AFI Preview September 18-November 26, 2014 - page 7

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FREE Screening!
Q&A with filmmaker Jorge R. Gutierrez
Sun, Oct 5, 3:00
From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge R.
Gutierrez comes an animated comedy inspired by the
Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. The film follows
Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man who is torn
between pleasing his family and competing for the heart
of the beautiful Maria (Zoe Saldana) against charming
Joaquin (Channing Tatum). Before choosing, he embarks on
an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds
where he must face his greatest fears. Also featuring the
voices of Cheech Marin, Héctor Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ron
Perlman, Ice Cube, Christina Applegate, Plácido Domingo
and Eugenio Derbez.
DIR/SCR Jorge R. Gutierrez; SCR Douglas Langdale; PROD
Aaron Berger, Brad Booker, Guillermo del Toro, Carina Schulze, Aron Warner. US, 2014, color,
85 min. In English. RATED PG
[Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados]
Sat, Sep 27, 5:00; Sun, Sep 28, 5:15
Albacete, Spain, 1966. Antonio (Javier Cámara, TALK TO HER)
is a high-school English teacher fond of using Beatles lyrics as a
teaching tool for his students. When he finds out that John Lennon
has arrived in Almería to shoot HOW I WON THE WAR, he
hops in his Fiat, intent on meeting his hero. Along the way, he
picks up two runaways, teens Juanjo and Belén, and together
they embark on a life-changing adventure. AFI alum David
Trueba has imbued this charming comedy with delightful period
touches and a true sense of whimsy. Winner of six Goya Awards
including Best Film, Director, Actor and Screenplay.
Trueba; PROD Cristina Huete. Spain, 2013, color, 108 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
[Serrat y Sabina, el símbolo y el cuate]
Sat, Oct 4, 1:00; Sun, Oct 5, 5:45; Mon, Oct 6, 5:20;
Wed, Oct 8, 5:20
Spanish superstars Joaquín Sabina and Joan Manuel Serrat
embark on a Latin American tour in this rollicking documentary.
Exiled to Mexico during Franco’s dictatorship, the two singer/
songwriters have formed a bond with Latin America, serving as
folk heroes through the turbulent political times of the region. As
they travel and perform from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, the
filmmakers get behind-the-scenes access to incredible concert
footage, interviews with superfans like Ricardo Darín and a
glimpse into the hopes and fears of these talented performers.
Official Selection, 2013 San Sebastian Film Festival, 2014
Miami Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Francesc Relea; PROD Tono Folguera, Isabel Jubert. Spain,
2013, color, 82 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
THE MILITANT [El lugar del hijo]
Sun, Sep 21, 7:00; Thu, Sep 25, 9:00
Uruguay, 2002. College student Ariel leads the student
occupation of his Montevideo university, one of many
countrywide strikes protesting the economic downturn. His
father’s death prompts him to return to his hometown, where he
finds the local student union more concerned with partying than
trying to make a difference. A surreal fish-out-of-water satire, this
thought-provoking film is anchored by Felipe Dieste’s assured
portrayal of Ariel. Best Film, Cinematography, FIPRESCI Critic’s
Award, 2013 Havana Film Festival; Official Selection, 2013
Toronto Film Festival; 2014 San Francisco, Seattle, Rotterdam
Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Manolo Nieto; PROD Lisandro Alonso, Andy Kleinman. Uruguay/
Argentina, 2013, color, 121 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
GOD’S SLAVE [Esclavo de Dios]
Sat, Sep 27, 3:30; Sun, Sep 28, 7:30
A riveting retelling of
the events that led to
the 1994 bombing
of the AMIA building
in Buenos Aires, told
through the eyes of
an Islamic terrorist
and an Israeli special
agent. Posing as a
doctor, Ahmed has
created a stable life
in Venezuela with
a wife and child,
despite knowing his ultimate fate. Meanwhile, disgruntled
Mossad agent David is dispatched to Argentina to follow up
on a lead and thwart a potential attack. Venezuelan filmmaker
and AFI alum Joel Novoa paints a complex portrait of two
men on parallel paths of fanaticism in this enthralling political
thriller. Special Jury Prize, 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival;
Nueva Vision Award, 2014 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Joel Novoa; SCR Fernando Butazzoni; PROD José Ramón Novoa. Venezuela/Argentina/
Uruguay, 2013, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
10,000 KM
Q&A with filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet, plus
post-screening reception sponsored by SPAIN arts &
culture, Embassy of Spain
Wed, Oct 8, 7:15
series) must leave Barcelona and her boyfriend, Sergi
(David Verdaguer), for a year-long residency in Los Angeles.
Brilliantly told through Skype chats, phone calls and texts,
Carlos Marques-Marcet’s accomplished contemporary
romance recounts how the two do their best to stay
connected but struggle with the physical and emotional
distance between them. Tena and Verdaguer won a Special
Jury Award for Best Acting at this year’s SXSW Film Festival
for their performances. Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director,
2014 Malaga Film Festival, Best New Director, 2014
Seattle Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Carlos Marques-Marcet; SCR Clara Roquet; PROD
Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno. Spain, 2014, color, 99 min. In Spanish, Catalan and English with
English subtitles. RATED R
THE LIBERATOR [El libertador]
Thu, Sep 18, 7:15 (also showing Sat, Sep 27, 7:15)
See pg 2
COWS WEARING GLASSES [Las vacas con gafas]
Sat, Sep 27, 12:45; Mon, Sep 29, 7:15
One of the emerging Puerto Rican talents, filmmaker Alex
Santiago Perez finds the subtle humor in this old-age tale, where
it’s never too late to grow up. A lonely old curmudgeon, Marso
begins to take stock of his life when he discovers his sight is
rapidly deteriorating. Making his living as a painter and art
professor, the irony of his impending blindness isn’t lost on the
eccentric. So he reaches out to his only kin, a daughter to whom
he hasn’t spoken in five years, to make amends. Daniel Lugo
gives a soulful performance as the flawed man in the midst of an
end-of-life crisis.
DIR/SCR/PROD Alex Santiago Perez. Puerto Rico, 2014, color, 92 min. In
Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
US and Puerto Rico
Courtesy of Outsider Pictures
Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Courtesy of Pragda
Courtesy of Film Movement
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