2013 Oscar Nominations Announced

The 2013 Oscar nominees were announced this morning.  Film lovers everywhere will surely be playing catch-up to see some of the films nominated. Of particular interest to us is to spotlight  those films nominated that have either a US-Latino, Latin American, or Spanish theme, cast, or production. The Oscars air on Sunday February 24th on ABC 4PM/PST.

Argo has seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing – Jose Antonio Garcia, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) . The film is inspired by the  true-life account of former CIA agent Tony Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise.

No is a Chilean production directed by Pablo Larraín nominated for Foreign Language Film.  Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this drama about an ad man that put together the campaign to defeat Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1988.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda is nominated for Cinematography for Life of Pi. This is his second nomination having been nominated in the same category in 2009 for The Curious Life of Benjamin Button.  Miranda was born in Chile.

 

 

Paco Delgado

Paco Delgado is nominated for Costume Design for Les Misérables. Delgado is a Spanish born costume designer with a long list of film credits including  the Almodovar films- The Skin I Live In and  Bad Education.

 

Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman is nominated for Feature Documentary. The subject of the film is Sixto Rodriguez, a 70’s Mexican-American folk singer who was a cult-hero in South Africa but unknown and  forgotten elsewhere.

 

 

Inocente is nominated for Documentary Short Subject. This is an inspiring film about a homeless, undocumented teen in San Diego pursuing her passion for life and art. Inocente narrates the film.

Fresh Guacamole is nominated for Short Film (Animated). There’s nothing more Mexican than guacamole.

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Lo Imposible- The Impossible- Spanish Production

The Impossible is a Spanish film production directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and written by Sergio G. Sanchez. This is the second collaboration between Bayona and Sanchez. Their first film, The Orphanage, won a Goya Award for best original script in 2008. The Impossible made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

This film is based on the true story of a Spanish family that was vacationing in Thailand when the deadly tsunami of 2004 struck Southeast Asia. The film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

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Happy Birthday, Rita!

HEY,YOU GUYS!  The iconic Rita Moreno turned 81 this week (December 11)!

If you know what that line is from that’s probably one of the first times you saw Rita. She screamed the opening line of the Electric Company, the PBS children’s show that aired from 1971-1985. Rita is a singer, dancer, and actor with many credits to her name in film, tv, stage, and music. You probably have seen her in West Side Story (1961) as Anita, the role for which she is best remembered and which earned her an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress.  If you’re a fan of cable programming, perhaps you saw her on HBO’s OZ,  the prison dramatic series where she played Sister Pete, a psychiatrist nun counseling prisoners. She’s currently on TV Land’s “Happily Divorced”  where she plays Fran Drescher’s mother.

Rita is entertainment royalty. She’s part of an elite small club of artists that have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.  She was also honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

Happy birthday & many more, Rita!

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El Velador at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Nov 1&4

El Velador
Thu, Nov 1, 7:30pm & Sun, Nov 4, 2:00pm / Yerba Buena Garden Center for the Arts
By Natalia Almada

A film about violence with no violence. From dusk to dawn, El Velador accompanies Martin, the guardian angel who, night after night, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this extraordinary new documentary reminds us how, in the turmoil of Mexico’s bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists and quietly defies the dead. (2011, 72 min, digital) For tickets visit http://www.ybca.org/el-velador

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for each screening. Email us at programming(at) sflatinofilmfestival.com with your name & the screening you wish to attend.

 

Early Screening CASA DE MI PADRE

Who doesn’t love Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, and Gael Garcia Bernal! Here’s your chance to see them together in an over the top comedy- CASA DE MI PADRE. We have passes to an early screening. Send us an email with your name, CASA in the subject line, to programming @ sflatinofilmfestival.com  The screening is on Tuesday March 13 in San Francisco. Film in theaters on Friday March 16.

 

Dia de la Amistad

In several Latin American countries Valentine’s Day is referred to as “Dia de la Amistad y Amor” or “Dia de la Amistad” for short. Melding love and friendship makes it so much more inclusive irrespective of your relationship or marital status. Inspired by the theme of love, we found this ‘vintage’ video of a young and dapper Placido Domingo singing “Maria Bonita” to the said Maria- Maria Felix, the iconic film star known as La Doña.  Written by her husband Agustin Lara, “Maria Bonita” went on to become a Mexican standard.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ¡Feliz día de la amistad!

 

Chico & Rita Early Screening

Win a chance to join us at a sneak preview of CHICO & RITA, an Oscar nominated animation film directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal. E-mail us your contact information by February 6 including address so we can mail you passes: programming @ sflatinofilmfestival.com    The event is next Thursday February 9 in San Francisco. The film opens on February 17 in Bay Area Theaters.

Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love.

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Oscars 2012

Lots of great films seem to come just in time for the awards season. This year is no different.  The nominees for this year’s Oscars were announced earlier this week.  Here are some of the nominees that excited us just a little more:

Demian Bichir from Mexico was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in “A Better Life”.  The film was released in 2011 with much critical acclaim. It’s a drama about an undocumented immigrant father, working as a gardener, that struggles both to provide for his son and to keep him out of harms way. Gangs beckoning and immigration agents on their heels.

“The Artist” has been marketed heavily with both critical and popular appeal. It’s no surprise that Oscar nominations would be in the cards.  Though we don’t get to hear her in this fantastic silent film,  here’s your chance to hear Argentina born Berenice Bejo, nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in an interview last year after a film festival screening:

Five time Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer,  hails from Mexico and has worked on some amazing films including “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Children of Men”,  “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, and many more. He’s up for an Oscar with “Tree of Life” directed by Terrence Malick which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.  Here’s a great introduction by Ben Affleck at the Hollywood Film Awards:

 

Salma Hayek Knighted in France

Actor, producer and director Salma Hayek will be among those receiving the Chevalier award from the prestigious National Order of the Legion of Honor of France. Established in 1802 by Napoleon, the Order is the highest decoration given in France to both civilians and military personnel.  It consists of five tiers: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross). The award ceremony will take place at the Champs Elysee Palace in Paris and given by the President of France, Nicolas Sarcozy.

Here’s a clip from “Desperado” by Robert Rodriguez, Salma Hayek’s breakthrough role starring opposite Antonio Banderas.

Pedro Armendariz, Jr. Dies

Beloved Mexican actor Pedro Armendariz, Jr. died on December 26, 2011 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. He was undergoing treatment in a New York city hospital .

Armendariz had a long career in Mexico and in the US on both television and film.  He appeared in more than 100 films including westerns, dramas, comedies, and action films. Some of the more recent titles include “Un Mundo Maravilloso” and “La Ley de Herodes” by director Luis Estrada; “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”;  “Original Sin”; zorro films “The Mask of Zorro” and  “The Legend of Zorro” alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  He appeared in tele-novela “La Fuerza del Destino”, carried on Univision, which just aired the final episode this past Monday to an audience of nearly 8 million viewers.

We will have a chance to see him once again in a yet to be released film, ” Casa De Mi Padre”,  a Spanish language comedy starring Will Ferrell along with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal.