorge Mota) and a young girl (Daniela Love) meet in a dense and remote forest where people go to end their lives. They decide to briefly postpone killing themselves in order to explore the forest and also to continue their conversation, finding themselves intrigued by one another. She appears to have all the answers that he has been seeking, and the two engage in a dialogue that almost seems to take on a patient/counselor relationship. She seems to know everything about suicide, ranging from statistics and Japanese hara-kiri techniques to suicidal rituals such as, for instance, carrying a notebook and a pen to write a farewell letter. As they spend their final hours together, it becomes clear that one person is not who they would have the other believe them to be, in this unique and disturbing modern take on the slasher film.

Chicago: Playing now at Facets.

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Ya Veremos
Aug
31
to Sep 27

Ya Veremos

The story of Santi, a preteen who is dealing with the recent separation of his parents Rodrigo and Alejandra. Despite their divorce, Santi's parents are both desperately devoted to their son. When the three learn that Santi has a medical condition that could jeopardize his eyesight, Santi's father encourages him to make a list of places and things he wants to see and do before losing his sight completely. Santi immediately obliges with an elaborate list but with one condition - the estranged couple must come together to help him fulfill his dreams. As the three embark on the amazing, sometimes wacky adventure, the couple must learn how to live together for the sake of their son. But will the adventure open their eyes and make separating impossible? We'll see....

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Constructing Albert
Aug
24
to Aug 30

Constructing Albert

The much-honored Spanish restaurant elBulli, which closed in 2011, was once considered the best in the world, but this intriguing foodie documentary reveals a rival - a sibling rival, that is. While elBulli's head chef Ferran Adriá was proclaimed a genius, it seems that behind the scenes simmering wasn't confined to stockpots. Over a four-year period, filmmakers Collado and Loomis follow the story of Ferran's former partner and co-chef, younger brother Albert, as he steps out of the long shadow of elBulli's legacy and stakes his own claim to fame on an ambitious string of five restaurants in Barcelona's theater district, each featuring a different wildly innovative cuisine. Mouths will water as the film details the creation of Enigma, the seriously experimental eatery that Albert hopes will seal his place in gastronomic history.

Chicago: Opens Aug. 24 at the Siskel Film Center.

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The Rest I Make Up
Aug
23
to Aug 29

The Rest I Make Up

Maria Irene Fornes is one of America’s greatest playwrights and most influential teachers, but many only know her as the ex-lover of writer and social critic Susan Sontag. The visionary Cuban-American dramatist constructed astonishing worlds onstage and taught countless students how to connect with their imaginations. When she gradually stops writing due to dementia, an unexpected friendship with filmmaker Michelle Memran reignites her spontaneous creative spirit and triggers a decade-long collaboration that picks up where the pen left off. The duo travels from New York to Havana, Miami to Seattle, exploring the playwright’s remembered past and their shared present. Theater luminaries such as Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson, and others weigh in on Fornes’s important contributions. What began as an accidental collaboration becomes a story of love, creativity, and connection that persists even in the face of forgetting.

New York: Aug. 23 - 29 at the Museum of Modern Art.

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El Inca
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

El Inca

Based on the story of undefeated two-time World Boxing Champion Edwin Valero, El Inca is a biographical drama about talent and charisma, love and ambition, excess and self-destruction. Valero, aka “El Inca,” rose from humble Andean roots to international celebrity by defeating one rival after another—he set a world record by winning his first 18 fights with a first-round knockout. But as Valero’s professional life bloomed his personal life began to stagger, with insecurities leading to marital infidelities and perilous addiction, aspects of Valero’s life that still spark controversy: following a brief, successful theatrical run, the Venezuelan Government removed the film from theaters.

Charlottesville: Aug. 21 at Violet Crown.

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Casi 40
Aug
17
to Aug 23

Casi 40

They were adolescent lovers. Lucía (Lucía Jiménez) became one half of a successful pop duo but is now settled into domestic life with a husband and two children. Fernando (Fernando Remallo) gets by selling organic cosmetics but seeks to rekindle Lucía’s career with a modest concert tour of the Spanish countryside. David Trueba’s film reunites the two principals of his first film, The Good Life (1996), two decades later, fast approaching middle age. What became of their dreams and aspirations? Has life changed them in significant ways? 

