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June 14 - 18, 2017 at the AFI Silver Theater & other locations

 

AFI DOCS is the nation's documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world. This year, the festival will feature two films from Mexico.

LA LIBERTAD DEL DIABLO | Saturday June 17, 1:15 pm & Sunday June 18, 9:00 pm

In only a decade, Mexico's drug wars have left more than 100,000 dead and 30,000 missing. Everardo González's haunting documentary goes beyond the headlines to give a human face to the conflict. The masked testimonies of both victims and perpetrators offer a powerful and chilling reminder of the systemic violence that has infiltrated Mexican society.

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BRIMSTONE & GLORY | Saturday June 17, 9:30 pm & Sunday June 18, 9:00 pm

BRIMSTONE & GLORY offers a front row seat to the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. With stunning cinematography, dynamic music and little dialogue, this film captures the city's celebration of the patron saint of fireworks and lets viewers experience sparkle, chaos, flames and brimstone in all their glory.

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Other films related to Mexico:

CHAVELA - Friday June 16, 11:00 am & Saturday June 17, 9:00 pm
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EL MAR LA MAR - October 1 & October 2
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See complete list of films and showtimes

8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 14 - 18, 2017
Ticket prices vary



April 25, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Discover the diversity, talent and creativity of a new generation of Mexican filmmakers as the Mexican Cultural Institute, in collaboration with AACIA, presents a collection of short films as part of the 2017 Ibero-American Film Showcase.

The films, from all over Mexico, come from an up and coming group of filmmakers, who tell stories with personal poetry and take us on a journey through a new, inconsistent and instinctive universe.

The eleven films and their creators are: Bingo - Andrés Borda, El Necio - Carlos Quiroz, La Carta - Ángeles Cruz, Ramona - Giovanna Zacarías, La Despedida - Yanet Pantoja, Carnitas - Bárbara Balsategui, El Don de los Espejos - Marta Soler, El Maestro y la Flor - Daniel Irabién, La Última Cena - Vanessa Quintanilla, El Modelo de Pickman - Pablo Ángeles, and La Vida es un Rocanrol - Inés Morales. All films have English subtitles.

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See a full festival schedule here.




Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
April 25, 2017




April 18, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss an early screening of the new movie 'How to be a Latin Lover' presented by Pantelion Films.

Featuring two of Mexico's biggest film stars, Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek, 'How to be a Latin Lover' tells the story of Máximo, who is forced to move in with his estranged sister after his marriage falls apart. As Máximo tries to rekindle his romantic prowess, he finds himself bonding with his nephew Hugo, and begins to learn that nothing is as important as the love of your family.

The film also features the talents of Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Michael Cera, and Rob Lowe to name a few. Lead actor Eugenio Derbez will be present at the screening.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
April 18, 2017




Wednesday March 15, 2017, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it presents El Remolino (The Swirl) as part of the 2017 Environmental Film Festival. The Swirl, is a creation documentary on outstanding characters stuck in the most flooded region in Mexico: Esther, the brave mother of three children; and Pedro, her farmer brother. Their lives oscillate between defending their ways of understanding gender identity and their role in the community; and their everyday rural lives that have become increasingly affected by flooding due to climate change. People of water and earth, they will guide us through their reflections and coexistence throughout a year in nature's cycles.

A discussion with Gustavo Morales, Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute and director Laura Herrero Garvín will follow the screening.To see more info and RSVP click here.

The feature-length El Remolino will be preceded by a short film called El Buzo (The Diver), which spotlights Julio César Cu Cámara, the chief diver in the Mexico City's sewer system. More info on The Diver can be found here.

Additionally, the Mexican short film In Search of Tzotz by Dr. Rodrigo Medellin (also known as The Bat Man of Mexico) will be screened at the National Geographic Institute on Saturday March 18. More info about the film can be found here.





Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 15, 2017, 6:45pm




Wednesday March 8, 2017, 5:00pm at American University

 

As part of an ongoing partnership with CLALS, the Mexican Cultural Institute will co-host a screening of the documentary Artesanos / Artisans, which explores the contributions of Mexican migrant artisans to various creative industries in Los Angeles. The highly skilled labor of artisans migrating from Mexico and Latin America are the backbone of high-end design and retail in Los Angeles, producing some of the most exquisite furniture, textiles, and design goods. But they represent a creative force that seems invisible to the city. This documentary uncovers their stories and their role in making Los Angeles and Southern California the creative capital of the world.

