Now in its 22nd year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.
Highlights of the festival include the Opening Night selection, The Mexican Suitcase, Chevolution director Trisha Ziff’s latest documentary about a treasure trove of photographs from the Spanish Civil War recently discovered in Mexico City; Medianeras, Gustavo Taretto’s quirky crowd-pleaser about two lonely people finding each other in Buenos Aires; Chilean auteur Raul Ruiz’s lush, labyrinthine epicMysteries of Lisbon, presented in a weeklong run within the festival;Bonsai, the latest film from Chilean director Cristian Jimenez (Optical Illusions), which recently premiered at Cannes; Multiple award-winnerHermano, Venezuela’s Oscar selection from 2010; Brazil’s Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within, this year’s biggest hit at the Latin American box office; Blackthorn, Spanish screenwriter-turned-director Mateo Gil’s imaginatively updated Western about the final days of Butch Cassidy in Bolivia; Miss Bala, Gerardo Naranjo’s gripping thriller about a Baja, California, beauty queen caught in a maddening cycle of drug cartel violence.
When: September 22 –October 12, 2011
Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center,
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3916
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