Cine+Mas is a community partner of the Roxie Theater. We’re happy to be screening of Jauja from Friday May 22 thru Thursday May 28. Enter discount code “CineMas” when you purchase online. For screening times and tickets. http://tktwb.tw/1e67iOa
A sublime fantasy standing at the intersection of fairy tale and land art, Jauja expands upon the minimalism of Lisandro Alonso’s “Lonely Man Trilogy” (La Libertad, Los Muertos, Liverpool) to arrive at a radical re-imagining of the period piece. The story, co-scripted by the Argentine poet 4tband novelist Fabián Casas, concerns a Danish military engineer (Viggo Mortensen) enlisted to pacify native Patagonia in 19th-century Argentina. As he sets out on his own to find his missing 14-year-old daughter, watching over his shoulder for an insane army deserter, time slows and the period trappings and echoes of ostensibly similar forays into terra incognito (John Ford’s The Searchers, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness) melt away to reveal a most peculiar vision quest.
Strikingly filmed by Aki Kaurismäki’s longtime cinematographer Timo Salminen, Jauja distills the colors and distances of remote Patagonian landscapes with luminous clarity. Unpredictable until its final shots, Jauja continues to flirt with the imagination long after the closing credits roll. —Max Goldberg, SF International Film Festival. Written & Directed by Lisandro Alonso. Aspect Ratio – 1:133 (Academy). 2014 In Spanish and Danish with English subtitles. 108 minutes.
Noir City 12 runs from January 24 to February 2 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. We’re giving away several pairs of tickets for double/tripple film programs on January 25, 30, & 31. The line up of films includes an impresive selection of seven rare Latin American/Spanish from Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. Email us at programming (at) sflatinofilmfestival.com with your name and the date of the program you would like to see or in-box us in Facebook. Visit http://bit.ly/1ewbtg3 for full program details.
Saturday, Jan 25 Matinée Triple Bill Border Incident
Scr. John C. Higgins. Dir. Anthony Mann United States, 1949. 94 min.
Screens at 12:00 PM
Agents of both countries go undercover to bust a gang exploiting migrant workers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Mann’s rugged direction and John Alton’s stunning cinematography enhance this powerful crime drama. With Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, Charles McGraw.
Victims of Sin / Victimas del Pecado
Scr. Emilio Fernandez and Mauricio Magdelano. Dir. Emilio Fernández. Mexico, 1951. 90 min.
Screens at 4:00 PM
A dancer-prostitute (the fabulous Ninón Sevilla) rescues a baby from the garbage and is determined to raise it, despite her poverty and the threats of her pachuco pimp. The apotheosis of the Mexican cabaretera film, a combustible combo of music, dance and noir melodrama. Absolutely astounding!
In the Palm of Your Hand / En la Palma de Tu mano
Scr. José Revueltas and Roberto Gavaldón, from a story by Luis Spota. Dir. Roberto Gavaldón. Mexico, 1951. 90 min.
Screens at 2:00 PM
A con artist seduces the widow of a millionaire, only to learn she’d plotted with her lover to murder the late husband. A tense game of cat-and-mouse ensues—but who’s the cat? Perhaps the greatest thriller ever made in Mexico, starring Arturo de Córdova and Leticia Palma.
Thursday, Jan 30 Double Feature Never Open That Door / No Abras Nunca Esa Puerta
Scr. Alejandro Casona, from stories by Cornell Woolrich. Dir. Carlos Hugo Christensen. Argentina, 1952. 85 min.
Screens at 7:15PM
A pair of classic Woolrich short stories, “Someone on the Phone” and “The Hummingbird Comes Home” are transposed to Buenos Aires with stunning results. Featuring camerawork by the great Pablo Tabernero, it’s better than most U.S.-made Woolrich adaptations.
NOT ON DVD
Hardly a Criminal / Apenas un delincuente
Scr. Raimundo Calcagno and Israel Chas de Cruz. Dir. Hugo Fregonese. Argentina, 1949 88 min.
