Here is a look at all the participating films:
** EXPIRATION DATE/FECHA DE CADUCIDAD
Kenya Marquez, 2011, Mexico, 35mm; 111m
Ramona suspects a stranger is responsible for the disappearance of her son. But not all is what it seems in this funny and suspenseful black comedy of shifting viewpoints starring the great Damian Alcazar. In person: Kenya Marquez, producer Karla Uribe and star Damian Alcazar.
*AUG 10, 6:30PM (OPENING NIGHT!); AUG 12, 3:45PM
** 3 MILLION/3 MILLONES
Jaime Roos & Yamandu Roos, 2012, Uruguay, DCP; 135m
In this joyous documentary about the passion of soccer, the iconic Uruguayan musician and his (Dutch) photographer son reunite to embark on a “relentless journey” to the South African World Cup with the Uruguayan national soccer team. In person: Jaime Roos.
*AUG 21, 8:15PM; AUG 23, 8:00PM
** AWKA LIWEN
Mariano Aiello & Kristina Hille, 2010, Argentina; 90m
This “alternative” history of Argentina focuses on the extermination of indigenous populations in the 19th century, and how this connects to the country’s current political and economic situation.
*AUG 14, 9:00PM; AUG 18, 3:00PM
Patricia Arriaga-Jordan, 2011, Mexico, Blu-Ray; 96m
When Santiago and his best friend Mariana inadvertently videotape a group of dangerous animal traffickers while out playing detective, they set out to save the endangered wolves in this favorite on the children’s film festival circuit! Rated G.
** CHINESE TAKEAWAY / CUENTO CHINO.
In this warm hearted, gentle and affectionate comedy, the great Ricardo Darin stars as the hardened lonely owner of a hardware store who one day assists a newly arrived Chinese immigrant in need of help.
*AUG 11, 9:15PM; AUG 12, 6:30PM
** FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN/GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO
Carlos Osuna, 2011, Colombia, 35mm; 97m
In this sweet and funny animated feature, Antonio, a middle aged loner and exemplary employee at a notary office in Bogota, sees his luck change when a new boss arrives.
*AUG 15, 4:30PM & 9:00PM
** THE LAST CHRISTEROS/LOS ULTIMOS CRISTEROS. Matias Meyer, 2011, Mexico; 90m
A rigorous and intimate exploration of a lesser known aspect of Mexican history--the dramatic war between Church and State in the 20’s and 30’s. A visually powerful tribute to the bravery and perseverance of Christian rebels in defense of religious freedom. In person: Matias Meyer.
*AUG 17, 6:30PM; AUG 18, 5:00PM
** MACHETE LANGUAGE/EL LENGUAJE DE LOS MACHETES.
Pushed over the edge by the violent repression in Salvador Atenco, a political activist and punk singer feel increasingly drawn to commit a terrorist act in the name of their political beliefs and their love. In person: Kyzza Terrazas.
*AUG 18, 9:15PM; AUG 19, 8:15PM
Lipkes captures the last day of an elderly man’s life with deliberate calm and suggestive cinematography as he wanders through a Mexico City that is at once familiar and foreign, in this very personal debut. In person: Michel Lipkes.
*AUG 19, 6:15PM; AUG 20, 8:30PM
** NORMAL SCHOOL/ESCUELA NORMAL. Celina Murga, 2012, Argentina; 88m.
Celina Murga applies her sensitive, observant perspective on young people's behavior and thoughts to her superb foray into nonfiction.
*AUG 16, 8:45PM; AUG 17, 4:15PM
** THE NOTIFIER/EL NOTIFICADOR
Blas Eloy Martinez, Argentina, 2011, 35mm; 76m
Eloy is a civil servant who delivers documents notifying people on the state of their lawsuits. His own story unravels with dry humor as each delivery opens into the outrageous worlds of the different urban dwellers he visits. In person: Blas Eloy Martinez.
*AUG 18, 7:15PM; AUG 20, 6:30PM
** ONE LOVE/UN AMOR
Paula Hernandez, 2011, Argentina, DCP; 99m
For three friends reunited in middle age, teenage summer love and heartbreak live on 30 years later. Featuring Broadway sensation Elena Roger (Evita) in her big-screen debut. In person: Elena Roger.
*AUG 22, 6:30PM; AUG 23, 6:00PM
** P.E./EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA
Pablo Cerda, 2011, Chile; 105m
Exequiel (played by director Cerda), a P.E. teacher living in a beautiful seaside town in Southern Chile, faces a midlife crisis after an encounter with an old love in this intimate and down-to-earth debut feature. In person: Pablo Cerda.
*AUG 15, 6:30PM; AUG 16, 4:00PM; AUG 22, 8:45PM (Pablo Cerda will not be attending the 22nd)
Cesar Lucena, Venezuela, 2011, 35mm; 75m
An exponent of the Venezuelan “Atom Cinema” manifesto, this stunningly beautiful portrait of life in the mountains tells the story of Samuel, a gifted healer. Based on the ideas of Edgar Cayce, who investigated hypnosis as a form of diagnosing and curing illnesses.
*AUG 11, 5:00PM; AUG 12, 8:30PM
** SONGS/AS CANÇOES
Eduardo Coutinho, 2012, Brazil; 90m
The power of music made bare by 78 year old master docu filmmaker Coutinho, who interviews 18 people from Rio de Janeiro about their favorite Brazilian song and why it is important to them.
*AUG 10, 9:15PM; AUG 11, 3:00PM
** THURSDAY TILL SUNDAY/DE JUEVES A DOMINGO. Dominga Sotomayor, 2012, Chile, DCP; 96m
In a tightly packed car, 12-year-old Lucia and her younger brother take off on a family vacation that will prove to be full of pure childhood happiness, but also quietly yet deeply life-altering.
*AUG 12, 1:30PM; AUG 13, 6:30PM
** UNFINISHED SPACES
Alysa Nahmias & Benjamin Murray, 2011, USA; 86m
In 1961 Fidel Castro and Che commission a group of national art schools. Over the next fifty years a unique convoluted epic of contrasts enveloped the five resulting buildings. Now rediscovered, they are major markers in the history of alternative architecture and the political climate of Cuba in the second half of the twentieth century. (Howard Feinstein). In person: Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.
*AUG 11, 7:00PM; AUG 13, 8:35PM
** VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN/VIOLETA SE FUE A LOS CIELOS. Andrés Wood, 2011, Chile/Argentina/Brazil/Spain; 110m
The extraordinary story of the iconic poet, musician and folksinger whose songs have become hymns for Chileans and Latin Americans alike. Chile’s official Oscar entry. *AUG 17, 9:00PM; AUG 18, 12:30PM
NEW MEXICAN CINEMA
Co-presented by Cinema Tropical
Join us for a conversation about recent trends in Mexican filmmaking with Matias Meyer (The Last Christeros), Michel Lipkes (Malaventura) and Kyzza Terrazas (Machete Language). Moderated by Carlos Gutierrez (Cinema Tropical). Special thanks to the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.
*AUG 16, 6:30PM (Location: Furman Gallery)