2015 CMSF Latino Film Festival Official Selection

We are pleased to present the films officially selected by the CMSF Latino Film Festival. For ticket information on our website click on the navigation bar or here for details.

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Fiction Features

  • 3 Beauties – 3 Bellezas – Venezuela – Dir. Carlos Caridad-Montero
  • Beautiful Youth – Hermosa Juventud – Spain/France – Dir. Jaime Rosales
  • Behavior – Conducta – Cuba – Dir. Ernesto Daranas
  • Blue Lips – Spain/Argentina – Dirs. Daniela De Carlo/Julieta Lima/Gustavo Lipsztein,/Antonello Novellino/Nacho Ruiperez,/Ricardo Nobuo Shima
  • The Boss, Anatomy of A Crime – El Patron,  Anatomia de un Crimen – Argentina- Dir. Sebastián Schindel
  • The Boy & The World – O Menino E O Mondo – Brazil- Dir. Alê Abreu
  • Ciudad Delirio – Colombia/Spain – Dir. Chus Gutiérrez
  • Farewell – A Despedida- Brazil – Dir. Marcelo Galvão
  • Glories of Tango – Fermin, Glorias del Tango – Argentina-Dirs. Oliver Kolker/Hernan Findling
  • His Wedding Dress – Vestido de Novia – Argentina-Dir. Marilyn Solaya
  • Life After – Vida Despues – Argentina – Dirs. Pablo Bardauil/Franco Verdoia
  • The Naked Screen – La Pantalla Desnuda – Nicaragua-Dir. Florence Jaugey
  • The Obscure Spring – Las Oscuras Primaveras – Dir. Ernesto Contreras
  • On the Road, Somewhere – Algun Lugar – Dominican Republic – Dir. Guillermo Zouain
  • Parabellum- Argentina/Austria- Dir. Lucas Valenta Rinner
  • A Separate Wind – Viento Aparte – Mexico – Dir. Alejandro Gerber-Bicecci
  • She – Ella – Colombia – Dir. Libia Stella Gomez
  • Soledad – USA – Dirs. Eduardo, Maytorena/Wayne Mitchell
  • Two Waters – Dos Aguas –  Cost Rica/Panama-Dir. Patricia Velásquez
  • Voice Over – La Voz en Off – Chile – Dir. Cristina Jimenez

Documentaries

  • American DREAMers – USA – Dirs. Saray Deiseil /Jenniffer Castillo
  • Echo of the Mountain – Eco de la Montaña – Mexico – Dir. Nicolas Echevarria
  • El Canto Del Colibri –The Hummingbird Song  – USA – Dir. Marco Castro-Bojorquez
  • Kingdom of Shadows – USA – Dir. Bernardo Ruiz
  • Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey – USA – Dirs. Ray Telles /Yvan Iturriaga
  • The Summer of the Cans – Brazil – Dirs. Tocha Alves,/Haná Vaisman

Fiction Shorts

  • Change – USA – Dir. Xavier Galindo
  • Coyote Creek – USA – Dir. Brian Garcia
  • The Deadman – Peru – Dir. Franco Finocchiaro
  • Grown Ups – Casita-Spain – Dir. Javier Marco
  • In Between the Gutter and the Stars – USA – Dir. Diana Lesmez
  • Las Gitanas – USA – Dir. Matthew Anderson
  • Lost Weekend – USA – Dir. Adam Valencia
  • Off Track – USA – Dir. João Paulo Jacobsen
  • Rice & Matchsticks – Arroz yFosforos – Spain – Dir. Javier Beltramino
  • TrabajoDominican Republic/USA – Dir. Nelson Pena
  • Two Days of Luck– Dos Dias de Suerte – Mexico – Dir. Arturo Martinelli
  • Undercovers Encubiertos – USA – Dir. Leo Rod
  • White Water – Agua Blanca – Mexico – Dir. Alina Montero
  • Zepo – Spain – Dir. Cesar Diaz Melendez

Documentary Shorts

  • Edgar and the Joyous Life – USA – Dir. Veronica Lopez
  • A Life of EngagementUSA/Mexico – Dir. Pedro Pablo Celedón
  • Living QuechuaRunasimiwan Kawsay – USA – Dir. Christine Mladic Janney
  • My Life in Dance – Mi Vida En El Baile –  USA – Amir Jaffer

Opening Night Film: A Separate Wind – Viento Aparte – Mexico -Dir. Alejandro Gerber Bicecci

September 18th 7:30pm  Brava Theater, San Francisco.

