AFI Latin American Film Festival

Now in its 20th year, the annual AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year's selection of films includes multiple award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

Presented in association with the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attaches and the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural Center.


2009 dates coming soon!

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2008 films are listed below in alphabetical order by country of origin.

Download [pdf] list of festival films in chronological order - Coming Soon!

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A NOTE TO AUDIENCES:
Because films in the AFI Latin American Film Festival have not been submitted to the MPAA rating system in the US, AFI has made its best effort to inform audiences about any film content that could earn a restricted rating if released in the US. The following is a guide:

contains violence contains sexuality contains drug use

A R G E N T I N A
THE OTHER
[El Otro]

Buenos Aires attorney Juan Desouza is on a routine business trip to the provinces. Upon reaching his destination, he realizes that the man traveling next to him is dead. It is at this moment that Desouza feels life is giving him a second chance. He can adopt the stranger's identity, invent, improvise and perhaps leave his pregnant wife and ailing father for good. This existential film won Best Actor and Jury awards at the Berlin International Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Ariel Rotter; PROD Christian Baute, Veronica Cura, Enrique Piñeyro. France/Argentina/Germany, 2007, color, 83 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, October 4, 1:00; Monday, October 6, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

A R G E N T I N A
A STRAY GIRLFRIEND
[Una Novia Errante]

Official Selection, 2007 Cannes, Toronto Film Festivals. Ana Katz and Daniel Hendler's sputtering relationship literally takes a wrong turn when, bickering on their bus trip to a seaside resort, a miscommunication leads to her getting off at the wrong stop without him. Unable to reach him on his cell phone, then unable to convince him to turn back, Katz decides to take the vacation by herself, befriending the local resort workers and trying to sort out what she really wants from life. Quirky comic coming-of-middle-ager from writer/director/actress Katz.

DIR/SCR Ana Katz; SCR Inés Bortagaray; PROD Cecilia Felgueras, Carolina Konstantinovsky. Argentina, 2007, color, 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 27, 8:30; Sunday, September 28, 5:00

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A R G E N T I N A
THE SIGNAL
[La Señal]

A major box office success in Argentina, this is the directing debut by established Argentine actor Ricardo Darín. Set against the background of the decline in health of Eva Peron in the 1950s,Darín is one half of a down-and-out gumshoe partnership. Working alongside his partner Diego Peretti, he cares for little other than his dog, what's going on at the racetrack and occasional liaisons with his teacher girlfriend. Things change when femme fatale Julieta Díaz, the wife of a mafia kingpin asks him to trail a man--but things get steamy after his mark turns up dead and she turns up the heat on their relationship.

DIR Ricardo Darín, Martin Hodara; SCR Eduardo Mignogna, Patricio Vega; PROD Pablo Bossi. Argentina/Spain, 2007, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Thursday, September 18, 7:00; Sunday, September 21, 9:00; Tuesday, September 23, 9:00

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A R G E N T I N A
CAFÉ OF THE MASTERS
[Café de los Maestros]

Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla (BABEL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) guides us on a journey into the golden age of tango music. The occasion is a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the leading lights of tango from the 1940s and 1950s, now in their 70s and 80s, as they prepare for a concert at Buenos Aires's landmark Teatro Colón. Wonderful performances alternate with warm recollections among the musicians, many of whom haven't seen each other--let alone performed together--in years.

DIR/SCR Miguel Kohan; SCR Gustavo Santaolalla; PROD Lita Stantic. Argentina/Brazil/UK/US, 2008, color and b&w, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 27, 6:30; Sunday, September 28, 7:00

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A R G E N T I N A
WHOSE GARTER BELT IS THIS?
[¿De quién es el portaligas?]

Rock musician-turned-director Fito Paez brings an energetic and outlandish sensibility to the screen in this Almodovar-esque romp through 1980s-era Rosario, Argentina. Best friends Leo, Romi and Juli are inseparable party girls, until Leo learns that her boyfriend Gonzalo is cheating on her with Juli. Romi tries to mediate between her two friends, and discovers that the road to hell is paved with good intentions--plus several bizarre and hilarious misadventures. Nominated for five Silver Condors by Argentine critics, including Best New Actress for Romina Ricci as Romi.

