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The 20th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
May 3 – 7, 2017

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Cine Las Americas presents a selection of sixteen narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent seventeen 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
A Cidade onde Envelheço Where I Grow Old Marília Rocha Brazil/ Portugal 100 min
Alba Alba Ana Cristina Barragán Ecuador/ Greece/ Mexico 96 min
De chica en chica Girl Gets Girl Sonia Sebastián Spain 87 min
Dolores Dolores Peter Bratt USA 98 min
El ciudadano ilustre The Distinguished Citizen Andrés Duprat Argentina/ Spain 118 min
La habitación Tales of Mexico Carlos Carrera, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Carlos Bolado, Ernesto Contreras, Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, Alejandro Valle, Iván Ávila Dueñas, Natalia Beristáin Mexico/ Poland 118 min
La peor de mis bodas My Soap Opera Wedding Adolfo Aguilar Peru 95 min
La reina de los jueves Queen of Thursdays Orlando Rojas USA/ Cuba 79 min
La Soledad La Soledad Jorge Thielen Armand Venezuela 89 min
La tierra y la sombra Land and Shade César Augusto Acevedo Colombia/ France/ Netherlands/ Chile/ Brazil 97 min
Mala junta Bad Influence Claudia Huaiquimilla Chile 89 min
Maliglutit Searchers Zacharias Kunuk Canada 94 min
Me estás matando Susana You’re Killing Me Susana Roberto Sneider Mexico/ Canada 100 min
O Ornitólogo The Ornithologist João Pedro Rodrigues Portugal/ France/ Brazil 117 min
Sueño en otro idioma I Dream in Another Language Ernesto Contreras Mexico/ Netherlands 103 min
X500 X500 Juan Andrés Arango Garcia Canada/ Colombia/ Mexico 104 min

Narrative Feature Competition

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of five films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas in a variety of genres and forms. 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
El sonido de las cosas The Sound of Things Ariel Escalante Costa Rica 78 min
El sueño del Mara’akame Mara’akame’s Dream Federico Cecchetti Mexico 90 min
El techo On the Roof Patricia Ramos Cuba/ Nicaragua 75 min
Road of Iniquity Road of Iniquity Mark Ennis Canada 98 min
Tierra Yerma Wastelands Miriam Heard Chile/ UK/ France 93 min

Documentary Features 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 often 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
Frágil equilibrio Delicate Balance Guillermo García López Spain/ Uruguay/ USA/ Morocco/ Mexico/ Jordan/ Japan/ Hong Kong/ Chile 81 min
Jonas e o Circo sem Lona Jonas and the Backyard Circus Paula Gomes Brazil 83 min
La ciudad perdida The Lost City Francisco Hervé Chile/ France 78 min
Mi sangre enarbolada Mi Sangre Enarbolada (A Family Love Story) Luis Palomino Mexico 61 min
Rodar contra todo Rolling strong Marianela Vega Oroza Peru/ Colombia 74 min

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. One feature, eight short film, and two music videos are scheduled during this year’s festival. For an eighth 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
After Fire After Fire Brittany Huckabee USA 90 min
After the Crossfire: Memories of Violence and Displacement After the Crossfire: Memories of Violence and Displacement Ricardo Velasco USA/ Colombia 21 min
Contigo Contigo Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino USA 7 min
Drift Drift Beca Rodriguez USA 4 min
El tucán El tucán Cameron G. Quevedo USA/ Mexico 18 min
Huerta de San Vicente Huerta de San Vicente Patricia Vonne USA 4 min
La sobreviviente Salvation Jason Outenreath USA 10 min
Mosca Fly Lizette Barrera USA 10 min
Pen Pen Carlos Corral USA 7 min
The History of Magic: Ensueño The History of Magic: Ensueño Jose Luis Gonzalez USA 6 min
This Is What We Do This Is What We Do Juan A. Izaguirre USA 9 min

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 romantic, and everything in between. These films will open for features during the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
El jardín de las delicias The Garden of Delights Alejandro Male García Caballero Mexico 8 min
Hijo por hijo Child for Child Juan Avella Venezuela 11 min
Piscina Pool Leandro Goddinho Brazil 29 min
Shinaab Shinaab Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. USA 8 min
Windows Windows Maru Buendia-Senties USA 13 min

