Cine Latino Film Festival Coming to Phoenix Art Museum

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While Hispanic Heritage Month officially won't start until Saturday, September 15, Phoenix Art Museum's film festival Cine Latino will get a jump start on celebrating.

Thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the fest will include viewings of some of the latest, greatest examples of filmmaking from Central and South America, Spain, and Mexico.

Over the course of a month, seven full-length features will screen, including Diego Lerman's La Mirada Invisible (with an intro and post-film talk from ASU Professor David Foster), Oscar-winning animated feature Chico & Rita, and Found Memories (the City of Phoenix's Mariana de la Fuente will discuss the film).

A selection of short films will roll out the fest on Saturday, September 1. Argentinian director Pablo Giorgelli's Las Acacias closes the event on Sunday, September 30. Admission to screenings is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. The sole exception is Tijuana journalism documentary Reportero on Wednesday, September 5, which is free to all.

See the screening schedule and trailers after the jump.

Based on Martín Kohan's novel

Ciencias Morales


La Mirada Invisible

examines private school teaching assistant María Teresa's (Julieta Zylberberg) growing obsession with one of her students, as she seeks offenses to punish and maintained order. Her spying, fixation, and imminent breakdown mirrors the Argentinian military regime of the 1980s leading up to the Falklands War.

The rated-R film screens on Sunday, September 2, at 1 p.m.



chronicles the perils of Tijuana-based journalists dedicated to covering stories about corruption and drug-trafficking in Mexico for the independent newspaper



The film screens on Wednesday, September 5, at 7 p.m.

Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal's animated feature

Chico & Rita

is a love story revolving around singer Rita (Limara Meneses) and piano player Chico (Eman Xor Oña) in 1948 Cuba. As the twosome travels through Europe and the U.S., their journey exposes the evolution of jazz.

See it on Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m.


Juan de los Muertos

(Juan of the Dead) adds a page to the zombie playbook in the vein of

Shaun of the Dead

, while commenting on communism in Cuba. The story goes like this: When slacker Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas) is confronted by an invasion of brain-munchers in Havana he becomes a zombie mercenary in an uphill battle against the undead.

The R-rated movie screens on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m.

Argentinian filmmaker Solnicki crafted the documentary


by assembling a decade's worth of home movies he recorded of his Polish-Jewish kin, beginning with the birth of a nephew. The result is an artful, unexpected look at the inner-workings of a family.

See the film on Sunday, September 9, at 1 p.m.

Director Júlia Murat's drama

Found Memories

inserts young photographer Rita (Lisa Fávero) into the ghostly, dormant Brazilian village Jotuomba, where she befriends long-mourning widow Madalena (Sonia Guedes).

The movie shows on Sunday, September 16, at 1 p.m.

As trucker Rubén (Germán de Silva) transports a young mother and her daughter from Asunción, Paraguay, to Buenos Aires, the two share an introspective, emotional journey over the 1,500 kilometers of roadway.

The film closes the festival on Sunday, September 30, at 1 p.m.

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