15 Sept. Hable con ella (España,
Dir.: Pedro Almodóvar
Marco, a journalist grieving for a love affair that ended ten years' ago, falls in love with Lydia, a bullfighter also on the rebound. Benigno, a nurse, dedicates his life to his only patient, a young dancer in a coma as a result of an accident four years' before; he talks to her, reads to her, holds photographs in front of her closed eyes. When Lydia is brought comatose to the hospital where Benigno works, he and Marco become friendly, and the nurse encourages the journalist to talk to her and hope for a miracle. As Benigno's hopes for his patient become fantasies, Marco tries to inject reality.
6 Oct. Eva Perón (Argentina, 1996)
Dir.: Juan Carlos Desanzo
Drama based on the life of Eva Peron, a second-rate actress, who rose to become wife of the Argentine President Juan Perón and one of the most powerful figures in Argentina until her death in 1952 at age 33 (and much beyond her death). The film revisits the myth of Evita representing the revolutionary aspect of Peronist politics, fighting against the structural limitations of her husband's populist party. Esther Goris's riveting performance of the role of Eva Perón reflects the charisma of this obscure actress whose real life became her major role.
27 Oct. Double Feature Night: Two Documentaries
* Por esos ojos (Uruguay, 1997)
Dir.: Virgina Martínez, Gonzalo Arijón
This documentary is witness to the efforts of María Esther Gatti de Islas during two decades to find her grand-daughter Mariana Zaffaroni, who had been kidnapped in Buenos Aires in 1976 as a baby by a member of the intelligence services SIDE (the Argentine equivalent of the CIA) along with her parents, who remain disappeared. The same intelligence officer brought her up as his own daughter. The case "Mariana Zaffaroni" is one of the most shocking cases of the struggle of a grandmother to restore the true identity of her abducted grandchild.
* Chile, la memoria obstinada (Chile,
Dir.: Patricio Guzmán
After decades of fascist rule in Chile, Patricio Guzmán returns to his country to screen his documentary about Pinochet's military coup in 1973, Battle of Chile, which until the time of the filming was banned by authorities. His audience, a new generation of Chileans who remember little of the revolution and ensuing coup reflect on their experience of watching the film after so many years of suppression.
17 Nov. La virgen de los sicarios (Colombia,
Dir.: Barbet Schroeder
The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capital hometown of Medellín, Colombia, and the 16-year-old assassin Alexis. When Alexis himself is fatally gunned down, grief-stricken Fernando hunts for his young lover's killer in the Medellín slums, but instead encounters Wilmar, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Alexis. Based on Fernando Vallejo's homonymous novel.
8 Dec. Todo el poder (México, 1999)
Dir.: Fernando Sariñana
Gabriel (Demian Bichir) is a filmmaker in Mexico City, where he is a victim of crime and violence sometimes even three times a day. This is a black comedy that shows the extreme situation Mexico City is leaving as far as crime is concerned, and the tension the city and it's inhabitants live day after day.