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10/2/12 , Posted by Alex Guerrero at 9:34 PM


We are proud sponsors of the 9th Corto Circuito Film Festival for a third year in a row!. Diana Vargas and her team will bring some of the best Latino shorts to NYU!. And is all free, so join us at the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center!.
The 50th New York Film Festival is in full swing with some of the best peliculas from cineastas worldwide, with a healthy Latino participation; the 3rd Peruvian Film Festival at Instituto Cervantes is closing soon and the film series at 92Y Tribeca continues. You may also have some of these recent movies at a theater near you or over the internet: Madrid 1987Las Acacias, A Whisper to a Roar, Neighboring Sounds, Searching for Sugar Man, Hermano...... VEAMOS:

                                         

* PROUD SPONSORS >> 9th Corto Circuito Film Fest > Octubre 4 al 6 > King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center > New York University > JOIN US! > Visit CORTOS.


The festival will introduce attendees to some of the most enthusing, crafty and reflective movies about and from Latin America, Spain and Latinos in the U.S. 
More than 45 titles will be presented, including award-winning short films in fiction and documentary, as well as some experimental works that resist easy classification and push at the boundaries of established structures and formats. The selections come from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the U.S. All foreign language films are English subtitled. 


50th NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL > Hasta October 14 > Film Society of Lincoln Center > NYFF.


I have seen these films so far, many latinos, all highly recommended: La noche de enfrente, Tabu, Aquí y Allá, NO, Lines of Wellington, El muerto y ser feliz, The Life of Pi. 

Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival celebrates the half-century mark with 17 days of exciting world premieres, prizewinners from Cannes and Berlin, special retrospective screenings, live performances, panel discussions and much more!


III Muestra de Cine Peruano Contemporáneo > Hasta Octubre 4 > Instituto Cervantes > PERU.


El Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York, en colaboración con el artista Lorry Salcedo y el Consulado General del Perú en esta ciudad, presentan por tercer año consecutivo la Muestra de Cine Peruano Contemporáneo. Como en las dos ediciones anteriores, la Muestra da a conocer una selección de las películas mas representativas de la cinematografía peruana de los últimos cincuenta años, en un formato que incluye documentales, cortometrajes y largometrajes.
Este año, el programa celebra la cinematografía Amazónica o también llamada Cine de Iquitos, ciudad enclavada en plena selva del Perú y que representa un hito importante y uno de los eventos históricos pioneros de la cinematografía peruana. Debido a la fiebre del caucho y la llegada de inmigrantes en su mayoría europeos, el interés cinematográfico empezó a inicios del siglo XX junto a la evolución del cine norteamericano en Hollywood.

MADRID 1987 > Opens Friday October 12 > Quad Cinema > > MADRID.

Madrid, 1987 ...is a two-character story with a verbose discourse on writing, journalism, careerism, aging and politics. Shot mostly within a very constricted space, the story follows an older, celebrated journalist Miguel (José Sacristán) who meets the beautiful and coy journalism-student Angela (María Valverde) to give an interview - but becomes intent upon seducing her. They end up spending time in the most unusual manner ...discussing literature, prose and career trajectories ...gradually divulging little insights into their own selves as we start to understand the old journalist's cynicism and the young protégé's intentions. 

A WHISPER TO A ROAR > Opens Friday October 12 > Quad Cinema > WHISPER.

A Whisper to a Roar tells the heroic stories of courageous democracy activists in five countries around the world – Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. From student leaders to prime ministers and heads of state, these activists share their compelling personal stories of struggle, past and present, with their countries’ oppressive regimes. Shot over three years and completed in February 2012, the film was inspired by the work of Stanford University’s Larry Diamond, author of “The Spirit of Democracy” and Director of Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. It was funded by The Moulay Hicham Foundation, whose benefactor, Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, is a renowned public intellectual and democracy advocate, particularly in regards to the Middle East. 

* BEL BORBA AQUI > A film by Burt Sun and André Costantini > Brazil, 2012 > October 3 - 16 > Film Forum.


