San Diego Latino Film Festival

Mar 10-20

The San Diego Latino Film Festival cordially invites you to attend the 18th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 10-20, 2011.

UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center
Off 163 Freeway and Friars Rd

We will showcase over 180 films from Latin America, Spain and the United States. The wide range of genres, cultural topics.

Please visit our website: for film synopses and to purchase your tickets online.

All students receive a $2 discount on tickets when they enter “stu” upon checkout. Students will also receive a $2 discount at the box office by showing their student ID.

Latino Film Festival
Recommended Films

Dir. Fernando Aimbcke, Patricia Riggen, Amat Escalante, Carlos Reygadas, Mariana Chenillo, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Rodrigo García, Gael García Bernal, & Diego Luna
(2010, 105 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
FRI 3/11 / 7:00 / S7
TUE 3/15 / 7:00 / S7
Co-produced by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, “Revolución” brings together ten of the most accomplished Mexican film directors of our time to celebrate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. This multi-faceted and impressionistic compilation of 10 short films explores that pivotal historical moment which still echoes in today’s society. Stars Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza (“Babel”) and Ari Brickman (“5 días sin Nora”).

Dir. Jorge Fons
(2010, 120 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
THUR 3/10 / 7:00 / S7
FRI 3/18 / 4:00 / S7
SAT 3/20 / 11:00 / S7
“The Attempt Dossier” tells the story of Arnulfo Arroyo, a young terrorist who in 1897 attempts to assassinate Mexican dictator Porfirio Díaz. During a parade, Arroyo hurls himself angrily at Díaz, armed with a rock. This film tells the story of his subsequent arrest and imprisonment. Starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho (“Arrancame la Vida”).

Dir. Felipe Cazals
(2010, 95 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
SAT 3/12 / 7:00 / S7
TUE 3/15 / 5:00 / S2
SAT 3/19 / 1:30 / S7
Chicogrande was a compadre and loyal supporter of Pancho Villa. Set during the Mexican revolution of 1916, this fierce western follows the exploits of Villa and Chicogrande as they flee into the mountains after the failed invasion of New Mexico, with the American troops hot on their heels. Directed by veteran
Mexican filmmaker Felipe Cazals (“Canoa”), this epic film was influenced by the likes of John Ford. Starring Damián Alcazár (“La ley de Herodes”).

Dir. Rebeca Chávez
(2009, 100 min., Cuba, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
SAT 3/12 / 10:15 / S6
SUN 3/13 / 2:30 / S2
Based on the novel “Bertillón 166” by José Soler Puig, this film is set in the late 1950’s in Santiago de Cuba, one of the main supply cities of the rebels led by Fidel Castro. Rebeca Chavez’s debut depicts the insurrection, rebelliousness and also the solidarity in Santiago de Cuba during the clandestine struggle of the urban fighters against Batista's dictatorship.

Dir. Leon Serment
(2010, 111 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
SUN 3/13 / 7:00 / S7
SAT 3/19 / 10:30 / S1
“The Tequila Effect” is a story of love and corruption set in the 1990’s. José Fierro is an ambitious young stock broker who yields to the temptation of an apparent Mexican economic boom, which will lead to national disaster. He becomes involved in dangerous and illicit deals that will have drastic consequences in his personal life, in this drama from Mexico. Starring Juan Carlos Colombo (“5 días sin Nora”) and Karla Souza (“From Prada to Nada”).

Dir. Carmen Marron
(2010, 83 min., USA, English)
THUR 3/10 / 7:30 / S2
In this high-energy, coming-of-age tale, feisty college student Carmen spends her days working and her nights wowing underground club crowds with her dancing. But an opportunity to win admission to a prestigious dance school forces Carmen to choose between fulfilling her obligations to her family and urban community or moving on to a brighter but uncertain future.

Dir. Fina Torres
(2010, 106 min., Venezuela/Cuba, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
THUR 3/10 / 6:00 / S6
SAT 3/12 / 4:00 / S7
THUR 3/17 / 8:00 / S6
In a Havana shaken by Fidel's retirement, a young seamstress, trapped in a sweatshop job, dreams of designing beautiful dresses. Frustrated by her lazy, though adorable Cuban boyfriend, she meets a sophisticated ex-patriot Cuban-Venezuelan who dazzles her with a glamorous future. After many deceptions and surprises, Eva has to choose between the two men she loves. Hers is an unexpected decision... a humorous metaphor of Cuba's options for the future. Directed by Fina Torres, co-writer of “From Prada to Nada.”

Dir. Marcel Rasquin
(2010, 97 min., Venezuela, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
SUN 3/13 / 12:00 / S2
WED 3/16 / 9:30 / S7
SAT 3/19 / 8:30 / S1
This engrossing and exciting film follows two teenagers, raised together as brothers in a slum, strugglingto become professional soccer players. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a scout from a renowned professional club invites them to a tryout. But the hard reality of life in the slums and sudden tragedy threaten to derail their future. They will have to make the most important decision of their lives and choose what is more important: their family or their dreams? Venezuela’s official submission to the 2011 Academy Awards.