Screens at 9:00 PM
A bank employee (Jorge Salcedo) uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison. A vivid cross between Naked City and Brute Force, and an evocative look at mid-20th century Buenos Aires.
Friday, January 31 Double Feature The Black Vampire / El Vampiro Negro
Scr. and Dir. Román Viñoly Barreto. Argentina, 1953. 80 min.
Screens at 7:30 PM
This clever “feminist” reworking of Fritz Lang’s classic M focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile. Virtually unknown outside Argentina, and presented onscreen in the U.S. for the first time ever, in a new 35mm print! Starring the radiant Olga Zubarry.
NEW 35mm PRINT!
The Wages of Fear / Le salaire de la peur
Scr. Jérôme Géronimi and H.G. Clouzot, from Georges Arnaud’s novel. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot. France, 1953. 156 min.
Screens at 9:00 PM
Four men, trapped in a pestilent South American village, agree to transport a dangerous shipment of nitroglycerine through treacherous terrain. This existentialist action movie is arguably the most suspenseful film ever made. Yves Montand and Charles Vanel star, and earn every cent.
YBCA Screening Room – 701 Mission St., San Francisco, California 94103
“Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements, an elliptical narrative, and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.” -New Directors, New Films (2012, 65 min, digital).
Price: $10 regular/$8 senior, student, YBCA member
We’re happy to be co-presenting these three films at Frameline- which runs from June 20-30 in San Francisco and Berkeley.
To win tickets email us with the your name and film title in the subject line.
LA PARTIDA Antonio Hens 2013 Spain/Cuba 90 min World Premier!
An Ecstasy-fueled night out leads to romantic feelings between Cuban youngsters Reinier and Yosvani, but external pressures of family, girlfriends, and poverty cause dramatic ups and downs in their subsequent relationship in this powerful and sexy drama set amid the streets of picturesque Havana. Castro Theater June 24 6:30 PM Buy tickets.
MIA Dir Javier Van de Couter 2012 Argentina/Spain 105 min
Ale, a transwoman living in a shanty-town, becomes a surrogate mother for a grieving girl. Without sugarcoating Ale’s life, the film portrays her indomitable spirit in this poignant meditation on family, home and loss. Castro Theater June 27 11 AM Buy tickets.
DEL OTRO LADO DEL VERANO / The Other Side of Summer
Dir. Antonia San Juan, Spain , 2012 , 100 min. Tana’s family put the “D” in dysfunctional. Never is this more clear than when her unemployed, alcoholic Dad kicks the bucket. The ties (licit and illicit) between his widow, her sisters, his sister, and various cousins are more tangled than a rat’s nest, and Salvador’s death unleashes a merry-go-round of backstabbing gossip and melodrama. How do you maintain your sanity in a family where your grandmother crank calls your mom? Victoria Theater June 25 9:30 PM Buy Tickets/See Trailer
This stunning offering of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a potent mixture of deseo, espíritu y nuestra communidad.
San Francisco Indie Fest is a quiceañera! That’s right! Celebrating 15 years of edgy independent film and fun parties, the festival opens at the Brava Theater on February 7th and runs through February 21st at The Roxie, Shattuck Cinemas, and others.
We’re excited to be co-presenting Days of Grace/Dias de Gracia, the centerpiece film, which is making its US premiere. Read more about this and other Latin American films in this year’s program:
DAYS OF GRACE –Dias de Gracia a film by Everado Gout – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/16 at 7:15PM and Tuesday 2/19 at 9:30PM. Centerpiece Film
– Mexico City. 2002, 2006, 2010. A cop. A hostage. A wife. Corruption, violence, vengeance. Three destinies, during 30 days, during three soccer World Cups. Three ways to fight in order to survive. Purchase tickets.
THE LAST ELVIS, a film by Armando Bo – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/10 at 9:30PM and Tuesday 2/12 at 9:30. (Opening Night Film)
– Carlos Gutiérrez (Elvis) is a divorced singer with a young daugther called Lisa Marie which he almost never see. He has always lived his life as if he was the reincarnation of Elvis Presley. In denial of Carlos and his reality. But he is about to turn the age Elvis had when he died and the future appears empty. An unexpected situation will force Carlos to take care of his daughter. This will allow him to find himself as a father and Lisa to accept him as he is. But destiny confronts Carlos with a difficult decision. In a journey of music and madness he will have to choose between the dream of being Elvis and his family. Buy tickets.
