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Las Movies - The Films of Efraín Gutiérrez

The 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival honors the life and work of a pioneer of Mexican American cinema in Texas with this special presentation of the films of Efraín Gutiérrez, with the director in attendance. 

Raised on San Antonio’s West Side, Efraín Gutierrez is a political activist, director and actor in theater and film. During the 1970s he directed and starred in the three feature-length films considered by many to be the first independent Chicano feature-length films made in Texas. The films broke the Mexico City monopoly in Texas Spanish language theaters, while outselling Hollywood blockbusters as Gutierrez travelled the state showing his films. After a two-decade hiatus Gutierrez made the 2000 feature film A LOWRIDER SPRING BREAK EN SAN QUILMAS, and the children’s film BARRIO TALES: TOPS, KITES AND MARBLES in 2008.

Cine Las Americas is fortunate to continue reviving the tradition of local Latino and indigenous cinema in Texas, following our mission to educate, entertain and challenge diverse audiences. The unsung story of the success of Efraín Gutiérrez’s early films is a lesson for Latino and indigenous filmmakers working today in Texas and beyond.All films presented at the Marchesa Theatre in 35mm restored prints courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

Wednesday, April 23 – 4 PM

Thursday, April 24 – 4 PM

Saturday, April 26, – 4 PM

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!

¡Por favor no me entierren vivo!

1976, 81 min, Drama

Director in attendance

Chicano Love Is Forever

Amor chicano es para siempre

1976, 101 min. Drama

Director in attendance

Run, Tecato, Run

1979, 86 min. Drama

Opening with the documentary short

La Onda Chicana (1976)

followed by a conversation with Efraín Gutierrez andauthor Gregg Barrios.

Read the article The Return of Chicano Film Pioneer Efrain Gutierrez written by Melissa del Bosque for the Texas Observer

Amor chicano es para siempre/ Chicano Love is Forever A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 1977101 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglishDirector Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Thursday, April 24 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Please, Don't Bury Me Alive! / ¡Por favor, no me entierren vivo! A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Crime/Drama, 197681 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglishDirector Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Run, Tecato, Run A film by Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Drama, 197986 min, 16mm, Black & WhiteSpanglishTo be followed by a conversation with director Efraín Gutiérrez and author Gregg Barrios

Saturday, April 26 - 4PM

Marchesa

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Las niñas Quispe / The Quispe Girls A film by Sebastián Sepúlveda

Chile/France/Argentina, Drama, 201383 min, Digital HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector Sebastián Sepúlveda in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 7PMAlamo Village 3

Saturday, April 26 - 2PMAlamo Village 2

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Chateles del campo / Country Kids A film by Jason Outenreath

Nicaragua, Coming of Age/Observational Documentary, 201370 min, DVCPro HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/cinematographer Jason Outenreach in attendance

Saturday, April 26th 11:00AM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Micha A film by Eugene Martin

USA, Coming of Age/Drama, 201375 min, RED, ColorEnglishDirector Eugene Martin in attendance

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Waiting for Sandoval A film by David B. Carren

USA, Thriller/Fantasy, 201483 min, HD, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Sunday, April 27th 2:00PM

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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Teresa la novia del Libertador / Teresa, the Liberator's Fiancée A film by Rocío Lladó

Peru, Drama/Romance, 201399 min, RED, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesActress/producer Ana María Estrada and actor Luis Galli in attendance

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:45 PMAlamo Village 3

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Memorias de un soldado / A Soldier’s Memories A film by Caupolicán Ovalles

Venezuela, Drama/Romance/History, 201297 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/producer Caupolicán Ovalles in attendance

Sunday, April 27 - 2:15 PM

Alamo Village 2

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Adelante / Forward A film by Noam Osband

USA, Community/Social Issue Documentary, 201259 min, DVCAM, ColorSpanish with English subtitlesDirector/producer Noam Osband in attendance

Saturday, April 26 - 3PM

St. Edward's

Free Screening

3 Horas para Amar / 3 Hours to Love A film by Patrícia Nogueira

Portugal, Social Issue Documentary, 201354 min, Digital, ColorPortuguese with English subtitlesDirector Patrícia Nogueira and assistant director Filipa Cardosa in attendance

