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cordially invites you to
XVII BOSTON IBERO-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Festival Opening and ReceptionOctober 2, 2012 All movies are subtitled in English
and start at 6:00 PM
Free AdmissionBoston University Theater PHO 206
Photonics Building 2nd Floor
8 Saint Mary Street, BostonFor more information click here
Of Love and Other Demons (2009
"DEL AMOR Y OTROS DEMONIOS"Directed by Hilda HidalgoBased on Gabriel García Márquez's novel, this is the unsettling story of 13-year-old noble Sierva and the dog bite that changes her life forever. Abandoned, displaced, in the midst of a sexual awakening and finally exorcised, Sierva finds an unlikely ally in a young priest and together they discover passion.
Postcards from Leningrad (2007)
Postales de Leningrado
Directed by Mariana RondonFor the young narrator of Postcards from Leningrad,
being born into a socialist uprising in 1960s Venezuela wasn't easy.
She and her cousin Teo have learned how to live a clandestine life, making an ongoing game out of survival, with everything from code names and creative disguises to making themselves invisible and devising fantastic escape plans.It is Venezuela's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of the 80th Academy Awards
Chinese Take-Away (2011)
"UN CUENTO CHINO" Directed by Sebastián BorenszteinIn Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm.
ECUADOR With my Heart in YAMBO (2011)
"Con mi corazón en Yambo "
Directed by María Fernanda Restrepo On January 8, 1988, when I was 10 years old, my parents went on vacation and left me in the care of my brothers Santiago and Andres. That day I was at a kids party and they were supposed to pick me up. They never came. A year later we discovered that on that day, my brothers had been tortured, assassinated, and taken by the Ecuadorian police, without any reason. Their bodies were disposed of in the Yambo lake.
We never found them. This documentary is a personal journey mixed with the memory of a whole country marked by this history.
ESPANA Chico & Rita (2010)
"CHICO Y RITA"
Directed by: Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal and Fernando TruebaCuba, 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.October 12
Directed by Antonio FerreiraInspired by the Nobel Prize winner Saramago, Embargo tells the story of Nuno, a
man who works in a sandwich stand, but who is also the man who invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry.
In a time of a petrol embargo, Nuno finds himself in a sinister situation.
Blinded by the promise of success and his obsession with achieving his goals in life, he tries desperately to sell his machine.
He is mysteriously trapped in his own car and misses the once in a lifetime opportunity to finally present this invention to the world and his life is suddenly embargoed…
Embargo closes the same kind of dark comedy you can find in the Cohen brother’s films. The type of subtle yet powerful humour that will reach out to everyone.
The film is based on a short story with the same title by the winner of the NobelPrize in literature – José Saramago - the author of Blimunda and Blindness. António Ferreira has created a Portuguese film that is warm, comical and so comfortably peculiar.
One, the Story of a Goal (2010)
"Uno, la historia de un gol"
Directed by Gerardo Muyshondt and Carlos MorenoIn the early 1980s, at the beginning of what would become a 12-year-long civil
war, El Salvador's talented football team was one national institution upon which both the left and the right could agree. When the team pulled off a stunning 1-0 upset against Mexico and qualified to compete in the 1982 World Cup, it was a high point for the tiny country's national pride. Unfortunately, the team's Cinderella story devolved into a nightmarish farce. A corrupt national soccer federation robbed players of their pay and equipment. The team's opening match resulted in a 10-1 loss, still the worst defeat in World Cup history. And yet, Salvadoran players and fans still find much to be proud of in this David-and-Goliath sports story, one of
endurance amid adversity.October 18
The Fantastic World of Juan Orol (2012) "El fantastico Mundo de Juan Orol" Directed by Sebastián del AmoA biographical film about an icon in Mexican Film history. It’s the story of a man born in Galicia that after many un fortunate events
came to Mexico where he involuntarily became the creator of several film genres such as gangsters, rumberas and hippies, becoming a box office hit, however he was gruesomely criticized by the cinematographic organizations in Mexico. Orol was known as the Involuntary Surrealist.
The Guachiman (2011)
Director by : Gaston Vizcarra
The comedy story of Alex, a humble police watchman who decides to take control of his luck. After his girlfriends breaks up with him, he decides to steal $ 80,000 and lead a life full of adventures , fulfilling all of his desires.
BRAZIL The Freedom (2011) "O Liberdade" Directed by Cíntia Langie and Rafael AndreazzaIn Pelotas, in the South part of Brazil, there’s a bar/restaurant called Liberdade:an extremely simple place where a band, named Avendano Jr. e o Regional, has been dedicated to playing chorinho music for almost 40 years.
The Liberdade tells the story of this place through the testimonials of the people who represent its soul a bar where the passion for music is the bond that ties regular customers and extraordinary musicians. With special appearances of renowned musicians Vitor Ramil and Yamandu Costa, the movie presents some of the last guardians of chorinho music, the talent of the composer and cavaquinho player, Avendano Jr., and his relationship with the work of Waldir Azevedo, the composer of Brasileirinho.
Loves and Beans (2011)
"AMOR Y FRIJOLES"
Directed by Mathew Kodath & Hernan PereiraOnly the fifth feature film ever made in the history of Honduras, LOVE AND BEANS is a
charming comedy about a woman who is convinced that her husband is cheating on her. To catch him in the act, she enlists the help of a friend who follows him around. In addition to its examination of contemporary sexual politics and the dangers of jealousy, LOVE AND BEANS reveals the many natural wonders of the landscape of Honduras,
where much of the dramatic and comedic action is situated.
REPUBLICA DOMINICANA Anna´s Struggle (2012) "La lucha de Ana"
Directed by Bladimir Abud"Anna’s Struggle" describes the world of Anna, a woman who sells flowers at the local market. Her only hope and joy in her life is her only son Amaurys. His best friend, Raul, involves him in a drug deal that leads to Amaurys being murdered by Esteban, a rich boy who is the son of a very important business and political man. Anna, knowing the identity of the killer, will have to face the corrupted system to receive justice.
Holly Cow (2011)
"La Vaca "
Directed by Mendel SamayoaThe death of a famous American archaeologist, Albert Frederick Thomas Jackson, in his adopted home town of San Pedro El Bajo in Guatemala, triggers a bizarre chain of events. For a start, not one but two wives suddenly materialise (an American called Betty Hooter and Soledad, a Guatemalan) with competing claims on the substantial estate left by ‘Mr. Thomas’. Things take a stranger turn still when the will seems more concerned with the future of a cow (named Tracy) than the welfare of the wives. An achingly funny screwball comedy from way leftfield, satirising the cultural schism between urban and rural Guatemala, as well as the even greater gap between reality and the word.
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