Buscando a Gastón | Finding Gaston

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Buscando a Gastón / Finding Gaston

A film by Patricia Perez

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18).

 

USA/Peru, Documentary/Biography, 2014
75 min, HD, Color/Black & White
Spanish, English, French with English subtitles

BUSCANDO A GASTÓN is a tour of Peruvian gastronomy on the heels of chef Gastón Acurio, in his quest to use cuisine as a catalyst for change in his country. The documentary shares stories, dreams and flavors from a country caught up day to day in the power of cuisine.

Texas Premiere

www.gastondoc.com

About the director

Patricia Perez- DirectorAfter almost ten years of experience in television and film production in Peru, Patricia Perez landed a Fulbright scholarship to obtain a Masters in Film Studies in the USA. She currently lives and works in L.A. and also directs and produces documentaries in her country of origin. Her first film, MISTURA: THE POWER OF FOOD, screened at several international festivals, as well as in the US on networks including Nat Geo and Direct TV.

 

Credits

Producer: Patricia Perez, Ed Talavera, Rosario Lina
Screenwriter: Patricia Perez
Cinematographer: Ed Talavera
Editor: Patricia Perez
Sound Design: Alejandro Rodriguez
Music: Novalima, Jean Pierre Magnet
Cast: Gaston Acurio

Print Source: Maxwell Wokin – Film Movement, maxwell@filmmovement.com


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Castanha

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Castanha / Castanha

A film by Davi Pretto

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

Co-presented by OUTsider Film & Arts Festival

 

Brazil, Drama/Documentary/Mixed-Genre, 2014
95 min, Digital, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

João is a 52-year-old actor who lives with his 72-year-old mother, Celina. He spends his time between his work at night as a cross-dresser in small gay bars and the roles he portrays in modest plays, movies and TV shows. Tormented and haunted by ghosts from his past, João’s day-to-day life starts to merge with the reality in which he lives and the fiction he is interpreting.

Texas Premiere

www.tokyofilmes.wordpress.com/castanha, www.figafilms.com/#!castanha/c2291

About the director

- DirectorBorn in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1988, Davi Pretto’s short films have been screened at various festivals around the world such as Stockholm, Huelva, Montevideo, Tiradentes, and others. His first feature film CASTANHA won the financial support of Fumproarte Porto Alegre and had its world premiere at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Credits

Producer: Paola Wink, Sandro Fiorin
Production Companies: Tokyo Filmes, Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre, Gogó Conteúdo Sonoro
Screenwriter: Davi Pretto
Cinematographer: Glauco Firpo
Editor: Bruno Carboni
Sound Design: Tiago Bello, Tomaz Borges, Fernando Efron, Marco Lopes, Augusto Stern
Music: Diego Poloni
Cast: João Carlos Castanha, Celina Castanha, Zé Adão Barbosa, Francisco Jairo da Silva, Gabriel Nunes, Lauro Ramalho

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com


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Dólares de arena | Sand Dollars

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Dólares de arena / Sand Dollars

A film by Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

 

Argentina/Mexico/Dominican Republic, Drama, 2014
82 min, Digital, Color
Spanish, English, French with English subtitles

Every afternoon Noelí, a young Dominican girl, goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas. With her boyfriend, they look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the hundreds of tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years. Noelí’s boyfriend pretends to be her brother and outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with the old lady is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date approaches.

Texas Premiere

www.dolaresdearena.com, www.figafilms.com/#!dlares-de-arena/c2085

About the director

- DirectorLaura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic, 1980) graduated from Altos de Chavón / The School of Design, where she studied fine arts and photography. She then attended the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in Cuba, specializing in cinematography.
- DirectorIsrael Cárdenas (Mexico, 1980) is a self-taught filmmaker who started out his career in musical videoclip productions and some film workshops at NYFA and EICTV. Together they run the production company Aurora Dominicana.

 

Credits

Producer: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, Sandro Fiorin, Pablo Cruz, Benjamín Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, Matias Roveda
Production Companies: FiGa Films, Aurora Dominicana
Screenwriter: Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas
Cinematographer: Israel Cárdenas, Jaime Guerra
Editor: Andrea Kleinman
Sound Design: Alejandro De Icaza, Diego Gat
Music: Ramón Cordero, Edilio Paredes
Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio

Print Source: FiGa Films, contact@figafilms.com


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Feriado | Holiday

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Feriado / Holiday

A film by Diego Araujo

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

Co-presented by aGLIFF

 

Ecuador/Argentina, Drama/Coming of Age, 2014
82 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

In a world turned upside down, life reveals new paths to explore. Juan Pablo, 16, travels to the remote family hacienda in the Andes, where his uncle, involved in a corruption scandal, has taken refuge with his wife and teenage children. It is the carnival holiday of 1999, days before the collapse of Ecuador’s banking system. There, Juan Pablo meets Juano, an enigmatic, self-assured, black-metal fan from a nearby town, who opens Juan Pablo’s eyes to a new, liberating universe. As his country and family heads for the abyss, the boys’ budding friendship develops into a fragile romance, and Juan Pablo is forced to define himself against his chaotic surroundings.