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 during the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Das Águas que Passam Running Waters Diego Zon Brazil 23 min
El buzo The Diver Esteban Arrangoiz Mexico 16 min
Even with Their Nails: Women Filmmakers in Nicaragua Even with Their Nails: Women Filmmakers in Nicaragua Tania Romero Nicaragua/ USA 30 min
Frontera invisible Invisible Frontier Nicolás Richat, Nico Muzi Colombia/ Argentina/ Belgium 28 min
Para Sonia To Sonia Sergio Milán Spain 8 min

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 documentary films in this series tackles issues that resonate not only in Mexico, but also internationally. The films selected reflect both organizations’ missions, in particular, support of documentary filmmaking as a means to promote discourse around important contemporary issues. This year’s selections also feature films from Ambulante Más Allá, one of Ambulante’s outreach programs.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
El valor de la tierra The Value of the Land Adriana Otero Puerto Mexico 22 min
Gente de mar y viento People of the Sea and the Wind Ingrid Eunice Fabián González Mexico 25 min
Kutääy Ingenious Isis Violeta Contreras Pastrana Mexico 20 min
Ligeramente tóxico Slightly Toxic Sara Oliveros López Mexico 21 min
Somos Lengua Speaking Tongues Kyzza Terrazas Mexico 84 min
Tempestad Tempestad Tatiana Huezo Mexico 105 min

Contemporary Cuban Video Showcase

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of Cuban Video Art, in partnership with Austin-based Experimental Response Cinema (ERC). The video programs follow the theme “Move Things: Videocreation in Cuba,” and are all curated and presented by respected Cuban artists, historians, and critics.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Mover las cosas: la videocreación en Cuba Move Things: Videocreation in Cuba Various Cuba

Official Selection Panorama, Features

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. This year’s Panorama feature film selection includes three narrative and seven documentary titles. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the festival’s 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
3 Magalys 3 Magalys Frédéric Julien Bolivia/ Canada 54 min
A Princesa do Beco e o Lampião Cromado The Princess in the Alleyway Kurt Shaw, Rita de Cácia Oenning da Silva Brazil 88 min
Be Relentless Be Relentless Brad Riley Mexico/ USA 88 min
El canto del colibrí El canto del colibrí Marco Castro-Bojorquez USA 53 min
El príncipe inca The Inca Prince Ana Maria Hurtado Chile/ Bolivia 82 min
The Long Ride The Long Ride Valerie Lapin Ganley USA 77 min
The Resurrection of Victor Jara The Resurrection of Victor Jara John Travers Chile/ France/ USA 89 min
TRANS TRANS Fernanda Dedavid Brazil 53 min
Un secreto en la caja A Secret in the Box Javier Izquierdo Ecuador 72 min
Vengo volviendo Here and There Gabriel Paez, Isabel Rodas Ecuador 103 min

Offical Selection Panorama, Shorts

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. This year’s Panorama short film selection includes eleven narrative and five documentary titles. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the festival’s 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
¿Señor o Señorito? Wedded or Bachelor? Cristina Pierna, Victoria Ruiz Spain 9 min
Aava Aava Andrea Zapata-Girau Spain/ Finland 5 min
El hombrecito que baila en la retina The Little Man Dancing in the Eye José Vásquez Green Dominican Republic 36 min
El tigre y la flor The Tiger’s Fight Denisse Quintero Mexico 17 min
Elena y las sombras Elena and the Shadows César Cepeda Mexico 8 min
Encuentro Encuentro Florencia Manóvil USA 17 min
Fenómenos naturales Natural Phenomena Marcos Díaz Sosa Cuba 15 min
Hostal Eden Eden Hostel Gonzaga Manso Spain 14 min
María Bonita Maria Bonita Amanda de la Rosa Mexico 18 min
Nous nous soulèverons We Will Rise up Natasha Kanapé Fontaine Canada 4 min
Para Não Esquecer So As Not to Forget Rafael de Almeida Brazil 9 min
Rien sur les mocassins Nothing About Moccasins Eden Mallina Awashish Canada 4 min
Semillas de guamúchil Guamuchil Seeds Carolina Corral Paredes Mexico 17 min
Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears Angelo Baca USA 26 min
Three Young Ladies Three Young Ladies Sally Kewayosh Canada/ USA 31 min
Undesirables Undesirables Angela Rosales Challis USA 6 min