Buy tickets for Opening Night – A SEPARATE WIND – Viento Aparte- Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival Tickets for film, party or both. Screening at Brava Theater, after party at Verdi Club.

Crowd-Funding Film Project: Prodigal Daughter

After nearly two decades disconnected- by choice- from her family and from her homeland, Prodigal Daughter Mabel Valdiviezo gets her American visa to reconnect with her family in Peru only to learn that the family barely survived the Fujimori regime. Moreover, there’s a secret of her own that she’s compelled to reveal.

Once face to face with her aging parents and now grown siblings, expectations come down clashing on both sides threatening an already fragile bond. Her family recriminates Mabel for her absence and candidly recount how they struggled to survive both terrorism and the dictatorship.

In a desperate attempt to seek a better life just like Mabel did, her brothers immigrated to Japan only to be deported right back. Her father had a bigamous marriage to a Japanese woman for a visa and her mother almost committed suicide over a mounting debt to a loan shark. They view Mabel as the lucky one, yet she still has to tell them how immigration brought her more sorrow than happiness.

Negotiating between their withheld affection and requests of financial help and visa sponsorship, Mabel gathers courage to tell her secret and put their demands into perspective. Now, she must find a way to regain their love and respect or risk being shunned and disowned. Prodigal Daughter explores the complex relationship between parents and children when geography and mismatched expectations sets them apart.

 

Official Selection Narrative Features 2012

This is the Official Selection of Narrative Features.

Download a schedule here: http://bit.ly/2o12Schedule. For the full schedule of events online look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Vote by texting the number of your favorite film to 64631.

102      Adverse Reactions
103      Amateurs
107      Clubbing
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
128      Smuggled
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

Sept 25 7PM MACLA  San Jose Tickets:  http://adversereactions-sj.bpt.me

Amateurs/Aficionados
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

After the defeat of Japan in World War II, a new war began in Brazil.  Japanese immigrants became divided between those who accepted Japan’s defeat and those who did not.  Dirty Hearts is the true story of this conflict.
Co-Presented by The Center for Asian American Media
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets:http://dirtyhearts.bpt.me
Sept 20 7:30PM ATA. Tickets: http://dirtyheartssf.bpt.me

Filly Brown
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

OPENING NIGHT FILM Sept 14 7:30PM Victoria Theater.
Tickets: http://fillybrownsf.bpt.me
Sept 15 9:15 Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://fillybrown.bpt.me

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

Project REUS
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

Sept 16 5:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://sinpadre2.bpt.me

Sept 28 9:30PM MACLA San Jose. Tickets: http://sinpadresj.bpt.me

Smuggled
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

Official Selection Short Films 2012

This is the Official Selection of Shorts.

Get the entire schedule here: http://bit.ly/FestSchedule2012. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.

Vote for your Favorite Short Film by texting 64631.

101 A Doctor’s job
104 Behind the Mirror
106 Bombing Arizona
110 Dry
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
120 Maestra
121 Miles Away
129 The Crazy Life
130 The Crocodile
131 The Empty Nest
133 The Invisible Line
134 The People’s Wardrobe
135 The Volcano
136 Tropico Exotico
140 We’re All Meant To Be Queens

There are three programs including Latin America, LGBT, and US Latino. Some shorts are paired with features.

Every Time I Remember I Forget/ Cada Vez Que Me Acuerdo Me Olvido
Uruguay/Spain/UK 2011 14 min
Dir. Laura González

Maria is an old lady suffering from Alzheimers who keeps returning to her childhood during the Spanish Civil War.  Rosa, a young Colombian, has lived through a war in her own country.  When she starts taking care of Maria, it is the beginning of a special relationship.
*Shown with feature- Children of Memory
Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.bpt.me
Sept 23 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://memory.bpt.me

The Invisible Line / La Línea Invisible
Mexico/France/USA 2011 43 min
Dir. Lisa Díez Gracia
The Hñahñu (Otomi Indians) community of El Alberto, Hidalgo (Mexico) organizes a strange tourist attraction. An eco-park by day, after nightfall transforms into a representation of the U.S.-Mexican border. Community members help reenact the illegal border crossing, complete with border patrol and narcos, in order to give tourists a more realistic perspective on the trials of the journey. Shown with Maestra.
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me

Maestra
USA 2012 33 min
Dir. Catherine Murphy

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. This story is told through the personal testimonies of the young women who taught in rural communities across the island – and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.
*Shown with The Invisible Line
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me

Miles Away
USA 2012 12 min
Dir. Ariel Dovas, Jose Alfaro
On moving day, a mother and her son unpack their differences and discover a new home together. *Shown with feature, Smuggled, Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza.
Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me