Known as “The People’s Picasso,” for 35 years Bel Borba has transformed the face of his hometown of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil – a historic city that is 500-years-old – with beautiful, grand scale and awe-inspiring art including sculpture, painting, murals and mosaic. Working with tiles, steel, sand, clay, and an eclectic mélange of recycled material including Coca Cola bottles and wood from Salvador’s famed Savaro boats, Borba’s ubiquitous public works reflect his feverishly ebullient personality and unbridled love of community.
With an evocative Brazilian soundtrack and lush cinematography that exposes the lavish colors of Salvador, BEL BORBA AQUI explores the intense and intimate relationship between this unique city – a fusion of European, African, and Native Indian cultures – and her beloved native son.


The Loneliest Planet > En cartelera en Nueva York y Los Angeles > Octubre 26. Vean en trailer debajo o siga el enlace > The Loneliest Planet.


Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a wilderness that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that's over almost as soon as it begins. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. All the while, they are not alone. They are always with the guide, who witnesses their every move.


SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN > Directed by Malik Bendjelloul >  Now in New York and Los Angeles >  Nationwide > SUGAR.


In 1968, there emerged from Detroit a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez, who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. Searching for Sugar Man tells the story of the greatest '70s US rock icon who never was, how he was rediscovered in South Africa and finally became the legende he always deserved to be. A story of hope, inspiration and the power of music.

Las Acacias > Directed by Pablo Giorgelli, winner of the Camara d'Or for Best First Film at last year's Cannes Film Festival.


Ruben, a lonely middle-aged trucker who's picking up a load of lumber in Paraguay to take back to Buenos Aires, grudgingly agrees to take two passengers: Jacinta, a young Aboriginal mother and her five-month-old baby, Anahi. At first glance, the 1500 kilometer journey seems very long, both for Jacinta, who hopes to find work with the help of her cousin in Argentina, as well as for the surly trucker, whose routine is disrupted. But along the way, Ruben, Jacinta and Anahi slowly get to know one another, and the usually quiet Ruben gradually opens up.

Neighboring Sounds > Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho.



A thrilling debut from a breakout talent, Neighboring Sounds delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street in Recife, close to a low-income neighborhood. The private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties—their feelings exacerbated by the palpable unease of a society that remains unreconciled to its troubled past and present inequities. Meticulously constructed, with unexpected compositions and arresting cuts, this ensemble film is compulsive viewing; you’re never quite sure where things are headed as it builds imperceptibly toward its stunning payoff. With his unmistakable formal gifts and acute eye and ear for the push and pull of modern life, Kleber Mendonça Filho represents the arrival of a major filmmaker.


* FILM SERIES AT 92Y TRIBECA > ALL YEAR > FILM

Screenings include indies just off the festival circuit, monthly sing-alongs, underground gems and all that flickers in between. Come early to grab a beer or wine in the cafe and stay for the filmmaker Q&A—this is way beyond your average night at the movies.

HERMANO > Directed by Marcel Rasquin > Nationwide.


Hermano tells a simple and powerful story about two kids raised together as brothers: Daniel (Fernando Moreno) and Julio (Eliú Armas) – who struggle to become professional soccer players. Both exceptional players, in La Ceniza slum, the opportunity of a lifetime arrives when a headhunter for the Caracas Football Club invites them to a try-out with the team. But their life in the slum interferes and a tragedy shakes them, forcing them to make a choice: the unity of their family or their lifelong dream?

Pelotero (Ballplayer) > Directed by Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley > DVD available now >> PELOTERO.



This compelling documentary narrated by John Leguizamo is a gritty look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos are two of the top prospects at an MLB training camp, and they are both about to turn 16, which means they can be signed to an MLB farm team and ultimately move up to the majors. Filmmakers Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jonathan Paley take you inside this never-before-seen world for an up-close and personal look at the cost of the American dream.

TO ROME WITH LOVE. Directed by Woody Allen. With Penélope Cruz. En Cartelera.

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