Thursday, April 24 - 2PM

Mexican American Cultual Center

Free Screening

Salty Dog Blues A film by Al Santana, Denise Belén Santiago

USA, Civil Rights/Documentary, 201352 min, Mini DV/DVCam, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitlesCo-producer/Director Al Santana in attendance

Saturday 4/26/2014 at 1:30 pm

at St. Edwards University

Free Screening

We Women Warriors A film by Nicole Karsin

USA, Human Rights/Social Issue Documentary, 201283 min, DVCAM, Color/Black & WhiteEnglish, Spanish with English subtitlesDirector and producer Nicole Karsin in attendance

Thursday, April 24th 6:30PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

2014 Emergencia Youth Film Competition

Since 2004, Cine Las Americas has been proud to present the Emergencia Youth Film Competition, a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. Members of local youth film organizations and high schools curate and present this section of the festival every year. This year’s competition is curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Pflugerville, Texas. Films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. All films are in English, or in original language with subtitles in English.

Emergencia Youth Film Competition 24 Dhivehi: (Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Maldives)Cesar MartinezSay Sí25 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

Soon after receiving news that he will be moving to the Maldives in 24 hours to attend a rigorous boarding school, Marcus follows the advice of his friends to escape from the confines of his home (and perspective) to spend his last night with the people and the city he calls home.

Bound to ForgetAnna ClarkSay Sí4 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013

An experimental film exploring people's behaviors and attachment to their daily routine.

Demanding to Be HeardManuel BernalSpy Hop Productions5 min, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2013

A conversation on opportunities for undocumented immigrant students who want to pursue higher education.

EddieAllison Coon-ComeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013

The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale; a memorable journey in a childhood land.

FriendshipZaiyah Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean DemuthAgent Orange Inc.4 min, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2013Two turtles embark on a dangerous quest for friendship. Will an encounter with a sea monster, a Sasquatch, and magical fairies, lead them to a true friend? Los paisanosMiranda WhitusSay Sí10 min, San Antonio, TX, USA, 2013 This is a short documentary about the rising violence on the Mexican/US border in Texas, and how this reality is affecting the Mexican-American families living in the USA. ShadowsDiesel GarciaCougar Productions3 min, Austin, TX, USA, 2014 Two friends struggle to survive against the darkness, but when one of them confesses to an unfortunate event, they both struggle to decide who will leave... and who will stay.  Softly SpokenAanjeni TwenishWapikoni Mobile2 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 A boy gets lost in the woods. A man is caught in addiction. Their voices echo one another. Terribly ThereGladys HidalgoReal to Reel, RAW Art Works7 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 In this personal documentary, Gladys explores her father's mental illness and shares what it means for her relationship with him. The DifferenceKeren Rico5 min, Del Valle, TX, USA, 2013 This is the story of a girl for whom nothing seems to work out. She wants to take her life, but in that moment, her classmate’s words of comfort are exactly what she needs. The HearingRussell Ratt BrascoupeWapikoni Mobile4 min, Montréal, QC, Canada, 2013 Russell lost his hearing at the age of 13. He copes well with his disability, but there is a statement he would like to hear above all others. The MicTanisha GarnerReal to Reel, RAW Art Works18 min, Lynn, MA, USA, 2013 Markus Garneris is an 18-year-old rapper with an all-consuming passion for music. He is good at what he does, but what happens when that's all he focuses on? ZenaidaAlec Cano15 min, Hanford, CA, USA, 2013 A young woman named Zenaida is torn from her life as a college student during a war which has engulfed El Salvador. Emergencia Youth Jury

C. Ariel Gonzalez Bizarro

Jessica Luna

Nickoli Roman-Capdeville

Emergencia Youth Jury Coordinators

Christian D. Nelson

 
  Las Mañanitas

Gabriella Moses

USA, Coming of Age/Drama/Comedy, 201219 min, 35mm, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

 

A coming of age fairy tale set in 1960s New York City. Ana Isabel is a young lady on the cusp of womanhood, and finds herself tempted to lose her virginity on the night of her Quinceañera, until the unexpected visit from the Virgin Mary in a frying pan makes her think twice.

