Ella Es Ramona- She is Ramona NOW SHOWING at the Roxie March 18-24

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present the theatrical release of ELLA ES RAMONA / She is Ramona. Opens Friday March 18 through Thursday March 24. Check link for times & tickets- most screenings are 7pm- except on March 24 which is at 9:30pm.

EllaEsRamonaA Q&A via Skype with director Hugo Rodriguez will follow the 7pm screening on Friday, March 18

An irresistible comic fable that breaks down gender and body size stereotypes, ELLA ES RAMONA stars renowned stand-up comedian Andrea Ortega (also known as “Manchita”) as the titular protagonist, a magnetic, upbeat 30-something wrongly fired for her full figure. With its razor-sharp wit and immaculate production design, this essential comedy out of Mexico is reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AMELIE.

Ramona es una mujer con kilos de más y suerte de menos. Recuerda una niñez con maltratos de su madre, su hermana y sus amigas. Era Ramona panzona, Ramona la tragona o Ramona Jamona. Y ya adulta, las cosas no mejoraron. La corren del trabajo por gorda, quiere hacerse una liposucción pero su doctor le informa que no es candidata a ese tipo de intervenciones por “gorda”, y todo su universo parece derrumbarse por una sucesión de infortunios. Todo parece enmendarse, cuando por casualidad se cruza con un café tarot donde venden unos escarabajos mágicos que le cambiaran la vida.

Directed by Hugo Rodriguez. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 83 min.

Nosotros Los Nobles -The Noble Family- Mexico’s Biggest Blockbuster Opens November 1

Nosotros Los Nobles /The Nobles is an over the top comedy about a rich family suddenly having to deal with not being rich anymore.  The patriarch of the family, a construction magnate, stages a bankrupty to teach his grown children a lesson.  That means his priviledged kids now have to go out and get jobs to help support the family.

The film is directed by Gary Alazraki and stars Gonzalo Vega, Karla Souza, Luis Gerardo Mendez, and Juan Pablo Gil.

Click on this link http://mvstelevision.com/nobles/ to check for theater listings in your city.  The film will be screening in the San Francisco Bay Area in San Jose and Santa Clara:

AMC Mercado Santa Clara, CA
AMC East Ridge 15 San Jose, CA

Nobles flyer - FINAL

Presentation of Mexican Film “Post Tenebras Lux” May 29 -June 2

Cine+Mas SF is proud to be co-presenting this film with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The new film by maverick Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas is his most personal and challenging work to date. Post Tenebras Lux (“After darkness, light” in Latin) is a disorienting, kaleidoscopic, and visually stunning vision of a family torn between compassion and violence. It completely divided audiences at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where Reygadas was awarded Best Director. (2012, 120 min, DCP)

May 30, 2013 7:30pm
May 31, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 1, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 2, 2013 2:00pm
Jun 2, 2013 4:30pm

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$10 regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, teacher

 

 

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Latin American Films at 56th SF International Film Festival

There are several Iberian and Latin American films in this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival which runs from April 25-May 9th.  With screenings, panels, parties, and awards, the festival offers up a wide array of activities for the casual to the die-hard cinephile. 

Some of the Iberian and Latin American titles include:

The Artist and The Model from Spain by Fernando Trueba. An agin painter and his wife discover a beautiful, waiflike young woman wandering the streets whom they take in as his model in this story by 1994 Oscar winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) about artists and their muses.

The Cleaner from Peru by Adrián Saba. As a mysterious epidemic kill Lima’s adult population- but spares its children- a solitary middle-aged forensic worker discovers an orphaned boy at one of his cleanup sites. When he takes in the traumatized boy, it eases his own isolation and a subtle transformation takes hold of both of them. 

Crystal Fairy from Chile by Sebastian Silva. From the director of The Maid (Sundance Jury Prize winner in 2009), an American in Chile joins up with three lanky brothers and a spaced out hippie chick to seek out the perfect high of a desert psychedelic in this partially improvised road movie. Stars Michael Cera.

After Lucia from Mexico by Michel Franco. After this wife’s death in a car accident, Roberto moves to Mexico City with his teenage daughter Alejandra. While they are close, their repressed grief and lack of communication threatens to unhinge them when Ale becomes the victim of a brutal bullying at school.

La Sirga a co-production from Colombia/France/Mexico by William Vega  A shy teenage girl, cast out of her home by a fire which also destroyed her parents, seeks shelter with a handful of denizens of the shores of a lagoon in this coming-of-age tale set in the lonely, enchanted landscapes of the high Andes where everyone quietly nurtures illusions of success and fantasies of intimacy with other humans.

Habi, The Foreigner from Argentina/Brazil by María Florecia Alvarez. In a film that explores what it means to feel like an outsider and examines the role of culture in self-definition, this is a coming-of-age story that traces 20-year-old woman’s spontaneous attempt to create a new identity for herself as a Lebanese orphan in Buenos Aires. North American Premiere. 

Il Futuro  from Argentina Through their relationship with a pair of bodybuilders, an orphaned brother and sister stumble on an opportunity they can’t refuse: seemingly easy money by way of a former Mr. Universe turned reclusive movie star. This is more than crime drame. It’s a meditation on time, aging, identity and the movies. An adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novella.  

They’ll Come Back from Brazil by Marcelo Lordello A potent exploration of class and adolescence, Cris is a privileged teen, who after being left on the side of the road as punishment for bickering with her brother, embarks on a journey that will open her eyes to a world she never knew as she tries to find her way home.

Mai Morire from Mexico by Enrique Rivero. In the ethereal, nearly pre-Columbian landscapes of the Mexican town of Xochimilco, a stoic woman returns home to care for her 99-year-old mother nearing the end of her life. Haunting and meditative. The film shows the experience of  her mother’s death as a beautiful, natural event. 

Visit Festival.SFFS.org for more detailed information about the festival and these particular films.

@SFLucho

Will Iñárritu and Bardem win big this weekend?

Alejandro González Iñárritu

We are on the verge of finding out who the big Oscar winners are. Javier Bardem could potentially walk away with an Oscar for his performance in the exceptionally strong film, Biutiful.

The last actor to win the award for their work in a foreign film was Marion Cotillard for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose – the same year Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for No Country for Old Men.

Biutiful is also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. We’re rooting for Iñárritu. This film is the strongest we’ve seen in years. Well done.

@vc29