DIR/SCR Fito Paez; DIR Maria Cecilia Lopez; PROD Sebastian Gamba. Argentina, 2007, color, 107 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Thursday, September 18, 9:00; Saturday, September 20, 7:00
All screenings have been canceled, due to shipping errors. We apologize for the inconvenience.

B O L I V I A
COCALERO

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival. Recently the US has directed its war on drugs against Bolivian coca-growing regions, and the local government has attempted to eradicate coca crops while devastating the livelihood of indigenous people who cultivate the plants. In response, the farmers formed a powerful union. Their leader is Aymara Indian Evo Morales and in 2005, he made a bid for Bolivia's presidency. COCALERO is a lively documentary about geopolitics, people's movements, indigenous culture and one man's impressive determination. Closely following Morales' campaign and the union organization backing him while presenting critical views of both.

DIR/SCR/PROD Alejandro Landes; PROD Julia Solomonoff. Argentina/Bolivia, 2007, color, 94 min. In Quechua and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Wednesday, September 24, 7:00; Monday, September 29, 7:00

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B R A Z I L
THE MYSTERY OF SAMBA
[O Mistério do Samba]

Official selection, 2008 Cannes Film Festival. This documentary explores the everyday life of the members of Velha Guarda da Portela,the legendary group of samba school players that holds the record for the most titles won in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro - and how this life becomes the inspiration for their beautiful songs.Guided by contemporary singer-songwriter Marisa Monte, who interviews many of the musicians, the film also delves into Velha Guarda's history, with Monte coaxing songs from the older musicians--many never recorded--that risked being forgotten. Sure to delight all music lovers, the film also features special appearances by contemporary stars Paulinho da Viola and Zeca Pagodinho.

DIR Carolina Jabor; DIR/PROD Lula Buarque de Hollanda; PROD Leonardo Netto, Marisa Monte. Brazil, 2008, color, 85 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 20, 5:00; Sunday, September 21, 1:00

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B R A Z I L
O PAI, O

This hilarious tale of creativity, resourcefulness and survival travels through the colorful streets of Pelourinho, a small town in the historic district of Salvador, on the last day of Carnival. The tenement houses teem with riotous conversation, romance and lust. Residents conspire against each other as they mix Orishas and Jesus, preparing for a celebration that they hope will erase their fears, worries and dark secrets -- at least momentarily. Featuring lyrical, soulful rhythms in a fabulous soundtrack by Davi Moraes and Caetano Veloso. (note courtesy Latin Beat)

DIR/SCR Monique Gardenberg; SCR Based on the play by Márcio Meirelles; PROD Augusto Case, Paula Lavigne, Sara Silveira. Brazil, 2007, color, 96 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Thursday, October 2, 9:20; Sunday, October 5, 9:15

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B R A Z I L
MUTUM

Thiago is the eldest of five children. His family farm is located in the remote region of Minas Gerais and he lives with his beloved mother and a violent father, and wonders why his uncle has been thrown off the farm. Together with his best friend and younger brother, Felipe, he struggles to understand the goings-on of grown-ups. The boys are obsessed with the idea of sin and repentance and find their father's behavior in stark contrast with their grandmother's teachings.

DIR/SCR Sandra Kogut; SCR Ana Luiza Martins Costa, based on the novel Campo Geral by J. Guimarães Rosa; PROD Laurent Lavolé, Isabelle Pragier, Flávio R. Tambellini. Brazil/France, 2007, color, 95 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, September 19, 6:00; Monday, September 22, 7:00

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B R A Z I L
ESTÔMAGO

Winner of awards for best picture, director and actor at the 2007 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. Just arrived in the big city, country bumpkin João Miguel takes a job in a dive bar, where he soon discovers a genuine talent for cooking. Moving on to better work as a chef, he falls hard for Fabiula Nascimento, a full-figured prostitute who loves his cooking. But this story cross-cuts with Miguel's present life in prison, where Miguel must use his culinary talents just to survive in the brutal hierarchy. Was it a crime of passion that landed him there? Or of appetite?

