Subte Polska, Argentine Film, at SF Jewish Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present this wonderful film from Argentina at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.  Visit SFJFF.org for full festival information.
Subte Polska
Dir. Alejandro Mangnone, Argentina, 2017
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Past and present collide in the jagged memories of an aging chess player who longs for later-life romance in the dreamlike Argentine melodrama SUBTE-POLSKA. As a young man, Tadeusz (Héctor Bidonde) left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland, to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he immigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. As he refuses the doctor’s pills he believes responsible for robbing his lucidity and manhood, the past returns and melds with the present. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect with long-lost lovers from his youth, with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.

Cine Latino at Frameline 2017 LGBT Film Festival

Cine Mas SF is excited to once again co-present several films at Frameline 41.  The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival is the largest and longest running LGBT film festival in the world.  Visit Frameline.org for full festival details including screenings, parties, and special events.

Here’s the selection of films that Cine Mas SF is co-presenting. Click on the link for more details about the film including trailers:

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE / Sueño en Otro Idioma (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Ernesto Contreras
Tuesday June 20, 2017 6:30 PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

CHAVELA (Centerpiece Film)
directed by Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi
2017- USA
Monday June 19, 2017 6:30PM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 6:30 PM – Landmark Theatres Piedmont-TICKETS

This is a larger-than-life portrait of one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

 

NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED / Etiqueta no rigurosa
directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez
2016 – Mexico
Saturday June 24, 2017 11AM – Castro Theatre – TICKETS
Victor and Fernando’s moving quest for marriage equality leads them into a seemingly endless bureaucratic maze in conservative Mexicali. With allies and attorneys, their devotion to each other fuels their fight for human rights for all LGBT Mexicans. Love wins!

 

EXTRA TERRESTRIALS / Extra Terrestres
directed by Carla Cavina Meléndez
2016 – Venezuela, Puerto Rico
Saturday June 17, 2017 9:15 PM – Roxie Theater – TICKETS
Thursday June 22, 2017 9:30 PM – Rialto Cinemas® Elmwood- TICKETS
An astrophysicist returns home to announce her engagement just as catastrophe strikes her family’s poultry business. These two events set in motion a chain reaction that will either bring the clan together or jolt them into separate trajectories.

 

SANTA AND ANDRES
directed by Carlos Lechuga
2016 – Colombia, France, Cuba
Thursday June 15, 2017 10PM & Sunday June 25, 2017 4PM – Castro Theatre TICKETS
An unusual relationship develops between a gay counter-revolutionary writer living in exile and a peasant girl informant-committee member assigned to monitor him, in this harrowing, heartbreaking, and award-winning tale set in 1983 Cuba.

 

Argentina & Brazil Represented at SF Indie Fest

The 19th SF Indie Fest kicks off on February 2 and runs through February 17th with films, parties and special events. We are excited to be co-presenting two wonderful films- 2001: While Kubrick Was in Space from Argentina and Kill Me Please from Brazil. Visit SFIndieFest.com for full festival details.

2001: While Kubrick was in Space / Mientras Kubrick Estaba En El Espacio
Directed by Gabriel Nicoli
2016, Argentina, 76 min, North American Premiere, Comedy/Drama
Roxie Theater  Feb 11, 5pm; Alamo Drafthouse  Feb 12, 915p – BUY TICKETS

Stanley Kubrick imagined the year 2001 to be a technological world, but for Buenos Aires that same year meant the worst financial crisis in their history. Three teenage friends tormented by their uncertain future decide to avoid reality and escape from everything on a road trip in a stolen pink car. During their odyssey, they’ll have to confront their fears, knowing that adulthood is waiting just around the corner. Gabriel Nicoli’s debut feature is an unexpected pop vision of a damaged country- a place where Kubrick lives on as a god.

Kill Me Please / Mate Me Por Favor
Directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira
2016, Brazil, 101 min, Northern California Premiere
RoxieTheater  Feb 12, 715p; Alamo Feb 16, 630p BUY TICKETS

The classic coming-of-age premise “You guys wanna go see a dead body?” from Stand By Me gets an update and twist as fifteen-year-old Bia becomes obsessed with a series of unsolved murders and the graveyard Facebook pages of the victims. Drawn into the world of darkness, she finds more in common with the dead girls than her own group of friends.  Visually alluring, it’s a refreshing, unapologetic love letter to melancholic curiosity, something every teen passes through.