A panel discussion will follow the screening with panelists from both the film's production company and AU faculty. Participating are: Jose Luis Figueroa Lewis, Founder of Dignicraft, Cisco Pinedo, Founder & CEO, Cisco Brothers & Cisco Home, Professors Carolyn Brown and Larry Engel from the School of Communication, and Nuria Vilanova from the Department of World Languages & Cultures. Artesanos / Artisans is a KCET-Link co-production with Dignicraft for the Emmy award winning program Artbound

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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Letts Formal Lounge
Washington, DC 20016
March 8, 2017, 5:00pm




Friday February 24, 2017, 7:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

As part of the Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival, the MCI is proud to host a screening of El Sueño de Mara'akame (Mara'akame's Dream). Created to celebrate cultural and linguistic diversity, this festival showcases recently produced feature and short-length films that explore global issues about endangered languages, cultural practices, and communities' work to sustain and revitalize their languages.

The film El Sueño de Mara'akame follows Nieri, a young huichol indian, whose dream is travelling with his band to play a concert in Mexico City. Nieri's father is a Mara'akame (huichol shaman) and has different plans for his son. According to his father, Neiri must find the Blue Deer in his dreams in order to become a Mara'akame and follow tradition. The producer of the film, Masha Kostiurina, will participate in a Q/A at the end of screening.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 24, 2017, 7:00pm




Sunday February 19, 4:30 at the National Gallery of Art

 

Don't miss a screening of the Mexican film Pancho Villa's Revenge with live musical accompaniment by The Secret Quartet with Mexican American vocalists Kiko Rodriguez and Tania Rodriguez Glenn. La Venganza de Pancho Villa - compiled from newsreels, fiction footage, and other sources about the exploits of the revolutionary Mexican leader Pancho Villa - was inspired by the legendary film The Life of General Villa (1916). Itinerant showmen Félix Padilla and son Edmundo of twin cities Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, created the film. The Padillas presented cinema throughout the Mexico-US border regions during the 1920s and 1930s, often featuring hand-cranked 78rpm recordings as musical accompaniment. Live music for this performance has been composed for string quartet, two Mexican American vocalists, and a track consisting of historic 1920s recordings from the Mexican American borderlands.

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National Gallery of Art
4th St NW at Constitution Ave NW
East Building Auditorium
February 19, 4:30




January 25, 2017, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Wednesday January 25 the MCI will host a screening presented by AVSI-USA of the short documentary The Awakened Heart, an award-winning documentary directed by Giovanni Morricone and Simonetta D'Italia. Centering on Crecemos, an education and nutrition center in Oaxaca, Mexico, The Awakened Heart brings viewers into the home of Carlos Avedaño Salas, a 10-year boy and his family whose lives have been transformed through the dedicated service provided by Crecemos staff. The documentary has already been accepted in various film festivals and has recently received an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Festigious International Film Festival.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
January 25, 2017, 6:45pm




October 27 - November 23, 2016 at Various locations
November 15, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it hosts a screening of Buñuel's Subida al Cielo/Mexican Bus Ride on November 15 and make sure to see the other films being screened as part of the series!

The screening at the MCI will be presented by Cinema Tropical Director Carlos Gutiérrez, who will also present a number of other films at the festival. Carlos Gutiérrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. He has served as both expert nominator and panelist for the Rockefeller Fellowship Program for Mexican Film & Media Arts and for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, as well as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students. He holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).

The Objects of Desire film series is a retrospective of more than 20 of Luis Buñuel's most accomplished films, both canonical screen classics and underappreciated rarities. Luis Buñuel was a Spanish filmmaker who reinvented himself in Mexico City, where he began a prolific and successful career in the 1940s and '50s. This Film series is presented in collaboration with the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, the American University School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, the Cultural services of the French Embassy, the National Gallery of Art and SPAIN arts & culture.

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Full schedule here






Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
MCI screening November 15, 2016, 6:45pm
Festival October 27 - November 23




October 26 - 30, 2016 at the GALA Theater
October 28, 2016, 7:00pm at the GALA Theater

 

The Gala Theater will open its fifth annual Film Festival, Reel Time at Gala, with a series that explores the socio-political landscapes of Argentina and El Salvador, as well as contemporary and classical films from Mexico.