DIR/SCR Marcos Jorge; SCR/PROD Fabrizio Donvito, Claudia da Natividade; SCR Lusa Silvestre; PROD Marco Cohen. Brazil/Italy, 2007, color, 100 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, September 26, 7:00; Wednesday, October 1, 7:00

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B R A Z I L
RUMMIKUB

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C H I L E
ALL INCLUSIVE

On vacation at a beautiful resort in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, a family tries to reconnect with each other, but mounting distractions threaten to keep them from coming together. Businessman father Jesus Ochoa,unable to tell his family troubling news about his health, goes off with an attractive local woman on a side trip to a Yucatan village instead. While he's away, his Chilean wife Valentina Vargas, having caught the eye of the resort's local gigolo, wrestles with how much to resist his attentions. Eldest daughter Ana Serradilla, recently separated from her husband, develops a crush on a new friend--which at least keeps her from bickering with sister Martha Higareda, who hides her true feelings behind sarcasm and a smoke screen of marijuana. Youngest son Jesus Zavala is the only one taking a direct approach: he's on the Internet trying to hook up.

DIR/PROD Rodrigo Ortuzar; SCR Carolina Cardemil, Paula del Fierro, Patricio Lynch, Julio Rojas; PROD Patricio Lynch, Jaime Solis. Chile/Mexico, 2008, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Wednesday, September 17, 9:30; Thursday, September 18, 9:00; Saturday, September 20, 3:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

C H I L E
THE SKY, THE EARTH, AND THE RAIN
[El Cielo, La Tierra, y la Lluvia]

Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at 2008 Rotterdam Film Festival. This gorgeous first feature captures the hypnotic every-day rhythms of ordinary people living on a remote southern Chilean island in what director Jose Luis Torres Leiva describes as, "A film of 'strolls:' mental, virtual, on foot, in automobiles, aboard ferries." Breathtaking camerawork, almost akin to painting, and perfectly calibrated sound capture the lonely lives of three women and a man whose relationship to the rain, windblown grasses and deserted shorelines is so quiet and mesmerizing, they nearly blend in with their environment. Torres Leiva has caused a sensation in the film festival circuit with this piece, establishing him as one of Chile's most promising emerging filmmakers. (note courtesy Latin Beat)

DIR/SCR Jose Luis Torres Leiva; PROD Bruno Bettati, Elise Jalladeau. Chile/France/Germany, 2008, color, 111 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Thursday, September 25, 7:00, 9:30

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C H I L E
TWO HOURS
[Dos Horas]

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C O L O M B I A
PARAISO TRAVEL

This powerful drama, a box-office hit in Colombia, provides a unique insight into the complexities of US immigration law, and the lives of people affected by it. After panicking while being stopped by the cops in Queens, NY, illegal immigrant Aldemar Correa flees on foot, becoming separated from girlfriend Angelica Blandon. Having just arrived in the US, he's unsure how to find her and, scared of being caught, takes refuge in a Colombian restaurant after the owner's wife takes pity on him. In flashback, we begin to learn more about the couple's dangerous and illegal crossing from Colombia to Guatemala to Mexico to the US. Also featuring John Leguizamo and NACHO LIBRE's Ana de la Reguera.

DIR Simon Brand; SCR Jorge Franco Ramos, Juan Manuel Rendon; PROD Santiago Diaz, Isaac Lee, Alex Pereira, Juan Manuel Rendon. US/Colombia, 2007, color, 110 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, September 19, 10:00; Saturday, September 20, 9:30

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C O L O M B I A
LIES
[Esto huele mal]

Nothing threatens the secret intimate life of Diego Bertie, an outstanding businessman, until the tragic night that a bomb explodes in the Nogal Club in Bogotá. From that moment on, everything in Bertie's life falls apart as he tries to weave a sophisticated and complicated lie to affirm to his wife that he was there, in a business meeting, just as he told her, and not with his lover Manuela in another kind of meeting. Predictably, Bertie's lie snowballs out of control, and in the end, he learns that the only justice possible is the truth.

