Sneak Peak of Titles- 2011 Official Selection

We’re excited to announce a partial list of films selected for this year’s festival:

Feature Length

Capsulas by Veronica Riedel-2011  Guatemala

The Chileans’ Building by Macarena Aguilo- 2010 Chile

Film still of "Following the Stars" / "Siguiendo Las Estrellas"

Following the Stars by Iris Dirse – 2011 Ecuador/Panama

Hell by Luis Estrada- 2010 Mexico

Santiago byFelix Martiz- 2011 USA

Seguir Siendo: Café Tacuva by Ernesto Contreras and Jose Manuel Cravioto- 2010 Mexico

Soulbound by Caio Sóh- 2011 Brazil

Shorts

La Bicicleta Vieja by Claudia A. Escobar- 2011 USA

Defender by Aitor Miguel- 2011 Colombia/Spain

Mistura: The Power of Food by Patricia Perez- 2011 Peru

Image from film- Photo of Angie

Film still: Photo of Angie

Photos of Angie by Alan Dominguez- 2011 USA

Three Drop of Water by Jose Alfaro & Marco Castro-Bojorquez -2011 USA

 

September Film Programming Update

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Our programming team has been screening, discussing, arguing and carefully deciding on the final few films that will makeup the official selection for our film festival, which kicks off September 15th.

If you’ve submitted a film, hold tight. You will be notified if your film has been selected. We received an amazing crop of film to choose from and we’re very excited about reporting our selections soon.

The development team has been ironing out community partnerships and will also be reporting those and exciting new additions to the festival’s dynamic.

Stay tuned to our industry shout-outs via Twitter or spark a convo with us on Facebook. We’re chatty, so feel free to voice your film thoughts with us!

Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain) Showtimes

Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia-Bernal’s new film, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain) screens February 18-24 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Theater in San Francisco and Shattuck Cinema in Berkeley.

Don’t miss Tambien La Lluvia while it’s on the big screen. Showtimes here: http://bit.ly/eU4gaU

It only screens through February 24th, so don’t miss this highly acclaimed Spanish film. Esta pelicula abre hoy en San Francisco y Berkeley, no se lo pierdan!

Visit Tambien la Luvia (Even the Rain) on Facebook for a full synopsis. Para información en español visita: tambienlalluvia.com.

written by @vc29

Spain’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Icíar Bollaín tells the story of Christopher Columbus in También la Lluvia (Even the Rain). Drama. 2009. 103 min.

Mexico’s Official Selection for Foreign Language Oscar Gets Nominated

Biutiful directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu from Mexico is among the five nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Javier Bardem is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role by the Academy and we are elated. This was a power performance by the veteran Spanish actor.

Bardem said in a statement: “I am truly honored for this nomination and deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. … It’s really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination.”

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Argentina’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Carancho directed by Pablo Trapero from Argentina. 107 minutes, drama.

The film was presented as Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival 2010, Pablo Trapero as Best Director and Martina Gusman as Best Actress at Fantastic Fest 2010.

Find more info about this film at IMDB.


Costa Rica’s Official Selection for Foreign Film Oscar

Saludos Cybergente. Award season is here and we’re on the verge of hearing official Oscar nominations. However we already know nominees for the Foreign reign Language Film category. Here is a trailer for Costa Rica’s Official Selection.

Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of Love and other Demons) directed by Hilda Hidalgo from Costa Rica. 2009, 97 min. Drama.




Click here for more info from IMDB. Read our new posts to see other Spanish language foreign film nominees.

A look back at “El Norte”

Hello Cyberlandia, hope you’re all enjoying a lazy Sunday. We’re featuring a video interview of Gregory Nava at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the making of El Norte at Azucar Mojito Bar in Downtown San Jose, 2008.

El Norte, a film about two Guatemalan natives’ journey to the states, garnered Nava an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay – the first independent filmmaker to have been nominated.

The film is also protected by the United States National Film Registry Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Here’s a trailer of the film, which we highly recommend watching.

written by @vc29



Documentary film distributor adds foreign film division

Snag Films an online distribution network for documentaries struck a $10 million dollar deal Monday to expand its digital network which includes a division for foreign produced independent films.

Bingham Ray, former president of United Artists, will help shape the group into this new market.

High five Snag Films, we can’t wait to see more Latino film online.

Reminder: the San Francisco Latino Film Festival’s call for film entries is now live and open to films made by or about Latinos from the U.S. and abroad. To qualify, films must be made between 2008 and now. Short and feature films are welcome. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2011. Click here for our PDF entry form. Good luck.

If you aren’t already, follow us on Twitter for film news tweets and like us on Facebook to join the conversation.

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In rememberance of the late Dr. King

January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, one the finest men this country has produced.

Below is the legendary speech “I have a dream,” which is in so many ways as relevant today as it was when it was given on August 28, 1963 at the Washington Mall.

“You cannot kill the dream. The dream remains alive.” Reverend Samuel Kyles.

Do you have a dream?