Festival will showcase Latin American movies
Cougar Entertainment Services
The city of Houston is home to one of the most vibrant Latin American
communities in the country. So it's appropriate that, as film production
American countries increases and Latino filmmakers in the United States
continue to gain exposure and recognition, Houston should embrace this
Houstonians can get their fill of contemporary Latin cinema at the Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston's first annual Latin American Film Festival, which
runs Friday through Aug. 5. Unless otherwise noted, all films are in
Spanish with English subtitles and will be shown at 7 p.m. on the day indicated
the Brown Auditorium of the MFAH's Caroline Weiss Law Building.
In 73 Model (Modelo 73), director Rodrigo Moscoso depicts one summer
in the life of three young men from Argentina as they work on cars, try
impress girls and do some growing up in the process. 73 Model will
be shown Friday; executive producer Nathalie Cabiron will attend this
screening, and a question-and-answer session will follow.
Director Andrés Wood tells three different stories in Football
Stories (Historias de Futbol), which shows Saturday, using Chile's national
soccer as a central theme. Another film of Wood's, The Revenge (El
Desquite), showing Sunday, is set in turn-of-the-century Chile. A girl
family has been killed in a flood is cared for by a rich couple; after
the wife's death, the husband seduces the girl, gets her pregnant, casts
and takes up with her friend. The title of the film indicates her understandable
Jim Mendiola, a native of San Antonio, directed the festival's fourth
film, Come and Take It Day, which shows July 20. This film, which is in
uses Texas history to weave a modern tale of friendship and betrayal.
Another film in English from another Texas director will be featured
July 21. The Austin-based filmmaker Hector Galan's Accordion Dreams is
exploration of "Texican" music, both past and present. The film is
narrated by the singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa and focuses on a variety
innovative accordionists. Galan will attend this screening of his film
and answer questions afterward.
The legendary Portuguese singer Amália Rodrigues, who died in
1999, is the focus of Bruno de Almeida's The Art of Amália. This
Portuguese with English narration and subtitles, shows July 22 and
29. Film Threat magazine describes it as "a passionate, hypnotic celebration
which venerates its subject ... a fascinating and peerlessly edited
blend of archival footage and recordings."
Life is to Whistle (La Vida es Silbar) shows at 7:30 p.m. July 27 and
28. The Cuban director Fernando Pérez uses the film to simultaneously
life under communism and express the love he nevertheless feels for
his country. It features the music of Bola de Nieve and Benny Moré.
Luis Estrada's Herod's Law (La Ley de Herodes) is the story of a poor
janitor who becomes mayor of his central Mexican town after the corrupt
former mayor is killed. The janitor begins as an idealist, but quickly
falls into despotism. Herod's Law will show at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and at 9 p.m.
The festival's final film, Sex, Shame, and Tears (Sexo, Pudor, y Lagrimas),
will show Aug. 4 and 5. The film, the screen version of director Antonio
Serrano's popular stage play, focuses on the troubled love lives of
two couples swapping partners in Mexico City. The film was the biggest
success in Mexican movie history and won the audience award at the
Guadalajara Film Festival.
Tickets, which are $4 with a student ID and $5 for general admission,
go on sale 30 minutes before showtime. For more information, call (713)
639-7515. The Law Building is located at 1001 Bissonnet St. between
Montrose Boulevard and Main Street.