Fiction Films

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All films shown in original language with subtitles in English.

Opening Night Film – Alma 
Director/Writer –  Diego Rougier
Chile/Argentina/ 2015 / 93 min/ Comedy
For Opening Night Tickets on Sept 16 7:30 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 18 9:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Alma is a funny bipolar woman who kicks her husband out of their house because he is ashamed of her illness. When Alma meets Gaspar, an Argentine suitor, Fernando realizes that he still loves her. But it might be too late.
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Fernando es un cajero de supermercado que está casado con Alma, una mujer que sufre de trastorno bipolar. Cuando Alma se entera de que Fernando apenas la soporta y que incluso se avergüenza de ella, deja de tomar su medicación, entra en una crisis y lo echa de su casa. Es entonces cuando aparece Gaspar, un argentino romántico que se enamora locamente de ella y la convence de acompañarlo a Buenos Aires. Juntos emprenderán un viaje inesperado y vivirán aventuras disparatadas. Mientras tanto, Fernando se da cuenta de que a pesar del trastorno bipolar, sigue enamorado de Alma y decide recuperarla. Pero para eso, tendrá que viajar a buscarla y convencerla de que regrese. Alma se encontrará entre dos hombres y tendrá que descubrir cuál de ellos es su verdadera alma gemela.

A Cambio de Nada Nothing in Exchange
Director/Writer –  Daniel Guzmán
Spain/ 2015 / 93 min/ Coming of Age/Drama/Youth
For tickets on Sept 17 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

A CAMBIO DE NADA/ NOTHING IN RETURN from Sin Fin Cinema on Vimeo.

Dario, a 16 year-old, and Luismi, his chunky neighbor and soul mate, enjoy life. Dario is pained by the separation of his parents and runs away. He starts working at a garage for an old delinquent. Luismi, Caralimpia, and Antonia, an old lady who collects abandoned furniture in her three-wheeler, will become his new family. Three generations meet in a city that’s too big to be alone.
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Darío, un chico de dieciséis años, disfruta de la vida junto a Luismi, su vecino y amigo del alma. Mantienen una amistad incondicional, se conocen desde que tienen uso de razón y juntos han descubierto todo lo que saben de la vida. Darío sufre la separación de sus padres y se escapa de casa, huyendo de su infierno familiar. Comienza a trabajar en el taller de Caralimpia, un viejo delincuente con envoltura de triunfador, que le enseña el oficio y los beneficios de la vida… Darío conoce a Antonia, una anciana que recoge muebles abandonados con su motocarrro y junto a ella descubre otra forma de ver la vida. Luismi, Caralimpia y Antonia se convierten en su nueva familia en un verano que les cambiará la vida.

Amama: When a Tree Falls
Director/Writer –  Asier Altuna
Spain/ 2015 / 93 min/ Family/Drama
For tickets on Sept 29 7:00 PM at Little Roxie
For tickets on Oct 1 5:00 PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

AMAMA – WHEN A TREE FALLS from Tromsø IFF on Vimeo.

The story of a family; the story of a conflict. The rural and the urban, the past and the present, parents and their offspring: opposing ways of life struggle against one another whilst, in eloquent silence, the grandmother — Amama — watches her family’s destiny unfold.
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Una historia familiar. El conflicto entre lo urbano y lo rural, entre pasado y presente, padres e hijos. Dos formas opuestas de entender la existencia, y una abuela que observa el mundo desde el más elocuente de los silencios.

Amir
Director/Writer –  José Paredes
Mexico/ 2016 / 88 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 17 1:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 23 7:00 PM at Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts

Amir, an aspiring musician, finds himself drawn to Jeanette, a beautiful singer he meets during a night out on the town with his friends. The attraction complicates his relationship with his current girlfriend, Elizabeth, who is expecting his child. Amir will attempt to work out his feelings towards his newfound love interest, music and maturity, as adulthood forces him to make some challenging choices along the way.
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Amir, un músico aspirante, se encuentra atraído hacia Jeanette, una bella cantante que conoce durante una noche de fiesta en la ciudad. La atracción complica su presente relación estable con Elizabeth, quién además espera un hijo suyo. Amir intentará resolver sus sentimientos hacia el amor, la música y la madurez, realizando en el camino una serie de decisiones difíciles.

