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Alejandro A. Riera, of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, on giving Latin American cinema the respect it deserves
As we celebrate our third year with GFI, Global Lens Series Manager Jeremy Quist asked me to reflect on the state of Latin American film distribution in the United States. And the more I thought about the subject, I found myself asking: When will Latin American cinema get the respect it deserves?
Yes, our cinema has an illustrious history that dates back to the silent era and includes such high points as the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema; the rise of Brazil’s Cinema Novo movement in the 50s and 60s; the emergence of post-Revolutionary Cuban cinema in the 60s and 70s; and, more recently, what some critics describe as the “New Argentinean Cinema.” And yet, even when countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela — not exactly film production powerhouses — are coming out with powerfully moving visual (more…)
Following the frustrated invasion of Columbus in New Mexico, Pancho Villa retreats, only to be injured by Mexican troops in the city of Guerrero. As a pretext for the US military to journey into Mexico, a massive campaign is launched to capture Villa dead or alive. Convalescent, Villa takes refuge deep in the mountains while Chicogrande (Damián Alcázar), an anonymous Mexican Revolution hero, is given the task of finding medical assistance while preparing to give up his life in the attempt. (more…)
No Return/ Sin Retorno
On a hot summer night in Buenos Aires, a hit-and-run accident will link the lives of three men, one of them played by Leonardo Sparaglia. After running over a young man, the guilty driver leaves the scene of the crime without leaving a trace. The deceased young man’s father, with the support of the media, demands that the person responsible for his son’s death be hunted down and sent to jail. Entangled in a mesh of chance and despair, the characters in the story must face guilt, responsibility and the intimate need for redemption in an escalation that eventually reaches a point of no return. (more…)
Peruvian documentary De ollas y sueños (Cooking up Dreams) will premiere this weekend in New York, Chicago, Texas and Toronto.
The premiere will take place on Saturday April 14 at the Havana Film Festival in Manhattan, New York, an important showcase for Latin American cinema.
On April 21 and 24, the documentary will compete for the Audience Choice Award in the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the oldest of its class in the United States.
Cooking up dreams will be screened the next after in Austin, Texas, as part of the Cine Las Américas International Film Festival.
Finally, on April 30 and May 1, the documentary will participate at Toronto’s Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival.
Cooking up dreams show images of cebiche, of the country ancestors’ culture and the dreams of thousands of Peruvians who work day by day to place their gastronomy at the top.