 

Regional Premierewww.lasmananitasfilm.com, www.facebook.com/lasmananitasfilm 

Print Source: Gabriella A. Moses, gabriella.a.moses@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  The Unique Ladies

Gloria Morán

USA, Documentary, 201328 min, HD, ColorEnglish

 

After having been denied club membership on the basis of gender, Sherry and Pat founded and maintain San Diego's first all-women's lowrider car club. The competition is fierce, and the ladies hold their own. Although their club is only a few members strong in a field dominated by men, they cruise through a full season, and take home a trophy at the end of the show.

 

Regional Premierewww.theuniqueladies.com 

Print Source: Gloria Morán, conejofilms@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

   
Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Saya: Dance and Survival in an Afro-Bolivian Village

Bolivia, Music/Human Rights Documentary, 201221 min, HDV, Color/Black & WhiteSpanish with English subtitles

 

This documentary reveals how the elders and ancestors of the people of a small Bolivian community worked under a form of slavery that persisted until the 1950s. Community members still perform dances rooted in their African cultural heritage. The dance troupe performs in the plaza of a nearby tourist town before an audience of local indigenous people, rich weekenders from the Bolivian capital, and international tourists. The film highlights the dilemmas of cultural survival and emergence for an endangered subculture in an era of globalization.

 

World Premierewww.landlockedfilms.com

Print Source: Beret E. Strong - Landlocked Films, beret@landlockedfilms.com

 

 

 

  Lord of Miracles

Christopher Newman, Patricia Alvarez Astacio

Peru, Social Issue Documentary, 20129 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

LORD OF MIRACLES is an observational portrait of the annual procession of El Señor de los Milagros in Lima, Peru.

 

Regional Premierewww.pacificlineproductions.com/lordofmiracles 

Print Source: Chris Newman - Pacific Line Productions, newmanfilm@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  La onda chicana

Efraín Gutiérrez

USA, Documentary, 197617 min, 16mm, ColorSpanglish

Director Efraín Gutiérrez in attendance

Documenting La Revolucion Chicana, the film records a portion of an open-air concert in Port Lavaca, Texas, on July 4, 1976. The concert, which showcased Spanish-language rock and popular Tejano music, featured Little Joe y la Familia, Chacha Jimenez y Los Chachos, Snowball & Company, La Fabrica, Esteban Jordan, and other pioneers of Tex-Mex sound. Gutiérrez was one of the first to coin the term “Tejano” and define this music, but decided to make a statement through his insistent use of the word “Chicano.” This action linked the concert and music to the Chicano civil rights movement, which limited the film's distribution at the time of its release.

 

Print Source: 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive

Saturday, 26 April - 4PM

MarchesaScreens before the feautreRUN, TECATO, RUN

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JOSIE FAZ and EFRAIN GUTIERREZ, 1979.  Photo ©1979 Gregg Barrios.

 

 

 
  La dama y el caballo The Horse Bride

Simon Quiroz

USA, Drama/Supernatural, 201213 min, HD, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Director Simon Quiroz in attendance 

After Alfredo Jimenez receives a phone call indicating that the woman he abandoned on the day of their wedding has been kidnapped, he decides to return to his hometown in Northern Mexico in hopes of finding her. Before he reaches his final destination, he will have to confront the dangers of a road dominated by drug cartels and a ghost whose own marriage never took place. Based on the myth of La Llorona, LA DAMA Y EL CABALLO was a part of the Official Selection at the 2012 Oaxaca FilmFest.

