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SAMUEL ENRIQUEZ | 2015 | 95 MIN | FIC

THU 24 9:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Millionaire Diego Verastegui has been murdered at his house, and somebody has taken a valuable briefcase from the safe-deposit box. Dimas -Verastegui's bodyguard- comes back to the house and finds three suspects: Carlos, the millionaire's son; Anna Karina, a sweet, sexy girl; and Andres, a bohemian magician.

 

Ti@s | I Have an Uncle Like That

 

JOHN PETRIZZELLI | 2014 | 81 MIN | DOC​

THU 24 7:15 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

This documentary tells the stories of a group of old age gay and transgender uncles and their nephews and nieces, coming from different social classes and background. The stories explore different  relationships like the one  of a neurotic and fanciful uncle, already dead, and his nephew, the writer and director of the documentary.

Francisco Massiani

 

MANUEL GUZMÁN KIZER | 2013 | 74 MIN | DOC

FRI 25 6:00 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Francisco Massiani leads  «Lord of tenderness - a short and arbitrary story of my life» , a film inspired by a series of chronicles that ends up in this film about his current state. In a journey through the most important places of his life in Caracas, he reveals his work, his life and his love: Belén.

 

El desertor | The Deserter

 

RAÚL CHAMORRO GUERRA | 2014 | 95 MIN | FIC

WED 23 8:00 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Julian had been abandoned by his mother Evarista and he lives with his grandmother Juliana. He has transformed the memory of Evarista in his alter ego. At 17, Julian is in love with Sagrario, but he is recruited for military service. His immediate superior, Lieutenant Montilla rages at him with repeated abuse and punishment.

Dauna. Lo que lleva el río | Gone with the River

 

MARIO CRESPO | 2015 | 100 MIN | FIC

THU 24 8:30 PM

 SPANISH AND WARAO WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Dauna -a young indigenous woman living by the Orinoco Delta- has a husband that loves her, but who refuses to understand her passions. Dauna, who was raised free, must decide between living a frustrated life beside her husband or devoting herself fully to her vocation, even at the risk of facing serious consequences.

 

Margaritas para los pobres | Daisies for The Poor

 

RAFAEL LACAU | 2014 | 53 MIN | DOC

FRI 25 7:15 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

During early 2012 Argentina’s government decides to restrict the imports of goods, which negatively impacts 72-year-old Josefina Oldani and her international shipping company. Such imminent economic crisis forces her to reduce her expenses, mover her office to her livingroom and fire her maid, who had been working for her for eighteen years.

Paquete #3 | Package #3

 

ALFREDO HUECK | 2015 | 100 MIN | FIC

FRI 25 8:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

An  independent  Venezuelan political satire film. The Cholo, a Peruvian taxi driver, running away from authorities in his country, goes to Venezuela in search for a haven. After encountering a band of swindlers who rip him off, he meets a quirky Latino who offers him a job in the business of a Russian gangster.

El infierno de Gaspar Mendoza | Gaspar Mendoza's Hell

 

JULIÁN BALAM | 2015 | 90 MIN | FIC

FRI 25 9:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Fifteen years after the end of the Federal War, Captain Gaspar Mendoza leads a life of austerity and hardships along with his family in an old house in the Venezuelan countryside; when a Boy arrives in the house, and develops a strong bond with the Captain’s daughter, thus unleashing a series of strange events that will, unexpectedly, bring the past back.

Dos de trébol | Two of Clovers

 

ORLANDO ROSALES AND JESSICA WENZELMAN  | 2014 | 91 MIN | FIC

SAT 26 3:45 PM

 (NOT SUBTITLED) 

 

A film full of fantasy and enchantment for the entire family, about the encounter between a magician, a child, and the magic that will change their lives forever.

McKlopedia, la última batalla | McKlopedia, The Last Battle

 

MARINA UZCÁTEGUI | 2014 | 85 MIN | DOC

SAT 26 6:00 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

A documentary that tells the story of a young Venezuelan rapper working with rhyme and meter to shine as a contemporary poet; even more so as king of improvising with intelligent prose. Despite not wearing a belt as a trophy, he´ll win much more: experience, friends and a promising career.

 

Pelo malo | Bad Hair

 

MARIANA RONDÓN | 2013 | 93 MIN | FIC

SAT 26 7:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Junior is nine years old and has stubbornly curly hair, or "BAD HAIR". He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer with long, ironed hair. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The more Junior tries to look beautiful and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. He will find himself cornered, facing a painful decision.

Solo | Alone

 

JOSÉ RAMON NOVOA | 2014 |  97 MIN | FIC

SAT 26 8:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Tomas is in the military, with a promising career ahead of him. Yet, his blind son hears things that others cannot perceive, and knows that something shocking is about to happen.

Espejos | Mirrors

 

CÉSAR MANZANO | 2014 | 94 MIN | FIC

SAT 26 9:45 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

In a chaotic Latin American city, the stories of a religious sexually obsessed housewife, her husband, a super-model, a gynecologist, a corrupt businessman and a fierce social activist connect to reach the edge of the abyss reminding us of Octavio Paz wise words 'the essence of all human life is solitude'.

