Five must see films at the 16th Cine Las Americas Film Festival

The 16th Cine Las Americas Film Festival will begins today opening with Blancanieves, the film that represent Spain in the 2012 Academy Awards, at the Stateside Theatre. Film Passes are on sale and individual tickets are available as well. Venues for the film screenings include the Stateside Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Village, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and St. Edwards University.

Program selections include new releases, narrative feature competition, documentary feature competition, new visions and works in progress, panorama feature films, Hecho en Tejas, narrative shorts competitions, documentary shorts competition, panorama short films and Emergencia Youth Film program. While it is impossible to see every film offered at the fest, I have selected five films to put on your festival itinerary this week.

Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra at Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center, St. Edwards University on Thursday at 7:00 p.m

Corazón del Cielo, Corazón de la Tierra is a film that explores accounts of today’s Mayan by following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily lives. It was filmed over a few years and shows the determination to keep their culture strong.

La Noche de Enfrente at the Stateside Theatre on Friday at 10:00 p.m.

Standing on the edge of forced retirement from his office work, Don Celso starts to relive both real and imagined memories from his life. There is a fine line between what is real and what is merely imagination.

Dreamer at the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Jose “Joe” Rodriguez is a bright, smart Mexican immigrant who was raised by a single mother who worked her life to send him to college. He gets a good job at an office and everything in life seems to be going in his favor. However, that all changes when it is revealed that Joe is undocumented.

Nos Vemos, Papá at the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Nos Vemos, Papá is a story that follows Pilar, who loses her father and whose use of heroine leads her to blend in the present with the past. This movie is meant to show the emotion connected to the loss of someone who you depended on.

Estrella del Sur at the Alamo Drafthouse Village on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Estrella de Sur follows the story of four teenagers who have grown up together in a violent environment and who have dreams, frustrations, and struggles. Their lives soon encounter a new literature teacher who threatens to end with what they have, more specifically their dream of going to sea, as a “social cleaning”

For more information on screenings, venues and times as well as information on purchasing film passes or individual tickets, visit the Cine Las Americas website.

Estefania de Leon

Estefania was born and raised a true Austinite. She graduated from Crockett High School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Courier for three years, and is currently studying journalism at the University of Texas. She enjoys blogging, photography, and anything Owl City.

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