2014. Spain/Cuba. Dir: Irene Gutiérrez Torres, Javier Labrador. Doc. 71 min.
This contemplative, slice-of-life documentary follows an elderly Havana man who spends his days tending to the dilapidated titular establishment and bonding with his fellow inhabitants. The filmmakers suggest a bittersweet unity among their protagonist, his dwelling, and the country itself – all may have seen better days yet remain relentlessly vital.
The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent
girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate
characters – both detectives in the homicide division – to investigate
the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and
Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully
hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the
shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic
past. In Spanish with English subtitles.
2012. USA. Dir: Aurora Guerrero. With Fenessa Pineda. 85 min.
This warm, contemporary indie flick charts the budding friendship – and perhaps even “more-than-a-friend”-ship – between two Chicana teens in Huntington Park. With the tender awkwardness of youth the girls struggle with the expectations of their immigrant families and their own dawning independence and self-awareness.
The Hispanic Film Series brings this special treat:
Aurora Guerrero / 2011 / USA
Set in a predominately Mexican, immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, this is the coming of age story of Mosquita and Mari, two 15 year-old Chicanas growing up in immigrant households. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Soon, their relationship proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Mounting pressures at home and school collide with their newfound connection, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to themselves.
Date: Thursday, October 1 Time: 8-10 PM Place: Goldsmith Family Cinema
2014. Argentina/Spain. Dir: Damián Szifron. With Ricardo Darín. 122 min.
A wrathful pilot, a cruel chef, and an indignant bride are but a few of the venomous souls driven to madness in this anthology film of violence and vengeance. Wild Tales is the most seen Argentine film of all time – a crowdpleasing stunner that received an alleged ten-minute standing ovation at Cannes.
2013. Uruguay/Mexico. Dir: Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge. With Néstor Guzzini. 102 min.
What’s worse than being 14 and vacationing with your father? How about also being trapped indoors by incessant rain? A divorced dad trying to rekindle his relationship with his kids must improvise as storms leave them unable to enjoy the hot springs and their moods deteriorate the longer they remain cooped up.