 

Texas Premierewww.facebook.com/pages/Horse-Bride-La-Dama-y-el-Caballo/187958991291377 

Print Source: Simon Quiroz, horsebrideproject@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 7:30PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film LAS MARTHASBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Hinojosa Juan Pablo González

USA/Mexico, Biographical Documentary/Literature, 201315 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitlesDirector Juan Pablo González in attendance

HINOJOSA is a poetic tribute to one of the most important Mexican-American writers alive, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (b. 1929). In this fifteen minute documentary, Hinojosa himself recounts his childhood in Mercedes, Texas‚ a border town in the Rio Grande Valley, and the origins that led him to inspiration and to become a pioneer of the Chicano literary movement of the 1970s. Constructed with evocative, contemplative sequences, as well as interview excerpts, the film is a manifesto of the writer’s artistic spirit.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Juan Pablo González, hinojosafilm@gmail.com

Saturday, April 26th 1:30PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101BUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  The Good Kind

Ofelia Yanez

USA, Comedy/Drama/Coming of Age, 201313 min, RED, ColorEnglish

 Writer/director Ofelia Yanez in attendance

THE GOOD KIND is a story about new love between two young Latinas living in a repressed southern town. When Bianca and Natalia decide to skip class and head to the local gay bar, they meet a quirky drag queen bartender who is quick to pry. In the safety of this bar, the girls allow themselves to be immersed in their feelings for each other, until the dream is abruptly shattered by an unexpected incident. This everyday love story reminds us why continued dialogue and acceptance within our culture is necessary and imperative for the well-being of our youth.

 

World Premiere 

Print Source: Ofelia Yanez, thegoodkindmovie@gmail.com

Sunday, April 27th  5:00PMMarchesa Hall & TheatreScreens before the feature film MICHABUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Ex-votos

Ivete Lucas

Mexico/USA, Drama, 201318 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

Director Ivete Lucas and producer Patrick Bresnan in attendance

After a shootout in her neighborhood, Anayansi, a pregnant teenager, fears that she will lose her child. Hoping for a miracle, her mother takes her on a pilgrimage to the festival of Saint Francis. As their journey merges with thousands of travelers from across Mexico, they must face the reality of her condition and escape the confines of tradition if she is to survive.

 

World Premierewww.exvotosfilm.com 

Print Source: Ivete Lucas, ivete@huicholo.com

Hecho en Tejas Short Film ShowcaseSunday, April 27 - 11am

Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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  The Book of Joe Mario Pena

USA, Action/Sci-Fi, 20139 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Spanish with English subtitles

Director Mario Pena and producer Samantha Lopez in attendance 

THE BOOK OF JOE is an action/sci-fi short film that pits Joe, an everyday man from South Texas, against Death, an Angel, and even Jesus himself in an apocalyptic battle for the future of Earth. Blending vintage science fiction, biblical imagery and South Texas Americana, THE BOOK OF JOE is a unique, entertaining, and action-packed take on the end of the world. Before returning to the filmmaker’s native Austin, the film has screened as part of the Official Selection at the Seattle International and the HollyShort Film Festivals, among others.

 

Austin Premierewww.5000films.com 

Print Source: Mario Pena, mariojpena5000@gmail.com

Hecho en Tejas Short Film ShowcaseSunday, April 27th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & TheatreBUY TICKETS

 

 

 
  Life of Giorgio

Sergio Carvajal-Leoni

USA/Italy, Comedy, 201323 min, HD, ColorEnglish, Italian with English subtitles

Production assistant Claire Soto and composer Esteban Alvarez in attendance

Giorgio has lived his entire life in the "eternal city" of Rome. Lately, he has been feeling as if the entire universe is conspiring against him, pushing him to do the one thing that he hates the most: change. LIFE OF GIORGIO is a bilingual surreal comedy created between Texas and Rome by Austin-based filmmakers Sergio Carvajal-Leoni and Romina Olson as another component of their acclaimed intercultural Texan-Italian community project called ITAL.

