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Schedule Archives
Mexico


Sat, Feb 17, 2007
at 1 PM

Sun, Feb 18, 2007
at 12:30 PM

Mon, Feb 19, 2007
at 6 PM

In the Pit
DIRECTOR: JUAN CARLOS RULFO
MEXICO
In a metropolis with 15 million people and three million cars, a new second deck is being constructed onto one of Mexico City's major arteries, the Periférico freeway. Juan Carlos Rulfo's revelatory documentary traces the day–to–day–activities of a team of construction workers employed on the project. As the men go about their daily business they share jokes, ruminate on the meaning of life and reveal the impact on their personal lives of the long working days spent in an environment described by one of them as tainted by "the smell of death." In a city where anonymity is the norm, In the Pit offers a remarkable insight into the lives of men who are frequently rendered invisible—the film's title comes from the cavernous holes that the men work in, constructed to sustain the pillars that will hold the second deck. Rulfo's camera is both a distant observer and a willing participant in the action. The sounds of the city provide a pulsating musical score to what is captured on screen. ( 85 min )


Filmography: Grandfather ChenoÉand Other Stories (94), Juan, I ForgotÉ (99), 10 Minutes (00).
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Wed, Feb 21, 2007
at 6:30 PM

Thu, Feb 22, 2007
at 9 PM

The Magician
DIRECTOR: JAIME APARICIO
MEXICO
This charming account of the final days in the life of former photographer turned magician, is part magical realism, part personal tragedy. Upon learning that he is dying, Tadeo decides to settle accounts with his past. With his faithful assistant, Felix, by his side, Tadeo searches for forgiveness, solidarity and closure. He feels remorse for the death of his best friend, rekindles his memories as a vaudeville photographer and looks for Raquel, the love of his life. When he thinks his quest has been fulfilled, the magician goes for one last act of magic that will make the last days of his life meaningful. The Magician is a simple story about friendship, loyalty and reclaiming memories cast aside. Winner of the Best Film Prize at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival. ( 98 min )


First Feature Film.
Director Jaime Aparicio will be in attendance at both screenings to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.
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Wed, Feb 21, 2007
at 6:30 PM

Fri, Feb 23, 2007
at 5 PM

The Girl in the Stone
DIRECTOR: MARYSE SISTACH, JOSé BUIL
MEXICO
Winner of the Best Director prize at the Guadalajara Film Festival, this is the third film in a trilogy that began with The Comet and Violet Perfume. The Girl in the Stone movingly captures the pain of its characters as well as the beauty and their unyielding spirit. Addressing the mounting problem of violence against young women in Mexico, Sistach tells the story of a backwards high school boy who becomes obsessed with his adored girlfriend even after she breaks up with him. Begging her to return to his side and putting up with her constant taunts, he takes advantage of an opportunity to make her pay for her snubs in order to punish her vanity. Set in a small town near Mexico City, it's a disturbing portrait of an ominous world of heartbreak and desolation punctuated by glimpses of hope and courage. ( 104 min )


Filmography: The Comet (99), Violet Perfume (01).
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Wed, Feb 21, 2007
at 9 PM

Sat, Feb 24, 2007
at 12:15 PM

The Citrillo's Turn
DIRECTOR: FELIPE CAZALS
MEXICO
Winner of the prizes for Best Director and Best Actor (Damián Alcázar) at the Havana Festival of New Latin American Cinema, The Citrillo's Turn is set in Mexico City in 1903, before the revolution. Rather than a revolutionary epic, the film is set in a small pulque bar (The Citrillo's Turn), in which jealous soldiers, wanton ladies and venal priests, none of them with a future, gather to pass their lives and tell stories of the dead and apparitions—cinematic symbols of the decadence of early 20th century Spain. Thus is woven a picaresque black comedy full of real passions: love, betrayal, jealousy, and pillage in an atmosphere of drunkenness and hallucination, all of it oblivious to the reality of the Mexico that surrounds them. ( 97 min )


Selected Filmography: La Manzana de La Discordia (68), Emiliano Zapata (70), El Apando (76), El Tres de Copas (86), La Furia de un Dios (87), Burbujas de Amor (91), Su Alteza Serenísima (00), Digna:Hasta el Último Aliento (04).
Director Felipe Cazals will be in attendance on the 21st to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.
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Fri, Feb 23, 2007
at 4:45 PM

Sat, Feb 24, 2007
at 5:30 PM

The Violin
DIRECTOR: FRANCISCO VARGAS QUEVEDO
MEXICO
Made in the tradition of Buñuel's Los Olvidados, Quevedo tells the story of Don Plutarco, a gnarled farmer who wages a guerrilla campaign of music for bullets when the army invades his village. Set in the mid–'70s, in the Guerrero region of rural Mexico, Don Plutarco, with his son and grandson, travel as a band of wandering musicians, making them ideal couriers for the campesinas. When their village is taken over by the army, Don Plutarco approaches the squad captain and offers to play his violin every day if he is allowed to go into his cornfields and tend his crops afterwards. A deal is struck with the music–loving officer and after his performances, ammunition hidden in the fields leaves town inside his violin case. But the threat of discovery and violence looms as the dangerous game of cat and mouse unfolds. Traditional Mexican music and an economy of words make Vargas's film not only a stark visual tour de force, but an aural one as well. ( 98 min )


First Feature Film.
Sponsored by Mexicana Airlines.
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Fri, Feb 23, 2007
at 7:15 PM

Sat, Feb 24, 2007
at 5:15 PM

More Than Anything in the World
DIRECTOR: ANDRES LEON BECKER, JAVIER SOLAR
MEXICO
"Becker and Solar are innovative storytellers with an extraordinary sense of humor and visual flare. Their debut film is dramatic and emotionally charged, and steeped in a unique style that won them the award for best first film at both the Guadalajara and Montreal Film Festivals. Seven–year–old Alicia lives with her mother in an apartment. They get along famously until Mom brings home first one boyfriend and then another. Encouraged by Lucia, a young schoolmate with an overactive imagination, Alicia comes to see her mother's romantic problems and depression as signs that she is possessed by a vampire. A sickly old man who lives next door is the obvious culprit so Alicia decides to enter the apartment and place a cross on the vampire's chest to break her mother's curse. Now that Alice is convinced that her mother is possessed by a vampire, she will do anything to save her. The film artfully combines the surreal, the comic, the poignant, and the tragic, creating a potent film about growing up and a complicated mother/daughter relationship, brilliantly executed by Andres Leon Becker and Javier Solar."—AFI Festival. ( 90 min )


First Feature Film.
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