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El Ardor

Described by writer-director Pablo Fendrik as a “Mesopotamian Western,” El Ardor stars Gael García Bernal as Kaí, a mysterious shaman who emerges from the Río Paraná to defend a clan of tobacco farmers against a band of cold-blooded land-grabbers. But this is no ordinary Western. Filmed on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, near the border of Brazil and Argentina, the lush, claustrophobic jungle with its birds, insects and prowling animals becomes as much a part of the story as the misfortunes of its characters.

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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Tropa de Elite 2

Breaking all box office records in Brazil, Tropa de elite 2 is the sequel to the highly successful Tropa de elite (2007), though it is by no means necessary to have seen the first film to be gripped by this hard-hitting, realistic portrayal of corruption and violence in Rio de Janeiro. This time round, Padilha tackles the touchy subject of the militias created to protect Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Constituted mainly of former cops and military men with shady ties to local politicians and judges, these militias tend to escalate the drug-related violence instead of mitigating it.

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Esther Somewhere

Esther en alguna parte

Featuring an impressive roster of Cuba’s stage and film actors, Gerardo Chijona’s charming new film centres around two elderly gentlemen and the women they once loved. Still mourning the death of his wife Maruja, Lino Catalá’s now simple life is turned topsy-turvy when Larry Po, a man suffering from multiple personalities, informs him that Maruja led a double life as a bolero singer. Both men join forces to find out the truth about Maruja and the whereabouts of Esther Rodenas, the great love of Larry’s life.

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Eufrosina’s Revolution

La revolución de los alcatraces

As a young woman, Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza decided to embark on a campaign to break the cycle of teenage pregnancy and domestic poverty that she saw growing up in Santa María Quiegolani, Oaxaca. To this end, the charismatic Eufrosina ran for town mayor in 2007, but her victory was rejected because she was a woman. Determined not to be ignored, she began a personal crusade for gender equality in indigenous communities, questioning the current system of “Uses and Customs” and becoming a controversial icon for many women.

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Everybody’s got somebody but me

Todo el mundo tiene a alguien menos yo

A complicated relationship develops between Alejandra, an established literary editor, and María, a precocious student in her last year of high school. At first, the sexual chemistry creates an illusion of compatibility, however it is not long before Alejandra’s requests for candlelit dinners and conversations about books conflict with María’s desire to party until dawn. Filmed in black and white with a nod to the New Wave films of the 60s and 70s, this film has a retro visual style that cleverly mirrors the stifling pretension and hedonistic naiveté of its main characters.

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Expiration Date

Fecha de caducidad

In this off-the-wall macabre comedy, Ramona, a widow who becomes a compulsive wreck when her only son disappears, begins to frequent the morgue; the only clue she has to identify his body is a minor cut that she caused him when clipping his toenails. There she encounters Genaro, a handy-man who collects articles on crime, and she becomes obsessed with the idea that he is somehow connected to the disappearance of her son. The arrival of Mariana, an attractive young woman who appears to be fleeing from something, adds an unexpected twist to Ramona’s desperate search.

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Fábula

Fable

Producers Chad Barager and Costa Vassos, as well as actor and producer Alfonso Quijada will attend the screening and participate in a post-screening Q&A with the audience.

Reception: 6:30 PM | Film: 8 PM

Film & Reception: $20 (includes one glass of wine)
Film Only: $12

Canadian Premiere
Fábula had its World Premiere at the 2011 Havana Film Festival.
   

 

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Fat, bald, short man

Gordo, calvo y bajito

This highly innovative, animated film tells the story of Antonio Farfán, a middle-aged man who works in a notary office. He believes that his dull personal and professional life is the result of his looks: being fat, bald and short. One day his new boss arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is both successful in his career and happily married. In spite of Antonio’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity, he can’t help but see that it is time for things to change. The question is: How is he going to do it?

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Fat, Bald, Short Man

Gordo, calvo y bajito

This highly innovative, animated film tells the story of Antonio Farfán, a middle-aged man who works in a notary office. He believes that his dull personal and professional life is the result of his looks: being fat, bald and short. One day his new boss arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is both successful in his career and happily married. In spite of Antonio’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity, he can’t help but see that it is time for things to change. The question is: How is he going to do it?

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