O Outro Lado do Paraiso The Other Side of Paradise
Director –  Andre Ristum / Writers – Andre Ristum, Marcelo Müller, Ricardo Tiezzi, José Rezende
Brazil/ 2014 / Family/Drama
For tickets on Sept 17 4:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

O Outro Lado do Paraíso – Promo from Lucas Gandini on Vimeo.

Nando, a 12 year old boy, narrates the adventures of his father Antonio, during the 60s in Brazil, who leaves the inland of the state of Minas to go to Brasília, a recently inaugurated city, but still with construction works in progress.
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Antônio (Eduardo Moscovis) faz o que pode para conseguir dinheiro para o sustento do lar. Já tentou garimpo, bicos diversos, e agora pensa ter encontrado finalmente seu lugar: Brasília. Atraído pelas promessas do presidente João Goulart e pela ampla oferta de emprego, ele se muda para a capital com a esposa e os filhos. O sonho da prosperidade, no entanto, é interrompido pelo golpe militar e Antônio, envolvido com o sindicalismo, começa a viver um pesadelo.

Café Amargo Bitter Coffee
Director –  Rigoberto Jiménez / Writers – Arturo Arango, Xenia Rivery
Cuba/ 2016 / 95 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 19 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 27 7:00 PM at Little Roxie

In the 1950’s, Lola, Gelacia, Pepa and Cira Garlobo were four young sisters who inherited their
parents coffee plantation in Cuba’s Sierra Maestra mountains. They hid a young man on his way
to join the guerrilla, an incident that would change their lives forever.
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Cuba, años 50. Lola, Gelacia, Pepa y Cira Garlobo son cuatro hermanas jóvenes que viven solas en una finca cafetalera en medio de las montañas de la Sierra Maestra. No quieren a ningún hombre en la casa pero el paso por la finca de un joven citadino que va camino de alzarse con los ¨rebeldes¨ cambiará sus vidas de golpe.

Camino a La Paz Road to La Paz
Director/Writer – Francisco Varone
Argentina/ 2015 / 94 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 17 7:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 22 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Road To La Paz Trailer from FiGa Films on Vimeo.

An unemployed man starts a private car service and takes an older Arab man, Jalil, on a long distance journey from Buenos Aires to La Paz in Bolivia. Non-stop arguing during the ride changes their lives.
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Sebastián es un joven cuyas mayores pasiones son la banda Vox Dei y su viejo auto. Recién casado con Jazmín y necesitado de dinero, comienza a trabajar como remisero. Entre los pasajeros está Jalil, un anciano musulmán que lo llama asiduamente y una mañana le hace una curiosa propuesta: le pagará una importante suma de dinero para que lo lleve en auto desde Buenos Aires hasta La Paz, Bolivia. A desgano, Sebastián acepta el viaje. El extenso trayecto está signado por discusiones constantes entre ambos pero hay algo en esa convivencia forzosa que los convierte en íntimos compañeros de ruta.

EKAJ
Director/Writer – Cati Gonzalez
USA/ 2015 / 80 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 17 9:30 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

EKAJ – TRAILER from CMGFilms on Vimeo.

A love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s a runaway journey to New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds he is disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their mutual loneliness leads to genuine friendship.

H.O.M.E.
Director – Daniel Maldonado / Writers – Daniel Maldonado, Hector Carosso
USA/ 2016 / 75 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 18 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

A meditation on urban communication, H.O.M.E. is a film woven of two stories. One concerns a missing young man with Asperger’s Syndrome who seeks refuge in the labyrinth subways of New York City . The other follows a gambling Ecuadorian driver who offers a ride to a stranded Chinese woman desperate to get home to her sick child. Along each of their journeys through the city, they discover the deeper value of communication & their intimate connections.

La Granja The Farm
Director/Writer – Angel Manuel Soto
Puerto Rico/ 2015 / 100 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 20 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Three lives interconnect in this gritty drama of finding hope in a desperate place: Lucho, a chubby kid who secretly moves drugs for a dealer; Fausto, a retired boxer and gambler who trains his son to become a ferocious fighter; and Ingrid, a nurse, desperate to have her own child- but unable.

