Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo

Director Patricia Ramos and El Techo, a 2017 official selection.

International, Narrative / Cuba, Nicaragua / 2016 / Drama, Society, Women In Film, Youth / 75 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / West Coast Premiere Premiere

Description

Patricia Ramos shows us what it’s like to dream from the rooftops in Cuba.

Three young friends, Yasmani, Vito and Anita, gather on a roof in Havana every day in the midst of boredom decide to set up their own business in this heart-warming drama. The cost of this dream, ultimately, will lead them to personal maturity and certain happiness.

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En el centro de La Habana, sobre una azotea, tres jóvenes amigos -Yasmani, Vito y Anita, se reúnen día a día para contarse historias y sueños, tratando de que el tiempo pase sin notarse. En medio del aburrimiento, sin apenas recursos y soñando con la prosperidad, deciden armar un negocio propio. El precio de este sueño los conducirá finalmente a la madurez personal, no exenta de cierta felicidad.


Director’s Bio

Patricia Ramos has a Bachelor in Spanish Studies from the Havana University and a Bachelor in Screenwriting from the International School of Cinema and TV, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). She has facilitated scriptwriting workshop in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica and Venezuela. In 2009 she directed the documentary Ampáramefrom the TV series History of Cuban Music. She has directed two short films, The Courtyard of my Home (2007) and Nana (2004).


 

Director Maru Buendia-Senties and Windows

Director Maru Buendia-Senties and 2017 official selection Windows.

Description

When artificial comes into our lives, does it make our experiences better or are we living in a bubble of self constructed realities? In Windows two isolated women bond by sharing their lives from a distance through their apartment windows. They are blocks apart, but despite their efforts, will never meet. Two women. Two windows. Two realities.

Director’s Bio

Award winning Mexican writer/director, Maru Buendia-Senties, graduated with an MFA from UT-Austin in Film Production. She worked for three years in the Visual Effects Department for Director Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios and currently works at Mirada Studios.

Over the years, Maru, has premiered five award-winning films, directed Mexican Ariel winning actors, received the Visionary Award by the Sor Juana Festival: A tribute to Mexican Women and the Cary Grant Film Award by The Princess Grace Foundation. Her latest sci-fi short, Windows, has been chosen as one of four projects of NALIP: Latino Lens Narrative Short Incubator program 2016. She was also been honored to attend this year’s Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Artist Academy.

Living on the Mexican/American border exposed Maru to two different cultures that created a desire to share that unique perspective through her storytelling. As a female Mexican filmmaker, Maru sees a great opportunity in utilizing genre films to explore our deepest fears, push boundaries and challenge the audience by approaching universal themes like identity, belonging, and solitude.


 

Windows Credits

Writers: Maru Buendia-Senties, Glenn Eanes
Producer: Michele K. Borheim
Cast: Gabriela Ostos, Krista Vendy, Rich Paul

 

Director Libia Stella Gomez and Ella

Born: 1974, Socorro, Colombia

2016 official selection ELLA from Colombia/2015/Drama/ 104 minutes/Subtitled

When Georgina dies, her husband Alcides tries to give her a dignified funeral, which is quite difficult, because they have no money and are living in the poorest district of Bogotá.

Gomez delivers a cinematically gorgeous inside look at the struggle her protagonists face.

Susana Matos and No hay Sistema

Susana Matos and No hay Sistema, a 2017 RoxCine official selection.

In collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Rincon International Film Festival, RoxCine presented a special program of Puerto Rican short films. All proceeds went to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, via donation to Alianza Somos Una Voz / We Are One Voice.

Two Susana Matos short films were selected for the lineup.

No hay Sistema, a 7 min. comedy short film written and directed by Susana Matos Allongo. Winner of Best Comedy, Audience’s Choice, Spirit of Puerto Rico at the Rincon International Film Festival. Produced by: Javier Colon Rios

And Por Feo, a 7 min comedy about the ugliest brother in the family who at last finds someone to confront for his perceived ugliness.

Other shorts from the benefit were as follows.