 

World Premierewww.italchannel.tv 

Print Source: Romina Olson - ITAL, italaustin@gmail.com

Hecho en Tejas Short Film ShowcaseSunday, April 27th 11:00AMMarchesa Hall & Theatre

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  Lonche

Claire Weissbluth

USA, Cultural/Social Issue Documentary, 2013 20 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English, Spanish subtitles

Director Claire Weissbluth in attendance 

This film is a tale of two taco trucks weaving together the narratives of a Salvadoran family's traditional lunch truck that roams the strawberry fields on the Central Coast of California, with a modern Mexican gourmet food truck serving the high-tech companies of Silicon Valley. As we follow along with both restaurants-on-wheels on their daily routes, we see the dedication and struggle that it takes to feed a hungry workforce in these different communities. LONCHE has been delighting international audiences as part of the Official Selection in the Oaxaca, Take Two, and Food & Farm Film Festivals.

 

Regional Premierewww.lonchefilm.com

Print Source: Claire Weissbluth - La Osa Productions, cweissbluth@gmail.com

Friday, March 25th 6:30PM

Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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  Juan Night Stand Adrián Schwarz

Puerto Rico, Romance/Magical Realism, 201313 min, RED, Color Spanish with English subtitles

Director Adrián Schwarz and composer Ricardo Nazario in attendance Juan has lived all of his life in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Keila moved to the island in search of the paradise her grandmother talked about. Eventually, she is led to Juan's house, where he realizes she is the granddaughter of his first love. When Keila invites him back, Juan is faced with the same decision he had in his past; to follow or to stay. JUAN NIGHT STAND was chosen as part of the Official Selection at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Festival and FIC Hermosillo, among others.

 

Regional Premierewww.juan-night-stand.com

Print Source: Adrián E. Schwarz, adrian.e.schwarz@gmail.com

Thrusday, March 24th 7:00PM 

Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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  Jeuh kieh a jm hm kahun The Path of Stone Soup

Arturo Juárez Aguilar, Sarah Borealis

Mexico/USA, Cultural Documentary, 2013  24 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, Chinanteco with English subtitles

Director Arturo Juárez Aguilar in attendance 

This is the story of stone soup, a nourishing dish that has survived in a village in the highlands of Oaxaca. Passed on through their elders, the millennial recipe is a gift from the ancestors. Men prepare the soup, which they offer in honor of the women, children, and elderly of the village. In this way, THE PATH OF STONE SOUP transmits both ideology and language from generation to generation. 

North American Premierewww.facebook.com/thepathofstonesoup?fref=ts, www.aberracionoptica.wix.com/aberracionoptica#!el-sendero-del-caldo-de-piedra/cyfv

Print Source: Arturo Juárez Aguilar, arturobps@gmail.com, Sarah Borealis, sarahborealis@gmail.com, Banda Ancha Productions, bandaanchaproductions@gmail.com, Aberracion Optica, aberraptica@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 25-4:00 PM

Mexican American Cultural Center

Free Screening

 

 

 
  Trapitos SuciosDirty Laundry

Sharon Arteaga

USA, Drama/Secret Comedy, 201210 min, HD, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

A stay-at-home wife finds a suspicious note while doing laundry.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Sharon Arteaga, sharonaarteaga@gmail.com

  

 

 

   
  They Make Noise like Feathers

Alvaro Torres

USA/Costa Rica, Personal Narrative Documentary, 201213 min, HDV, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

 

THEY MAKE NOISE LIKE FEATHERS is a short documentary that presents a series of Austin characters and their desires to return home. It is an invitation to refect on a very basic human necessity: to think about the place you grew up in and the ever- fleeting possibility of returning.

 

World Premiere

 

Print Source: Alvaro Torres, atorrescrespo@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
  Susana Almanza: The Life of an Activist

Andrea Zarate

USA, Documentary, 20126 min, HD/Digital, ColorEnglish, Spanish

 

Susana Almanza, Chicana and activist, has fought for the rights of working-class Latinos in the East Austin community all her life. As a grassroots organizer in the environmental group People in Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER) she shut down the Holly Power Plant, one of her greatest achievements yet. Susana recounts her past history and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

 

Festival Premiere

Print Source: Andrea Zarate, a.zarate@utexas.edu

  

 

 

   
  Southmost U.S.A.