Upcoming Screenings & Co-Presentations

SFLFF8 may have ended but you can still enjoy new theatrical releases as well as retrospectives with RoxCine at the Roxie Theater.  The “Mas Almodovar” series brings back some of our favorite Pedro Almodovar films; the latest by Diego Luna, Mr. Pig, stars Maya Rudolph and Danny Glover; and a SF Latino Film Festival selection- documentary  INDIVISIBLE. Scroll down for dates and ticketing.

CRONOS

Tuesday, Nov 1st @ 7pm

In the spirit of Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), RoxCine presents a special screening of CRONOS, Guillermo del Toro’s first feature film and one of the best horror films ever made in Latin America. A frightening take on the vampire myth featuring marvelous special makeup effects and the haunting imagery for which del Toro has become world-renowned, Cronos is a dark, visually rich, and emotionally captivating fantasy.

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THE SIMILARS/ Los Parecidos

Fri, Nov 11- Thur, Nov 17

A twilight zone-inspired story that twists and turns and ultimately satisfies… – Joe Dante

In the rainy darkness of the early morning hours of October 2, 1968, eight people are waiting in a remote bus station in the middle of nowhere for the bus heading to Mexico City. They’ll soon find themselves experiencing a strange phenomenon. Directed by Isaac Ezban. Mexico.

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INDIVISIBLE

Saturday, Nov 19 @ 4:30pm

Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio are three undocumented children who want nothing more than to be reunited with the families who were ripped from them and deported when they were young. At a pivotal moment in each of their lives—while fighting for their chance to be citizens—they are allowed to visit their families. But immigration reform faces an uncertain future, and there is no way to know if this visit will be the last time. Director Hilary Linder in person for Q&A!  SFLFF8 selection. San Francisco premiere.

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MR. PIG

Fri, Nov 25 – Thur, Dec 1

An emotional drama starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph directed by Diego Luna.

On the brink of losing everything, a pig farmer (Danny Glover) and his daughter (Maya Rudolph) hit the road to Mexico to find a final resting place for his beloved swine, Howie. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.

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KIKI: LOVE TO LOVE

Fri, Dec 16 – Thur, Dec 22

Five stories of love and sex unfold over one hot summer in Madrid, when the protagonists discover strange and unusual sources of sexual indulgence with unpronounceable names: Dacryphilia, Eliphilia, Somnophilia, Polyamory, Harpaxophilia… Taboos are broken one by one as our horny couples enter into a thrilling liberation in which no pleasure is denied, whatever form it takes. Directed by Paco León.

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Más Almodóvar: THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET

Wednesday, Dec 28 @ 7pm

Leo, a writer of romance novels under the name Amanda Gris, is unable to write a happy ending for her latest novel after realizing her marriage to Paco is ending. With Marisa Paredes & Imanol Arias.

With Marisa Paredes, Rossy de Palma, Chus Lampreave, Imanol Arias and Juan Echanove. 1995.

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Más Almodóvar: ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER

Thursday, Dec 29 @ 7pm

A brilliantly played take on the ups and (mostly) downs of a group of less-than-typical female friends. Academy Award for Best Foreign Language.

With Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz. 1999.

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Más Almodóvar: VOLVER

Friday, Dec 30 @ 7pm

A beautifully written tale of betrayal, murder, independence and sisterhood set in a dusty suburb of Madrid, it charts three generations of women attempting to overcome the various troubles – men, money, ghosts – that have been heaped upon them.

With Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas. 2006.

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RoxCine Event- ALL OF ME – Llevate Mis Amores- Doc & More Opens Aug 5

What:  All of Me (Llévate mis amores) film screenings, filmmakers & subject present on Aug 5, 6 after 7pm screening
Where: Roxie Theater,
When: August 5-11

For tickets and schedule visit Roxie.com – http://bit.ly/28T5acE

*Opening Reception at 518 Valencia after 7pm screening on Aug 5. Admission with ticket stub from film.

+Closing Reception at Galeria de La Raza after the 7pm screening on Aug 11. Admission with ticket stub from the film.