La Gunguna
Director – Ernesto Alemany / Writer – Miguel Yarull
Dominican Republic/ 2015 / 90 min/ Dark Comedy
For tickets on Sept 18 7:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

A tale of a small .22 caliber gun with a heavy history behind it, “La Gunguna” tours the caribbean underground leaving a trace of bad luck and unfortunate events, marked with tones of black humor. A parade of bizarre characters – low lifers, loan sharks, gun traffickers, professional pool and domino players, corrupted military men – moved by vengeance and deception, weaved together in episodes of tension, violence, even reflexion, in an ironic and picturesque society where “La Gunguna” becomes a bad omen, showing how curses are sometimes disguised under a shiny coat of gold.
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Una diminuta pistola calibre .22 con una pesada historia detrás, La Gunguna se pasea por el bajo mundo caribeño como un personaje más, dejando a su paso una estela de mala suerte y episodios desgraciados, marcados por tonos de humor negro. Un desfile de personajes bizarros y pintorescos – prestamistas de poca monta, traficantes de armas, jugadores profesionales de billar y dominó, militares corrompidos – motivados unos por la venganza y otros por el engaño, se entrelazan en episodios de tensión, violencia e incluso reflexión, en medio de una sociedad caricaturesca e irónica donde ‘La Gunguna’ se convierte en un augurio de que las maldiciones vienen disfrazadas en enchapes de oro.

La Tierra y La Sombra Land and Shade
Director/ Writer – César Augusto Acevedo
Columbia/ 2015 / 97 min/ Drama
For tickets on Oct 1 3:00 PM at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.
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Alfonso regresa a casa después de haber estado lejos durante años para ver a Gerardo, su hijo, quien vive confinado en una cama a causa de un padecimiento respiratorio causado por el trabajo en el campo. Gerardo estaría mejor si se fuera de ahí, como quiere su esposa, pero se queda por su madre anciana, quien ve a Alfonso con desprecio.

Magallanes
Director/Writer – Salvador del Solar
Peru/Argentina/Spain/ 2015 / 109 min/ Drama/Thriller
For tickets on Sept 17 10:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 28 9:15 PM at Little Roxie
For tickets on Oct 1 5:00 PM at La Pena Cultural Center

Magallanes reveals the atrocities of war and its aftereffects. The drama and thriller follows the story of Magallanes (Damián Alcázar), a taxi driver and former army soldier. He also serves as a chauffeur for a retired colonel (Federico Luppi), who was his commander during the struggle against subversion in Ayacucho. A dark secret begins to emerge when Celina (Magaly Solier), takes a ride in Magallanes’ cab. The film is del Solar’s first feature and, among other accolades, was nominated for Best Latin American Film for the 2016 Goya Awards, Spain’s most prestigious annual film awards.
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Una tarde, recorriendo las calles de Lima, el taxista Harvey Magallanes recoge a una pasajera, a la que reconoce: es Celina, una mujer a la que conoció hacía más de 20 años en Ayacucho, cuando era soldado del Ejército del Perú y luchaba contra los militantes de Sendero Luminoso. En su búsqueda personal de redención, Magallanes tratará de ayudar económicamente a Celina, que trabaja ahora en una peluquería en Villa Maria del Triunfo. Pero ella no estará dispuesta a aceptar esa ayuda, debido a un secreto del pasado que los enfrenta.

Nise: O Coracao do Loucura Nise: The Heart of Madness
Director – Roberto Berliner / Writers – Flavia Castro, Mauricio Lissovski
Brazil/ 2016 / 109 min/ Biography/Drama/Historical
Showing Sept 21 7:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 29 9:00 PM at Little Roxie

NISE The Heart of Madness – Trailer from TvZERO on Vimeo.

A biographical drama about the female psychiatrist, Nise Da Silveira, who refused to treat schizophrenia with electroshock therapy and encouraged patients to express themselves through art- and more freedom.
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Ao voltar a trabalhar em um hospital psiquiátrico no subúrbio do Rio de Janeiro, após sair da prisão, a doutora Nise da Silveira propõe uma nova forma de tratamento aos pacientes que sofrem da esquizofrenia, eliminando o eletrochoque e lobotomia. Seus colegas de trabalho discordam do seu meio de tratamento e a isolam, restando a ela assumir o abandonado Setor de Terapia Ocupacional, onde dá início a uma nova forma de lidar com os pacientes, através do amor e da arte.