Trish Dalton

USA, Social Issue Documentary, 201223 min, HDV, ColorEnglish

 

A journey through Brownsville, Texas on the fourth of July, introducing a community who have been separated from public and private property by the US/Mexican border fence. While local residents prepare for the independence day parade, picnics, and fireworks, they reflect on their frustrations with the border fence. They discuss the personal and financial repercussions of the fence on their safety, access to property, and relationship with Mexico.

 

World Premierewww.southmostusa.com 

 

Print Source: Trish Dalton - Everlasting Light Productions, Trish@everlastinglightproductions.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
  Route 22

Malina Panovich

USA, Drama/Coming of Age/Reality, 201210 min, HDV, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

Ana, a quiet, gay teenager, encounters resistance and acceptance from different women in her life. She tries to connect with her opinionated Hispanic mother Mercedes, Jessica, a tall blond from school, and an intriguing girl named Olive she sees at the bus station, all in the course of single day.

 

Regional Premierewww.facebook.com/pages/Route-22/337629839606883  

Print Source: Malina Panovich, mpanovich@utexas.edu

 

  

 

 

   
  Para mi hermanoFor My Brother

Kevin Burke

USA, Drama/Crime, 20118 min, HDCAM, ColorSpanish, English with English subtitles

 

PARA MI HERMANO contrasts extreme commitment and violence with the mundane activities of everyday life. The film follows a man who makes the ultimate sacrifice for his brother. We watch as the man chooses how to live his life in the face of the consequences of his courageous choice.

 

Austin Premierewww.facebook.com/ParaMiHermano  

Print Source: Cordelaine Kline, cordelaine.kline@gmail.com

 

  

 

 

   
  Lovelocked

Rebecca Rodriguez

USA, Drama/Fantasy, 2012 13 min, HDCAM, Color English

 

Caught up in a moment of nostalgia, a young woman recalls her fondest relationships by uncorking her collection of antique bottles. She escapes into a joyful wall of sonic memories, but slowly becomes entrapped by their illusions. When night falls, circumstances beyond her control force her to face a new reality.

 

World Premiere

Print Source: Rebecca Rodriguez, bleak.umbrella@gmail.com

 

 

   
  Flutter

Sam Lerma

USA, Drama, 20128 min, HDV/HDCAM, ColorEnglish

 

A father takes his daughter on a bike ride through the heart of the city's green space to get to a birthday party.  The day does not end as expected.

 

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Sam Lerma, samuellerma@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

   
BonsáiBonsai

Cristián Jiménez

Chile/France/Argentina/Portugal, Drama/Comedy, 201195 min, 35mm, ColorSpanish with English subtitles

This charming debut celebrates love, literature and botany in the portrayal of a struggling writer, who, in order to keep up a lie that he has told his current lover, finds himself writing a book about his very first experience with love. Nostalgic and moving, Jiménez captures the essence of first love, and the loss of innocence that occurs when it disappears. This film has played all over the world, including in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and at the Toronto International Film Festival; winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at Havana Film Festival, and both the Grand Jury Prize (Ibero-American Competition) and the Jordan Alexander Kressler Screenwriting Award at Miami Film Festival.

Co-presented by Austin Film Society

Austin Premiere

Cristián Jiménez was born in Valdivia, Chile in 1975. Before becoming a filmmaker, he wrote short stories and studied sociology in Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg and London. His first feature film, Ilusiones ópticas, a deadpan dramatic comedy where different lives intersect during a grey winter in Valdivia, premiered in San Sebastián in 2009. He wrote and directed several short films, among them El Tesoro de los Caracoles and XX, co-wrote the feature films 199 Recetas para ser Feliz and Los Debutantes, and worked as a TV producer in the UK during 3 years.

Producer: Bruno Bettati, Julie Gayet, Nadia TurincevScreenwriter: Cristián JiménezCinematographer: Inti BrionesEditor: Soledad SalfateSound Design: Manuel RoblesMusic: Caroline Chaspoul, Eduardo HenríquezCast: Diego Noguera, Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia, Trinidad González, Hugo Medina

Print Source: Brandon Peters - Strand Releasing, Brandon@strandreleasing.com

Thursday, April 26 - 7:00 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Screening followed by Skype Q&A with director Cristián Jiménez

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