Coral Gables: Opens Aug. 17 at Gables Art Cinema.

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We The Animals
Aug
17
to Sep 27

We The Animals

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father (Raúl Castillo), Ma (Sheila Vand,) seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. Based on Justin Torres’ acclaimed novel.

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Gabriel e a Montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain)
Aug
17
to Sep 6

Gabriel e a Montanha (Gabriel and the Mountain)

Fellipe Barbosa's film follows Gabriel Buchmann as he travels the world for one year before entering a prestigious American university. After ten months on the road, he arrives in Kenya determined to discover the African continent. Everything changes, however, when he reaches the top of Mount Mulanje, Malawi. Based on the true story of Barbosa’s friend from school.

Miami: Opens Aug. 17 at Miami Beach Cinematheque
San Francisco: Opens Aug. 31 at Landmark Theatre East Bay and Opera Plaza.

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Handia (Giant)
Aug
17
to Aug 30

Handia (Giant)

North of Spain, 1843. When young Martin returns home from the war, crippled and defeated, he cannot believe his eyes. His dear brother Joaquin has grown up to become an actual giant, as useless as he is for the family’s work in their tiny hamlet. To keep the family afloat, the two embark on a breathtaking adventure, turning the giant into a circus act, performing in squares, theaters and leading courts throughout Europe. But they soon learn that the world of show business is one of challenges, lies and betrayal. A world where, the bigger you come, the harder you fall.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Todo lo demás (Everything Else)
Jul
27
to Aug 2

Todo lo demás (Everything Else)

Doña Flor has worked in the same government office for over 35 years, attending to several dozen people from all the corners of Mexican society– rich, poor, educated and illiterate alike. One day her life becomes unhinged and she goes to the pool seeking solace in the water, but is paralyzed by fear until a gesture of kindness from another woman resuscitates her. 
 

San Francisco: July 27 - August 2 at The Roxie.

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En el Séptimo Día
Jun
8
to Oct 3

En el Séptimo Día

When José's team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries without success to reason with his boss or replace himself in the match. If he doesn't work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn't stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

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Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)
Jun
3
to Jun 6

Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)

A 1968 film, in a 4K restoration for its 50th anniversary. Post-Bay of Pigs Havana, as bourgeois, would-be writer Sergio Corrieri sees off his parents (they embrace) and wife (they don’t).  Later, his seeming best friend emigrates, too, only after a long harangue. He attempts to write, observes the city through a telescope from his très 60s apartment balcony, and wanders through the streets, book stores, and art galleries, always aware of glances from women, fantasizing about his cleaning lady - then seducing Daisy Granados’ nervous/passionate working class teen. He watches a reel of sexy scenes cut from Hollywood movies by Batista-era censors and attends a literary round table with the likes of Edmundo Desnoes (author of the original novel) and Jack Gelber (author of The Connection).  He sweats his way through an embarrassing trial, and listens to a vintage Castro rant during the Missile Crisis. All filtered through brooding voice-overs, newsreels, and hidden camera treks through the city; a character study of a post-revolution désengagée through the techniques of the New Wave and Antonioni.

Omaha: June 3 - 6 at Film Streams.

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Nossa Chape
Jun
1
to Jun 21

Nossa Chape

Nossa Chape tracks the rebuilding of the Brazilian soccer team, Chapocoense, after an airplane carrying the team to the Copa Sudamericana finals in Colombia crashed on November 28th, 2016. Nineteen of the 22 players perished, along with dozens of staff, coaches and reporters. Remarkably, the team began to rebuild just one month later, and with exclusive access to the new team, families of the deceased, and three living players, this powerful documentary shows a team and a city divided about how to handle catastrophe: should they focus on keeping the memory of the dead alive or move on with their own lives? Additionally, there is also the toll it takes on the survivors and families of the victims who start to question how things are being handled and feel that their stories are being pushed aside.

Chicago: Opens June 15 at Facets Cinémathèque. 
Los Angeles: Opens June 1 at Monica Film Center.
New York: Opens June 1 at Village East Cinema.
San Francisco: Opens June 15 at The Roxie. 
Washington, DC: Opens June 8 at The Avalon.

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Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
May
25
to Aug 16

Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)

In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

Nationwide: Opens May 25.  Check here for a theater near you.

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