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Archive: Spring 2005

Latin American Film Festival

The University of California, Irvine Latin American Film Festival returns to the people of Orange County and the student community for three consecutive weeks of movie screenings, and round table discussions.

At The UCILAFF we will show independent films that are new to U.S. audiences, as well as films that have had scarce distribution in this country. They represent recent trends in Latin American cinematic expression and are among the very best in international cinema.

Our warmest gratitute to Professor Jaime E. Rodriguez, Director of Latin American Studies at UCI, for sponsoring this festival through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant. We extend our appreciation to faculty and graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, for their support and willingness to participate in the discussions of the films. Our acknowledgments also go the the following: U.S. Mexus; Manuel H. Gomez, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs; The Humanities Center; Instituto Mexicano Cinematografico (Mexico); and The Los Angeles Consulate Office.

There will be a Question and Answer Session immediately following all films.

Special thanks to Professor Juan Bruce-Novoa, Professor Jacobo Sefamí, Professor Gonzálo Navajas, Professor Lucía Guerra Cunningham, Professor Luis Avilés, Professor Michael Kowalski, Douglas Choi, Carla Duke, Analola Santana, Fernando Vidal, and Jason Phlaum

Judges: Professor Juan Bruce-Novoa, Professor Gonzalo Navajas, Professor Michael Kowalski, Carmen Serrano, Fernando Vidal.

Film Festival Committee: Juan Bruce-Novoa, Professor Gonzalo Navajas, Professor Michael Kowalski, Analola Santana, Fernando Vidal and Jason Phlaum.

April 28 • 7pm
Recuerdos (Remembrance)

A documentary inspired by the life of Luis Frank, a Lithuanian Jew who eventually migrates to Mexico. This is a moving journey through this past century’s history: the Spanish Civil War, emigration, exile, Holocaust, and a Mexico kept in remembrance. This film won best Best Mexican Film from the FIPRESCI jury at the Guadalajara Film Festival.
Directed by Marcela Arteaga • Mexico • 2003

April 29 • 7pm
Principio y Fin

Director Arturo Ripstein in person
Based on the homonymous novel by the Egyptian Nobel-Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz. The widow Ignacia places all the family hopes on her son Gabriel. The family makes sacrifices to enable Gabriel to finish his studies, but nothing will come out as they had wished for, leading to the complete disintegration of the family.
Directed by Arturo Ripstein • Mexico • 1993
Round Table discussion with Director Arturo Ripstein, Screenwriter Paz Alicia García-diego, and Consul Alejandro Pelayo in HIB135 from 5 to 6 pm.

April 30 • 7pm
Director Gonzalo Justiniano in person

Influenced by Italian Neoreal-ism, this film is set in a Chilean coastal town where a 14 year old girl, Kathy experiences moments of hope when she believes that her family will live together happily after the release of her father from jail, but she soon witnesses the disintegration of her dreams. Winner of over 10 international prizes.
Directed by Gonzalo Justiniano • Chile • 2003

May 5 • 7pm

This is a black humor suspense feature that takes place in real time. Greed transforms into twisted desperation when a simple exchange goes awry, and the lives of amateur thieves, an obsessed hacker and ordinary people explode in a tumultuous night over a fortune in diamonds.
Directed by Hugo Rodríguez • Mexico • 2003

May 6 • 7pm
Middle of the World

Based on a true story, The Middle of the World follows a family of seven on a journey 2000 miles across the hitherlands of Brazil on bicycles. Along the way, director Vicente Amorim beautifully explores the inner dynamics of a family facing a great challenge. The Middle of the World is an unmanageable road movie, both graceful and tender, about having the courage to pursue your dreams.
Directed by Vincente Amorim • Brazil • 2004

May 7 • 7pm
El abrazo partido (Lost Embrace)
A college dropout dreams of escaping his job in his mother’s lingerie store, only to have his plans thwarted when his long-lost father reappears. This was Argentina’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
Directed by Daniel Burman • Argentina • 2004

May 12 • 7pm
Two 11 year old boys share the same classroom, but live on other sides of the tracks. Machuca is a sensitive portrayal of coming-of-age on the eve of a violently repressive dictatorship. Winner of several international awards. This was also Chile’s submission for Best Foreign Language film.
Directed by Andres Wood • Chile • 2003

May 13 • 7pm
Nada (Nothing More)

In this experimental film, Carla is a bored young postal clerk who dreams of leaving Cuba to join her parents in Miami. In the meantime, she steals and rewrites letters in order to brighten the lives of their addressees.
Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti • Cuba • 2001

May 14 • 7pm

This funny behind-the-scenes look at the fabulous world of Latino film festivals, which also serves as sequel to his successful film Bienveido (Welcome).This mocumentary includes cameos from Arturo Riptsein, Vanessa Bauche, Luis Felipe Tovar, and Harry Belafonte. There are great festival scenes from Havana, Guadalajara, Cartagena and New York.
Directed by Gabriel Retes y Lourdes Elizarraras • Mexico • 2004

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