TÓTEM – Austin Theatrical Release


Mexico’s Oscar entry for this year’s Academy Awards is making it’s theatrical debut in Austin, TX. Join Cine Las Americas, Janus Films, and Sideshow Films at AFS Cinema for one the best films of the year. CLA members receive a special discount code.


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A film by Lila Avilés

Mexico/Denmark/France, 2023
Drama, 95 min
Color, Spanish with English subtitles

Mexico’s Oscar entry at this year’s Academy Awards, executive produced by Salma Hayek, and writer/director Lila Avilés’ follow up to her acclaimed 2018 debut THE CHAMBERMAID.


Event Details

Showtimes starting Friday, February 2, 2024 through rest of the month
Saturday, February 3, 2024 @ 3:45PM (Q&A with Director Lila Avilés following screening)

AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752
$13.50 evening / $11 matinee (discount code for CLA Members, contact for more information)



In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol (Naíma Sentíes) is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party for her father (Mateo Garcia) led by her mother (Montserrat Marañon), aunts, and other relatives. As the day goes on, building to an event both anticipated and dreaded, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. This poignant and emotionally expansive film from Lila Avilés (THE CHAMBERMAID) “packs a heavy wallop” and cements “her reputation as an auteur with a unique vision and remarkable skills with actors” (The Hollywood Reporter) in her stunning sophomore effort.



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