Sunday, August 14, 2011 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 1:25 PM

The 12th edition of Latinbeat, the oldest (and first) Latin American film festival in New York City is on at The Film Society of Lincoln Center until August 24.This year, the festival features films from up-and-coming directors and internationally recognized filmmakers from 11 countries, with films that range from romantic comedies, classic thrillers, coming of age stories, animation and documentaries, including four US Premieres.
Gustavo Taretto’s great romantic comedy Sidewalls (MEDIANERAS -foto) made its East Coast Premiere as Latinbeat’s Opening Night selection. A well done film with excellent acting, Sidewalls is a tale of modern life, modern alienation in the big city and human resourcefulness to make the best out of it. A crowd-pleasing hit at the Berlin Film Festival, Taretto’s feature film debut pays homage to Buenos Aires as it follows two people navigating through a sea of personal phobias as they (hopefully) head toward their eventual meeting and happy romantic destiny.
The US premieres films include Lais Bodanzky’s The Best Things in the World; Tristan Bauer’s Che, A New Man; Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s Querida Voy a Comprar Cigarrillos y Vuelvo; and Marta Ferrer’s El Varal.
This year’s program also features two special screenings with live musical accompaniment: The Stoessel Expedition, a 1928 film of a remarkable journey in car from Buenos Aires to New York and Mojica Marin’s cult horror classic This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse.
Here is a brief description of all the films participating in this year's LatinBeat. For more info >> LATINBEAT

ACORAZADO (2010, 97min)
Director: Alvaro Curiel
Country: Mexico/Cuba
Curiel’s hilarious debut tells the story of Veracruz native Silveiro, whose buddies help him hatch an unusual emigration plan: turning his old taxi into an improvised raft.
ACORAZADO screens Thursday, August 11 at 4:45PM; and Friday, August 12 at 7:00PM.
ALL YOUR DEAD ONES (Todos tus muertos) (2011, 88min)
Director: Carlos Moreno
Country: Colombia
When a Colombian farmer stumbles upon a pile of corpses, he finds that the officials have other priorities in this searing attack on a culture of corruption, poverty, and violence. ALL YOUR DEAD ONES is a Shoreline Films release.
ALL YOUR DEAD ONES screens Saturday, August 20 at 2:45PM; Sunday, August 21 at 9:30PM; and Monday, August 22 at 6:30PM.
THE BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD (As Melhores Coisas do Mundo)
(2010, 100min)
Director: Lais Bodanzky
Country: Brazil
In this sweet, funny coming-of-age tale set in Sao Paolo (with a great soundtrack), a 15-year-old boy’s carefree life is complicated by a shocking revelation. The film is an Intra Movies release.
THE BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD screens Thursday, August 18 at 4:30PM; Saturday, August 20 at 9:30PM; and Tuesday, August 23 at 9:00PM.
BROTHER (Hermano) (2010, 96min)
Director: Marcel Rasquin
Country: Venezuela
Two futbol-playing brothers have their love and loyalty put to the test when a scout invites them to try out with the best team in Caracas in this inspiring family drama. BROTHER is a Musicbox Films release.
BROTHER screens Friday, August 12 at 5:00PM; Saturday, August 13 at 2:40PM; and Sunday, August 14 at 8:45PM.
***Special Filmmaker Panel Presentation***
Central American Cinema Today
Co-presented with Casa Clementina and Cinema Tropical
Sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television
Latin Beat filmmakers will discuss innovative forms of local film production.
Central American Cinema Today is free with ticket to the 1:00PM screening of MARIMBAS FROM HELL.
The Central American Cinema Today panel takes place Sunday, August 14 at 11:00AM.
CHE, A NEW MAN (Che, un hombre nuevo) (2010, 94min)
Director: Tristan Bauer
Country: Argentina
Twelve years in the making, Bauer’s intimate look at the larger-than-life Che Guevara demonstrates both his ideals and his passion, with never-before-seen private documents and recordings. CHE, A NEW MAN is a Match Factory release.
CHE, A NEW MAN screens Wednesday, August 10 at 4:30PM and 9:30PM; and Sunday, August 14 at 6:40PM.