Texas Premiere

www.feriadofilm.com

About the director

- DirectorDiego Araujo was born in Quito, Ecuador. In 1998 he got a scholarship to study a Master’s in Screenwriting at the University of Bergen, Norway, and then went to Florida to get an MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. He worked as an editor in New York while he developed the script for FERIADO. In 2012 he won the Tribeca Film Institute’s Heineken Voces award, and returned to Ecuador to film FERIADO, his debut feature.

 

Credits

Producer: Hanne-Lovise Skartveit, Andrés Longares, Felicitas Raffo, Juan Sebastián Jácome, Irina Caballero
Production Companies: Lunafilms Audiovisual
Screenwriter: Diego Araujo
Cinematographer: Magela Crosignani
Editor: Julián Giulianelli, Diego Araujo
Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga
Music: Daniele Luppi
Cast: Manuel Arregui, Andrés Paredes, Manuela Merchán, Canela Samaniego, Irwin Ortiz, Francis, Pérez Uscocovich, Pepe Alvear, Elena Vargas, Peky Andino, Cristina Morrison

Print Source: Torsten Schulze – m-appeal, films@m-appeal.com


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La isla mínima | Marshland

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La isla mínima / Marshland

A film by Alberto Rodríguez

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

Co-presented by Austin Film Festival

 

Spain, Action/Crime/Drama, 2014
105 min, Arri Alexa XT, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Spain’s deep south, 1980. In a small village frozen in time–close to marshlands and rice paddies–a serial killer has taken up residence and caused the disappearance of several adolescents that no one seems to miss. But when two young sisters disappear, their mother forces an investigation that brings two experienced homicide detectives from Madrid to solve the mystery. Juan and Pedro are very different in their methods and style. Soon they find themselves ensnared in a web of intrigue fed by the apathy and introverted nature of the locals. Both men realize they must put aside their professional differences if they are to stop the killer before more young girls go missing. LA ISLA MINIMA won 10 Goya Awards in 2015, including Best Film.

Regional Premiere

www.marshlandthemovie.com

About the director

- DirectorAlberto Rodríguez earned recognition as one of the most interesting writer/directors in Spanish cinema with his films, 7 VIRGINS, AFTER, and UNIT 7, which received numerous nominations to the Spanish Academy Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. In 2013, Alberto Rodríguez was awarded the Gold Medal of Andalusia.

 

Credits

Producer: José Antonio Félez, Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero, José Sánchez Montes, Mercedes Cantero
Production Companies: Atípica Films, Sacromonte Films, Antena 3 Films, Atresmedia Cine
Screenwriter: Rafael Cobos, Alberto Rodríguez
Cinematographer: Alex Catalán
Editor: José Manuel García Moyano
Sound Design: Daniel de Zayas
Music: Julio de la Rosa
Cast: Raúl Arévalo, Javier Gutiérrez, Antonio de la Torre, Nerea Barros, Salva Reina, Jesús Castro, Manolo Solo

Print Source: Paul Hudson – Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us


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La voz en off | Voice Over

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La voz en off / Voice Over

A film by Cristián Jiménez

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)

 

Chile/France/Canada, Drama, 2014
96 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Sofía is in her mid 30s, has two beautiful children and is a struggling actress in provincial Valdivia. A strict vegetarian, she decides to get rid of her phone, read nothing and watch no TV for a year. This radical plan should provide her with some peace. Inspired by her example, her dad leaves her mom after 35 years of marriage, which shocks the entire family. To complicate things, Sofía’s older sister is back from Europe with her husband and newborn baby. Sofía’s daughter is obsessed with the idea of eating meat and teaching her younger brother to read, using violent methods to do so. As if this were not enough, Sofía discovers a dark secret about her father that leaves her feeling as if she has lived in a fictional family world.

Texas Premiere

www.jirafa.cl/peliculas/la-voz-en-off, www.facebook.com/pages/La-Voz-en-Off/524134274283995

About the director

- DirectorBorn in Valdivia, Chile, in 1975, Cristián Jiménez wrote short stories and studied sociology in Santiago, Heidelberg and London before becoming a filmmaker. As a child he dreamt of being a stand-up comedian. BONSAI, his second feature film, was written in the Cinéfondation Residence in 2010 and premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2011. LA VOZ EN OFF is his third film.

 

Credits

Producer: Bruno Bettati, Augusto Matte, Nadia Turincev, Julie Gayet, Nicolas Comeau, Cristián Jiménez
Production Companies: Jirafa Films, Rouge International, 1976 Productions
Screenwriter: Cristián Jiménez, Daniel Castro
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Editor: Soledad Salfate
Sound Design: Cristián Feund
Music: Adam Waito
Cast: Ingrid Isensee, Cristián Campos, Paulina García, María Siebald, Shenda Román, Niels Scheider, Maite Neira

Print Source: Paul Hudson – Outsider Pictures, info@outsiderpictures.us


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