In less than a month, a week filled with screenings of Spanish- and Portuguese-language films awaits Austin’s cinephiles as Cine Las Americas hosts its 15th annual international film festival.
The line-up includes more than 100 films ranging from documentaries to features to shorts coming from Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the U.S. This year the festival will run from April 24-29.
Partially shot in the city, Austinites might recognize some scenes from the movie opening the festival, Gonzalo Justiniano’s ¿Alguien Ha Visto A Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?). Starring Dulce María, Carmen Salinas and Cristián de la Fuente the film follows Lupita, a young Mexican girl, who runs away to keep her family from sending her to a mental hospital. Her journey makes her discover a world much crazier than she is. Actress Carmen Salinas, director Gonzalo Justinano and producer Daniel de la Vega are scheduled to attend the opening night .
Closing the festival is Brazilian film O Palhaço (The Clown) directed by Selton Mello. The film narrates the story of Benjamin and Waldemar, son and father clown duo Thoroughbred and Mongrel, who make-up the main attraction of Circo Esperanza, a 15-person circus that travels through the dirt roads in the Brazilian inlands. Hiding behind the audience’s laughter, Benjamin struggles with a personal crisis as he tries to find his own identity. Producer Fernanda Kalume is expected to attend the closing night.
In addition to screening the opening and closing films, the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar along with the Violet Crown, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University will screen the films for the festival. Early bird badges are $65 through April 6 and give full access to the film festival events, including screenings, exclusive parties and panels. For more information and to purchase badges click here.
Watch the trailer for ¿Alguien Ha Visto A Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?) below:
The film opens the festival April 24 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar located at 1120 S. Lamar.
Watch the trailer for O Palhaço (The Clown) below:
The film closes the festival April 29 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar located at 1120 S. Lamar.