On Friday October 28 at 7pm the MCI will co-host the screening of the 2015 movie "La delgada linea amarilla," or "The thin yellow line" by the critically acclaimed Mexican director Celso García. The Thin Yellow Line chronicles five financially strapped men from very different walks of life who are hired to paint the center stripe along 120 miles of Mexican state highway. A panel discussion with actor Américo Hollander will follow the screening.

The classic 1934 film, "Wildflower," by Mexican director Emilio Fernandez, will also be included in the festival program, as well as the 2015 film "Bleak Street" by director Arturo Ripstein.

Tickets & more info here


GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Screening and panel Friday October 28, 2016, 7pm
Festival October 26 - 30




October 20 - 23, 2016 at the GALA Theater
October 21, 2016, 6:30pm at the GALA Theater

 

The third annual Immigration Film Festival will bring a four-day program of narrative and documentary shorts and feature films to the Washington metropolitan area. Twenty two films and 19 countries will be represented this year in an effort to use the power of film to attract, inform, and inspire the local community to assume their identity as global citizens, and to empathize with and seek justice for immigrants and refugees.

On October 21 at 6:30pm, the MCI will co-host a special presentation of the film "Llévate mis Amores." The film tells the story of a freight train, known as La Bestia, that makes its daily pass through the town of La Patrona, ferrying on top of it hundreds of would-be migrants. A group of selfless Mexican women, Las Patronas, have been making meals every day for some two decades and tossing them to those who travel atop the train. The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Director Arturo González Villaseñor at the Gala Theater.

Festival info here | Tickets here


GALA Theater
3333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
MCI screening and panel Friday October 21, 2016, 6:30pm
Festival October 20 - 23




Mexico at the Latin American Film Festival

September 15 - October 5, 2016 at the AFI SIlver Theater

 

The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 15 - October 5) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema.

Desierto | Fri, Sep 23, 7:30 pm & Tue, Sep 27, 9:30 pm

Featuring Q&A with director Jonás Cuarón and post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Making the arduous trek from Mexico to the United States, a group of undocumented immigrants led by Moisés (Gael García Bernal) hopes for a fresh start on the other side of the border. But a ruthless, gun-toting vigilante takes border patrol into his own hands, hell-bent on stopping anyone from entering his country. Now, Moisés finds himself in a fight for his life, with survival the only goal. With edge-of-your-seat suspense, filmmaker Jonás Cuarón (screenwriter, GRAVITY) has crafted a bravura, socially conscious thriller. FIPRESCI Award, 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

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Other Mexican Films:
I Promise You Anarchy - September 26 & September 28
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Mr. Pig - October 1 & October 2
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See complete list of films and showtimes

8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 15th through October 5th
Tickets $14\$12 for AFI members

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El patio de mi casa

Wednesday June 22, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute as it presents the film El patio de mi casa in collaboration with the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. As part of the evening the Director Carlos Hagerman will engage in a Panel discussion with the Bowen center's Director, Anne McKnight. Additionally, the Bowen Center will also present the translation of Dr. Bowen's classic book Family therapy in clinical practice.

How does one prepare for the death of their parents? In his latest film, Carlos Hagerman faces this question while composing a loving portrait of Doris and Oscar, his parents. This documentary deals with the work that the couple devoted their life to: promoting educational opportunities in rural and indigenous communities in Mexico. The result is a film about the possibilities of transforming the lives of people through the idea of continuing teaching and learning.

Carlos Hagerman is a Mexican director. His films include Vuelve a la vida and Los que se quedan, which won the LAFF best documentary award. El patio de mi casa is his third feature.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday June 22, 2016, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


AACIA Film Festival: En el ombligo del cielo

Wednesday May 11, 2016, 6:30 pm at the Embassy of Colombia

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a screening of En el ombligo del cielo as part of the Iberoamerican Cultural Attaché's Association's (AACIA) Film Festival.

The film centers on a young executive, Andrea, trapped over the weekend on the rooftop of the building where she works with a janitor, Gualberto. True castaways in Mexico City's sea of concrete and glass, the characters reflect on their lives and their values.

A Q&A with writer, director, and producer Carlos Gómez Oliver will follow the screening.