DIR Jorge Alí Triana; SCR Fernando Quiroz; PROD Clara María Ochoa. Colombia, 2007, color, 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, October 3, 10:10; Saturday, October 4, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

C O S T A . R I C A
THE PATH
[El Camino]

Official selection, 2008 Berlin, Latin Beat, and Vancouver Film Festivals. This impressive debut feature from Iraqi-Chilean director Ishtar Yasin Gutierrez finds a dreamlike surrealism in the story of a precocious girl and her mute younger brother who leave their grandfather's home in Nicaragua for Costa Rica, in search of their mother who left to find work eight years before. Traveling by foot, bus and boat, they meet other migrants along the way, including a homeless boy they befriend and an itinerant puppeteer who may wish them harm.

DIR/SCR Ishtar Yasin Gutierrez; PROD Luis J. Castro, Pedro Diaz. Costa Rica, 2007, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 27, 2:45; Sunday, September 28, 3:00

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C U B A
PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Ernesto has retreated into a limbo of his own creation; estranged from his family after the death of his mother, he has dropped out of medical school and is living out of his car. He bounces from one embassy to the next interviewing for exit visas, each time tinkering with his presentation in an effort to seem more convincing. But just when he thinks he's close to getting a visa, he realizes that he may have feelings for his friend Anita that make her more than just a friend. Directorial debut from screenwriter Alejandro Brugués, a "poignant romance about the price of freedom, the power of sacrifice and the meaning of happiness."--2008 Miami Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Alejandro Brugués; PROD Inti Herrera. Cuba, 2006, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, October 4, 7:00; Sunday, October 5, 7:15

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D O M I N I C A N . R E P U B L I C
60 MILES EAST

In the past 20 years more than half a million Dominicans have risked their lives in search of better ones, attempting to cross the shark-infested waters of the Mona Passage in small fragile boats, heading to Puerto Rico, 60 miles east. Approximately 200,000 have arrived safely on the opposite shore. Others have been caught and brought back home, soon to attempt the voyage again. The rest are simply said to be "disappeared."

DIR/SCR/PROD Jorge Lendeborg; PROD Tony Bacigaluppe, Romig Gonzalez. Dominican Republic, 2008, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Monday, September 29, 9:00; Tuesday, September 30, 9:00

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D O M I N I C A N . R E P U B L I C
EL PLAY

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E C U A D O R
MY TIME WILL COME
[Cuando me toque a mi]

Day in, day out, Quito medical examiner Arturo watches as the recently deceased make one last stop before the grave. Although he takes pride in his professionalism, the indelible taint of death slowly starts to eat his soul. Filmmaker Victor Arregui paints an Altman-esque picture of life and death in Ecuador's capital city that is at once dark and oddly uplifting. We'll all shuffle off this mortal coil, we're reminded, but it's what we do while we're here that counts. (note courtesy 2008 Miami Film Festival)

DIR/SCR Victor Arregui; SCR Alfredo Noriega; PROD Paul Venegas. Ecuador/Venezuela, 2007, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sunday, September 21, 5:00; Tuesday, September 23, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

G U A T E M A L A
IT'S WHAT YOU WEAR
[Todo Es Cuestión de Trapos]

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M E X I C O
COCHOCHI

Winner of the Discovery Award at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Miami International Film Festival. The lush Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico sets the stage for this unusual fable and coming-of-age story about two indigenous Raramuri brothers, Tony and Evaristo (non-professional actors Antonio and Evaristo Batista in their film debut), who are sent across the mountains by their grandfather to deliver medicine to a remote community. The boys take their grandfather's horse without his permission and embark on an adventure full of unexpected turns, through the film's beautifully rendered mountain paths, canyons and rivers.

