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Worcester’s 20th Latino Film Festival – March 24-29, 2015

ALL SHOWS IN JEFFERSON ACADEMIC CENTER 320

 

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NO
(Chile 2012)

Tuesday March 24, 7:30PM
Direction: Pablo Larrain; screenplay: Antonio Skarmeta, Pedro Peirano
Drama
A simple vote: “Yes” or “No.” It’s 1988 and Chilean President Augusto Pinochet agrees to a referendum: if the nation votes “Yes,” (rather, “Si”) he remains in power. Ad-man René Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) leads the team campaigning for “No,” using the marketing strategies of the American Cola Wars. To complicate matters, his boss Lucho Guzmán (Alfredo Castro) heads the “Yes” team. Based on a true story. “A troubling, exhilerating, and ingeniously realized film that is part stirring political drama and part devilish media satire“- Salon.com. 118 min. Subtitles.

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NOSOTROS LOS NOBLES
(Paraguay 2013; PG-13)

Thursday March 26, 7:30PM
Direction: Gary Alazraki; screenplay: Gary Alazraki, Adrian Zurita, Patricio Saiz
Comedy-drama.
Set in the posh neighborhoods of Mexico City, where high walled mansions and bodyguards keep the rich securely insulated from the rest of society, the Noble family patriarch decides its time to teach his three grown spendthrift children a lesson. He stages a fake police raid on his own mansion and hauls all their worldly possessions away. “The performances are genuine and the narrative beat lands solidly for a perfectly enjoyable feel-good dramedy”- LA Times. 108 minutes. Subtitles.

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EL BOXEO
(USA 2013; NR)

Saturday March 28, 1PM
Direction: Alan Swyer
Documentary.
The documentary EL BOXEO tells the dramatic and timely story of the emergence and dominance of Latinos in what was once considered the traditional all-white sport of boxing. The film illustrates the evolution of the sport as Latino fighters exploded onto the scene. And, reveals how these immigrant pugilists redefined the world of boxing and established the west coast as the new mecca in the sport. EL BOXEO is as much a film about Latinos in boxing as it is about the immigrant stories that reshaped the sport. “Covers the evolution of the sport through more than 80 interviews with ring legends, promoters and trainers who detail how boxing rose in popularity on the blood and sweat of Latino fighters to become the global industry it is today”- NY Daily News. 110 minutes. English and subtitles.

NOTE – This is our Saturday Showcase feature. A guest from the film will be in attendance and will discuss it with the audience after the show. Guest to be announced.

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PELO MALO
(Venezuela 2013; NR)

Saturday March 28, 7:30PM
Direction and screenplay: Mariana Rondon
Drama.
JUNIOR is nine years old and has “bad hair.” He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother MARTA. The more JUNIOR tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face to face with a painful decision. “Populated with totally naturalistic performances, and a stunningly observed relationship between mother and son (their scenes together are phenomenal), Bad Hair works by keeping its focus on the small details of everyday life and its rhythms”- RogerEbert.com. 93 min. Subtitles.

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LAS VACAS CON GAFAS
(Puerto Rico 2013; NR)

Sunday March 29, 1PM
Direction and screenplay: Alex Santiago Perez
Drama.
‘Cows wearing glasses’ is a film about the emotional awakening of a man (Daniel Lugo) who is nearing the end of his days. Marso, a solitary and eccentric painter and art professor, has a disease that will make him lose his sight at any time and that has forced him to rethink the relationship with his daughter, while taking stock of a life full of professional success but unsatisfactory on the personal level. With touches of humor to tell small daily humiliations, ‘Cows wearing glasses’ is a reflection on the position of a man facing the inevitable. An intimate story, reduced to a minimum, which shows the internal reality of a character to the brink of his circumstances. “Alex Santiago Perez finds the subtle humor in this old-age tale… Daniel Lugo gives a soulful performance as the flawed man in the midst of an end-of-life crisis”- American Film Institute. 93 min. Subtitles.

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SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES
(USA 2012; NR)

Sunday March 29, 4PM
Direction and screenplay: Nicole Gomez Fisher
Comedy.
With Gina Rodriguez, winner of a 2015 Golden Globe Award. SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES is a comedy which captures one girl’s journey of self-discovery and the dynamics of her zany family. With its fair share of “ay dios mio” and “oy vey” moments, the film comes to life with colorful characters and one-liners that can only be found in a Latino Jewish home in Brooklyn. As SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES opens, it’s safe to say Alexis Rodriguez Fish (Gina Rodriguez) has seen better days. “Funny, heartening, thrilling and poignant”- Huffington Post. 100 min. English and subtitles.

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TICKET PRICES:
$6.00 General; $4.00 students/seniors

For more information: (508) 798-1900, x229

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