Perla
Director/Writer – Sergio Castilla
Chile/ 2015/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 18 4:15 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 25 5:00 PM at Artists’ Television Access

Perla is abandoned by her owner on the top of a hill, in the capital city of Santiago, Chile. Without knowing what to do, Perla joins the throngs of other dogs that roam the streets. Then one day she meets Samuel, a troubled man, and they both start the way of mutual recovery. https://youtu.be/1mfZ6H96vwo
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Perla, una perra quiltra, es abandonada por su dueño en la punta del Cerro San Cristobal. Desde allí mira la inmensidad de Santiago sin saber donde ir. Pronto pasa a ser una más de los miles de perros y perras abandonadas en la ciudad.

Perros Dogs
Director – Harold Trompetero / Writers – Jeiver Pinto, Harold Trompetero, Gerardo Pinzón
Colombia/Argentina/ 2016 / 83 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 17 4:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
For tickets on Sept 18 10:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Misael is imprisoned for a crime of passion. During his confinement, he is abused and humiliated by guards and other prisoners, in addition to being blamed and forgotten by his loved ones. Misael, lonely and abandoned, finds affection and tenderness in Sarna, the dog of the prison.
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Misael termina en la cárcel de su pueblo por un crimen pasional. Durante su encierro, es abusado y humillado por los guardias y reos también culpado y olvidado por sus seres queridos. Misael, en su soledad y abandono, encuentra cariño y ternura en Sarna, la perra del penitenciario.

Siembra
Directors/Writers – Angela Osorio, Santiago Lozano
Colombia/Germany/ 2015 / 83 min/ Fiction/Drama
For Tickets on Sept 23 7:00 PM at EastSide Cultural Center
For Tickets Oct 1 3:00 PM at La Pena Cultural Center

Trailer SIEMBRA un film de Ángela Osorio & Santiago Lozano from Contravía Films on Vimeo.

Turco, a fisherman from the Colombian Pacific Coast, yearns to return to the land he had to abandon 3 years ago, due to armed conflict, along with his son Yosner. He lives in the city, trapped in a profound feeling of rootlessness while his son seeks a possible future in it. The father’s illusion of returning is broken with the son’s death. Turco is confronted by the pain and the powerlessness of his son’s corpse, that has now become one more obstacle to return to his land. While the traditional funeral rites are held, Turco wanders away and ambulates through the city to do his personal mourning; but time goes by and he has to find a place to bury his son.
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Turco, un pescador de Colombia, ahora vive en Cali. Él anhela regresar a la tierra que abandonó hace años debido al conflicto armado. Cuando su hijo es asesinado, sueños del regreso del Turco se hacen añicos. El duelo, que tiene que encontrar un lugar para enterrar a su hijo y tratar de plantar raíces en una ciudad que no es suyo.

Summer Sacrament
Director/Writer – Lionel Desai
USA/ 2016 / 62 min/ Drama
For tickets on Sept 18 1:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

During one fateful summer in San Francisco’s Mission district, Richy is forced to deal with his mother’s deportation and prepare for his First Holy Communion as a Catholic while living with a caring adoptive family whose young son becomes Richy’s closest friend and support.

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Director/Writer – Samuel Henriquez
Venezuela/ 2015 / 97 min/ Fiction/Thriller/Action
For tickets on Sept 18 4:00 PM at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The millionaire Diego Verastegui has been murdered at his house, and somebody has taken a valuable briefcase from the safe-deposit box. Dimas -Verastegui’s bodyguard- comes back to the house and finds three suspects: Carlos, the millionaire’s son, Anna Karina, a sweet girl, and Andres, a bohemian magician. They retell the scenes of the murder from contradictory points of view, each claiming a different version of who committed the crime.
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Dimas Luzardo, escolta del empresario Diego Verastegui, encuentra a su jefe muerto al regresar a su quinta y la caja fuerte abierta donde había un misterioso maletín. Tres sospechosos están en la escena del crimen: Carlos, el hijo de Diego, Andrés, un prestidigitador, y Anna Karina, una atractiva chica. Dimas los amarra en el sótano y los interroga para saber quién mató a su jefe. Cada uno de los sospechosos cuenta una versión diferente y a veces contradictoria de los hechos ocurridos esa noche.

Ritos de Passagem Rites of Passage
Director/Animator – Chico Liberato
Brazil/ 2012 / Fiction/Animation

Rites of Passage is the second full-length animation from sculptor and animator Chico Liberato, and follows in the mystical footsteps of 1983’s acclaimed Boi Aruá. A traditional cel animation, the story follows a saint and a warrior from Liberato’s native Northeast as they travel across the River of Death and reflect upon their past lives.