Third Annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival

After the great success of last year’s Latin American Film Festival. Aquinas College, Calvin College Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival, which will take place March 29- April 1st, at Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre.

The festival’s goal is to provide the West Michigan community with a unique and enriching opportunity to acquaint themselves with the latest and most acclaimed Latin American films.

With that objective in mind, the committee has selected twelve movies from different geographical areas – República Dominicana, México, Guatemala, Brazil, Panamá, Venezuela, Colombia, and Argentina – focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects. Manny Pérez, screenwriter and actor will be with us on Friday March 30th, to discuss his film La soga and Guatemaltecan Director Julio Hernández Cordon will be present to talk on his film Las marimbas del infierno/Marimbas from Hell.

The entire festival is open to the public and all events are free.


Thursday March 29, 2012. 7:00p.m. Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North. México, 2009. R-13, 99 min. Dir. by Jorge Pérez Solano. In Spanish with English Subtitles

Directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, Espiral follows the lives of men who have hopes of improving their lives by emigrating to the US, without realizing they will destroy what they are working to save: their families. This is the story of two women from a small village in Oaxaca, Diamantina and Araceli who bid farewell to their men as they leave for the United States to earn money. Santiago saves his earnings to pay the mandatory dowry to marry Diamantina and Macario struggles to get his wife and two young boys out of poverty. When both men finally return to their small village, they discover everything has changed.

Postales de Leningrado/Postcards from Leningrad

Friday March 30, 2012. At 1:00 p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Venezuela, 2007. NR- 90 min. Dir. by Mariana Rondón. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

During the leftist uprising in the 1960s in Venezuela, a young guerrilla-girl, living in secrecy, gives birth to her first daughter during Mother’s Day. Due to that, her photos appear in the newspaper, since that moment they’d have to run away.

Hidden places, false disguises and names are the daily life of the girl, the narrator of the story. Alongside with her cousin (Teo), they re-live the adventures of their guerrilla parents, building up a labyrinth with superheroes and strategies, in which nobody knows where the reality (or madness) begins. However, this children’s game does not hide the deaths, tortures, denunciations and treasons within the guerrillas. The kids want to convert themselves into The Invisible Man, in order to escape from the danger. However, they know that their parents might never comeback and therefore, they’ll only receive Postcards from Leningrad.


Friday March 30. 2012. At 3:30pm. Wealthy Street Theatre. Documentary. México, 2010. NR- 74 min. Dir. by Aaron Schock. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

Mexican ringmaster Tino struggles to operate his family’s long-running traveling circus in the midst of an economic downturn, while coping with the demands of his fed-up wife and four talented young children in this fascinating documentary.

Los Colores de la Montaña/The Colors of the Mountain

Friday March 30, 2012. At 5:30 p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Colombia, 2010. NR- 93 min. Dir. by Carlos César Arbeláez. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

When a 9-year-old Colombian boy receives a new football from his father, his dreams of becoming a pro goalie become ever more magnified — until the ball accidentally ends up in a minefield by his home, and he must figure out how to recover it.

Revenge has a New Name / La Soga

Friday March 30, 2012. At 8:00p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. República Dominicana, 2009. R- 102 min. Dir. by Josh Crook. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

Making his screenwriting debut, Manny Perez also stars in this tough chronicle of Luisito, a young man walking the line between honesty and the corruption he sees all around him in the Dominican Republic.

Afterward the film, Mr. Manny Pérez will answer questions and discuss his participation as screenwriter and actor in the film La soga, as well the relation between the story and the historical events in República Dominicana.

Beleza Negra/ Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê

Saturday March 31, 2012. At 2:00p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Documentary.Brazil, 2010. NR- 20 min. Dir. by Carolina Moraes-Liu. In Portuguese with English Subtitles.

Beleza Negra follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

Vida Ballet/Only When I dance

Saturday March 31, 2012. At 2:30p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Documentary. Brazil, 2009. NR- 78 min. Dir. by Beadie Finzi. In Portuguese  with English Subtitles.

Defying the idea that ballet is an art form steeped in the history of the wealthy white elite, this documentary captures the dreams of two black children from the Favela in Brazil, who, despite constant prejudice and doubt, are both determined to beat the odds and follow their dreams to use dancing as an escape rarely found in their tough day to day lives.

Ė Proibido Fumar/Smoke Gets in your Eyes

Saturday March 31, 2012. At 4:30p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Brazil, 2009. R-14, 86 min. Dir. by Anna Muylaert. In Portuguese with English Subtitles

This genre-bending dark comedy that floats by in an unpretentious puff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a charmer whose charisma works, like its characters, in modest but lingering ways. In São Paulo, a lonely forty-something guitar teacher lives a tedious life in a lower middle-class apartment, accompanied by her only companions, cigarettes. When she and her new neighbor Max hit it off, however, she discovers that love -and a support group- can help her to overcome her habit, but it can also cloud judgment.

Marimbas from Hell /Las marimbas del infierno

Saturday March 31, 2012. At 8:00p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Guatemala/ France/ México, 2010. NR- 73 min. Dir. by Julio Hernández Cordon. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

When marimba player Don Alfonso loses his gig in a musical revue in a swanky Guatemala City hotel – among other setbacks – he sadly faces the notion that there may not be a future in playing the traditional music he loves. Introduced by his godson to the eccentric heavy metal musician Blacko, Don Alfonso makes a wild proposition: that they meld their favorite musical genres in a heavy metal band to be called Marimbas from Hell.

After the film, Mr. Hernández Cordon will answer questions and discuss his work with the audience.

Even the Rain/ También la lluvia

Sunday April 1, 2012. At 1:30p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Spain, México, France. 2010, 102 min. NR. Dir. By Iciar Bollaín. In Spanish and  Quechua languages w/ EnglishSubtitles.




Sunday April 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Panamá, 2009. NR- 91 min. Dir. by Abner Benaim. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

This hilarious comedy tells the story of Toña and Paquita, the housekeepers for the aristocratic González-Dubois family. These domestic employees have been mistreated for quite some time and they are tired of their situation. So when the family plans a shopping trip to Miami, the maids have a plan of their own; to take control of the mansion. Unexpectedly, they will also discover a family secret.

Brother and Sister/Dos Hermanos

Sunday April 1, 2012 at 6:00p.m. Wealthy Street Theatre. Argentina, 2010. NR- 105 min. Dir. by Daniel Burman. In Spanish with English Subtitles.

They are both alone. They need each other but, at the same time, they despise each other. Siblings Marcos and Susana are unable to heal the old wounds festering within them after the death of their mother. When Susana sells their mother’s flat, she deprives her brother of the home where he had cared for their mother his whole life. Marcos’s need to start living again surfaces when his sister forces him to leave Buenos Aires for Uruguay.


Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North & IMAX [March 29th, 2012] 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, 616-530-7469

Wealthy Theatre [March 30- April 1st., 2012]1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-4788 ext. 130