COUNTRY MUSIC (Musica campesina) (2011, 100min)
Director: Alberto Fuguet
Country: Chile/U.S.
A Chilean man who loves country music roams through Nashville in this fresh take on immigrant stories, laced with funny dialogue and boasting a terrific soundtrack.
COUNTRY MUSIC screens Friday, August 19 at 6:30PM; Sunday, August 21 at 3:00PM; and Monday, August 22 at 4:15PM. (Alberto Fuguet will participate in Q&As following each screening.)
THE DEATH OF PINOCHET (La muerte de Pinochet) (2011, 70min)
Directors: Bettina Perut & Ivan Osnovikoff
Country: Chile
A raw yet intimate look at Chilean history, this provocative documentary takes to the streets on the day of Pinochet’s death, capturing intensely divided reactions.
THE DEATH OF PINOCHET screens Sunday, August 14 at 3:00PM; and August, 17 at 7:00PM. (Directors Bettina Perut and Ivan Osnovikoff will participate in Q&As following each screening.)
JEAN GENTIL (2010, 84min)
Directors: Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas
Country: Mexico/Dominican Republic/Haiti
This poignant tale vividly captures the day-to-day life of an educated Haitian immigrant as he travels through the Dominican Republic in search of work and a meaning to his life.
JEAN GENTIL screens Saturday, August 13 at 4:45PM and Monday, August 15 at 4:15PM.
THE LIFE OF FISH (La vida de los peces) (2010, 84min)
Director: Matias Bize
Country: Chile
Returning to Chile after 11 years abroad, an expat writer meets old friends and is forced to confront his past in this insightful, emotionally intense love story.
THE LIFE OF FISH screens Friday, August 12 at 9:15PM, and Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30PM. (Matias Bize will participate in Q&As following each screening.)
LITTLE VOICES (Pequeñas voces) (2010, 75min)
Director: Jairo Carrillo
Country: Colombia
Beautifully animating their drawings, this extraordinary 3D documentary depicts the lives of displaced Colombian children who have grown up amidst guerrilla fighting. The film is a Films Boutique release.
LITTLE VOICES screens Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30PM.
LONG DISTANCE (Larga distancia) (2010, 93min)
Director: Esteban Insausti
Country: Cuba
Insausti explores the dramatic emotional impact of the mass exodus of Cubans to the US through the story of a woman who finds that she has lost all of her friends to this crisis.
Co-presented with The New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema. LONG DISTANCE screens Saturday, August 13 at 6:35PM; Tuesday, August 16 at 8:45PM; and Wednesday, August 17 at 5:00PM. (Esteban Insausti and the film’s stars, Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Anna Biu and Zulema Clares will attend and participate in Q&As following each screening). 
MARIMBAS FROM HELL (Marimbas del infierno) (2010, 75min)
Director: Julio Hernández Cordón
Country: Guatemala/Mexico/France
This funny and moving story of an improbable artistic collaboration—between a homeless marimba player and a pioneer of Guatemalan heavy metal music—straddles documentary and fiction. The film is a FiGA Films release.
MARIMBAS FROM HELL screens Sunday, August 14 at 1:00PM; Monday, August 15 at 9:00PM; and Tuesday, August 16 at 4:45PM. (Julio Hernandez Cordon and producer Pamela Guinea will attend and participate in Q&As following each screening.)
MOUNT BAYO (Cerro Bayo) (2010, 86min)
Director: Victoria Galardi
Country: Argentina
On the cusp of ski season, a peaceful Patagonian village is tested by an incident that divides a local family, in Galardi’s funny and gentle dramatic comedy.
MOUNT BAYO screens Saturday, August 20 at 7:15PM; Monday, August 22 at 8:30PM; and Tuesday, August 23 at 5:00PM. (Victoria Galardi will attend and participate in Q&As following each screening.)
NORBERTO’S DEADLINE (Norberto apenas tarde) (2010, 89min)
Director: Daniel Hendler
Country: Uruguay
When a young man joins a theater group—following his boss’s orders—his life starts to change, in this tender and offbeat tale of personal reinvention. NORBERTO’S DEADLINE is an Outsider Pictures release.