Dir. Antonio Serrano
(2010, 115 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
FRI 3/11 / 9:30 / S7
WED 3/16 / 10:15 / S6
SAT 3/19 / 7:00 / S7
From his jail cell at Chihuahua's Military Hospital, Hidalgo begins to remember moments of his life, particularly his tenure as Parish Priest in the town of San Felipe Torres Mochas where he translated and produced the stage play "Tartuffe" by Moliere. During this time he fell in love with Josefa Quintana with whom he had three children and for whom he left the priesthood during a brief period in his life. Starring Ana de la Reguera (“El Traspatio”, “Cowboys & Aliens”) and Demian Bichir (“Che: Part One”, “Che: Part Two”).

Jose Marti: El Ojo del Canario
Dir. Fernando Perez
(2009, 120 min., Cuba, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
FRI 3/11 / 8:00 / S6
SAT 3/12 / 1:30 / S7
“On a daily basis I am in danger of giving my life for my country and for my duty ... I know how to die, but my beliefs will not die…” - José Martí. The formative years of Cuban national hero José Julián Martí Pérez are explored in Fernando Pérez's handsome, robust historical epic, set during the 1860s in colonial
Havana. Martí, The Eye of the Canary follows "El Apóstol" from the age of 9 to 17, as he is played with deep conviction by Raúl Pérez Ureta as he experiences firsthand the often brutal inequalities of Spanish colonial rule, and feels the fire of injustice rise within him. Through patient detail, Pérez charts the changing spiritual tide and dawning political consciousness within Martí. It is said that every Cuban has their own Martí; Perez's majestic, generous film is an invitation to both discover and rediscover.

Dir. Daniel Díaz Torres
(2010, 110 min., Cuba, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
FRI 3/11 / 4:00 / S7
MON 3/14 / 8:00 / S6
FRI 3/18 / 10:30 / S1
Set in a rural village on the eve of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis tells the story of Lisanka, a young Cuban girl who cannot choose between her two suitors, Sergio and Aurelio. To complicate matters further, she becomes involved with Volodia, a Russian poet from the nearby military base in this delightful Sputnik romantic comedy.

Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón
(2010, 74 min., Guatemala, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
THU 3/17 / 10:30 / S1
FRI 3/18 / 10:15 / S6
SUN 3/20 / 6:30 / S1
Two unlikely characters join forces in this bittersweet comedy about an unlikely duo. Harassed by extortionists, Don Alfonso goes on the run taking a job playing the marimbas to an indifferent audience in one of Guatemala City’s grandest hotels. When he meets fellow outcast, “Black,” a doctor whom patients
fear because of his long hair and tattoos, they decide to combine their talents and create a new band called Marimbas From Hell. From the director of “Gasolina,” this bittersweet farce delivers biting social commentary on contemporary Guatemala.

Dir. Diego Lerman
(2010, 97 min., Argentina, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
THUR 3/10 / 10:15 / S6
SAT 3/12 / 6:00 / S6
THU 3/17 / 9:30 / S7
Set during the inception of the military dictatorship in Argentina, “The Invisible Eye” paints an engrossing portrait of Maria Teresa, a repressed teacher at a Buenos Aires private school. Being somewhat naive and sheltered, she accepts without thought the rigid rules of the school. The head professors’ ideas about “the cancer of subversion” and a need for surveillance lead to an unhealthy obsession with a student, and a dramatic breakdown of order that parallels that of the country. “La Mirada Invisible” is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. For more information, visit

Dir. Sergio Arau
(2010, 90 min., Mexico, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
SAT 3/12 / 10:30 / S1
WED 3/16 / 4:00 / S7
FRI 3/18 / 8:00 / S6
When a long-lost record of the legendary Mexican band Botellita de Jerez, the creators of “Guaca Rock,” is found and becomes a huge success, the executives at Mexican Records hire a private detective to track down the missing band members in the hopes of putting on a reunion concert. He finds one of them in a psychiatric hospital and another among the homeless in the streets of L.A. Will these has-beens be able to play again? From the director of “A Day Without a Mexican”, and co-starring Yareli Arizmendi (“Like Water For Chocolate”).

Dir. Carlos Gaviria
(2010, 91 min., Colombia, Spanish w/ English Subtitles)
MON 3/14 / 7:30 / S2
SUN 3/20 / 1:00 / S6
Winner of the 2010 Guadalajara Film Festival. After the death of their grandfather, Jairo and Marina decide to go back to recover the land from which she was displaced years ago. They travel from Bogotá to the coast in an old beat-up Renault 4. During the trip the story of her traumatic past begins to unfold. Upon reaching their hometown, their lives take a dramatic turn as they are kidnapped by paramilitaries in this moving portrait of Colombia’s civil war.

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