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Click here to see a schedule of the entire film festival





Embassy of Colombia
1724 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, 20036
May 11, 6:30 pm
Free Admission


 

The Environmental Film Festival: El Triunfo

March 23, 2016, 7:00pm at the National Geographic Society



El Triunfo
The cloud forests of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, high in the remote Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains in Mexico, are one of the most magical places on earth. An ancient forest that is home for giant trees, quetzals, horned guans and a world of wildlife found nowhere else in the country. And yet, even here, we find an ecosystem fighting for survival.
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Kings of Nowhere
The construction of a dam turned the Mexican village of San Marcos into a waterlogged ghost town, but three families refuse to surrender their home to the flood. They keep the tortillería open, weed the pavement in the town square, and rove the inundated streets in boats or on horseback. Betzabé García's observational approach brings out the humor and eerie beauty of their singular situation.
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National Geographic Society
1600 M St NW
Washington DC, 20036
March 23, 7:00pm


The Environmental Film Festival: Jardín en el mar

March 17, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for a screening of Jardín en el Mar as part of the Environmental Film Festival.

Jardín en el Mar is the story of an exceptional project. Several years ago, a group of enthusiastic and committed people started to work for the protection of the Islands in the Sea of Cortez in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Thanks to this effort all the Islands became a UNESCO world heritage site, but the story of Espíritu Santo island is especially remarkable. It was bought back from different owners and donated to the people of Mexico for its conservation in perpetuity.

To celebrate the success of all the efforts and to remind people of our close relation to the ocean, renowned Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias was asked to make a piece of art for the Island. Cristina decided to create a "Garden in the Sea", a labyrinth-like setting of various screens sunk into the sea, that nature will grow over, generating marine life.

This documentary follows the 4-year process of the piece, but also dives deep into the beauty of the place, the heart and soul of the people involved and it makes a clear statement of how valuable and beautiful our blue planet is. It is a journey into a remote and mystic place full of wonders, but it also makes us aware of the delicate situation confronted by nature.

A Q&A with Executive Producer Rodolfo Ogarrio, President, Mexican Foundation for Environmental Education, will follow the screening. This film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
March 17, 6:45pm


Buen día, Ramón

October 22, 2015, 6:30pm at the Goethe-Institut Washington

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute invites you to a screening of Buen día, Ramón (Good day, Ramón/Guten Tag Ramón), presented as the opening event of the Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. A dialogue about immigration will follow the film.

A box office hit in Mexico & Europe, Buen día, Ramón follows the adventures of Ramón, who hails from a small Northern Mexican town. Undaunted after five failed attempts to make it across the US border to help his penniless family, an unexpected windfall provides the means to fly to Germany where he seeks out his friend's aunt. She's not at the expected address leaving Ramon to fend for himself stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops a rewarding and touching relationship that spans two different worlds.

Directed by Jorge Ramírez-Suárez, Buen día, Ramón won 7 out of 8 Nominations of Diosas de Plata (Silver Goddesses) from Mexican Film Critics Association and has 6 Nominations from the Mexican Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

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Goethe-Institut Washington
812 7th Street Northwest
Washington DC, 20001
October 22, 6:30pm
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Mexico at the AFI Latin American Film Festival

September 26, 2015, 7:30pm at the AFI Latin American Film Festival

 

The AFI Latin American Film Festival (September 17 - October 7) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, celebrating Ibero-American cultural connections through modern cinema.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host writer-director Manolo Caro as he presents his film Elvira, I'd Give You My Life, But I'm Using It / Elvira, te daría mi vida, pero la estoy usando on September 26 with a special Q&A and reception after the screening.

In the film Elvira, a forty-year-old mother of two, begins a tireless search for her husband and love of her life after he doesn't return home from buying cigarettes. The clues lead her to conclude that her husband has been having a relationship on the side. Still, the unfortunate discovery won't stand in the way of her mission to find him.

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Other Mexican Films:
Gloria - September 25 & September 27
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LUCIFER - September 21 & September 30
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AFI Silver Theater
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
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The [Monarch] Butterfly Effect

April 28, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute to enjoy a festival of videos produced by young Mexican and American directors!

In The [Monarch] Butterfly Effect a cross-cultural group of film students from American University and Tec de Monterrey travel to the remote mountains of México to tell the epic story of the monarch butterfly's annual 3,000 mile journey from Canada and the US all the way to the pine and oyamel fir tree forests of the Mexican state of Michoacán.