Mexico and the United States share the greatest border between the first and the third world. That makes it a bridge for thousands of migrants who expose themselves to every danger as they travel through the country on a train called “The Beast.” That’s where they meet the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it to the helpless as the train rushes by. This documentary is an intimate approach, a personal diary that draws a border between the life they were given and the life they chose. In the midst of a country at war, in a world where all hope seems lost, the Patronas breathe life into a human value that seems to be fading with each day: love for one another.

 

What: Panel discussion with journalist Cheliz Lopez, Carecen executive director Larisa Dugan-Cuadra, Patrona, & filmmakers
When: August 10, after 7PM screening
Where: Roxie Theater

What: Art Exhibition- MUJERES DE LUZ by Talavera Balon
When: August 5-9
Where: 518 Valencia Street

What: Art Exhibition- MUJERES DE LUZ by Talavera Balon
When: August 10-15
Where: Galeria de la Raza

Directed by Arturo González Villaseñor. México. 2014. 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented  by Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival

Patrona Guadalupe González Herrera, director Arturo González Villaseñor and director of photography Antonio Mecalco IN PERSON for Q&A on Friday and Saturday, 8/5 & 8/6 after 7pm shows!

Panel Discussion moderated by radio host & producer Chelis López (Radio Bilingue & KPOO) with Patrona Guadalupe González Herrera, director of photography Antonio Mecalco and Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, executive director of Carecen SF, on Wednesday after the 7pm show!

Plus, the art exhibit MUJERES LUZ, a painting series by Talavera-Ballon inspired by the film, will open August 5 at 518 Valencia Street in conjunction with a reception for the filmmakers and Patrona Lupe, and will move to Galeria de la Raza on August 10 in conjunction with a closing reception with the fillmmakers and Patrona Lupe on Thursday, August 11. The exhibit will be up until Tuesday, August 16.

“[Director] González Villaseñor has given these women a voice of their own and constructed a merited tribute to their determined generosity”
—Eye For Film

“Villaseñor has achieved something rare—a satisfying piece of spiritual filmmaking on a delicate political topic”
—Chicago Reader

About Mujeres Luz
Mujeres Luz is an art exhibit dedicated to Las Patronas and migrants who travel on La Bestia inspired by the film All of Me (Llevate mis Amores). When Talavera-Ballón saw the movie at the San Francisco Film Festival last year, he was so moved that he traveled to Veracruz, Mexico to meet and paint these incredible women.

About Talavera-Ballon
Talavera-Ballón is a Peruvian-born painter based in San Francisco, CA. His work highlights the lives and struggles of farm workers, indigenous people and immigrants throughout Latin America and the US. He has exhibited in museums, universities and embassies internationally and in the US, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cusco and the Peruvian Embassy in Washington DC. He has been selected for the SF Arts Commission 2015-2016 Artist Pool, has participated in Friday Nights at the de Young Museum and is currently a member of ArtSpan Open Studios committee.

OPENING RECEPTION

Following the opening of the film on Friday, 8/5, ticket holders are invited to the reception and opening of the exhibit MUJERES LUZ @ 518 Valencia St, at 9pm. 518 Valencia is a venue where artists and activists come together to share stories of their fights for economic and social justice, located around the corner from the Roxie Theater.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

In conjunction with the screenings of All of Me, the Roxie presents the following events @ 518 Valencia, San Francisco:

Saturday, Aug 6
“Mujeres Luz” exhibit open from 4pm-10pm

Sunday, Aug 7
Panel Discussion with Patrona Guadalupe González Herrera, film director Arturo González Villaseñor, director of photography Antonio Mecalco and painter Talavera-Ballón after the matinee show (4:00 pm).

Monday, Aug 8
“Mujeres Luz” exhibit open from 7pm-10pm

Tuesday, Aug 9
“Mujeres Luz” exhibit open from 7pm-10pm

CLOSING RECEPTION

Following the 7pm screening of the film on Thursday, 8/11, ticket holders are invited to the closing reception and exhibit MUJERES LUZ @ Galería de la Raza, at 2857 24th Street, at 8:30pm.

Mujeres Luz will be on view at Galeria de la Raza Wednesday, August 10-Tuesday, August 16.

ArtSpan is proud to endorse this collaborative program of art, film and food.

La Patrona Guadalupe González Herrera, el director Arturo González Villaseñor y el director de fotografía Antonio Mecalco EN PERSONA para la sesión de Preguntas y Respuestas el viernes y el sabado, 8/5 & 8/6 después de los shows a las 7pm!

