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.

Sneak Peak of Titles- 2011 Official Selection

We’re excited to announce a partial list of films selected for this year’s festival:

Feature Length

Capsulas by Veronica Riedel-2011  Guatemala

The Chileans’ Building by Macarena Aguilo- 2010 Chile

Film still of "Following the Stars" / "Siguiendo Las Estrellas"

Following the Stars by Iris Dirse – 2011 Ecuador/Panama

Hell by Luis Estrada- 2010 Mexico

Santiago byFelix Martiz- 2011 USA

Seguir Siendo: Café Tacuva by Ernesto Contreras and Jose Manuel Cravioto- 2010 Mexico

Soulbound by Caio Sóh- 2011 Brazil

Shorts

La Bicicleta Vieja by Claudia A. Escobar- 2011 USA

Defender by Aitor Miguel- 2011 Colombia/Spain

Mistura: The Power of Food by Patricia Perez- 2011 Peru

Image from film- Photo of Angie

Film still: Photo of Angie

Photos of Angie by Alan Dominguez- 2011 USA

Three Drop of Water by Jose Alfaro & Marco Castro-Bojorquez -2011 USA