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CineFestival en San Anto

February 2, 2009

More than 60 films from the United States and Latin America will be screened at CineFestival en San Antonio. The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s four-day Latino film showcase will kick off with an opening reception 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, followed by a free screening of “La Zona,” director Rodrigo Pla’s thriller about a group of teens who break into a high-security gated community in Mexico City.

Individual screenings cost $6-$8; festival passes cost $30. Call (210) 271-3151. A schedule is available at

Here are some highlights:
“Los Soneros del Tesechoacan” A documentary about the origins of Son Jarocho music directed by Inti Cordera. 6 p.m.
“XXY” Director LucÌa Puenzo’s award-winning drama about a hermaphroditic teen in an Argentine family. Sponsored by the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. 7:30 p.m.
Taste of Texas short film showcase 2:30 p.m.
“El Angel del Acordeon” A Colombian film about a young boy who dreams of learning to play the accordion so he can become “Jr. king” of the Vallenato Legend Festival and win the affection of his childhood sweetheart. 3 p.m.
“La Americana” A documentary about an undocumented immigrant who travels from Bolivia to New York and back to save her sick daughter. Directed by Nicholas Bruckmann and John Mattiuzzi. 5 p.m.
“All Inclusive” A comedy about a dysfunctional family on vacation in Mexico directed by Rodrigo Ortuzar Lynch. 9:30 p.m.
“The Garden” Nominated for an Academy Award, director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary tells the story of the destruction of South Central Farm, a community garden in Los Angeles. 1 p.m.
“Yveete” A comedy about a Texas Chicana who goes to live with her grandmother in Mexico directed by Rogelio Almeida Marquez. Free. 3:30 p.m.
“The Holes in the Door” A documentary about a Mexican immigrant killed in Denver during a no-knock drug raid on the wrong house. Directed by Alan Dominguez. 5:30 p.m.
“La Milagrosa” Director Rafael Lara’s drama about a wealthy young Colombian man abducted by guerrillas. 9:30 p.m.
Elda Silva, San Antonio Express News

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