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Latin American Film Festival

2014 LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

The ART THEATER

September 19-25, 2014
126 West Church Street
Champaign, IL 61820

2014 SELECTED FILMS

SCHEDULE 2014 LAFF

For previous Latin American Film Festivals, click here.

PELO MALO / BAD HAIR

FRI Sep 19, 6:00 pm / SUN Sep 21, 7:15 pm / WED Sep 24, 6:00 pm
Pelo Melo
  • Venezuela, 2013. 93m
  • Director: Mariana Rondón
  • Starring: Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Samuel Lange Zambrano

Junior is nine years old and has "bad hair." He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture so he can look like a fashionable pop singer. This elicits a tidal wave of homophonic panic in his hard-working mother, who finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior's fixation with his looks. The more he tries to look sharp to make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. Eventually, he is cornered, faced with a painful decision.

Awards:

  • Havana Film Festival 2013, Best Film
  • Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2013, Best Actor
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival 2013, Concha De Oro, Best Film

Watch the trailer: http://www.pelomalofilm.com/

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O LOBO ATRAS DA PORTA / Wolf AT THE DOOR

FRI Sep 19, 8:00 pm / MON Sep 22, 8:30 pm / THU Sep 25, 5:00 pm
Pelo Melo
  • Brazil, 2013. 131m
  • Director: Fernando Coimbra
  • Starring: Leandra Leal, Thalita Carauta, Julaino Cazarré

Brazil's A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. From that point on, the film takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl's kidnapping. Director Fernando Coimbra has described the film as a modern-day variation on Medea, which provides a hint on where this story will be heading. Coimbra was also inspired by some news stories in South America that suggest why the Greek tragedy is not outdated. The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it's an utterly compelling and indelible drama.

Awards:

  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013, Best Film and Best Actress
  • Havana Film Festival 2013, Best First Work
  • Miami Film Festival 2014, Best Director

Watch the trailer: http://mspfilm.org/films-and-events/a-wolf-at-the-door/

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FECHA DE CADUCIDAD / EXPIRATION DATE

SUN Sep 21, 5:00 pm / TUE Sep 23, 7:15 pm / THU Sep 25, 9:45 pm
Fecha de Caducidad
  • Mexico, 2012. 111m
  • Director: Kenya Marquez
  • Starring: Damian Alcazar, Marisol Centeno, Ana Ofelia Murguia

In modern-day Guadalajara, loving mother Ramona searches for her layabout adult son. Her new neighbor Mariana seems to be the key to finding him, but she has dark secrets of her own. Then there's Genaro, an odd duck obsessed with forensics who hangs around the local coroner's office. A dark comedy of errors with a Rashomon-like structure: the tantalizing puzzle-pieces of a murder mystery are gradually revealed from three different perspectives, subverting our assumptions and preconceptions.

Winner of the Audience Award at the Morelia Film Festival, Kenya Marquez's debut feature (after her years as director of the Guadalajara Film Festival) effortlessly blends drama, suspense, and humor to create a wry commentary on the endemic violence of contemporary Mexico. DP Javier Morón uses a shadowy, burnished color palette to masterfully convey an atmosphere of dark suspicion, and leads Ana Ofelia Murguía, Marisol Centeno, and Damiàn Alcazar turn in subtle but magnificently intense performances.

Awards:

  • Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2012, Best Director
  • Miami Film Festival 2012, Ibero-American Opera Prima Award

Watch the trailer: http://fechadecaducidad.com/trailer

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RAMBLERAS / PROMENADE WOMEN

SAT Sep 20, 5:00 pm / SUN Sep 21, 9:15 pm / TUE Sep 23, 9:40 pm
Rambleras
  • Uruguay, 2013. 93m
  • Director: Daniela Speranza
  • Starring: Vicky Rodríguez Cartagena, Maria Elena Pérez, Adriana Aizenberg

With Montevideo's rambla, an avenue that goes along the coastline, as its stage, "Rambleras" centers on three women facing a personal crisis. Thirty something Patricia, an employee at Jacqueline's rotisserie, spends her nights alone in her apartment, staring wistfully at her cell phone, hoping for that one phone call that might change her life. Jacqueline, on the other hand, fears that her relationship with husband Juanca has reached a dead end. Meanwhile, eighty something Ofelia is still coming to terms with the death of her sister, her longtime companion; she dares not walk the rambla alone.

Watch the trailer: http://rambleras.com/videos.html

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SE VENDE / FOR SALE

SAT Sep 20, 7:15 pm / TUE Sep 23, 5:00 pm / THU Sep 25, 7:45 pm
Se Vende
  • Cuba, 2013. 95m
  • Director: Jorge Perugorria
  • Starring: Daylenis Fuentes, Jorge Perugorria, Yuliet Cruz

Actor turned director Jorge Perugorria follows on the footsteps of Cuban masters Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio with this scathing dark satire. Deeply indebted Nacar, a young lab technician, visits her mother's tomb every Sunday to talk to her. Her mother's spirit advises her to sell the family's tomb and its contents to pay the bills and keep the family afloat. With the help of painter and future flame Nilo, Nacar sets the wheels in motion as they exhume the bodies and remains of their loved ones in this story about survival in post-Special Period Cuba.

Awards:

  • Havana Film Festival 2012, Best Film

Watch the trailer: http://www.sevendelapelicula.com

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GLORIAS DEL TANGO / GLORIES OF TANGO

SAT Sep 20, 9:15 pm / MON Sep 22, 6:00 pm / WED Sep 24, 8:15 pm
Glorias del Tango
  • Argentina, 2014. 117m
  • Director: Oliver Kolker, Hernan Findling
  • Starring: Hector Alterio, Gaston Pauls, Antonella Costa

Ezequiel Kaufman is a psychiatrist who works in a typical 3rd world country public hospital. Among his patients is Fermín Turdera (85) (Héctor Alterio), a patient at the hospital for more than 10 years. Mr. Fermin expresses himself exclusively using the lyrics and titles of Tango Songs, a peculiar characteristic not understood by the doctors until Ezequiel comes on the scene. A great patient/doctor relationship develops between Ezequiel and Fermín. Through their relationship, Ezequiel discovers the tango and the customs of Argentina in the 40's , when Fermín reveals his relationship with his two most intimate friends, Ciempiés and Clodomiro; and Zulma Prando his greatest love.

Not only will Ezequiel navigate across the waters of the Tango underworld with Fermín, he will also find love when he meets Fermin's granddaughter, EVA Turdera. Eva was raised by Fermín when her parents disappeared during the Military Dictatorship in the 1970's. The treatment brings Fermín to an understanding of his own past, and to settle an old debt. Ezequiel, on the other hand, will be forced to decide his own future.

Watch the trailer: http://www.gloriasdeltango.com/

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WHO'S DAYANI CRISTAL?

SAT Sep 20, 3:00 pm / SUN Sep 21, 3:00 pm
Who's Dayani Crystal
  • USA, 2013. 85m
  • Director: Gael Garcia Bernal & Marc Silver
  • Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal

Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man's steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as "the corridor of death" and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Awards:

  • Sundance Film Festival 2103, Cinematographic Ward
  • Cork International Film Festival 2013, Audience Award

Watch the trailer: hhttp://whoisdayanicristal.com/

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