By Don Simpson | March 22, 2012
Cine Las Americas announced today its opening and closing night films for the 15th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, which runs April 24-29, 2012. This year’s lineup presents over 100 films ranging from independent and big budget features, documentaries and short films from all over the world including Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Canada and the U.S.
Gonzalo Justiniano’s ¿Alguien Ha Visto A Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?) will open the fest on Tuesday, April 24 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin. Partially shot in Austin, the film stars Dulce María, Carmen Salinas and Cristián de la Fuente. ¿Alguien Ha Visto A Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?) follows the story of a young Mexican girl (Dulce Maria) who runs away from her family when they try to send her to a mental hospital, starting a journey through which she will discover a world that seems much crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites the audience to believe that life can be experienced in different ways. Scheduled to attend the opening night film are actress Carmen Salinas, Director Gonzalo Justinano and Producer Daniel de la Vega.
Closing the festival is Selton Mello’s O Palhaço (The Clown) on Sunday, April 29 also at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. Actor and director Selton Mello’s sophomore feature follows the life of Benjamin (Selton Mello), who along with his father Waldemar (Paulo José) form the clown duo Thoroughbred and Mongrel, the main attraction of Circo Esperanza, a 15-person circus that travels through the dirt roads in the Brazilian inlands. Father and son share the ring and, supposedly, the same vocation, yet in spite of making the audience burst into laughter, Benjamin experiences a personal crisis and tries to find his own identity. Scheduled to attend the film is Producer Fernanda Kalume.
The film festival will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, the Violet Crown and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), with additional screenings at St. Edward’s University. Special early bird badges are $65 and this price will end on April 6, 2012, so festival goers are encouraged to purchase passes in advance. The pass gives full access to the film festival events, including screenings, exclusive parties and panels. For more information and to purchase badges, visit http://cinelasamericas.org.