The Volcano/ El Volcan
2012 Chile 22 min
Dir. Pablo Abrahams

Luisito and Alexis are two kids who are involved in a story of friendship and survival in a marginal slum in Santiago, Chile.
*Shown with feature Voices of Chile Sept 23 1PM Mission Cultural Center .Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.bpt.me Sept 24 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center. Tickets: http://voicesofchile.bpt.me

Latin American Shorts Program
Sept 26 7:30PM ATA, ickets: http://latinamericanshorts.bpt.me
Dry / A Secas
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Andreas Papacostas
An animated short on water conservation.
The Empty Nest / El Nido Vacío
Spain/Venezuela/USA 2012 25 min
Director/Writer: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti

A scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist embarks on a journey to reconnect with her angst-ridden son after discovering his troubles may stem from the sizable ‘problem’ tucked inside his trousers.
Inverse, 3 ½ Turns, in Position C/ Inverso Tres y Media Vueltas, en Posición C
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Carlos Lenin
A young man dives into the abyss. Alongside him, a young couple caresses and smiles hanging onto a moment of ecstasy.
The People’s Wardrobe/ El Ropero del Pueblo
Chile 2011 20 min
Dir. Peter McPhee Cruz

Chile, 1932. In middle of an economic depression Alicia helps by repairing worn out clothes that are delivered to poor people. She meets a younger girl who forms part of the world Alicia will discover: the world of poverty. A friendship ensues despite their differences and the political tension around them.
Trópico Exótico
Colombia 2012 22 min
Dir. Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Emilio’s dream of being an established musician is coming to fruition as his band becomes more and more successful.  Then Violeta, his ex-girlfriend and muse, suddenly comes back one night, shaking things up and reigniting their relationship.  Just when everything seems to be going right, destiny plays a dirty card that will change their lives.

LGBT Latino Shorts Program
Sept 26 at ATA. Tickets: http://lgbtshorts.bpt.me
Fallen Comrade
USA 2012 13 min Drama
Dir. James Valdez
A story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. *Also show with feature doc, Homeboy, Sept 16 7:15.

Recipe for Love
2011 USA 26 min. LGBT
Dir. Chauncey Wales
Two women from different backgrounds embark on a journey of self-discovery, passion, and their love of food.

We’re All Meant To Be Queens /Todas Íbamos a Ser Reinas
USA 2012 25 min
Dir. Miguel Angel Astudillo
An intimate portrait of  Aurora Grajeda & Rosa Cortez, two transgender women from Mexico living in San Francisco., where the intersecting experience of migration and self-discovery, reveal the inner struggle in coming to terms with their true identity .

US Latino Shorts Program
Sept 22 1PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://uslatinoshorts.bpt.me
Bombing Arizona
USA 2012 8 min
Dir. Ricardo Bracamonte
What’s the motivation behind the work of graffiti artists?  The answers, both diverse and surprising, form a nuanced study of street art in Arizona. *Also shown with feature doc, Bertsolari, Sept 15 5:15pm. Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://bertsolari.bpt.me

The Crocodile / El Cocodrilo
USA 2012 15 min
Dir. Steve Acevedo
A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner with tragic consequences for both.
*Also shown with feature doc, Reporter, Sept 16 Opera Plaza Cinema Tickets:http://reporter.bpt.me  and Sept 28 7PM MACLA Tickets:  http://reportero.bpt.me

A Doctor’s Job / ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor!
Peru/USA 2011 10 min

A stubborn but caring ER physician has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in Lima, a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics.
Also shown with feature, Sin Padre, Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me

God Only Watches / Dios Solo Mira
Puerto Rico 2011 15 min Drama
Dir. Alejandro Villalba, Miguel Díaz Rivera

In the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti, a photojournalist chooses to take the picture of a man’s suicide instead of saving his life. But as the photo becomes infamous, he is haunted by a series of mysterious photos that depict his own death.

La Vida Loca
Dir. Adrian Nava
USA 2012 28 min

A film based on a true story about the Chicano gang life and a young man’s search for redemption after his friend is murdered.


 

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

 

Upcoming screenings – Undertow & Immigration Nation!

Undertow

Undertow/Contracorriente

June 14 –  7PM- BollyHood Cafe

Join us for an encore screening of “UNDERTOW” on June 14 at BollyHood Cafe in the Mission.

Doors open at 7PM. Film at 8PM.  Meet up with other film lovers and join us for a drink. Cash bar. Co-presented with JCE Cinema. Click on the Brown Paper Tickets below to buy tickets.