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33rd Annual Latin American Film Series, 2011

Presented by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UWM Union Programming, Union Theatre and The Department of Film.

Jouko Ahola (Jacob) in Bad Day To Go Fishing

April 1-8, 2011

UWM Union Theatre
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard

Free Admission

All films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.
Films are not rated; many include adult content.

For more information please call the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
at (414) 229-5986.

Friday, April 1

The Man Next Door (El hombre de al lado)
Argentina, 2009, 110 min
35mm - Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

An upper-middle class architect's perfect existence is ruptured when a neighbor begins to build a new window; ruining the view of his beautiful Le Corbusier designed house and invading his family's privacy in this hilarious and poignant exploration of class, vanity and the nature of friendship. The Man Next Door won the Cinematography Award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Saturday, April 2

The Gift of Pachamama (El regalo de la Pachamama)
Bolivia, Japan, USA, 2008, 102 min
Betacam – Directed by Toshifumi Matsushita

On Bolivia's inland salt sea (the Salar de Uyuni), 13-year-old Kunturi and his family cut bricks of salt by hand, which they use to barter for goods. It is not an easy life, but still rich with friends and family. When Kunturi's grandmother falls ill, his father decides to take his son on the almost four-month journey along the salt trail (the Ruta de la Sal). Their first stop is the Potosí mine to find a friend's long-absent father and the last stop is the famous Bolivian Tinku festival. As tragedy and joy commingle, Kunturi is forced to confront the complexities of adult life, including death, suffering, and the most powerful of all, first love.

The Maid (La nana)
Chile, Mexico, 2009, 95 min
35mm - Directed by Sebastián Silva

After 23 years of being a housemaid in an upper class Santiago, Chile household, Raquel is as much a part of the Valdez family as the wife, husband, and kids she lives with and looks after. Plagued by migraines and dizziness, Raquel still devotes herself to her domestic responsibilities and to a complex series of relationships with the family members she serves. Pilar, the wife, insists on hiring another housekeeper to ease the workload and improve her beloved maid's grim attitude and increasingly poor health. Will Raquel's campaign of petty comedy and unrelenting psychological abuse succeed in driving the new maid away?

9pm LAFS 2010 Audience Favorite
The Wind Journeys (Los viajes del viento)
Colombia, Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, 2009, 117 min
35mm - Directed by Ciro Guerra

Following the death of his wife, Ignacio wants to end his life as a musician. He will do this by returning his accordion to a mysterious man who lives in the desert of northern Colombia. There is only one problem; Ignacio is being followed by Fermín, a teenager who wants to learn to become an accordion master (juglar) in order to impress the girl he loves. However, Fermín's dreams are tested when he finds out how truly unpredictable the juglar lifestyle can be.

Sunday, April 3

5 pm
Mexico, 2010, 73 min
35mm – Directed by Pedro González-Rubio

Jorge has only a few weeks with his five-year-old son Natan before the boy leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman's life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea. Alamar won the Grand Jury Prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the 2010 Miami Film Festival.

Mexico, USA, 2010, 75 min
DVD – Directed by Aaron Schock

Circo follows the Ponce family's hardscrabble circus as it struggles to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. Tino, the ringmaster, is driven by his dream to lead his parents' circus to success and corral the energy of his whole family, including his four young children, towards this singular goal. But his wife Ivonne is determined to make a change. Through this intricately woven story of a marriage in trouble and of a century-old family tradition that hangs in the balance, Circo opens the viewer to the world of a traveling circus while examining the universal themes of family bonds, filial responsibility, and the weight of cultural inheritance.

Mexico, Spain, 2009, 95 min
35mm – Directed by Rigoberto Perezcano

Andrés reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United States. Between each attempt, he discovers that Tijuana is a troubled city. As he waits, Andrés is not only confronted with his feelings and what he left behind, but also with those he meets. This is a film that realistically portrays the tempo and social aspects of modern day Mexican border life. Norteado won the Golden Star Award at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival, and the KNF Award at the 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Monday, April 4

Argentina, Chile, France, South Korea, 2010, 107 min
35mm – Directed by Pablo Trapero

Sosa (Ricardo Darín) is an ambulance-chasing personal injury attorney with questionable ethics. Luján is a young, idealistic country doctor new to the city. After Luján and Sosa's paths repeatedly cross, the two form an unlikely romance that is threatened by Sosa's turbulent past. With traffic accidents as the number one cause of death in Argentina, bodies are currency, and a black market strives to get rich from the personal tragedies that literally litter the streets.

