Almodovar Week at the Roxie May 20-26

As one of the most beloved foreign filmmakers in the United States, Pedro Almodóvar has been blending melodrama, suspense, black humor and visceral emotion for more than 30 years. His eclectic filmography dabbles in everything from excess, passion and the women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdowncomplexity of family and identity. At the core of his movies, though, are his fascinations with the disenfranchised, with the roles adopted by women- in particular the figure of the housewife- and questioning the established definitions of gender, class and sexuality.

LAWofDesire_antonio-banderas-imanol-arias-saunas-gays-589x460This mini-retrospective returns to the young, vital, and rarely revisited stage of Almodóvar’s storied career, tracing his progress, from the manic energy of PEPI, LUCI, BOM… to the darkly humorous feminist comedy WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?. Other highlights to be screened include his first explicitly gay film (LAW OF DESIRE), the highest-grossing film in Spanish history for a decade (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), the carnally provocative (TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!), and the tongue-in-cheek melodrama of ridiculous implausibility (HIGH HEELS).

Proudly co-presented by Cine+Mas SF.

For tickets: http://bit.ly/AlmodovarRoxie

Mexican Films at SF Int’l Film Festival, April 21-May 5

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival runs from April 21 to May 5. The festival has a diverse program of film screenings, parties, and special events with guest filmmakers from around the world. Cine+Mas SF is proud co-presenter of the following programs.

From Afar Director 

Director Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico, 93 min

Wednesday April 278:50 PMBAMPFA

Friday April 299:15 PMRoxie Theater

For tickets: http://bit.ly/SFIFF59Afar

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Film still: From Afar

When a middle-aged single man, who cruises his Caracas neighborhood for rough trade, takes a tough young boy into his home, a gritty exploration ensues as these two angry men negotiate a relationship that resides somewhere between lover and friend and a paternal father/son dynamic. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Lorenzo Vigas’s debut feature is a tour-de-force exploration of a relationship’s darker side.

Leaf Blower

Alejandro Iglesias Mendizábal, Mexico, 2015, 96 min

Sunday April 249:45 PMAlamo Drafthouse

Monday April 256:15 PMAlamo Drafthouse

For tickets: http://bit.ly/SFIFF59LB

Film still: Leafblower

Film still: Leafblower

Lost house keys prompt a hunt through massive piles of leaves in first-time writer/director Alejandro Iglesias Mendizábal’s funny and appealing celebration of male teenage friendship. Unfolding over the course of a single afternoon and featuring a talented ensemble of newcomers, this charming, easygoing comedy-drama weaves a complex and unexpected story around a small, everyday incident.

For full festival details visit SFFS.org .