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Now in its 21st year, the 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 over forty films includes multiple award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

Highlights of this year's festival include: REVOLUTION, [Revolución] an omnibus of ten short films from Mexico's top directors on the occasion of the country's 100th anniversary; LINHA DE PASSE, the latest feature film directed by director/producer Walter Salles (CENTRAL STATION); 2009 Berlin Golden Bear winner THE MILK OF SORROW [La teta asustada], from Peruvian writer/director Claudia Llosa (MADEINUSA); HIROSHIMA, a kind of "silent musical" from Uruguay's most original filmmaker, Pablo Stoll (WHISKY); SOUTHERN DISTRICT [Zona sur], awarded Best Director and Best Screenplay at this year's Sundance Film Festival, from Bolivia's Juan Carlos Valdivia; and the smash hit Panamanian comedy CHANCE from first-time director Abner Benaim.

Look for this year's festival guide inside the Montgomery County Gazette on September 15 and the Washington Post on September 17!

Click here to download the festival guide (pdf)

AFI would like to thank the following supporters:

Tickets and Passes

Explore Latin American cinema with a festival pass--the Pase Especial! Want to see all the hottest films in the festival without having to worry about buying tickets in advance? With the Pase Especial, you have priority access to every film. NO TICKETS NEEDED. The all-access Pase Especial gives you admission for one to every screening in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, including Opening and Closing Night and Festival Happy Hours. Valued at more than $400!

Pase Especial: $99/$75 for AFI Members and Students


If you plan to buy six or more tickets to films in the AFI Latin American Film Festival, in any combination, ask for the Combo Ticket Package discounted rate of just $8 per ticket. (Normal ticket price is $10.) You can buy several tickets to one show, or one ticket to several shows! It's perfect for families attending shows together and festival-goers who have planned out their schedule of must-see shows in advance.
Combo Ticket Package purchase must be completed at the AFI Silver box office in a single transaction.


Stop by the AFI Silver Cafe every Thursday and Friday during the festival from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for Happy Hour! Happy Hours will feature complimentary snacks courtesy of local restaurants, Latin American drink specials and festive music. Enjoy a cold drink and a delicious appetizer before your film.

Happy Hour dates: September 23 & 24; September 30 & October 1; October 7 & 8

Happy Hour specials are valid only for AFI Latin American Film Festival pass holders and ticket holders to films playing on the given dates.
AFI Member passes will be accepted at all screenings in the AFI Latin American Film Festival.
A NOTE TO AUDIENCES: Because films in the AFI Latin American Film Festival have not been evaluated by the MPAA rating system in the US, AFI has made its best effort to inform audiences about any content that could lead to a restricted rating if released here.

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Opening Night
REVOLUTION [Revolución]

Ten directors at the forefront of contemporary Mexican cinema join forces to create this outstanding omnibus of short films, each exploring the themes and legacy of the Mexican Revolution on its 100th anniversary. Commissioned by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, the founders of Canana, Mexico's leading independent production and distribution company, this collection features new works by Fernando Eimbcke (DUCK SEASON, LAKE TAHOE), Patricia Riggen (UNDER THE SAME MOON), Amat Escalante (THE BASTARDS), Carlos Reygadas (SILENT LIGHT), Mariana Chenillo (NORA'S WILL), Gerardo Naranjo (I'M GONNA EXPLODE, DRAMA/MEX), Rodrigo Plá (THE ZONE, THE DESERT WITHIN), Rodrigo Garcia (MOTHER AND CHILD), plus Bernal and Luna themselves.

DIR Mariana Chenillo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo García, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, Patricia Riggen; SCR Laura Santullo, Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Jorge Riggen, Diego Luna, Gabriel Nuncio, Mauricio Katz, Fernando Eimbcke; PROD Pablo Cruz. Mexico, 2010, color, 105 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Opening Night Screening: Tue, Sep 21, 8:00
Also showing: Sat, Sep 25, 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.

Centerpiece Screening

Four brothers from the São Paulo slum navigate life in the 20 million-strong megacity and their own progress toward adulthood in this engrossing family drama. Dario has his heart set on making a top club soccer team, and knows at 18 it's his last chance to break in. Dingo holds down a job at a gas station, but finds more fulfillment attending his evangelical church. Dênis, the oldest, has a child he rarely sees and can't support with what little he earns as a motorcycle courier. Reginaldo, the youngest, dreams of finding his long-absent father, a bus driver, and plays detective exploring the city's public transportation. For her portrayal of Cleuza, the boys' harried, hard-working mother, desperate to conceal her latest pregnancy from her employers for fear of losing her housecleaning job, Sandra Corveloni deservedly won the Best Actress Prize at Cannes.

DIR/PROD Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas; SCR George Moura, Daniela Thomas, Barolo Mantovani; PROD Mauricio Andrade Ramos, Rebecca Yeldham, Francois Ivernel. Brazil, 2008, color, 108 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Centerpiece Screening: Fri, Sep 24, 8:00
Also showing: Sat, Sep 25, 7:30

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.

Closing Night
OCTOBER [October]

The debut feature from brothers Daniel and Diego Vega Vidal won the Jury Prize from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard section. Lone wolf moneylender Clemente returns home one night to discover that someone has paid him back--with interest--by breaking in and leaving behind a baby girl in a basket. While the hapless Clemente searches for the baby's mother among the prostitutes he frequents, he employs his neighbor Sofia to care for the baby and look after his home and office. With the coming of the October celebration of Our Lord of the Miracles, Clemente and Sofia's mutual dependence on one other takes on humorous and heartwarming qualities.

DIR/SCR/PROD Daniel Vega Vidal, Diego Vega Vidal. Peru, 2010, color, 93 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Closing Night Screening: Sat, Oct 9, 7:00*
Also showing: Sun, Oct 10, 1:00

*Post-screening Pisco Sour tasting in the lobby, hosted by the Embassy of Peru.

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.