2013

Solo

Sergeant Nelson Almada plays lead trumpet in Uruguay’s Air Force band, but lately he has been feeling out of step with his life. At 45 years old, he realizes that the musical aspirations of his youth are in danger of never being fulfilled. A national songwriting contest presents Nelson with the opportunity he has been longing for - to showcase his abilities and achieve his dream of recording his own album. But the highly regimented Air Force allows little flexibility for personal artistic pursuits, and they have other plans for him.

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Solo

Sergeant Nelson Almada plays lead trumpet in Uruguay’s Air Force band, but lately he has been feeling out of step with his life. At 45 years old, he realizes that the musical aspirations of his youth are in danger of never being fulfilled. A national songwriting contest presents Nelson with the opportunity he has been longing for - to showcase his abilities and achieve his dream of recording his own album. But the highly regimented Air Force allows little flexibility for personal artistic pursuits, and they have other plans for him.

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She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone

No quiero dormir sola

Amanda finds her aimless life is altered when she is forced to come to the aid of her alcoholic grandmother. Dolores is a retired actress who lives alone amongst the faded photographs of her past glory. And, as each bottle of whiskey empties, her memory slips further. Until now, Amanda has not had much of a relationship with her grandmother, and she takes on her new role of caretaker reluctantly. The obsessions of a young woman and the eccentricities of an aging one meet head-on in this artfully constructed drama that poignantly questions what it means to grow old.

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She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone

No quiero dormir sola

Amanda finds her aimless life is altered when she is forced to come to the aid of her alcoholic grandmother. Dolores is a retired actress who lives alone amongst the faded photographs of her past glory. And, as each bottle of whiskey empties, her memory slips further. Until now, Amanda has not had much of a relationship with her grandmother, and she takes on her new role of caretaker reluctantly. The obsessions of a young woman and the eccentricities of an aging one meet head-on in this artfully constructed drama that poignantly questions what it means to grow old.

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Short Film Competition

Kaori Flores Yonekura is a Venezuelan filmmaker based in the city of Mérida. She studied at the acclaimed International School of Film and Television (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, with a specialization in Film Production. Her work is dedicated to supporting and exploring Latin American culture, indigenous perspectives and human rights. She has worked in over 30 film productions and is the founder of the Cinescope: Iberoamerican Film Forum.

Al Jazeera Documentary Competition

Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza is a Colombian director and producer with more than 14 years of experience in film and television. In 2003, he founded the production company Antorcha Films. He was one of the producers of the highly acclaimed Dog Eat Dog (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also produced Hiroshima (2009), No Autumn, No Spring (2011) and Upside Down (2011). His first feature film as a director, Chocó (2012), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won Best Film at the Cartagena Film Festival.

First-Time Directors Competition

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti is one of Cuba’s leading contemporary film and theatre directors. He began his career creating children's television programs, for which he won six Caracol awards from the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists. Cremata has travelled to over 45 countries throughout his career, presenting his films, giving artist talks and leading workshops. In 1996, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship and spent a year working in New York City.

Sadourni’s Butterflies

Las mariposas de Sadourní

In this stylized, surrealistic melodrama, a circus dwarf named Sadourni is jailed for a crime of passion. Serving a twenty-year prison sentence, he is faced with a dilemma: to escape and endure life as a fugitive, or to adjust to society's expectations through an extreme physical metamorphosis. The result is utterly captivating.

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Sadourni’s Butterflies

Las mariposas de Sadourní

In this stylized, surrealistic melodrama, a circus dwarf named Sadourni is jailed for a crime of passion. Serving a twenty-year prison sentence, he is faced with a dilemma: to escape and endure life as a fugitive, or to adjust to society's expectations through an extreme physical metamorphosis. The result is utterly captivating.

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