Monday, July 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 151


Festival will showcase Latin American movies

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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 in Latin
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 in
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 to
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 love of
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 whose
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 her aside
and takes up with her friend. The title of the film indicates her understandable reaction.

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 English,
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 an
exploration of "Texican" music, both past and present. The film is narrated by the singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa and focuses on a variety of
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 film, in
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 critique
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. Aug. 4.

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 box-office
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.

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