In a series of compelling documentary shorts, the international film team brings attention to the threats facing these iconic orange and black butterflies, exploring the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the species, and celebrates the power of ordinary people, showing the commitment of school children and everyday citizens, both within the United States and México, in coming together to preserve the monarch butterfly for future generations.

Jointly produced by thirty-two film students from American University, Washington, D.C. and Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, México. 30 min.

A Q&A with Professors Sarah Menke-Fish, American University and Daniel Cabrera, Tec de Monterrey, Executive Producers will follow the screening.

Also showing after The [Monarch] Butteryfly Effect is A Walk With Diana Kennedy. Diana Kennedy is an internationally acclaimed chef and expert in Mexican cuisines as well as an advocate for sustainable living. Nestled in the forests of Michoacan, Kennedy's passion for the environment is exemplified in her eco-friendly residence and by her determination to share her sustainable lifestyle. 5 min.


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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
April 28, 6:45pm


Carmita at the Iberoamerican Film Festival

March 31, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the film Carmita as part of AACIA's Iberoamerican Film Festival. Carmita, directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán, is representing the Dominican Republic at this year's festival.

Carmita, an 80 year Cuban actress exiled in Mexico lives in her mansion in ruins. She's strong enough to appear on TV, reply her fan mail and complain about her ex husband, who ruined her dream of a possible Hollywood career. The unexpected visit of Laura and Israel allows us to discover a world trapped in the golden age memories.


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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 31, 6:45 pm


Iberoamerican Film Festival: Lu-To

March 24, 2015, 6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present the film Lu-To as part of AACIA's Iberoamerican Film Festival. Lu-To, directed by Mexican Katina Medina Mora, represents Mexico at the festival, bringing a picture of modern relationships to the silver screen. Join the institute for a night of international cinema. Writer and director Katina Medina Mora will be present for a Q&A after the screening.

Lu-To portrays a relationship in a process of irreversible decay. A typical contemporary couple, Luisa and Thomas fall in love and decide to live together without having heard each other in depth. Alarm bells begin ringing since their first dates, but they don't pay attention to them since they cannot manage to see beyond their momentary feelings - when there is such a strong passion, reason takes a long nap.


Katina Medina Mora
Drama / 2013 / 62 min.
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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 24th, 6:45 pm


Environmental Film Festival: The Bat Man of Mexico

March 22, 2015, 1:15 pm at the National Museum of Natural History

 

Directed by Tom Mustill (at left) and narrated by David Attenborough, The Bat Man of Mexico tells the story of Rodrigo Medellin, Mexico's very own 'Bat Man'. Since he first kept vampire bats in his bathroom as a child, Rodrigo has dedicated his life to saving them. Now Mexico's most famous export, tequila, is at stake. Rodrigo's beloved lesser long-nosed bat is crucial to the liquor - pollenating the plants the drink is made from. To save both, Rodrigo must track the bats' epic migration across Mexico - braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches. The threats are very real for not only Rodrigo and the bats, but also for anyone with a taste for tequila.

Introduced by Larry O'Reilly, Interim CEO, Wildscreen Film Festival, a discussion with Dr. Rodrigo A. Medellín, President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Senior Professor at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, will follow the screening.


Narrated by David Attenborough
Documentary / 59 min.
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National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20560
March 22, 1:15pm


Environmental Film Festival: Sharks of Mexico

March 18, 2015, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present Sharks of Mexico as part of the 2015 Environmental Film Festival. The documentary's director, Gerardo del Villar, will be in attendance to present his work and participate in a discussion and Q&A following the screening.

Sharks of Mexico follows underwater photographer and shark expert Gerardo del Villar and his team of divers, photographers, videographers, biologists, and specialists as they try to prove that Mexico is one of the largest shark sanctuaries on the planet, inhabited by over 100 shark species. With a dedicated team that has been diving, studying, and documenting sharks around the world, Gerardo embarks on the journey of a lifetime. Join the expedition as they are tested, amazed, and humbled by Mexico's stunning underwater habitats and the sharks that call them home. 40 mins.