DIR/SCR Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán; PROD Pablo Cruz, Donald Ranvaud. Mexico/UK/Canada, 2007, color, 87 min. In Tarahumara with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sunday, September 28, 1:00; Tuesday, September 30, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

M E X I C O
BAD HABITS
[Malos hábitos]

Writer/director Simon Bross constructs a multi-layered psychological thriller, cleverly centered on themes of indulgence and denial and marked by uniformly strong performances. Devout nun Matilde believes that as a little girl she saved her father from choking by reciting the Lord's Prayer,and now alternately starves and gorges herself as a way of beseeching God. One of Matilde's first communion students, Linda, has a slight weight problem that in the eyes of her high-achieving (and anorexic) mother Elena is much more serious than it is. And Elena's architect husband Gustavo, increasingly ignored by his abstemious wife, finds solace in the plump arms of a Peruvian woman who shares his twin appetites for food and sex. The characters' parallel plot lines converge in a twist-ridden finale--over the top entertainment in the very best sense.

DIR/SCR/PROD Simón Bross; SCR Ernesto Anaya; PROD Avelino Rodriguez. Mexico, 2007, color, 103 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, October 3, 8:00; Tuesday, October 7, 9:00

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M E X I C O
USED PARTS
[Partes usadas]

Writer/director Aaron Fernandez plunges the audience into the world of Ivan, a 14-year-old living in Mexico, who is sure that a happy life awaits in the United States. Under the friendly tutelage of his crooked uncle, Ivan begins stealing hubcaps and fenders to pay a "Coyote" for help with an illegal border crossing. Soon the teen's aptitude for the criminal life lands him in the employ of a dangerous gangster. Ivan begins falling deeper into a world of crime that was meant to be his ticket out.

DIR/SCR/PROD Aarón Fernández Lesur; PROD Eva Baró, Morteza Mohammadi, Antoni Sole, Jaume Sole. Mexico/France, 2007, color, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Wednesday, October 1, 9:10; Saturday, October 4, 5:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

M E X I C O
SLEEP DEALER

THE MATRIX by way of Mexico? Alex Rivera's visionary sci-fi film won top awards at the 2008 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Memo Cruz lives in a Oaxaca farming village in the not too distant future, where water, now more precious than oil, is controlled by a military-industrial corporation, and "aqua-terrorists" are hunted down on live television. Cruz dreams of leaving the village, if not in person, then by virtual reality, becoming a "node worker"--working by robotic remote, obviating the need to cross any borders. But there's a dark side to the digital future of work.

DIR/SCR Alex Rivera; SCR David Riker; PROD Anthony Bregman. US/Mexico, 2008, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00

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M E X I C O
LOVE, PAIN AND VICE VERSA
[Amor, dolor y viceversa; aka Violanchelo]

Official selection, 2008 Tribeca and Morelia Film Festivals. Alonso Pineda Ulloa's feverish thriller stars Barbara Mori as a Mexico City architect who can't find Mr. Right in her waking life, but for some time has been conducting a torrid romance with a dream lover by night. Convinced this man must exist somewhere in the real world, she falsely claims to have been attacked and gives the police a description of her dream lover. When they haul in respected cardiologist Leonard Sbaraglia, he is in fact the man of her dreams. Although his alibi checks out, he is soon visited by Mori in his sleep--and in a decidedly more nightmarish setting.

DIR Alfonso Pineda Ulloa; SCR Alex Marino, Blas Valdez; PROD Julio Fernández, Alexis Fridman, Bill Rovzar, Fernando Rovzar, Nick Spicer. Mexico, 2008, color, 86 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, September 19, 8:00; Saturday, September 20, 7:00; Sunday, September 21, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

P A R A G U A Y
I HEAR YOU SCREAM
[Ahendu nde sapukai]