Tuesday, April 5

Peixe Vermelho (Red Fish)
Brazil, USA, 2009, 14 min
DVD – Directed by Andreia Vigo

A mysterious turn of events leads a woman into unknown territory. An award-winning short, Peixe Vermelho has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals in the U.S., Spain, and Brazil. The film was written by Milwaukee native Matt Palasz.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (É Proibido Fumar)
Brazil, 2009, 86 min
DigiBeta – Directed by Anna Muylaert

Baby, a chain-smoking guitar teacher in her forties, craves a romantic relationship. When musician Max moves into the apartment next door, she sees in him the possibility of turning her lonely life around. She instead finds herself unexpectedly involved in a love triangle that leads to a terrible jealous rage and a bad time to give up smoking.

Chicago Latino Film Festival Night!

Please note earlier film times.

Wednesday, April 6

Love Child (La hija natural)
Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, 2010, 97 min
35mm – Directed by Leticia Tonos

As a child, María was a simple and sensitive young girl with the strange habit of putting ladybugs in her mouth. After her mother dies in an accident, 18‐year‐old María decides to look for the father she has never met. María travels to a nearby town taking what few belongings she has and a puzzling red dress her mother kept mysteriously hidden under her bed. María finds her father Joaquín living in a dark old house located in the middle of an abandoned banana plantation, which the locals claim to be haunted by spirits. He lives there with an enigmatic Haitian as his only companion. Having no one else in the world, she has no option but to stay with this drunken and recently widowed old man. She will have to deal with the ghosts of the past that haunt them both.

The Old House (La casa vieja)
Cuba, 2010, 95 min
35mm – Directed by Léster Hamlet

Based on the classic Cuban piece The Old House by writer Abelardo Estorino, the film tells the story of Esteban, who returns home after a 14-year absence when he learns of the imminent death of his father. Residing outside of his native Cuba he reencounters a past that is almost intact. Secrets, old grudges, misunderstandings, and intolerance leave him to stay in a home where time seems to have stood still.

Thursday, April 7

Marimbas from Hell (Las marimbas del infierno)
Guatemala, Mexico, France, 2010, 74 min
35mm – Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón

Fearing that his fellow musicians and the neighborhood gangs might harm his family or his beloved marimba, Don Alfonso sends his wife and daughters into hiding. He then flees his home accompanied only by his marimba. Out of desperation, he decides to form a new band on his own. He turns to his godson Chiquilín, a street-wise kid hooked on sniffing glue, and together they look for Blacko, a mythical rocker in the Guatemalan underground metal scene. Don Alfonso, Chiquilín and Blacko live in a country that ignores them. Thus, they accept their differences and come together as the Marimbas from Hell, playing a new kind of music style, never imagined or heard before.

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, 2009, 109 min
35mm – Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth

High in the breathtaking, majestic Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury – remnants of long-ago silver mining – bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in the mountains. Two women – the fiancé of a villager killed in the accident and the wife of a doctor murdered in the riot – are brought together in this haunting yet ravishingly beautiful film about our divided yet inextricably intertwined world.

Friday, April 8

Bad Day to Go Fishing (Mal día para pescar)
Uruguay, Spain, 2009, 100 min
DigiBeta – Directed by Álvaro Brechner

Jacob van Oppen - formerly "the strongest man on earth," now a washed-up alcoholic - and his crafty manager, Orsini, make good money staging bogus wrestling matches in small South American towns. When this oddball duo arrives in the unassuming village of Santa Maria, business really takes off: the local newspaper sponsors the fight, and the quiet hamlet becomes plastered with posters announcing an open challenge to a worthy adversary. The ever-resourceful Orsini is sure he can find the right opponent to throw the fight, but fishing in Santa Maria yields a bigger catch than he had hoped for.

The series is co-sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, the Center for International Education, the Center for Women's Studies, the Urban Studies Program, the Departments of Anthropology, Film, Film Studies, History, MALLT, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate Program, and the new major in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies (LACUSL). Programming by Aaron Bethke-Shoemaker and Julie Kline. In collaboration with the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

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