It’s a wrap! Thank you everyone who contributed to the success of the 19th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival!
In addition to welcoming over 2,500 audience members for films and special events, the festival also welcomed over 50 guests from many corners of Texas, the United States, and Latin America. The CLAIFF19 program selections included a total of 38 feature films, 61 short films, and 16 music videos; these selections represented 24 countries’ participation in the production or co-production of the projects, including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela.
The five-day festival concluded on Sunday, May 8th with the closing night celebration and announcements of awards. The festival granted Jury and Audience Awards in nine categories, including the annual Hecho en Tejas competition, and the Emergencia Youth Film competition. For the second consecutive year, the festival featured a Best Music Video category, eligible for an Audience Award.
Announced: OPENING NIGHT FILM for CLAIFF19
Opening Night, May 4th, 7pm
MAGALLANES, a film by Salvador del Solar
Doors will open for the Opening Reception* at 6pm on Wednesday, May 4th. General public doors open at 6:30pm. Opening remarks will begin at 7pm, followed by the screening of MAGALLANES.
(*Opening Reception is for Members and Badgeholders. Please consider becoming a Member and purchasing your Badge now!)
MAGALLANES, a Peruvian film written and directed by Salvador del Solar, reveals the atrocities of war and its aftereffects. The drama and thriller follows the story of Magallanes (Damián Alcázar), a taxi driver and former army soldier. He also serves as a chauffeur for a retired colonel (Federico Luppi), who was his commander during the struggle against subversion in Ayacucho. A dark secret begins to emerge when Celina (Magaly Solier), takes a ride in Magallanes’ cab. The film is del Solar’s first feature and, among other accolades, was nominated for Best Latin American Film for the 2016 Goya Awards, Spain’s most prestigious annual film awards.
Announced: CLOSING NIGHT FILM for CLAIFF19
Closing Night, May 8th, 7pm
VIAJE, a film by Paz Fábrega
Ceremonies for the Closing Night Awards, followed by the presentation of VIAJE, will begin at 7pm on Sunday, May 8th.
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VIAJE, a drama and comedy from Costa Rica written and directed by Paz Fábrega, explores attraction and commitment for a generation whose understandings of personal freedoms and traditional limitations are more open to interpretation. After meeting at a party, Luciana (Kattia González) and Pedro (Fernando Bolaños) spark up a spontaneous rendezvous. Eschewing the fraudulent nature of traditional relationships, the pair embarks on a spur-of-the-moment journey that takes them to the forest where they delve into the beauty of nature and their own personal beliefs. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature by Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, VIAJE is Paz’ second feature; her first feature AGUA FRIA DEL MAR (COLD WATER OF THE SEA) won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam in 2010.
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Not interested in a Badge? Film Passes ($100) and Individual Tickets ($10-$15 per show depending on screening time/location) will be announced and available soon.
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The 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is scheduled for May 4 – 8, 2016 in Austin, TX. Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, The Salvage Vanguard Theater, and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival once again will offer narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental, animation, and music video selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.
The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.
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