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P E R U
MÁNCORA

'A taut, stylish drama brimming with heated sex and illicit desire.' - The Hollywood Reporter. Callow student Jason Day, feeling both guilt and grief after the traumatic death of his father, plans to leave Lima for the Peruvian beach town of Máncora. A surprise visit by his beautiful stepsister Elsa Pataky and her aloof husband Enrique Murciano, returned from New York after a long absence, results in them joining him for the trip. Along the way the couple fights, Enrique leaves, and Brazilian hitchhiker Phellipe Haagensen joins the group. Up in Máncora, the surf, sand and sensual atmosphere provide the travelers many new adventures, the threat of danger, and the promise of new beginnings. Official selection, 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Ricardo de Montreuil; SCR Angel Ibarguren, Juan Luis Nugent, Oscar Orlando Torres; SCR/PROD Diego Ojeda. Spain/Peru, 2008, color, 100 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, September 26, 9:15; Saturday, September 27, 10:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

P E R U
I'M FROM THE ANDES
[Soy Andina]

After 15 years in New York, Nélida Silva returns to her birthplace in the Andes to fulfill a lifelong dream of hosting the Fiesta Patronal--a week of dance, music, and ritual honoring the town's patron saint. But Neli's changed, and so has the village. What's it like to go back to the Andes when you've become a New Yorker? After meeting Neli, Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens by a Peruvian mom, embarks on her own Peruvian journey, determined to know the real Peru and understand its art forms. This documentary is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, propelled by traditional music and dance rarely seen outside the country. (note courtesy of Latin Beat)

DIR/PROD Mitch Teplitsky. Peru/US, 2007, color, 72 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, October 4, 3:00; Sunday, October 5, 5:15

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

P O R T U G A L
DAYS IN SINTRA

Filmmaker Paula Gaitán was married to Glauber Rocha (1938-1981), a key figure in the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement, which embodied politically engaged filmmaking that resisted colonialism in Latin America. Gaitán creates a deeply moving meditation on memory and time as she chronicles her return from Brazil to Sintra, Portugal, where she lived in exile with her husband and their children before his untimely death. In the form of an experimental narrative, she deftly interweaves Super 8 home movie footage and photographs taken of Rocha in 1981 with beautifully composed, evocative contemporary images of the Portuguese landscape. (note courtesy Tribeca Film Festival)

DIR/SCR Paula Gaitán. Portugal/Brazil, 2008, color and b&w, 90 min. In Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Monday, September 22, 9:00; Wednesday, September 24, 9:15
All screenings have been canceled, we apologize for any inconvenience. In its place, the following film will be shown for FREE, compliments of the Embassy of Portugal:

FADO BLUES
[Tudo Isto É Fado]

This 2004 romantic comedy/crime caper was directed by Luís Galvão Teles, whose newest film, DOT.COM, will play at AFI Silver in November as part of the EU Film Showcase.

DIR/PROD Luís Galvão Teles; SCR Suzanne Nagle; PROD Gonçalo Galvão Teles. Portugal/Brazil, 2004, color, 102 min. NOT RATED

Monday, September 22, 9:00; Wednesday, September 24, 9:15

Tickets for each screening are FREE and will be available for same-day pickup only at the theatre box office starting at noon. Limit 4 per person.

S P A I N
OLD MAN BEBO

Winner of the Documentary Emerging Filmmaker Award at Tribeca. Legendary Cuban mambo musician Bebo Valdés's career didn't really take off until well after he turned 80. At 81 he won two Grammy awards and has since gone on to win four more and achieve international recognition. This extraordinary portrait of the man and the musician, recognized as a key figure in the development of mambo, recounts his remarkable life and career.

DIR Carlos Carcas, PROD Angelica Huete. Spain, 2007, color, 111 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 27, 12:30; Thursday, October 2, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

S P A I N
CASUAL DAY

Anyone who has ever experienced a corporate staff retreat will appreciate the rich black humor of this clever cross between "The Office" and a Mike Leigh comedy. Only one week into his new job, Ruy, an uncertain 20-something engaged to the boss's daughter, participates in a weekend retreat that could prove life-changing. With an expert cast that includes veteran Spanish actor Juan Diego as the manipulative boss, CASUAL DAY brings out the subtle treacheries of office politics in the unlikeliest of settings--the idyllic countryside. (note courtesy 2008 Miami Film Festival)

