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CineFestival en San Anto

February 2, 2009
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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 cinefestivalsa.org

Here are some highlights:
Friday
“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.
Saturday
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.
Sunday
“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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