FACELESS, a film by Tristan Albrecht – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Sunday 2/17 at 5PM and Monday 2/18 at 7:15PM.
– Thousands of people died buried in the structures of the Twin Towers. Entire families suffering the lost of a loved one can do nothing else but to cry a name written under a picture.However, some families cannot even have this mourning. Fathers, mothers, children, and friends from illegal workers suffer their lost in the painful silence imposed by their situation. These families have lost the ones that we called: FACELESS. No address, no name, no social security number, no permanent status to identify them. Buy tickets.
THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING, a film by Zach Weintraub – Roxie Theater in San Francisco, Saturday 2/9 at 7:15PM and Thursday 2/14 at 9:30PM.
– A would-be expatriate from the US takes his second stab at life in Buenos Aires. Watch as he drifts between halfhearted attempts at work, a feeble romance with his fellow N. American housemate, and the fruitless search for a mysteriously absent ex-girlfriend. Buy tickets.
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102 Adverse Reactions
108 Day of the Flowers
109 Dirty Hearts
112 F*ck My Wedding
113 Filly Brown
119 Machete Language
123 Not So Modern Times
124 Project Reus
127 Sin Padre
132 The Inca, The Silly Girl, & The Son of a Thief
137 Under My Nails
Adverse Reactions / Reacciones Adversas
Mexico 2011 74 min
Dir. David Michán
Daniel is a young man suffering from low self-esteem, who is incapable of defending himself from the abuses of employers and of society in general. He is on antidepressants to make his monotonous life more bearable; however, far from helping him, the medication heightens his condition with hallucinations and psychotic thoughts of vengeance that lead him to a state of total confusion between reality and his imagination.
Sept 15 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema San Francisco Tickets: http://adversereactions.bpt.me
Spain 2011 95 min Comedy/Romance
Dir. Arturo Dueñas
Amateurs at living… because life is not suitable for professionals: several characters meet weekly in a theatre workshop in order to cultivate their favorite hobby and, at the same time, make up for their lack of affection and love from others.
Sept 15 1:15 PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://amateurs.bpt.me
Clubbing / De Caravana
Argentina 2011 96 min Adventure/Drama/Comedy
Dir. Rosendo Ruiz
Two seemingly disparate worlds intertwine when Juan Cruz, an upper-class photographer, is sent on an assignment to what he sees as the seedy clubbing scene of Cordoba. While photographing a La Mona Jimenez concert,he meets a beautiful woman named Sara and soon becomes ensnared in a slew of adventures. Yet as Juan becomes more a part of this lively, energetic, and somewhat shady scene, his ties to the upper-crust threaten both his budding relationship and his transition into a true artist.
Sept 15 5:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://clubbing.bpt.me
Sept 22 7:00PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets. http://clubbingmcc.bpt.me
Day of the Flowers
UK/Cuba 2012 100 min
Dir. John Roberts
Two young, strong-willed Scottish sisters, one a left-wing activist, the other a born-to-shop fashionista, take their late father’s ashes to Cuba, the site of many intriguing family legends. Arriving in Havana, the two women promptly lose the ashes and go through a series of misadventures – both romantic and dangerous – to try to retrieve them, making some surprising discoveries along the way about the family ties that hold them together.
Sept 16 5:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets:http://dayoftheflowers.bpt.me
Dirty Hearts / Corações Sujos
Brazil 2011 107 min Drama
Dir. Vicente Amorim
USA 2012 90 min Drama
Dir. Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos
Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2012.
Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos
F*ck My Wedding / Que Pena Tu Boda
Chile 2011 96 min Comedy
Dir. Nicolás López
Javier and Angela have been dating for a while when they unexpectedly learn that they’re expecting a baby. The news takes their relationship to the next level but things get complicated when Lucia comes onto the scene, shaking-up the stability of the couple’s relationship. Community partner: LAM Network
Sept 16 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://fmywedding.bpt.me
The Inca, The Silly Girl, and the Son of a Thief / El Inca, La Boba, y el Hijo del Ladrón
Peru 2011 104 min
Dir. Ronnie Tenoche
In a small town in northern Peru, three characters whose cruel nicknames seem to both define and limit them, search for love and futures to escape their past.. The lives of an aging out of work wrestler, a roadside waitress , and an unlucky young man intersect as they find their way to life in the big city.
Sept 16 1PM Opera Plaza Cinema. http://theinca.bpt.me
Machete Language / Lenguaje de los Machetes
Mexico 2011 82 min
Dir. Kyzza Terrazas
Ray and Ramona are a young couple. They hate injustice of the social context they are part of. Each from their own niche – Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist – try to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism. Community partners: La Bohemia Productions, KPFA Radio, & Jaffe Events
Sept 16 9:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://machetelanguage.bpt.me
Not So Modern Times/ Tiempos Menos Modernos
2012 Argentina/Chile/Germany 95 min Drama/Comedy
Dir. Simon Franco
Payaguala is a stoic but endearing sheep herder descended from the indigenous people of Patagonia (Argentina). When a government program aiming to modernize the distant and isolated countryside with phone and tv service, a far away world suddenly comes to his doorstep. How will his life change? This warm comedy puts us in touch with what life is like when these two worlds intersect.
Sept 15 7:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://times.bpt.me
Sept 23 5:00PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://timesmcc.bpt.me
Uruguay/Brazil 2011 90 min
Dir. Pablo Fernandez, Alejandro Pi, Eduardo Piñero
In Montevideo, in the mythical Reus Neighborhood the power struggle between Tano´s family and the Jewish store owners is about to explode. A new drug arrives, and the old codes are broken. The end of an era is near.
Sept 16 3PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://reus.bpt.me Sin Padre
USA 2012 90 min Drama
Dir. Jay Francisco Lopez, Maria Fe Picar
Juan is a street-smart, 17 year-old Honduran in the Mission District of San Francisco. When he is given an assignment to write about where he comes from, Juan is reminded of a deep pain in his life: his fatherless childhood. With only a faint memory to guide him, Juan uses the assignment to search for his father. But as he continues to push for the truth, it leads him down a path he never expected. – Not appropriate for children. Mature audiences. Violence sexual in nature.
Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me
USA 2012 80 min Drama
Dir. Ramon Hamilton
Separated families will go to great lengths to be reunited with their loved ones. In this story, Miguel and Hilaria, mother and son, are making their way across the U.S.-Mexican border in a hidden compartment of a tourist bus. Winner at Reel Rasquache Film Festival (Los Angeles) and the Mexico Film Festival (Baja California). Shown with short: Miles Away
Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me
Under My Nails
Puerto Rico 2011 102 min Thriller
Dir. Ari Maniel Cruz
Solimar is a young Puerto Rican woman working in a New York City nail salon. In her building, she learns she has new neighbors- a Dominican couple with a penchant for rough sex. Their intimate life both frightens and arouses her. When Roberto’s wife leaves for a visit to the Dominican Republic, Solimar goes from obsessed voyeur to active participant when she begins a tumultuous affair with him.
Sept 16 9:00PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://undermynails-sf.bpt.me
Sept 21 7:30PM ATA Tickets: http://undermynails.bpt.me
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:
About the film:
During a stopover in Buenos Aires, Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme. Though she does not speak a word of Spanish, she remembers the lyrics vividly. Two days later, her father Anton shows up at her hotel, confessing that: Maria spent her first three years of life in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship of the 70s. She was adopted and brought to Germany. Father and daughter begin a journey in search of Maria’s biological parents — with Anton doing all he can to regain his daughter’s trust.
Germany, Argentina (2010), 35mm, 95 min. in German, Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Florian Cossen Visit the website for more information about the festival.
The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, now in its 16th year, runs from October 20-26 in San Francisco. Visit www.berlinbeyond.com for program and ticketing information.