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The 18th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
April 22 – 26, 2015

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NEW RELEASES

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of twelve narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent thirteen countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films, and highlight a diversity of themes, genres and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Buscando a Gastón Finding Gaston Patricia Perez USA/ Peru 75
Castanha Castanha Davi Pretto Brazil 95
Dólares de arena Sand Dollars Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán Argentina/ Mexico/ Dominican Republic 82
Feriado Holiday Diego Araujo Ecuador/ Argentina 82
La isla mínima Marshland Alberto Rodríguez Spain 105
La voz en off Voice Over Cristián Jiménez Chile/ France/ Canada 96
Mr. Kaplan Mr. Kaplan Álvaro Brechner Spain/ Uruguay/ Germany 95
The Lodge The Lodge Terril Calder Canada 73
The Martini Shot The Martini Shot Demetrius Navarro USA 86
This May Be the Last Time This May Be the Last Time Sterlin Harjo USA 90
Tres D Three D Rosendo Ruíz Argentina 88
Viejos amigos Good Old Boys Fernando Villarán Peru 93

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula in a variety of genres and form. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Narrative Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Climas Climas Enrica Pérez Peru 84
El futuro The Future Luis López Carrasco Spain 67
Los enemigos del dolor The Enemies of Pain Arauco Hernandez Uruguay 82
O Último Cine Drive-in The Last Drive-in Theater Iberê Carvalho Brazil 100
Viento aparte A Separate Wind Alejandro Gerber Bicecci Mexico 100

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five documentaries on a wide variety of topics, representing diversity in audio design, narrative style, and formal technique, with the common thread of including themes and points of view that are underrepresented in popular media. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Documentary Feature.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Gazelle – The Love Issue Gazelle – The Love Issue Cesar Terranova Brazil/ French Polynesia/ USA 93
Hotel Nueva Isla Hotel Nueva Isla Irene Gutierrez, Javier Labrador Cuba/ Spain 71
La Violencia: The Untold Truths of Guatemala La Violencia: The Untold Truths of Guatemala Pia Janning, Til Frohlich Ireland/ Guatemala 69
Poder e impotencia, Un drama en 3 actos Power and Impotence: A Drama in 3 Acts Anna Recalde Miranda Paraguay/ France/ Italy 103
Tres mujeres guerreras Three Women Warriors Alexander Preuss Germany/ Colombia 55

AMBULANTE SHOWCASE

Cine Las Americas presents a special showcase in partnership with Ambulante, a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting documentary film as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Each of the three documentary films in this series tackles issues that resonate not only in Mexico but across the border shared between Mexico and the United States. The films selected reflect both organizations’ missions, in particular, support of documentary filmmaking as a means to promote discourse around important contemporary issues.

El hogar al revés Upside Down Home Itzel Martínez del Cañizo Mexico 80
H2Omx H2Omx José Cohen, Lorenzo Hagerman Mexico 72
Retratos de una búsqueda Portraits of a Search Alicia Calderón Mexico 67

HECHO EN TEJAS

Cine Las Americas presents “Hecho en Tejas,” a series of films shot and/or produced in Texas, to showcase the wide variety of work being produced in the state by filmmakers with varied backgrounds. Two features, six short films, as well as two music videos are scheduled during this year’s festival. For a sixth consecutive year, Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Agave is Life Agave is Life David Brown, Meredith  Dreiss USA 60
What’s the Use? What’s the Use? Nicole Elmer USA 83
¿Por qué el recuerdo? The Solitude of Memory Juan Pablo González Mexico/ USA 20
El fuego detrás The Fire Behind Leo Aguirre USA 16
El marinero y la sirena The Sailor and the Mermaid Patricia Vonne USA 4
Jornaleras Women Workers Marcela Moran USA 17
Morgan Robyn Collado Morgan Robyn Collado Danea Johnson USA 5
Sunrise Sunrise Diego Rico USA 10
Whispers and Dreams Whispers and Dreams Sharon Arteaga USA 4
Yo soy Juan I am Juan Patrick Rangel USA 5

PANORAMA FEATURE FILMS

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important narrative and documentary feature films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the features programs; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Algún lugar On the Road, Somewhere Guillermo Zouain Dominican Republic 70
Anatomía de un vestido Anatomy of a Dress Flora Pérez Garay Puerto Rico 70
Asolagados Flooded David Vázquez Vázquez Spain 60
Ati y Mindhiva As the Tree Under the Hurricane Claudia Fischer Colombia 70
BKLYN 11211 BKLYN 11211 Zac73dragon Spain/ Bolivia/ USA 76
Chuy, El hombre lobo Chuy, The Wolf Man Eva Aridjis Mexico 94
Dos Aguas Two Waters Patricia Velásquez Costa Rica/ Colombia 70
Flory’s Flame Flory’s Flame Curt Fissel USA 59
Genoveva Genoveva Paola Castillo Villagran Chile 68
Icaros Icaros Georgina Barreiro Argentina/ Peru 71
Les indiens, l’aigle et le dindon The Indians, the Eagle and the Turkey Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier, Karine van Ameringen Canada 50
Movimientos espectaculares Spectacular Movements Mateo Hinojosa Bolivia/ USA/ Venezuela 78
Oil & Water Oil & Water Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith USA 78
Salgán & Salgán: A Father-Son Tango Salgán & Salgán: A Father-Son Tango Caroline Neal Argentina 83

