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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 7:16 PM

The Artist continua en cartelera, ahora con 5 Oscars® incluyendo Mejor Película, Mejor Actor y Major Director.  Miss Bala, un retrato de la realidad vivida a diario por miles de mexicanos y latinoamericanos sigue en cartelera asi como la fantástica película animada Chico & Rita del español Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) que no ganó el Oscar® pero que bien vale una ida al cine!. Neón Flesh, del español Paco Cabezas, una de las mejores producciones que ví en el pasado Tribeca Film Festival tambíen está en teatros. 


* Queens World Film Festival > QWFF celebrates the independent filmmaking spirit by encouraging the novice and the student filmmaker, featuring filmmakers who take chances to bring us challenging stories and by providing screening opportunities for that overlooked, yet gem of a film > Marzo 1 - 4 > Queens.
With latino films like:
1- THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE/ EL ARTE DE RECORDAR
(Raúl Paz Pastrana, 11 min.)
2- A TORTURED LIFE ("DC" Coles,  29 min.)
3- I AM JULIA (David Capurso, 15 min.)
4- WRITER'S BLOCK (Ana Cuadra, 13min.) 
5- SUBWAY FILM SERIES (Heather Spilkin, Richard Shpuntoff, Don Catp, Jack Feldstein, Peter Haas, Gabriel Rodriguez, 37 min.) 
 

* RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012 > MARCH 1-11 > LINCOLN CENTER.


EXPANDED LINEUP TO INCLUDE DOCUMENTARIES AND RARELY SEEN CLASSICS FOR NEW SIDEBAR, RENDEZ-VOUS +.

 * Fitzcarraldo > Directed by Werner Herzog. With Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale (1982). Part of the BAMcinématek series Ode to the Dawn of Man: Film and Music >>
March 2 > BAMcinématek.

* Internationalist Cinema for Today > March 1-11 > ANTOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES > AFA.

This series pays tribute to a handful of still-undervalued internationalist filmmakers (René Vautier, Bruno Muel, Sarah Maldoror, Raymundo Gleyzer, Margaret Dickinson, Yolande du Luart, Masao Adachi via Philippe Grandrieux, Peter Whitehead) whose courage and generosity saved the honor of cinema in times of colonialism and the struggles for independence. It is also meant to honor some of the cinema’s present-day combatants (Frank Pineda, Florence Jaugey, John Gianvito, Laura Waddington, Florent Marcie, Edouard Beau, Olivier Dury, Paul Cronin…) who are renewing these ideals in different political contexts. “Within oneself, there are also the others” (Jean-Luc Godard, 1997).
–Nicole Brenez.



* Spaniards in Hollywood > A series of films selected by film historian Román Gubern that show the influence of Spanish filmmakers in the mecca of cinema.

 

The films are a historic journey through a century (with particular focus on the twenties and thirties). They bring to life the work of some of its most famous actors and actresses (Antonio Moreno, Raquel Meller, Catalina Bárcena), as well as the novelists who inspired the Hollywood scripts (Blasco Ibáñez, Jardiel Poncela)> Hasta Marzo 7. Films include:
* Samba Beats (As batidas do samba) > Directed by Bebeto Abrantes >> CT's Music + Film Series: Janeiro in New York > 92Y Tribeca >> Marzo 8 > SAMBA.

The documentary Samba Beats (As batidas do samba) explores the evolution of the Rio samba beat since the beginning of the 20th century. The film chronicles the introduction and transformation of percussive instruments, which lead to the distinctive samba rhythm of Rio de Janeiro.

* 50 Years of the New York Film Festival on-going series >> including breakthrough films by Tarkovsky, Jackie Chan, Clint Eastwood, Michael Moore and a tribute to the late Raul Ruiz. A special appearance will be made by director Michael Moore at the ROGER & ME screening on Tuesday, April 24 > FilmLinc

Family Films series with a French twist March and April > The Film Society of Lincoln Center.  

To coincide with the annual upcoming program Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the series will have a decidedly French point of view for the March and April lineup as it moves from winter to spring. With colorful films from France as well as some lively American musicals set in Paris there will be laughs, music and merriment >> FAMILY FILMS.

* DIGIMOVIES > Vanguard Latin American Cinema > Co-presented by Cinema Tropical > Exit Art.
1 > Nostalgia for the Light > Wednesday, March 14.
2 > 108 Cuchillo de Palo > Wednesday, March 21.
3 > I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You > Wednesday, March 28.

* CASA DE MI PADRE > Matt Piedmont, USA, 2012, 84 min. In Spanish with English subtitles > EN CARTELERA > CASA.
 

