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Wednesday January 19, 2011

What Every Latino should Know About Sundance 2011

Three films made in Latin América, one Colombian, one Mexican and one Cuban will compete in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, in Park City and Ogden, UT.

All three films are part of the 16 movies featured in the World Cinema Dramatic category.

All Your Dead Ones (Todos Tus Muertos ) From Colombia, this film was directed by Carlos Moreno,  and written by Alonso Torres and Carlos Moreno. It tells the story of a campesino man who wakes up one morning to find a pile of bodies in the middle of his crops. When he goes to the authorities, he quickly realizes that the dead ones are a problem nobody wants to deal with.
Cast: Alvaro Rodríguez, Jorge Herrera, Martha Marquez, Harold Devasten, John Alex Castillo. World Premiere

The Cinema Hold Up (Asalto Al Cine) From Mexico, it was directed by Iría Gómez Concheiro, and was also written by Iria Gómez, with the collaboration of and Juan Pablo Gómez. The film tells the story of four childhood friends in Mexico’s Guerrero colony who toy with the idea of robbing a cinema. Each one, hopes that the heist will hurtle them past life’s obstacles, but later come to realize that the caper risks the only thing they have: their friendship.
Cast: Gabino Rodríguez, Juan Pablo de Santiago, Ángel Sosa, Paulina Avalos. World Premiere

Ticket to Paradise (Boleto al Paraiso) From Cuba, this movie was helmed by Gerardo Chijona Valdes and written by Chijona, with the collaboration of Francisco Garcia Gonzalez and Maykel Rodriguez Ponjuan. This film tells the story of a teenage girl who is running away from her father’s sexual harassment, and meets a young rocker who has escaped to Havana with his misfit group of friends. Set in 1993, during a period of acute shortages in Cuba, the local AIDS hospice begins to look like an unlikely refuge to the hopeless teens.
Cast: Miriel Cejas, Héctor Medina, Dunia Matos, Jorge Perugorria, Luis A. Garcia. International Premiere

Also from Latin America, the chilean movie “Gatos Viejos” (Old Cats) written and directed by Pedro Pereirano and Sebastián Silva will be exhibited out of contest.

The U.S. Drama category features two films that touch on Latino/Hispanic issues in the United States. In “Benavides Born” A high school senior earns admission to the University of Texas at Austin but can’t afford to go; her one shot is a scholarship for winning the State Powerlifting Championship.

“Gun Hill Road” sees Enrique return to his Bronx house after three years in prison to find his wife estranged and his teenage son stumbling towards a transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. Esai Morales (La Bamba, NYPD Blue) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Oz) star.

TV Star America Ferrara will attend the festival as a judge, and will help elect the best Feature Length Documentary of 2011.

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