DIR Max Lemcke; SCR Daniel Remón, Pablo Remón; PROD Álvaro Augustín, Iker Monfort. Spain, 2007, color, 97 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Friday, October 3, 6:00; Monday, October 6, 7:10

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

U R U G U A Y
KILL THEM ALL
[Matar a Todos]

Based on real events surrounding Operation Condor, the network of 1970s-era clandestine operations that allowed several Latin American dictatorships to hide evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses. Montevideo prosecutor Roxana Blanco (Best Actress, Havana Film Festival) must investigate her own family's involvement in Uruguay's recently deposed military government when facts surrounding the covered-up kidnapping of a shady Chilean biochemist come to light. Opening Night selection, Latin Beat 2008, Film Society of Lincoln Center.

DIR/PROD Esteban Schroeder; SCR Daniel Henriquez, Alejandra Marino, Pablo Vierci; PROD Sergio Gándara, Macarena Lopez, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Yvonne Ruocco, Soledad Salfate, Pablo Salomón, Detlef Ziegert. Uruguay/Argentina/Chile/Germany, 2007, color and b&w, 92 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sunday, October 5, 1:00; Tuesday, October 7, 7:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

V E N E Z U E L A
POSTCARDS FROM LENINGRAD
[Postales de Leningrado]

Venezuela's 2007 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1960s Venezuela, Marcela and her couisin Teo live with their grandparents while waiting for their parents, guerilla revolutionaries, to return. Together the children spin many imaginative fantasies involving superheroic revolutionaries, even as their parents' struggle simply to survive. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Mariana Rondón's film is greatly enlivened by her inventive visual technique, making use of vintage newsreels and travelogues, digital animation and still photography to tell a story that has as much to do with memory and imagination as the hard facts of history.

DIR/SCR Mariana Rondón; PROD Marite Ugáz. Venezuela, 2007, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Saturday, September 20, 1:00; Sunday, September 21, 3:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

V E N E Z U E L A
CYRANO FERNANDEZ

Writer/Director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza (TO PLAY AND TO FIGHT, HABANA HAVANA) transposes Edmond Rostand's swashbuckling romance Cyrano de Bergerac to the crowded slums of Caracas, Venezuela. There, amid poverty and danger, strong and sensitive Cyrano (Edgar Ramirez) ghostwrites lyrics for a local rapper, but can't bring himself to declare his love to the object of his affection, the beautiful Roxana (Jessika Grau).When the handsome Cristian (Pastor Oviedo) moves to the neighborhood,it's love at first sight for Roxana, and further heartache for Cyrano. When Cristian's actions embroil the entire neighborhood in violent gang warfare, Cyrano faces the most difficult test of his honor yet.

DIR/SCR Alberto Arvelo Mendoza; PROD María Eugenia Jacome. Venezuela, 2007, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sunday, October 5, 3:00; Monday, October 6, 9:00

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.

LATIN SHORTS PROGRAM

B R A Z I L
RUMMIKUB

Alice Braga stars in this Romeo and Juliet styled short.
DIR Jorge Furtado, Brazil, 13 min.


G U A T E M A L A
IT'S WHAT YOU WEAR
[Todo Es Cuestión de Trapos]

A store mannequin wishes to become human, and realizes it's what you wear that counts. Filmed with live action dolls!
DIR Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, 12 min.


C H I L E
TWO HOURS
[Dos Horas]

The story of an airport layover from festival favorite Alberto Fuguet.
DIR Albeto Fuguet, Chile, 20 min.


D O M I N I C A N . R E P U B L I C
EL PLAY

Portrait of a Dominican baseball player.
DIR Pablo Medina, US/Dominican Republic, 20 min.


P A R A G U A Y
I HEAR YOU SCREAM
[Ahendu nde sapukai]

A man, a hill, a shack. Selection, 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
DIR Pablo Lamar, Paraguay, 12 min.

Saturday, September 20, 12:30; Sunday, September 21, 12:30

Tickets reserved and purchased online must be retrieved in person at the AFI Silver box office. The same credit card used online must be presented to the cashier to redeem your tickets.