It is the time of the year for the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival to begin. Cine Las Americas has announced their opening and closing night screenings for the 16th film festival which will be running April 16 to 21. The opening film will be Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves which will inaugurate the festival at the Stateside Theatre. The closing film will be 7 Cajas which will be held on the last day of the festival at the Stateside Theatre as well.
The film festival will be taking place at the Stateside Theatre, the Alamo Drafthouse Village and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), with additional screenings at St. Edward’s University. This year the festival lineup includes approximately 100 films which consist of independent and bigger budget films, documentaries, and short films from over 30 countries including Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, the U.S., and many more.
Blancanieves is a re-telling of the classic Snow White and pays homage to the Golden age of Europe’s silent cinema. The film takes place in 1920s Seville with Carmen, the daughter of a famous bull fighter, as Snow White. She lives under the rule of her evil stepmother, Encarna, but manages to escape and join a troupe of bullfighting dwarves where her talent and beauty captivates the press which sends news to her stepmother Encarna. The film was chosen to represent Spain last year’s Academy Awards.
The closing film, 7 Cajas, is an action thriller from Paraguay which takes place in Asuncion, Paraguay where Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, gets the job to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents. The job soon turns difficult when something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers find themselves caught in a crime which they know nothing about.
All screenings at the MACC and at St. Edward’s University are free and open to the public. All films are subtitled in English. Purchasing a pass gives full-preferred access to the film festival events, including screenings and parties. Special discounts and benefits are available for members of Cine Las Americas. Individual tickets for all screenings are also available online and at the box office of each venue. For more information visit, www.cinelasamericas.org.
7 Cajas trailer