Cine las Américas Schedule

All screenings are at the Dobie Theatre. All feature films are screened in English, Spanish, or Portuguese with English subtitles. Advance tickets may be purchased in blocks of 10 for $50. Festival passes, good for 10 films, are also $50. General admission is $5.50. For more information, call 416-0986.


4:30pmStudent Shorts--I (VHS)

7pmAdorables Mentiras/Adorable Lies
Dir: Gerardo Chijona.
(Cuba, 1991, 35mm)
Two married people, an unemployed screenwriter and a would-be actress, tell calculated lies to impress each other and eventually fall in love with the image the other has created. Moral values fall by the wayside as the characters in this tragic comedy react to the harsh realities of everyday Cuban life.

9:30pm La Vendedora de Rosas/The Rose Seller
Dir: Victor Gaviria.
(Colombia, 1998, 35mm, 120min)
At 13, Monica has already developed a tough exterior to protect herself and hold on to what little she has: her friends, her boyfriend, her dignity, and her pride. As Christmas Eve approaches and celebrations begin, she dreams of being part of that magic, but the streets imprison her in a life of poverty, loneliness, drugs, and violence.


2pm Student Shorts-II (VHS)

4:30pm Santiago Alvarez Documentaries--I (VHS)

7pm La Vendedora de Rosas/The Rose Seller

9:30pmPolicarpo Quaresma, Heroi do Brasil/The Patriot
Dir: Paulo Thiago.
(Brazil, 1998, 35mm, 123 min)
A dramatic satire detailing the eccentric ideals of Policarpo Quaresma, a visionary to some and madman to others. When Quaresma challenges the bureaucratic, conventional traditions of Brazil, he is confined to an asylum and later to prison.


2pm Amaneció de Golpe/The Coup at Daybreak
Dir: Carlos Azpúrua.
(Venezuela, 1998, 35mm, 97 min.)
When a coup threatens to abolish the elected democratic government in Caracas, rumors spread throughout the city about the president's death and the conspirators behind the uprising. Residents normally immersed in their own daily predicaments are forced to experience the emotional, political, and ethical afflictions that result from the turmoil.

4:30pm Student Shorts--III (VHS)

7pmSantiago Alvarez Documentaries--II (VHS)

9:30pm Adorables Mentiras/Adorable Lies


Dir: José Luis Valenzuela.
(U.S., 1999, 35mm, 98 min.)
This romantic comedy portrays the everyday struggles Latina women have with identity, independence, sexuality, and prejudices. Andrea, Sofia, Irene, and Lilly are old college friends, all working professionals now in their late 30s. They strive for love and happiness, but their strict preferences in men and personal issues sometimes get in the way.

7pmDe Lado Certo da Vida Errada/The Right Side of the Wrong Life
Dir: Octavio Bezerra.
(Brazil, 1996, 35mm, 90 min.)
This dark comedy recounts the story of an unsuccessful lawyer who is overcome with depression. Enclosed in his apartment, he finally decides to commit suicide on New Year's Eve but is halted when his fascination with a TV star and the lottery change his life.

9:30pmPolicarpo Quaresma, Heroi do Brasil/The Patriot


4:30pmAmaneció de Golpe/The Coup at Daybreak

7pmDe Lado Certo da Vida Errada/The Right Side of the Wrong Life



4:30pmEllos Vienen de Noche/They Come at Night
Dir: Lindy Laub.
(U.S., 1998, 16mm, 96 min.)
Maria Velasquez is a well-educated political refugee from El Salvador, plagued by brutal memories of her murdered husband and the two young children she fears she will never see again. After a failed suicide attempt, she is ordered to receive psychological counseling under the care of Dr. Sara Schaeffer, and together, they develop a powerful and close relationship.

7pmLa Paloma de Marsella/The Dove of Marsella
Dir: Carlos Garcia Agraz.
(Mexico, 1998, 35mm, 100 min.)
As a young and beautiful call girl, Amelia del Valle was devoted to her profession. Now calling herself La Paloma de Marsella, she resides in a nursing home. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, she decides to take her chances on a popular TV game show.

Dir: Vicki Funasi.
(U.S., 1999, 16mm, 88 min.)
Blending storytelling techniques with the conventions of traditional documentary, the true story of Paulina Cruz Suarez is recounted by Paulina herself along with cinematic re-creations of key events in her life. She returns to Veracruz to confront her parents -- who traded her away as a young child to the town's physically and sexually abusive "boss" -- as well as to reclaim her past and regain her sense of identity.



7pmLa Paloma de Marsella/The Dove of Marsella

9:30pmEllos Vienen de Noche/They Come at Night

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