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Sharks of Mexico will follow a screening of the short film Baja's Secret Miracle. In Baja's Secret Miracle Mario Castro, a fisherman that decided to change the destiny of his community, narrates this wonderful story that takes us on a decades long journey to understand how the town of Cabo Pulmo created the world's most robust marine reserve. Directed by Eliana Alvarez Martinez. 12 mins.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
March 18, 6:45 pm


Flight of the Butterflies in IMAX 3D

at the The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Maryland Science Center

 

Flight of the Butterflies 3D follows the fascinating journey of the monarch butterfly. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award-winning team including Oscar winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies. For a trailer, click here.



La Nueva Ola: Films from Mexico, Cuba, and Spain

December 3 - 7, 2014 at the GALA Theater

 

This year's GALA theater film fest is "La Nueva Ola: Films from Mexico, Cuba, and Spain". The festival will showcase a variety of films, ranging from the old to the new, including the DC premiere of Los Insólitos Peces Gato (The Amazing Catfish) on December 5th.

Los Insólitos Peces Gato (The Amazing Catfish)
(2013) Directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce
December 5 | 7:30 pm

Winner of multiple awards at film festivals around the world, Los Insólitos Peces Gato is a heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital and whose lives become intertwined as one bonds with the other's children. The Mexican Cultural Institute will present a Q&A with lead actress Lisa Owen and director of Cinema Tropical, Carlos Gutiérrez after the film, which will be followed by a reception. This is a night of cinema not to be missed!

(Still Image from Aventurera)

Other Mexican Films

Quebranto (Disrupted)
(2013) Directed by Roberto Fiesco
December 6 | 9:30 pm

Quebranto is a powerful documentary, the heart of which is a conversation between 70-year old actress Doña Lilia Ortega and her daughter, Coral Bonelli, a cabaret performer who started her career as a male child actor, Fernando Ortega ("Pinolito") in the 1970s Mexican film industry.

Aventurera (Adventress)
(1950) Directed by Alberto Gout
December 7 | 2:00 pm

One of the most popular Mexican films ever made and a stand out of Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema, this cult sensation is a cabareteras, a film noir and musical hybrid popular in Mexico in the '40s and '50s. Starring the immortal Ninón Sevilla, a cross between Rita Hayworth and Carmen Miranda, it follows the rise and fall of a nightclub star with a dark past.

Festival curated by Carlos Gutiérrez of Cinema Tropical and sponsored by Embassy of Spain in Washington, SPAIN Arts & Culture, Embassy of Mexico in Washington, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cinema Tropical, and Cuban Interests Section in USA.

Festival Community Partners: AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Latin é, Smithsonian Latino Center, DC Independent Film Festival, and Women in Film & Video.

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3333 14th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20010
December 3 - 7
$10 Suggested Donation | Register here


Los Cabos Film Festival

November 12 - 16, 2014 in Los Cabos, Mexico

 

Every November, Los Cabos, one of Mexico's most beautiful destinations, hosts a forum for dialogue and collaboration between Mexican cinema and its North American cultural commercial partners.

Los Cabos International Film Festival, is an event dedicated to the shared vision of this multicultural and vibrant region that brings international audiences bold, reflective and inspiring films year after year.

From November 12 to 16, 2014, strategic partners from Mexico, USA, Canada and friends from around the world will jointly build a platform for cultural and business exchange in the cinema field in this wonderful Baja California Sur location.





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November 12th - 16th
Los Cabos, Mexico


Gabriel Figueroa Film Screenings

6:45 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Embassy of Mexico and The Televisa Foundation, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a number of events in conjunction with the exposition Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer: Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema.

Films:

Presented by Carlos Gutierrez*
Presented by Todd Hitchcock**

Multiple Perspectives, the crazy machine* | September 18, 6:45 pm
Documentary, 96 min.
Emilio Maillé, 2012
An immersion into some of the most symbolic and iconic images of Mexican cinematography, shot by Gabriel Figueroa, along with commentary by the 40 most importante cinematographers worldwide.

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The Pearl** | October 15, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 87 min.
Emilio El Indio Fernández, 1945
"The Pearl was an uncompromisingly ironic and brilliantly photographed translation of John Steinbeck's fable about civilized greed and plunderlust. Producer Oscar Dancingers and director Emilio Fernández cast Pedro Armendáriz as a pearl-fisher who finds a fabulous gem and rejoices in contempolation of the freedom it symbolizes." Jewell, R & Vernon, H (1982). The RKO Story, London, Octopus Books Limited.