Discusión moderada por locutora de radio y productora Chelis López (Radio Bilingue & KPOO) con la Patrona Guadalupe González Herrera, director de cinematografía Antonio Mecalco y Lariza Dugan-Cuadra, directora ejecutiva de Carecen SF, después del show de las 7pm show el miércoles, 10 de agosto!

Además, la exhibición MUJERES LUZ, una serie de pinturas de Talavera-Ballon inspiradas por el documental, se abrirá el 5 de agosto en 518 Valencia como parte de la recepción para los directores y la patrona Lupe.

MUJERES LUZ se mudará a la Galería de la Raza el jueves, 11 de agosto para la recepción de despedida de los directores y la patrona Lupe. Los cuadros estarán en exhibición hasta el martes 16 de agosto.

México comparte con Estados Unidos la frontera más grande entre el primer y el tercer mundo. Eso lo hace el puente de miles de migrantes que cruzan el país montados en el lomo del tren La Bestia, expuestos a todos los peligros. Ahí se encuentran con las Patronas, el grupo de mujeres mexicanas que desde 1995, todos los días, prepara comida que lanza caliente a los desprotegidos sin que el tren se detenga.

Este documental es un acercamiento íntimo, un diario personal que traza la frontera entre la vida que les tocó vivir y la que ellas eligieron. Una película coral, donde las voces de quince personajes retratan la difícil realidad campesina. En medio de un país en guerra, en un mundo donde la esperanza parece perdida, Las Patronas rescatan el principal valor humano que día a día se desvanece: el amor por el otro. Un bravo, cotidiano y sorprendente ejemplo de solidaridad que contrasta con la violencia de uno de los pasos más crueles del mundo para viajantes sin papeles.

Argentine Film ‘The Tenth Man’ Opening SF Jewish Film Festival July 21

Cine Mas SF is excited to co-present a couple of wonderful films at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. The festival runs from to July 21-August 7 in San Francisco. For full festival details visit: JFI.org

THE TENTH MAN (Opening Night)
Daniel Burman | Argentina | Narrative
Get your tickets.  July 21 6:30pm Castro Theater


Ariel lives in New York, far from the lively Jewish district in Buenos Aires where he grew up. But when his father summons him back home for help, Ariel reluctantly returns. The Tenth Man is a kindhearted comedy with a gentle romantic touch. Director Daniel Burman (All In, SFJFF 2012) joyfully upends the old adage that you can never go home again and instead says, maybe under the right circumstances, you can.

HOW TO WIN ENEMIES – Gomo Ganar Enemigos
Gabriel Lichtmann | Argentina | Narrative

Take a classic Woody Allen–style antihero, add Alfred Hitchcock–level intrigue and a strong dose of Argentine sex appeal, and you have this comic, poignant and smart feature. Director Gabriel Lichtmann shows the complicated family relations of Lucas, a young Buenos Aires Jewish lawyer and a mystery buff (he even has a dog named Sherlock) as he solves the mystery of who conned him out of a down payment on a house.

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Latino Experience at Frameline SF International LGBT Film Festival Starts June 16

It’s June. That means it’s Pride Month and the San Francisco International LBGT Film Festival is coming up! Now in its 40th season, Frameline40 runs from June 16-26. For full festival details visit Frameline.org Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival proudly supports the following film program.


BRUISING FOR BESOS- USA

For tickets  Sunday June 19 7pm Rialto Cinemas, Tuesday June 21 Victoria TheaterBruisingForBesos_Frameline
In this beautifully shot love story, Yoli is a seductive queer xicana artist who finds great passion with Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican nurse. But their growing intimacy stirs up their own troubled histories. Can Yoli break the cycle, face the past, and create something new for herself?