 

Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell) has lived and worked on his father's ranch in Mexico his entire life. As the ranch faces financial strains, Armando's younger brother Raúl (Diego Luna) shows up with his new fiancée, Sonia (Genesis Rodríguez) and pledges to settle all his father's debt. It seems that Raul's success as an international businessman means the ranch's troubles are over, but when Armando falls for Sonia, and Raul's business dealings turn out to be less than legit, the Alvarez family finds themselves in a full-out war with Mexico's most feared drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael García Bernal).

 
* 41st Annual New Directors/New Films > Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 29 feature films (24 narrative, 5 documentary) and 12 short films representing 28 countries. > March 21–April 1 >> NDNF.



*   CHICO & RITA > De  Fernando Trueba > Nominada al Oscar en la categoria de Animación >> En Cartelera > The Angelika.



CHICO & RITA is an epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak.  Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-timeGrammy®-winning composer Bebo Valdés, CHICO & RITA captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, ColePorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.
 
* Miss Bala. De Gerardo Naranjo. México >> En Cartelera  > The Angelika.


Esta no es una película con una visión romántica de México ni mucho menos una oda al narcoterrorismo. Al contrario, como lo expresa Gerardo Naranjo en el video que pueden ver debajo, MISS BALA busca presentar de manera más fidedigna lo que está sucediendo en en país vecino en donde la violencia desatada sobre ciudadanos indefensos aumenta cada día, ante la incapacidad  (o complicidad) del Estado para protegerlos.
Con largas tomas y sólidas actuaciones, MISS BALA nos introduce a este mundo sórdido desde el punto de vista de una jóven, Stephanie Sigman, con sueños de reina de belleza.

* The Artist. De Michel Hazanavicius. Con Jean Dujardin y Berenice Bejo > 5 Oscars 2012 > En Cartelera >> The Angelika and BAMCinemas.


Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. 

* NEON FLESH. De Pablo Cabezas. España > En Cartelera.


Full of style and wild humor, NEON FLESH is a high-energy crime thriller centered around Ricky and the underground world that he lives in. His prostitute mother, Pura, abandoned him when he was 12. Now a young man, he wants to honor her by opening up a brothel when she is released from prison. For help he enlists a pimp, his junkie girlfriend, and a transsexual who believes that she's royalty, but when he finally picks Mom up from the hospital, he's disappointed to learn that she's underwhelmed with his gift. Worse, the location Ricky chose for the brothel encroaches on ruthless thug El Chino's domain.

* VIDEOTECA DEL SUR >> Cine Latinoamericano >> Videoteca.

MAS ESTRENOS:

* FOOTNOTE > Written and Directed by Joseph Cedar. Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominee. Winner of the Best Screenplay Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival > Opens March 9 .
FOOTNOTE is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son.  



* BLACK BUTTERFLIES. Directed by Paula Van Der Oest > Opens March 2 in NYC.



Poetry, politics, madness and desire collide in the story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, “A Game of Thrones”) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter the course of both her artistic and personal lives.

* DETACHMENT. Directed by Tony Kaye (AMERICAN HISTORY X) >> Out March 16 in NYC > March 23 Los Angeles.


The long-awaited film DETACHMENT stars Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody as Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues.  A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration.  Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, Henry finds that he’s not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world. 
Kaye has molded a contemporary vision of people who become increasingly distant from others while still feeling the need to connect. DETACHMENT features a stellar ensemble cast, including Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and newcomers Sami Gayle and Betty Kaye.

OUT OF NYC:

* 29th Miami International Film Festival > March 2-11 > Considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. > MIFF.
Estas son algunas de las películas iberoamericanas en el festival:

* Mejor no hablar de ciertas cosas (Ecuador, dirigida por Javier Andrade)
* I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips (Eu Receberia As Piores Notícias De Seus Lindos Lábios) (Brasil, dirigida por Beto Brant y Renato Ciasca)
* Blood of My Blood (Sangue do Meu Sangue) (Portugal, dirigida por João Canijo)
* Pescador (Ecuador/Colombia, dirigida por Sebastián Cordero)
* Bonsái (Chile/Argentina/Portugal/Francia, dirigida por Cristián Jiménez
* Zoológico (Chile, dirigida por Rodrigo Marín)
*El gato desaparece (Argentina, dirigida por Carlos Sorín)
* Madrid, 1987 (España, dirigida por David Trueba)
* Violeta se fue a los cielos (Chile, dirigida por Andrés Wood)
* La voz dormida (España, dirigida por Benito Zambrano)
 


COMING UP IN APRIL:

* El 13th Havana Film Festival New York > April 12 - 20 > HNYFF.


* THE 2012 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL > ABRIL 18 - 29 > TO OPEN WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT > TFF.

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