Music Videos

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
Cross Paths Cross Paths Syd Goin USA 5 min
En route to Rio En Route to Rio (For You, The Moon) Daniel Barosa, José Menezes Brazil 4 min
Feed the Vultures Feed the Vultures Teresa Jolie USA 4 min
Folk Zero Folk Zero Zachary T. Scott USA 4 min
Fresco Fresco Priscilla Villegas USA 4 min
Heavy Balloon Heavy Balloon Vanessa Pla USA 4 min
Kawanga Kawanga Peter Monahan USA 3 min
La China La China Jorge Gonzalez Camarena Mexico 5 min
Orlando Orlando Daniel Barosa, José Menezes Brazil 3 min
Quemayama Quemayama Javier Garcia Mexico 9 min
Rio do Tempo River of Time Daniel Barosa, José Menezes Brazil 3 min
Sombras Sombras Alliah Fafin Canada 5 min
Sozinho contra Todos Alone Against the World José Menezes, Daniel Barosa. Andre Dip Brazil 7 min
Vou Me Mudar pro Uruguai I’m Moving to Uruguay José Menezes, Daniel Barosa Brazil/ Uruguay 5 min
Wait Wait Diego Lozano USA
Zuka Vlast Zuka Vlast Sergio Candanedo, Carlos Guijarro Spain 4 min

Emergencia Youth Film Festival

Cine Las Americas presents the 2017 Emergencia Youth Film Festival. 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’s program will open with a special presentation by members of this year’s Youth Jury Members: youth from Latinitas and PHS Productions. Following their presentation, the Emergencia Youth Jury will share the competition lineup with those in attendance. The films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film.

Original Title English Title Director Country Runtime
20th Century Fight 20th Century Fight Chris, Gisell USA 2 min
A Teenage Survival Guide A Teenage Survival Guide Adrianna Marquez USA 4 min
A Very Mousy Adventure: The Awakening A Very Mousy Adventure: The Awakening Victor Silva USA 3 min
Concrete Canvas Concrete Canvas Gema Ceron, Nicole Rivera USA 6 min
Crack’d Crack’d Willy Rivera USA 3 min
EPTÁ EPTA Nicole Verissimo Brazil 18 min
Goldenbloom ‘Searching for Sunlight’ Goldenbloom ‘Searching for Sunlight’ Rebecca Kirby, Marylys Merida, Alyssa Peguero USA 4 min
Hinowu Hand Games Danny DeLeon USA 5 min
Home Is Never Where I Sleep Home Is Never Where I Sleep Armani Avalo, Linh Chit, Jasmin De La Cruz, Kevin Gutierrez, Kaleb Habtegebriel, Kaylyn Sverker, Jenavier Tesada, Andry Vasquez, Hunter Wanger USA 1 min
Jouska Jouska Wynter Rhys USA 6 min
Misunderstanding Misunderstanding Lorianny Guzman, Louise Silva, Julianna Gallant, Destiny Fernandez, James Sowinski USA 4 min
Mujeres Fuertes Strong Women Angela Benavides USA 3 min
OBEDJIWAN 5-0 OBEDJIWAN 5-0 Fyanna Boivin Canada 2 min
Our Jewels Our Jewels Nicole Rivera USA 5 min
Palehound ‘Cushioned Caging’ Palehound ‘Cushioned Caging’ Badger Antoniou USA 4 min
Processing Processing Felipe Vargas USA 7 min
Sovereign’s Water Sovereign’s Water Verel Moon USA 17 min
The Fruit Leather Gang & The Case of the Haunted Doughnut The Fruit Leather Gang & The Case of the Haunted Doughnut Zinnia, Ramon, Alina, Javier USA 3 min
The Seated Siren The Seated Siren Sylvia Colt-Lacayo USA 6 min
The Zone The Zone Emily Silva USA 5 min