By Don Simpson | April 16, 2014
Cine Las Americas recently announced their film slate for the 17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF), which will run April 22-27, 2014. This year’s lineup presents more than 140 films, including independent and bigger budget films, documentaries, and short films from over 30 different countries including Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Perú, Panama, Guatemala, Spain, Portugal, Canada, U.S. and indigenous territories including the Navajo Nation. The incredibly diverse program is comprised of new releases, Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Shorts in Competition, Documentary Shorts in Competition, Panorama – Official Selection of Feature and Short Films, and Emergencia Youth Film Day.
CLAIFF17 will also feature a retrospective of films by pioneer Mexican American filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez. A native of west San Antonio, the director/writer/producer/actor single-handedly won a place in Texas cinemas for Chicano films during the seventies. Guriérrez will be in attendance for the screening of three feature films and one short documentary, presented in restored archival 35mm prints.
The opening night film will be Francisco Franco’s Tercera llamada (Last Call) on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00pm at the Marchesa Theatre & Hall. Winner of Audience Awards in Lima and Guadalajara, Best Editing at the Havana Film Festival and the award for the entire female cast at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2013. Tercera llamada stars Irene Azuela, Ricardo Blume, Anabel Ferreira, Kristyan Ferrer, Karina Gidi, Rebecca Jones, Fernando Luján, Jorge Poza, Cecilia Suárez, Mariana Treviño, and Silvia Pinal in her first film role in 20 years.
Closing the festival is Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) on Sunday, April 27, also at the Marchesa Theatre & Hall. Directed by Mariana Rondón, Pelo Malo has enjoyed great international success, including acclaimed premieres in Toronto and Cartagena, and the prestigious Concha de Oro award for best film at the 2013 San Sebastián International Film Festival.
All films are subtitled in English. The films screened at CLAIFF17 are not rated. Personal discretion is advised. The screening schedule is subject to change without notice.
For more information on CLAIFF17 please visit www.cinelasamericas.org. Also, organizations such as Cine Las Americas rely quite heavily upon contributions from people like you, so please consider helping to Save Cine Las Americas.