Cine+Mas SF is proud to co-present the following films at SF Indie Fest. Click on the links for ticketing details. For full program including parties and special events visit: SFIndie.com.
THE INCIDENT (El Incidente)
Dir. Isaac Ezban, 2014 Mexico
Fri Feb 19, 715p Alamo
Isaac Ezban double-shot: Two parallel stories follow two sets of characters trapped in illogically infinite spaces. A detective and two brothers climb an apartment staircase, only to find it looping back below only a few stories up. A family drives an endless road, passing the same signs and gas stations over and over again. In each reality, victims must choose to break their pattern or make peace with their new reality. The first feature from a bold new talent, Isaac Ezban.C
Isaac Ezban double-shot: On a rainy night in 1968, the eve of a student revolt in Mexico City, eight characters find themselves trapped in a bus station. As the evening progresses, they find they share more than just a temporary prison. A dazzling homage to The Twilight Zone, director Ezban weaves his influences together into something fresh and shocking, and yet disturbingly familiar. To even write another sentence robs the audience of experiencing the descent into darkness The Similars offers.
Lluc is a gray and bitter man. Friendless and fine with that, he goes out of his way to spread his personally misery around. Until the day his doctor tells him he has three weeks to live and he starts planning his own funeral. In the hopes of drawing an audience for the funeral, he befriends his neighbors and finally discovers some joys in life. This dark comedy frequently references a certain space saga in telling a tale of redemption.
In honor of Paco de Lucia, Bay Area Flamenco is celebrating his life and talent with a memorable program of flamenco performances with reknown artists and a documentary film premiere on Sunday April 6 6PM at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. Visit BayAreaFlamencoFestival.org for full program details and tickets. Read more about the film, Guitarra de Palo, below.
Guitarra de Palo, by director Andrea Zapata Girau is an anthropological-musical documentary voyage without dialogue or narration: the music speaks for itself. Shot in Spain, Cuba, the United States, Nicaragua, Germany, Russia and the Cayman Islands, the flamenco guitar acts as the main character as the film showcases some of the most renowned names of flamenco and its contemporary fusions. The documentary is highlighted by its stunning cinematography and its sound design, the work of Goya Award winner (Spain’s Academy Awards) Pelayo Guiterrez and Nacho Royo-Villanova.
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.
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.
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.
Vote for your favorite DOCUMENTARY film by texting the number of the film to 64631.
117 Justice for My Sister
118 Looking for Larisa
122 Ninos de La Memoria/Children of Memory
138 Unfinished Spaces
139 Voices of Chile
Spain 2011 90 min
Dir. Asier Altuna
Bertsolari is a Basque oral tradition that is a blend of poetry, improvisation, and song. Amateur bertsolaris can be heard at parties and bars, but the best of the best compete in a championship where 14,000 people gather to watch their art take shape. The tradition is an essential part of Basque culture and its poetry is mimicked in the rugged landscapes and poignant symbolism of Asier Altuna’s cinematography.
*Shown with short, Bombing Arizona
Sept 15 5:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://bpt.me/266308
USA 2011 56 min
Dir. Dino Dinco
To be gay, Latino, and in a street gang. What’s that like? This documentary takes a close look at the lives of several former gang members from the Los Angeles area as they journey down the path of self-realization and self-acceptance in a world that seemingly at odds with a gay identity.
*Shown with short: Fallen Comrade
Sept 16 7:15PM Opera Plaza Tickets: http://homeboy.brownpapertickets.com
Justice for My Sister
USA/Guatemala 2012 69 min
Dir. Kimberly Bautista
Looking for Larisa/ Buscando a Larisa
Mexico 2012 79 min
Dir. Andrés Pardo Piccone
Imagine rummaging through a flea market and coming across someone’s family pictures and films. Who would get rid of such meaningful mementos and why? After purchasing the lot of super 8mm film at a Mexico City ‘antique’ shop, the filmmakers embark on search for Larisa, the captivating little blond girl in the pictures and films. This chance encounter with a family’s belongings becomes a captivating human study of memory and media.
Sept 15 7:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://lookingforlarisa.bpt.me
Sept 17 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center,
Niños de la Memoria/ Children of Memory
USA 2012 64 min
Dir. María Teresa Rodríguez During the Salvadoran civil war of the 1980s, hundreds of children disappeared. Many were survivors of massacres, taken by U.S.-trained soldiers of the Salvadoran Army and permanently separated from their communities and identities. Now, a human rights organization called Pro-Búsqueda is helping to reunite these children with their families. This documentary follows survivors of the war to the present, revealing a heartbreaking search to reclaim former bonds and identities in a country slowly healing itself from the scars of war.
*Shown with short: Each Time I Remember I Forget
A veteran reporter and his colleagues at a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for the journalist. More than 40 members of the media have been slain or have vanished since Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón came to power in 2006 and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime groups. Will the free press be silenced?
*Shown with short, The Crocodile
Chile/Peru/France 2012 94 min
I remember the night when the history of my family changed. We received a phone call from Peru saying that my aunt Sibila was in prison accused of forming part of the Shining Path. I was seven years old and my parent’s protective silence made me transform her image into a great mystery. She was kept in prison for 15 years. Today she is free and I want to get close to her, to listen and to understand. Sibila is a journey that builds the present by looking at the past. It is also an encounter between two generations looking for dialogue.
Sept 16 3:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema, Tickets: http://sibila.brownpapertickets.com
USA 2011 96 min
Dir. Benjamin Murray, Alysa Nahmias
Following their emotional exile from Cuba in 1965, three architects return forty years later to finish what was considered the world’s most spectacular and futuristic art school, but was left to ruin by the country’s Revolution. In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art.
Sept 19 7:30PM Galeria de La Raza, Tickets: http://unfinishedspaces.bpt.me
Voices of Chile
Chile/USA 2011 62 min
Dir. Cyrus Omoomian
Observes the challenges of achieving democracy after a dictatorship has collapsed. Corporations, Media and Education are candidly discussed through stories and facts.
From the peaks of the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Chileans candidly address key issues relevant to other nations who are seeking democracy.
*Shown with short, The Volcano.
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
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
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
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
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
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.
Finding love in the big city is never easy. But it’s always entertaining in this bouncy romantic comedy from first time feature filmmaker Terracino. Complete with wild visual nuances, surprising fantasy interludes and a non-traditional approach to just about every aspect of filmmaking, this a must see for connoisseurs of brave new cinema.
Con Tu Nombre Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre
This collection of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a strong blend of poder, fe y nuestra familia. Family photos entwine with sacred ritual and relationship remembrance, fly homeboys and crushed-out schoolgirls explore their deseos, a ranchero yearns of being una reina, and a precious regalo is shared with comunidad.
Habana Muda Monday, June 18 at 1:30PM, Castro Theatre
Amor speaks louder than words in Eric Brach’s compassionate documentary that follows the complicated romantic entanglements and émigré dreams of Chino, a charismatic deaf-mute bisexual who supports his female partner and kids in rural Cuba while falling for a Mexican lover in Havana.
Mosquita y Mari Saturday, June 16 at 7:00PM, Victoria Theatre
Monday, June 18 at 7:00PM, Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
A sweet and genuine film about two Chicana high schoolers, Yolanda, a shy, straight-A student, and Mari, her “bad girl” classmate, as they come into their own and come to grips with their budding romance.
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.