Volcados – 8 min. (Animation) by Paola Melendez Roca
“A Puerto Rican animation about a Chupacabra’s relentless attempts at making a friend.
Teorias de la Cigüeña – 13 min. (Drama) by Javier Enrique Perez

Luna Vieja – 11 min. (Drama – TIFF) by Raisa Bonnet
Miedo a las Aturas – 4 min. (Comedy) by H.J. Leonard
Así de grandes son las ideas – 5 min. (Animation) by José Enrique Rivera
La Carta – 7 min. (Drama) by Angel Soto
Chula – 17 min. (Action Adventure) by Victoria E. Soberal

A Co-Presentation by Cine+ Mas SF Latino Film Festival and RoxCine at the Roxie in SF.

Ecuador in the Spotlight

Sometimes you just have to let things come together on their own. Films from Ecuador were a welcomed surprise. Besides being a beautiful country, there are some talented filmmakers doing wonderful work. Get a sampling at this year’s festival. For tickets, trailers, and more film details visit the ticketing page.

ALBA  
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:10 PM  /Roxie Theater 09/27 9:00 PM

After her mother becomes bedridden, a shy and lonely 11-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged father. They hardly talk at first, but over time, they slowly get to know one another. Award winner at Rotterdam Film Festival (FF), Mumbai FF, and Lima FF

IF I DIE FIRST – Opera Plaza Cinema 09/19/2017 5:15 PM

A portrait of Ecuadorian musician Julio Jaramillo, who before being an idol in his country, gave himself the luxury of conquering all of America with his voice.

SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS / Sin Muerto No Hay Carnaval
Opera Plaza Cinema – 09/16 9:00 PM/  Roxie Theater 09/22/2017 7:00 PM
In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed?

TRANSLUCID/ Translucido
Roxie Theater 09/24/2017 6:30 PM/ La Pena Cultural Center 10/01/2017 6:00 PM
Rubén has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has three months to live or a year-and-a-half with treatment. Rubén has decided to end his life with dignity, without loose ends.

Meet the filmmakers at SFLFF

Come get to know our visiting filmmakers at their Q&As, our opening night party and other functions. We’re adding more daily! Follow on Twitter for additions.

1.    Director Maru Buendía-Senties, Windows Q&A 9/17 7PM and opening night party.

2.    Reed Rickert, The Third Root, Q&A 9/17 5PM Opera Plaza Cinema and opening night party.

3.    Director Daniel Chávez Ontiveros, The Swan Kick Off Sept 7 – KPIX / CBS Studio Sept 7 5:30pm-8pm, opening night party and screening of film for Q&A (check schedule http://bit.ly/SFLFFTix)

4.    Director Agustin Contrera, Ruta Madre (Going South) Opening night film Q&A and opening night party.

5.    Director Arlan Parsa, The Way to Andina  Q&A Opera Plaza Cinema 9/16 1PM and opening night party.

Divas of the Golden Era Screenings

We’ve partnered with the SF Public Library to present a special series examining the women of the golden era who made significant contributions to the silver screen. Join us Monday, September 25th at Koret Auditorium located at the SF Public Library at 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco for this special one day series starting at 12 pm. All screenings are free to the public.

Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost – 75th Anniversary Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 3:30 PM

Mexican Spitfire is an 8 film series from RKO Pictures made between 1940 and 1943 starring Lupe Vélez and Leon Errol. The movies are comedies featuring the character Carmelita Lindsay (played by golden era star Lupe Velez), a lovable and tenacious Mexican singer who leaves her career in Mexico to meet Dennis Lindsay, a loving and handsome American businessman. In Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost, the sixth film in the series, Carmelita and Uncle Matt find themselves in a haunted house, but the “ghosts” are actually enemy spy agents who are trying to frighten away visitors in order to develop a nitroglycerin bomb.

SF Poet Laureate and SFSU Contemporary Latina/Latino Literature Professor, Alejandro Murguia, will introduce the film with some words about Lupe Velez.

Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Starring Lupe Vélez, Leon Errol, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Elisabeth Risdon, Donald MacBride, Minna Gombell
Release date June 26, 1942

Running time 75 minutes

Country: United States
Language: English

High Noon – Golden Globes Spotlight

Monday, September 25 at 2 PM

In Hadleyville, a small town in New Mexico, Marshal Will Kane (played by Gary Cooper), newly married to Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly), is preparing to retire. The happy couple is departing for a new life, raising a family and running a store in another town; but word arrives that Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), a vicious outlaw whom Kane sent to jail, has been released, and is arriving on the noon train. Helen Ramírez (played by golden era star Katy Jurado), who was once Miller’s lover, and then Kane’s is caught in a past that won’t let her go. Jurado’s steely seductress performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture–the first Latina to ever win one.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann, Produced by Stanley Kramer, Screenplay by Carl Foreman, Starring Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Harry Morgan, Eve McVeagh

Release date July 24, 1952

Running time: 85 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English

Doña Diabla/Lady Devil

Monday, September 25 at 12 PM

No one is born evil. Golden era screen legend Maria Felix plays Angela, a woman who suffers the blow of a messy divorce while pregnant. Her heartbreak forces her to harden which earns her the name Doña Diabla/Lady Devil in cinematically stunning upper crust 1940’s Mexican society. Her old wounds cloud her relationships even with the most eligible of suitors. One turning into a family affair that unfolds with outstanding performances from Maria Felix, Víctor Junco, and Perla Aguiar under the direction of Tito Davison.

Directed by Tito Davison
Starring María Félix, María Félix, Víctor Junco, Adrián Villanueva, Crox Alvarado, José María Linares-Rivas, Perla Aguiar

Release date: 28 January 1950

Running time: 95 minutes
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish

For more info email gini [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] org.

 

 

2017 Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival Opens September 15

The 2017 Cine Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival opens September 15, 2017 at the iconic Alamo DraftHouse. Ticketing website CLICK HERE!

SCREENINGS
15 Sept Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
16-21 Sept Landmark’s Opera Plaza-San Francisco
22-28 Sept Roxie Theater- San Francisco
28 Sept Museum of African Diaspora-San Francisco (Co-Presenting)
28-30 Sept Pickleweed Park-San Rafael
29-30 East Side Cultural Center – Oakland
29-30 La Pena Cultural Center- Berkeley
14 Oct De Young Museum-San Francisco

EVENTS & AFTER PARTIES
7 Sept 5:30pm Kick-Off Latino Heritage Month, CMSF Latino Film Fest Reception -KPIX
15 Sept 7pm Opening Night Film -Alamo Drafthouse- San Francisco
15 Sept 9pm Opening Night Party- Gray Area/Grand Theater-Music by Latino Soul, Live Art- San Francisco
23 Sept 9pm Filmmakers’ Night Afterparty-Slate Bar- San Francisco

28 Sept 9:30pm SF Closing After Party- Venue TBD- San Francisco

MEX AM Festival Starts July 16

We encourage the community to come out for the MEX AM FESTIVAL. It’s a eight-day festival celebrating Mexico’s art, culture, and people. Whether a performance, talk or a foodie, there’s something for everyone.

MEXAM FESTIVAL 2017
Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

The festival is a multidisciplinary initiative that showcases a program with music, film, food, visual arts, digital art, dance, literature and talks of some of the most influential Mexicans in their field of expertise. It runs its fourth edition this summer and it’s already a major event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Portraying Mexico as a country of innovation and a leader in art and creativity.

This year the festival includes a much more comprehensive program with Mexican talent who was born and raised in the United States. This special characteristic looks for the promotion of the people who are changing the world and making great contributions as a result of the integration between both countries: Mexico and the United States of America.
We have as a special partner this year – The State of Jalisco – featuring outstanding performances and exhibitions from one of the most diverse and rich states of Mexico.
It is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, with the support of Federal Agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, ProMexico, Mexico’s Country Brand Office and the Ministry of Tourism.”

For full festival details visit: www.MexAmFest.com

Subte Polska, Argentine Film, at SF Jewish Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present this wonderful film from Argentina at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Visit SFJFF.org for full festival information.
Subte Polska
Dir. Alejandro Mangnone, Argentina, 2017
(Click on a date for tickets)
Past and present collide in the jagged memories of an aging chess player who longs for later-life romance in the dreamlike Argentine melodrama SUBTE-POLSKA. As a young man, Tadeusz (Héctor Bidonde) left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland, to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he immigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. As he refuses the doctor’s pills he believes responsible for robbing his lucidity and manhood, the past returns and melds with the present. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect with long-lost lovers from his youth, with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.