FROM AFAR/Desde Alla- Venezuela/Mexico
For tickets. Wednesday June 22 7pm Victoria T
heater, Thursday June 23 9:30pm

Armando (Alfredo Castro), a middle-aged single man who makes dentures and is terrified by the prospect of physical contact, spends his free time walking the streets of Caracas and cruising for tough young men. His interest is less in sex than in power, as he seeks control FromAfar_DesdeAllaover these macho boys in return for payment. The dynamic changes after he invites home a volatile car mechanic named Elder and the teenager refuses to play by Armando’s rules. Rather than move on to another conquest, though, the older man becomes bewitched, stalking Elder in the streets and eventually offering him a kind of home life. Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Film Festival

RARA – Chile
For tickets. Friday June 24 6:30pm Castro Theater,Saturday June 25 5pm Landmark Theatres Piedmont
Rara_FramelineThe story, which is both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a based-on-a-true-story account of a same-gender marriage threatened by social forces, begins with a tableau of relative domestic harmony: Paula (Mariana Loyola) lives with her partner, Lía, and her two daughters, Sarah and Catalina. Her ex-husband, Victor, lives nearby with his new wife, Nicole, and the girls shift easily between the two homes. But internal tensions and external pressures slowly begin to unravel the family tapestry. Standard mother-daughter squabbles and explosive moments of adolescent angst that are par for the course in any family spark heightened anxieties in a family with lesbian parents living in a conservative-leaning community—an outwardly tolerant environment with a latent underpinning of insinuation and judgment.

GIRL GETS GIRL/ De Chica en Chica – Spain
For tickets.  June 18 6:30pm Roxie TheaterDeChicaEnChica_Frameline
Sexy, smoky-eyed Inés can’t keep her hands off anyone she meets. But when she’s caught cheating on her girlfriend in the bathroom at a funeral, the aspiring and broke erotica writer escapes back to Spain after ten years away.

YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE/ Nunca Vas a Estar Solo – Chile
For tickets.
Thursday  June 16 10pm Castro Theatre ,Wednesday June 22 4pm Castro Theatre
After 25 years managing a factory that produces mannequins, quiet, introverted Juan (Sergio Hernández) hopes to be made a partner with the company. At home, his eighteen-year-old son, Pablo (Andrew Bargsted), has dreams of stardom, studying dance at a respected art school. In addition to teaching neighborhood children choreographed dance Youll Never Be Alone_Framelinenumbers and clubbing with his best girlfriend, Mari (Astrid Roldan), on the weekends, Pablo’s life revolves around performing, auditioning, and occasionally sneaking around to sleep with a neighbor boy. While Pablo and his widowed, hard-working dad don’t have a whole lot in common, neither seems to let that get in the way of caring for each other. Everything changes, however, when Pablo is brutally attacked by a group of homophobic kids from the neighborhood. With legal action and medical insurance proving to be both unhelpful and costly, Juan decides, in desperation, to seek out his own form of justice for his son.

TAKE ME FOR A RIDE / Uio Sacame a Pasear- Ecuador
For tickets.  Saturday June 25 9pm Roxie Theater
Sara has attempted to fit in with her classmates, but by the beginning of her senior year, she can’t really be bothered anymore to hang with the other teens at school or try to rekindle a dissatisfying relationship with the boy next door. Isolating herself in the smoky haze of a hidden alcove, she is content to live her life apart, spending contemplative solo TakeMeForARide_Framelineafternoons in the soft Quito sunlight. That solitude ends when new girl Andrea transfers to the high school and finds her way into Sara’s alcove to share a smoke. The girls quickly become inseparable, discovering a mutual love of live music and tentatively sharing feelings of alienation, of “being weird” in a restrictive culture that doesn’t welcome much difference. Micaela Rueda’s beautifully observed debut captures the obsessive euphoria of falling in love, focusing on the secluded, dreamy moments when it seems that the world is inhabited by only two people. Laced within the intoxication of the girls’ passion is the volatile threat of social and parental rejection, endangering their private sphere. Will they have the courage to follow their hearts, to embrace and proclaim their love?

I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY / Te prometo anarquia- Mexico
For tickets.
Sunday June 19 9:15pm Castro Theater, Friday June 24 9:30pm  Victoria Theater
A gritty, visually arresting portrait of contemporary Mexico City, this spectacular new drama from writer-director Julio Hernández Cordón (Gasolina) follows a pair of IPromiseYouAnarchy_Framelineskateboarding paramours who revel in their blissful sexuality while making a living through black-market blood trafficking. With drug-related violence at an alarming high, business in the underground blood trade proves lucrative for the charming, entrepreneurial Miguel (Diego Calva), who orchestrates groups of his friends and neighbors to get “milked,” as he calls it. As the demand for blood and the size of the jobs increase, he enlists his bisexual, rough-around-the-edges lover Johnny (Eduardo Eliseo Martínez) as his business partner, hoping to provide a distraction from his clingy sometime girlfriend Adri (Shvasti Calderon). However, as the stakes start to rise, Miguel and Johnny quickly find themselves in over their heads.

