This year's Boston Latino International Film Festival takes place October 3 to 12, with the opening weekend's screenings taking place at the HFA. Now in its seventh year, the Festival provides an exciting forum
for filmmakers, academics and film enthusiasts to meet and discuss the state of Latino film.
All films presented with English subtitles. All-access passes for BLIFF are available from the festival. For details, please visit http://www.bliff.org
Directed by Mariem Pérez, Carlitos Ruíz.
With Luis Guzmán, Luis Gonzaga, Silvia Brito Puerto Rico 2007, color, 83 min.
Spanish with English subtitles
Tales of maddening infatuation—a surprising love triangle, an unfaithful marriage and a hostage situation—weave together artfully in the backyards of Puerto Rico. Passion trumps reason again and again in this melancholy comedy about the selfish search for love and connection.
Directed by Arturo Ruiz Serrano.
Spain 2008, 13 min.
Spanish with English subtitles
Gabino has never declared his love to a woman…
Friday October 3 at 9pm
Directed by Aarón Fernández Lesur.
With Emery Eduardo Granados, Alan Chávez, Carlos Ceja
Mexico 2007, color, 95 min. Spanish with English subtitles
Ivan is a teenager living in Mexico with his uncle Jaime, a dealer of used car parts. When Jaime realizes that he needs more money to pay the "Coyote" who will help them cross the border, he introduces his nephew to the world of car-part theft. Co-presented by the Mexican Institute of Film.
Evolving technologies demand that filmmakers update their toolboxes constantly as the Internet, DVD production and self-distribution become the most useful tools for emerging filmmakers. This conversation will explore the changing landscape of movie. Sponsored by the Harvard Film Archive and LPB. For speaker information please visit www.bliff.org
Saturday October 4 at 2:15pm
Directed by Estela Bravo.
Argentina/US/UK 2007, 75 min.
For three decades, the Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers have been searching for their stolen grandchildren, whose parents disappeared in Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83). To date, 88 of these missing children have been found and have recovered their true identity; this tells their story.
Saturday October 4 at 4pm
Directed by Isaac Isitan.
Canada/Argentina 2008, 90 min.
During the 2001 economic collapse in Argentina, the seamstresses at Brukman’s clothing factory took over when the owners abandoned the operation. Isitan’s film follows these courageous women over many years.
Saturday October 4 at 6pm
Directed by Iván Ávila Dueñas.
With Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Joustein Roustand, Enoc Leaño
Mexico 2007, color, 104 min. Spanish with English subtitles
In this allusive fantasy/mystery, a network of collective memory and experiences comes to be shared amongst six characters, all afflicted by the same unusual condition. This visually stunning film provides no easy answers to the metaphysical mysteries it proposes. Co-presented by the Mexican Institute of Film.
Directed by Esteban Reyes.
Mexico 2007, color, 11 min. Spanish with English subtitles
A lost little girl finds her parents in an airport, much to their surprise.
Saturday October 4 at 8:15pm
Directed by Alisson Larrea.
Canada/Chile 2007, video, color, 51 min.
Memories of a Dreamer is a firsthand account of the hardships suffered by a political prisoner of Chile's post-1973 inhumane dictatorship. Over thirty years later, Felix Mora relives the shocking details of his captivity and escape, and the challenges he faced as an exile in Italy and Canada.
Saturday October 4 at 9:45pm
Directed by Marcelo Galvao.
With Christiano Cochrane, Deto Montenegro, Antônio Destro
Brazil 2005, color, 90 min. Portugese with English subtitles
A group of parents and school officials gather to discuss the discovery of drugs in a fourth grade classroom. Accusations and revelations fly, especially after one parent proposes they all smoke a joint. Co-presented by the Boston Underground Film Festival.
Directed by Daniel Ruiz Lucero.
Mexico 2008, color, 8 min.
An animated short about a gambling pig with bad luck.
Directed by Veronica Shamo-Garcia.
Ecuador 2007, 35mm, 13 min. Spanish with English subtitles
Two siblings learn about family in a time of war.
Directed by Elias Jimenez.
Guatemala 2007, 95 min.
Filmed in one of the most dangerous prisons in Guatemala using a mix of actors and real inmates, V.I.P. tells the story of Juan Ramos, a Guatemalan Comptroller General arrested and placed in preventive prison while the corruption and homicide charges against him are investigated.
Sunday October 5 at 4pm
Directed by Magdalena Hutter.
US/Paraguay 2008, video, 44 min.
This documentary follows Celeste, an illegal immigrant from Paraguay living in the U.S. and working three jobs to support her family back home, while she dreams of starting a family of her own.
Directed by Jessica Weisberg, Benjamin Thorp Brown.
Paraguay 2008, 26 min.
Farms Without Farmers is an experimental non-fiction film that looks at the far-reaching effects of Paraguay’s soybean industry.
Sunday October 5 at 5:30pm
A selection of the best eight shorts produced by Spanish directors between 2007 and 2008: El Palacio de la Luna, Harraga, La Clase, Paredes, Paseo, Por que hay cosas que…, Test, Viaje a Bangkok. For more information visit http://www.bliff.org
Co-presented by Madrid en Corto.
Sunday October 5 at 7:45pm
Directed by Juan Mora Catlett.
With Xochiquetzal Rodríguez, Justo Alberto Rodríguez, Luís Esteban Huacúz Dímas
Mexico 2006, 35mm, 107 min. Purhepecha, Spanish and Latin with English subtitles
This strikingly shot film tells the story of Eréndira, a young Purépecha woman living in what is now Mexico during the 16th century, who became an icon of bravery during the Conquest. Eréndira displays a mythic style blending indigenous aesthetics with the modern avant-garde. Co-presented by the Mexican Institute of Film.
Sunday October 5 at 9:45pm
Directed Yan Giroux.
Canada/Cuba 2007, color, video, 86 min.
This colorful documentary paints an impressionist portrait of the Cuban community via sincere interviews and stunning sequence shots. Catuey, a Cuban musician, takes us on a journey through his homeland as Cubanos explores a complex history and a national identity fragmented.
Directed by Renata Duque.
Cuba 2007, 10 min.
A Russian-language professor in Cuba struggles to find relevance as his work becomes obsolete in the face of the new Cuban reality.