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Archive: Spring 2006

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 5 consecutive weeks of movie screenings.

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 gratitude to Professor Jaime E. Rodriguez, Director of Latin American Studies at UCI, for sponsoring this festival. 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 to the following: Manuel Gomez, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs; The Humanities Center; Instituto Mexicano Cinematográfico (Mexico); The Los Angeles Consulate Office; and The Labor Studies Program.

—UCI LAFF Committee:
Jacobo Sefamí
Michael Harrison
Analola Santana
Carmen Serrano.

All films are in Spanish w/ English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, April 27 • 7pm
FREE ADMISSION on Opening Night
El Mago/The Magician

Upon discovering that he is sick with a terminal disease, Tadeo, a street magician, decides to settle accounts with his past. Always accompanied by his assistant Felix, he transforms his daily voyage into a search for forgiveness, solidarity, and reconciliation.

Directed by Jaime Aparicio. 2004, Mexico • Betacam • 98 mins.
Discussion Moderators: Professor Jacobo Sefamí and Professor David R. Maciel

Friday, May 5 • 7pm
Otra VueltaSebastian Pagani, a young filmmaker, returns to Chacabuco, Argentina, his hometown, after leaving for a brighter future in the city. He plans to shoot his first film there, about Haroldo Conti, the writer killed during the dictatorship who was also born in the town. While learning an artisan's job necessary for his film project, Pagani also learns enigmatic details of the death of one of his childhood friends. He begins to lose interest in his film project and instead gets more interested in researching his friend's suicide. This is the most experimental film in our film series.

Directed by Santiago Palavecino. 2004, Argentina • 35mm • 78 mins. • Opera Prima
Discussion Moderator: Professor Horacio Legras

The Director will be present to discuss the film after the screening.
A round table discussion will be held from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. in HIB 135.

Saturday, May 6 • 7pm
Ronda Nocturna/Night Watch
Wearing a spotless white shirt and incessantly looking for clients to sell his body or drugs to, Victor, a rent-boy, strolls through the vibrating nights of Buenos Aires on a truly hallucinating trip on All Souls' Eve.    Writer-director Edgardo Cozarinsky tidily presents Victor and his natural habitat, outcasts of a society that itself is on the edge, and his one night journey.

Directed by Edgardo Cozarinsky. 2005, Argentina • Betacam • 81 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Jill Robbins

Friday, May 12 • 7pm
Matando Cabos/Killing Cabos

A dark, offbeat comedy about a group of Mexico City teens embroiled in a kidnapping plot involving a retired wrestling legend and a parrot. In Matando Cabos , everything you think could go wrong...gets worse.

Directed by Alejandro Lozano. 2004, Mexico • 35mm • 94 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Juan Bruce-Novoa

Saturday, May 13 • 7pm
Las mantenidas sin sueños/Kept & Dreamless

"Kept & Dreamless" immerses us in the intimacies of the feminine world. A young mother, Florencia, who doesn't know what to do with her daughter, Eugenia, who has a crystal clear idea of what to do if she were a mother. Cocaine and pregnancy. Femininity. Menstruation and childbirth. None of them can do anything all by herself. Together, they might at least get the chance to dream about something. Winner of the Best Opera Prima award at the Peñíscola International Comedy Film Festival.

Directed by Vera Fogwill & Martin Desalvo. 2005, Argentina • 35mm • 94 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Lucía Guerra-Cunningham

Friday, May 19 • 7pm
O Homem do Ano/Man of the Year

An ordinary guy becomes an unwitting local hero after he kills a feared local hood. He soon finds himself in the role of hit man for hire. A shocking journey through the violence of urban Brazil and a confident debut feature from Fonseca. Winner of the Washington Latin Film Festival. Winner of Best Film, Director, and Actor at the Miami Brazilian Film Festival. SKYY Prize for best first feature from the San Francisco Film Society.

Directed by José Henrique Fonseca. 2004, Brazil • 35mm • 116 mins.
In Portuguese w/English subtitles
Discussion Moderator: Annette Rubado Mejía

Saturday, May 20 • 7pm

Roma presents the intimate relationship of a writer, Joaquín Gómez, with his parents, and especially with his mother, Roma: a strong, intelligent, and understanding woman who agrees with the ideals that Joaquín fights for in the 50's and 60's.   It is the indelible memory of Roma that allows Joaquín to recuperate all in his life he had thought he had lost. Winner of the Audience award at the Havana Film Festival and the Argentinean Film Critics Association's Best Director and Best Film Award.

Directed by Adolfo Aristarain. 2003, Argentina • DVD • 155 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Gonzalo Navajas

Friday, May 26 • 7pm

When his long-lost brother resurfaces, Jacobo, the owner of a sock factory in Montevideo, desperate to prove his life has added up to something looks to scrounge up a wife and turns to Marta, his assistant at his sock factory, with whom he has a prickly relationship. As they pose as a married couple for Jacobo's brother's benefit, much is revealed about their relationship and the nature of relationships of all types. Winner of the Silver Ariel award for Best Latin-American Film, the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Spanish Goya award for best Spanish Language Foreign Film.

Directed by Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll. 2004, Uruguay • 35mm • 99 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Josť Rodrigo Lazo

Saturday, May 27 • 7pm
¿Quién le disparó a mi hermano?/Who Shot My Brother?

This documentary film takes us on a journey into the depths of a society collapsing from within- a journey that leaves the filmmaker just as fearful for his brother's life on his return to Montreal as he was when he left. His search for the truth is full of twists and turns that introduce us to fellow militants and reveal the enduring vitality of the Colombian people.

Directed by German Gutierrez. 2005, Colombia • Betacam • 95 mins.
Discussion Moderator: Professor Raúl Fernández

The Director will be present to discuss the film after the screening.
A round table discussion will be held from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. in HIB 135.


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