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION

Cine Las Americas presents the narrative short film competition, which represents some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, from the abstract to the realistic, the tragic to the comic, and everything in between. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Bolero para surfear en Moravia Bolero for Surfing in Moravia Valerio Mendoza Guillén Venezuela/ Czech Republic 35
El sermón de la montaña Sermon on the Mount Pepe Puertas Piñero Spain 19
Indigo Indigo Amanda Strong Canada 9
La carta The Letter Mara Soler Mexico 15
Leonard Peres Leonard Peres Missy Hernandez USA 9

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION

Cine Las Americas presents the documentary short film competition, which includes some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, representing individual and community topics and concerns in their contemporary contexts. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Dona Rosa Dona Rosa Mathias Mangin, Lucas Mandacaru Brazil 16
Elena Asins – Génesis Elena Asins – Génesis Álvaro Giménez Sarmiento Spain 17
Flor de la mar Flower of the Sea Jorge Thielen Armand Venezuela 24
I Was Born in Mexico, But… I Was Born in Mexico, But… Corey Ohama USA 12
Nuestro hogar Our Home Detsy “Mara” Barrigon, Iván Jaripio Panama 4

MUSIC VIDEOS

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five music videos, representing diverse genres of music and filmmaking styles. Two of the music videos will screen as part of the Hecho en Tejas lineup; three others will open for a feature during the festival. The music videos are eligible for an audience award for Best Music Video.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
C.T.R.L C.T.R.L Mariana Conde United Kingdom 4
La ciudad The City Javier Orman, Tom Farrell USA 4
Nitahkôtân I Have Arrived Moe Clark Canada 3
El marinero y la sirena The Sailor and the Mermaid Patricia Vonne USA 4
Whispers and Dreams Whispers and Dreams Sharon Arteaga USA 4

INDIGENOUS SHORTS PROGRAM

Cine Las Americas presents a special retrospective of Indigenous short films, in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and with the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) program at the University of Texas at Austin. The selection showcases a number of humor-based short films by Indigenous filmmakers from Canada, Mexico, the continental US and Hawaii.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Día 2 Day 2 Dante Cerano Bautista Mexico 23
Late Late Christi Bertelsen USA 2
Mohawk Midnight Runners Mohawk Midnight Runners Zoe Leigh Hopkins Canada 16
Poi Dogs Poi Dogs Joel Moffett USA 12
Roberta Roberta Caroline Monnet Canada 9
Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco Steven Judd USA 15
Smoke Break Smoke Break Sally Kewayosh USA 3

PANORAMA SHORT FILMS

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important narrative and documentary short films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the program; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
2 and 2, are 4 2 and 2, are 4 Pedro Sena Nunes Portugal 30
Aceito I do Felipe Cabral Brazil 21
Beyond Recognition Beyond Recognition Michelle Grace Steinberg USA 27
Bloodlines Bloodlines Christopher Cegielski USA 11
Caballo de mar Knight of the Seas Fernando Alcántara, Iñaki Gaztañaga Spain 10
Deseo Desire Carolina Cortella Argentina 15
En la orilla At the Edge Liza Hoos, Xavier Basurto Mexico 13
Inch’ Allah Inch’ Allah Angélica Romanini Mexico 14
Nudo Knot Juliana Gómez Castañeda Cuba 10
Soberano papeleo Sovereign Paperwork Lala Severi Uruguay 3
Una pared A Wall Javier Ferreiro Cuba 12
YO, la PEOR de TODAS I, the WORST of ALL Francisco Lupini USA 22

EMERGENCIA

Cine Las Americas presents the 2015 Emergencia Youth Film Festival. The program will open with a special program curated by Latinitas, a local non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology. Following the Latinitas program, the Emergencia Youth Jury members will share the competition lineup with those in attendance; the films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year, the competition was curated by youth from Connally, Pflugerville, and Hendrickson High Schools, located in the greater Austin area.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Cine Joven Latinitas Showcase Cine Joven Latinitas Showcase Various USA
A Harmonious Cacophony A Harmonious Cacophony Marielle Boland, Isabela Reid USA 6
A Pirate’s Life A Pirate’s Life Isabella Olaguera, Nick Haaf USA 4
Can I Help You? Can I Help You? Pedro Salles Leite Brazil 4
Ella Elle David Hebrero Spain 11
Growing Growing Allison Coon-Come Canada 4
Háblame Talk to Me Alba Linares Spain 6
Kayna Wawaiki Jamuni Now I Come as Your Son Nicolas Page Chile 6
La boda de las calaveras La boda de las calaveras Ricardo Miguel  Salazar USA 3
Little Red Little Red Wynter Rhys USA 3
Never Comes Easy Never Comes Easy Naate Canada 4
Pleasant Pleasant Miranda Whitus USA 25
Sin madre Without A Mother Buffy Almendares USA 3
The Lonely Baker The Lonely Baker Cyntheara Tham, Allison McInerney, Ayanna Marte USA 4
The Only Road The Only Road Sergio Valencia, Nathan Miguel, Alan Bagh USA 7