Reel World

Sandra Solares doesn’t just make movies, she helps create masterpieces. Over the past two decades, the Mexican-born producer has been behind a host of Hispanic-oriented art house flicks that have won over audiences and earned rave reviews, including La Ley de Herodes and Y Tu Mamá También.

Both movies were cerebral cinematic experiences that blurred the line between comedy and drama. Such is also the case with her latest project, immigration farce Acorazado, which depicts a nebbish Mexican farmhand attempting to sail across the Gulf of Mexico to America. The flick hasn’t gotten wide release in the states, which is why it’s a part of the annual Scottsdale International Film Festival at Harkins Shea 14, 7354 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.

The annual cinematic extravaganza specializes in titles from around the world that Valley cineastes can’t see elsewhere, including Acorazado and such well-received foreign films as Germany’s Young Goethe in Love. The event also features Q&A sessions following certain showings, such as Solares’ appearance after Acorazado screens on Sunday, October 2.

More than 20 films will be shown during this year’s festival, which kicks off on Friday, September 30, and runs through Tuesday, October 4. Special guests include independent auteur John Sayles and actor Anton Yelchin.

Fri., Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., 2011
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.