Screenings Continue- MCCLA, La Peña Cultural Center, & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

There’s a full line-up of screenings tonight through Sunday. If you missed a screening last weekend, this is your chance to see it as we hit the halfway point of the fest. Click on tickets for more film notes, trailers, & :

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts- San Francisco
Sept 20 7PM Sofia & The Stubborn Man (Sofia y El Terco)
Sofia is an older woman who has never been outside her hometown.She’s lived a pretty peaceful yet predictable lifenear the Andean mountains and far away from the sea coast, always being the perfect wife. This year, herhusband Alfredo has promised her to make her dream come true and take herto the seaside for the first time in her life, however his stubborness is much stronger and he finds a new excuse to, once again,delay the trip.  Tickets

Sept 21 3PM Viva La Mujer! Shorts Program Includes: The Unique Ladies, Vida Diferida/Life Deferred, Tamale, Lonche.Tickets

Sept 21 5PM Chicama
Cesar is a young man who has prepared all his life to leave his hometown in the northern highlands and migrate to the coast. But not everything goes as planned. The only place where he can get placed for a teaching position is in a small town deep in the Andes. Caesar accepts the challenge and will teach in this town where he will discover his true vocation.  Tickets

Sept 21 7PM Topsy Turvy (Patas Arriba) 
Renato knows his time is running out, meanwhile he teaches his six-year-old granddaughter the importance of the small things in life, the value of friendship and the respect towards other people’s views. His own kids have issues of their own with plans to put him in an old people’s home. With the help of his granddaughter Carlota, he plans to escape and sail from Venezuela to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, as he once promised to his deceased wife.  Tickets


La Peña Cultural Center – Berkeley 
Sept 22 Sunday  5PM Xingu – Period piece drama from Brazil about adventurer brothers charged with the mission of building infrastructure in the ‘unihabited’ Amazon. During their exploration of central Brazil in 1943 the brothers Orlando, Claudio and Leonardo Villas-Bôas encounter the Xingu Indians. Passionately interested by what they discover about the customs and social systems of the other’s culture, the brothers and the indigenous people decide to build an airstrip together. However, it is not until half the population of one village dies of an influenza epidemic, that the brothers realise their true vocation. From this point on they devote their lives to protecting the Xingu peoples, preserving Xingu culture and to the creation of a Xingu National Park. In doing so, the brothers find out that they are not only obliged to take a stand against a corrupt network of ministers and military; fascinated by their discovery of a hitherto unknown lifestyle, their contradictory feelings soon overwhelm and isolate them. Nonetheless, with dogged persistence they manage to find their way back to their initial goal of supporting the Xinguanos’ struggle for survival.Co-Presented by BrasArte. Tickets.

7PM 7 Boxes/7 CajasAudiences are raving about this thriller from Paraguay where our young hero is trying to make some easy money by delivering seven boxes to the other side of the market only to be confronted with a bunch of baddies trying to get the merchandise. What is the merchandise? Great reviews in Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, & Twitch. Not hype. Lots of talent- great filmmaking from the writing to the acting to the production value. Don’t miss it.  Tickets.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts- San Francisco
Sunday Sept 22 7PM La Camioneta Making its San Francisco premiere. Co-Presented & screening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Retired American school buses make their way to Guatemala. A story about family, migration, innovation, entrepreneurship and more.  bus makes it. Trailer, notes, & tickets.


New Argentine Cinema- Viola- Screens this Week at YBCA

Directed by Matías Piñeiro
Thu, Jul 25 & Sat, Jul 27, 7:30 PM; Sun, Jul 28, 2 PM

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


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

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






El Velador at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Nov 1&4

El Velador
Thu, Nov 1, 7:30pm & Sun, Nov 4, 2:00pm / Yerba Buena Garden Center for the Arts
By Natalia Almada

A film about violence with no violence. From dusk to dawn, El Velador accompanies Martin, the guardian angel who, night after night, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this extraordinary new documentary reminds us how, in the turmoil of Mexico’s bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists and quietly defies the dead. (2011, 72 min, digital) For tickets visit

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for each screening. Email us at programming(at) with your name & the screening you wish to attend.