Los Punks, El Chivo at SF Doc Fest June 2-16

‪#‎SFDocFest‬ is back June 2-16. We’re happy to be co-presenting a couple of films Los Punks; We Are All We Have & El Chivo. Visit SFindie.com for full fest details.

EL CHIVO– directed by  Rod Murphy
2016, USA/Mexico ,78 min. West Coast Premier
Roxie Sun June 5, 915p; Mon June 6, 7p

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1XT2ZbS

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When runner Will Harlan won Mexico’s infamous Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, the indigenous Tarahumara dubbed him El Chivo (the goat). Since then, he’s changed his life and his family’s lifestyle acutely. While he prepares to return to the canyons to race again, El Chivo chronicles Harlan’s motivations to live deliberately, while illustrating the toll it takes on his body and family.

 

LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE
directed by. Angela Boatwright
2016, USA, 79 min. West Coast Premiere. LA Stories. Music Spotlight.
Roxie Theater, Sat June 11, 915p, Wed June 15, 915p

LosPunks_SFDocFestTickets: http://bit.ly/24kTlie

Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles, made up of a cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults in the mosh pit. It is all about the bands, fans, production, marketing, and security, interwoven in a sub-culture of thrash and noise. The sense of belonging is palpable; emotional bonds fostered among good families and those broken, poverty and wealth, adolescence and maturity, with the music emanating a magnetic chorus for all to sing together. A documentary that honestly and sincerely portrays this vibrant ‘DIY’ community.

Almodovar Week at the Roxie May 20-26

As one of the most beloved foreign filmmakers in the United States, Pedro Almodóvar has been blending melodrama, suspense, black humor and visceral emotion for more than 30 years. His eclectic filmography dabbles in everything from excess, passion and the women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdowncomplexity of family and identity. At the core of his movies, though, are his fascinations with the disenfranchised, with the roles adopted by women- in particular the figure of the housewife- and questioning the established definitions of gender, class and sexuality.

LAWofDesire_antonio-banderas-imanol-arias-saunas-gays-589x460This mini-retrospective returns to the young, vital, and rarely revisited stage of Almodóvar’s storied career, tracing his progress, from the manic energy of PEPI, LUCI, BOM… to the darkly humorous feminist comedy WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?. Other highlights to be screened include his first explicitly gay film (LAW OF DESIRE), the highest-grossing film in Spanish history for a decade (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), the carnally provocative (TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!), and the tongue-in-cheek melodrama of ridiculous implausibility (HIGH HEELS).

Proudly co-presented by Cine+Mas SF.

For tickets: http://bit.ly/AlmodovarRoxie

Ella Es Ramona- She is Ramona NOW SHOWING at the Roxie March 18-24

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present the theatrical release of ELLA ES RAMONA / She is Ramona. Opens Friday March 18 through Thursday March 24. Check link for times & tickets- most screenings are 7pm- except on March 24 which is at 9:30pm.

EllaEsRamonaA Q&A via Skype with director Hugo Rodriguez will follow the 7pm screening on Friday, March 18

An irresistible comic fable that breaks down gender and body size stereotypes, ELLA ES RAMONA stars renowned stand-up comedian Andrea Ortega (also known as “Manchita”) as the titular protagonist, a magnetic, upbeat 30-something wrongly fired for her full figure. With its razor-sharp wit and immaculate production design, this essential comedy out of Mexico is reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AMELIE.

Ramona es una mujer con kilos de más y suerte de menos. Recuerda una niñez con maltratos de su madre, su hermana y sus amigas. Era Ramona panzona, Ramona la tragona o Ramona Jamona. Y ya adulta, las cosas no mejoraron. La corren del trabajo por gorda, quiere hacerse una liposucción pero su doctor le informa que no es candidata a ese tipo de intervenciones por “gorda”, y todo su universo parece derrumbarse por una sucesión de infortunios. Todo parece enmendarse, cuando por casualidad se cruza con un café tarot donde venden unos escarabajos mágicos que le cambiaran la vida.

Directed by Hugo Rodriguez. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 83 min.