NORBERTO’S DEADLINE screens Friday, August 19 at 4:30PM; Sunday, August 21 at 1:00PM; and Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00PM.
NO RETURN (Sin retorno) (2010, 100min)
Director: Marcelo Cohan
Country: Argentina
An intense, perfectly calibrated thriller with a twist ending, Cohan’s debut feature also engages sensitive issues of ethics and justice that will make spectators squirm in their seats. Starring Federico Luppi and Leonardo Sbaraglia. NO RETURN is a Latido Films release.
NO RETURN screens Friday, August 19 at 9:00PM and Wednesday, August 24 at 8:35PM.
Directors: Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat
Country: Argentina
In this black comedy, a mediocre real estate agent enters a Faustian deal with a stranger who has superpowers. With great performances by Eusebio Poncela and Emilio Disi.
QUERIDA VOY A COMPRAR CIGARRILLOS Y VUELVO screens Wednesday, August 17 at 5:00PM; Sunday, August 21 at 7:30PM; and Wednesday, August 24 at 4:30PM.
SIDEWALLS (Medianeras) (2011, 96min)
Director: Gustavo Taretto
Country: Argentina/Germany/Spain
Taretto’s clever romantic comedy pays homage to Buenos Aires as it follows two lonely souls who live on the same block but have somehow never met. SIDEWALLS is a Sundance Selects release.
SIDEWALLS screens Wednesday, Aug 10 at 7:00PM (with Gustavo Taretto, the film’s star, Pilar Lopez De Ayala and composer Gabriel Chwojnik in attendance); Thursday, August 11 at 7:00PM; and Saturday, August 13 at 9:10PM.
SOUTHERN DISTRICT (Zona Sur) (2009, 109min)
Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia
Country: Bolivia
Valdivia's stylish, class-conscious feature envelops viewers in the insular world of an upper-crust Bolivian family in decline, through the eyes of two Aymara Indians who serve them. The film is a Shoreline Films release.
SOUTHERN DISTRICT screens Thursday, August 18 at 9:00PM and Saturday, August 20 at 12:30PM.
THE STOESSEL EXPEDITION (Expedición Argentina Stoessel: Raid Buenos Aires-Nueva York-1928) (1928, 60min)
Director: Adán & Andrés Stoessel
Country: Argentina
In 1928, two brothers began a two-year automotive journey from Buenos Aires all the way to New York, capturing their wide-ranging expedition on film. Copy restored by the Fundacion Cinemateca Argentina in cooperation with The Library of Congress of the United States.
The screening features live musical accompaniment by original score composer, Donald Sosin.
FOR THE FIRST TIME (Por primera vez) (1965, 10min)
Director: Octavio Cortazar
Country: Cuba
The landmark Cuban documentary captures the reactions of isolated Cuban villagers to seeing films for the first time.
THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (Esta Noite Encarnarei no teu Cadáver) (1967, 108min)
Director: Jose Mojica Marins
Country: Brazil
Springing from the margins of Brazilian culture like a long-suppressed nightmare, Brazilian terror icon Coffin Joe returns, bent on his quest to father the perfect child.
The screening features live solo guitar accompaniment by composer Gary Lucas.
THIS NIGHT I’LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE screens Thursday, August 11 at 9:30PM.
EL VARAL (2009, 75min)
Director: Marta Ferrer
Country: Mexico
Ferrer’s rueful documentary contrasts the fanfare of a village’s patron saint day with the post-celebration calm, haunted by the absence of families who have emigrated to the U.S.
EL VARAL screens Saturday, August 13 at 1:00PM and Sunday, August 14 at 5:00PM.
THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD (El agua del fin del mundo) (2101, 85min)
Director: Paula Siero
Country: Argentina
Siero’s warm, intensely honest, and humane story of the real emotions between two sisters - one terminally ill, as they journey to the tip of South America. The film is an Outsider Pictures release.
THE WATER AT THE END OF THE WORLD screens Thursday, August 18 at 6:45PM and Saturday, August 20 at 5:00PM. (Paula Siero wll attend and participate in Q&As following each screening.)
FOTO: SIDEWALLS. Credit: Film Society of Lincoln Center

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