Ley de fuga | Law of Flight

IGNACIO MARQUEZ| 2014 | 85 MIN | FIC

SUN 27 4:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Brigadier is a selfish and dishonest businessperson who aims to flee "The Purgatory," a forsaken prison deep in the Venezuelan jungle. His only chance to escape is to become a theater director with a group of inmates he despises. The problem is, Brigadier does not know anything about theater.

La distancia más larga | The Longest Distance

 

CLAUDIA PINTO | 2013 | 113 MIN  | FIC

FRI 25 5:15 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

The Longest Distance takes us from the suffocating Caracas to the plenitude found on top of one of the oldest geological formations on our planet, the Roraima, south of the Amazon. It’s a story about freedom of choice, family ties and second opportunities, an ode to freedom reminding us that it is never too late to take the reins of our lives. 

Alfredo Cortina, Vivir de imaginar | Alfredo Cortina, Living of Imagining

 

CARLOS BOLÍVAR DÍAZ | 2014 | 52 MIN | DOC

THU 24 6:00 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

The arrival of the 20th century and its inventions and discoveries -electricity, the car, the radio- transformed the daily life at the provincial Venezuela. In those extraordinary times, where everything seemed new, Alfredo Cortina took the way of creation, in theatre, cinema, radio, photography, with his dramatic series that were huge popular events.

 

3 bellezas | 3 Beauties

 

CARLOS CARIDAD MONTERO | 2014 |  97 MIN | FIC

SUN 27 2:30 PM

 SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 

 

Perla is obsessed with having a beauty queen in the family, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to make her dream come true.

 

TALK: Posters That Tell Stories

HECTOR DO NASCIMENTO, ISABEl MAVAREZ - TITAN POST (VENEZUELA)

SAT 26 3:15 PM

 SPANISH WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH 

Posters are the face of a film. And behind each one of them, there are many stories yet untold. The director wants that all his and the team’s efforts become alive on the billboards; the Distributor wants audiences to be brought to the theater; while the designer needs to satisfy all these needs and others, while creating a piece of art. Join us, we'll be talking about the art of film-poster making.

 

PROJECT-FILM SCREENING: Enfocar, grabar, contar: First person storytelling. A documentary Filmmaking workshop

 

PEDRO CAMACHO, JOHANN PÉREZ

SAT 26 6:15 PM

SPANISH WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH 

 

Screening of the short ten-minute film made by the participants of the workshop, using audiovisual techniques and concepts borrowed from documentary filmmaking. Join us for a talk with the instructors and participants about the learning process and the overall experience. With the support of BronxWorks / SEBI, Betances Community Center in the Bronx and the Consulate General of Venezuela in New York.

 

 

PANEL: Women in Venezuelan Cinema

 

CLAUDIA PINTO EMPERADOR, RUDDY RODRÍGUEZ, MARINA UZCÁTEGUI, ELIA SCHNEIDER

THU 24 5:15 PM

 SPANISH WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH 

 

What's the historic role of women in Venezuelan cinema? How has women's role in Venezuelan cinema changed in the past years?, What does it mean for Venezuelan women to be making a living in filmmaking?, What is in the near future for woman in Venezuelan cinema? These are some of the issues that will be addressed in this conversation, which will let us explore the roles and current status of women in the Venezuelan film industry.

JURY

CARLOS

GUTIERREZ

Carlos A. Gutiérrez is the co-founder and executive director of Cinema Tropical, the New York-based media arts non-profit organization that has become the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the U.S. As a guest curator, Gutiérrez has presented numerous film/video series at different cultural institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, El Museo del Barrio, and the IFC Center, among others. In 2007, he co-curated the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar under the banner “South of the Other”. 

LOREN

HAMMONDS

Loren Hammonds is a New York City native who has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. As the Director of downtown venue Tribeca Cinemas, he has consulted on over 20 film festivals, many specializing in International Cinema. Loren is also an Associate Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since attending the Film Conservatory at SUNY Purchase, Mr. Hammonds has worked in Film/TV production, as well as in various capacities for IFP, GenArt Film Festival, Tribeca All-Access, and Hamptons International Film Festival.

SUZANA

PERIC

Suzana Peric is a music editor who has been active in post production since 1981. Peric has served as music editor on over 75 films, including The Illusionist, The Manchurian Candidate, Closer, Everything Is Illuminated, The Pianist, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Beloved, Primary Colors, Crash, Prelude to a Kiss, The Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob and Philadelphia. She received a Golden Reel Award for her work on Lord of the Rings in 2002.

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Putting toghether a film festival like ours can be difficult and expensive. We rely on many organizations to make it possible. It is because of them that the dream of bringing Venezuelan Cinema to the people of New York, and celebrating Venezuela and Venezuelan culture, is a reality. To all of them, we are grateful. 

 

 

 

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