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Los olvidados (The young and the damned)** | October 30, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 85 min.
Luis Buñuel, 1950
Los Olvidados is widely acclaimed as a masterpiece. It was inscribed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register in 2003 in recognition of its historical significance.

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Carlos Gutierrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. He has served as both expert nominator and panelist for the Rockefeller Fellowship Program for Mexican Film & Media Arts and for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, as well as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students. He holds MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).

Todd Hitchcock is Director of Programming for the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theater. He has been programming films at the AFI Silver Theatre since 2003, including specialty first-run engagements, repertory series, and annual film festivals devoted to contemporary cinema from Latin America, Africa and the European Union countries. During this time he has programmed retrospective series of all shapes and sizes for famous filmmakers and has worked with many partnering institutions such as Smithsonian and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Photo above: Salón México, 1948, Colección Gabriel Figueroa




Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Free Admission
To RSVP click here


AFI Latin American Film Festival

September 18 - October 8, 2014, at the AFI Silver Theater

 

PRESENTING

Paradise | Fri, Sep 26, 7:15 pm & Mon, Sep 29, 9:15 pm

Featuring Q&A with director Mariana Chenillo and post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute

Carmen and Alfredo are a happy, overweight couple whose sheltered life in the suburbs is flipped upside-down when they move to bustling Mexico City. Adapting to pressures of life in the capital, Carmen decides to go on a diet and begs Alfredo to join her. Alfredo quickly sheds more pounds than his wife, boosting his confidence but creating friction in the relationship. Searching for happiness, Carmen realizes that food isn't just about calories. Writer/director Mariana Chenillo follows up her award-winning debut, NORA'S WILL, with this touching romantic comedy. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto, San Sebastian Film Festivals.

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8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 18th through October 8th
Tickets $13\$10 for AFI members

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"A Portrait of Diego" with Diego Lopez

May 13, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join us at the Institute for an exciting evening at the intersection of film, commentary, and exhibition on Tuesday May 13th. Diego Lopez, the grandson of Diego Rivera, comes to the Institute to screen his 2007 documentary A Portrait of Diego, in conjunction with the close of the MCI's exhibition Man at the Crossroads, on Diego Rivera's mural in New York City. Don't miss this exciting event celebrating our successful exhibition!

"A Portrait of Diego" illustrates the socio-political impact of Rivera's work on a Mexico emerging from the ruin of civil war. It includes interviews with Rivera's daughter, Guadalupe Rivera Marin, the writer Carlos Monsivais and the painter José Luis Cuevas. It includes 40 minutes of film made in 1949 by one of the most important the Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002). That film was recently discovered in the archives of Rivera's friend, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997), who photographed some of Luis Buñuel's films, including "Los Olvidados" (1950).

The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 13, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP recommended:
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Nosotros Los Nobles at the IDB

April 24, 2014 at the Inter-American Development Bank

 

Don't miss We Are the Nobles at the IADB's Enrique Iglesias Auditorium on Thursday, April 24th! This smash-hit, culture-clash comedy from 35-year-old Mexican director Gaz Alazraki earned more than $26 million at the domestic box office last year—the highest-grossing local film ever.

"Wealth shall not pass three generations," goes the old adage, but that's cold comfort to widower and workaholic businessman German Noble (Gonzalo Vega), who realizes the fortune he's inherited and massaged would soon be squandered by his three spoiled-rotten kids if left to their own devices. Eldest son Javi (Luis Gerardo Mendez) is a party animal with crazy business schemes, daughter Barbie (Karla Souza) clings to her trust fund, and chick magnet Cha (Juan Pablo Gil) takes life as it comes. The answer? A fake bankruptcy, of course, after which Noble forces his kids to get jobs. This inventive satire about the economic gulf in modern Mexico is shrewd and very funny; stay through the closing credits for a final surprise. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Inter-American Development Bank
Enrique Iglesias Auditorium
April 24
Free Admission


Redes Festival: Viva Zapata Film Screening and Book Discussion

April 5, 2014, 10:30am at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

This season's PostClassical Ensemble Book Club event features the Marlon Brando film Viva Zapata! (1952), scripted by John Steinbeck. The assigned book is John Steinbeck's Zapata. Join us for a screening and discussion, led by Georgetown University's John Tutino (a historian of Mexico and its revolutions) and Jorge Hernandez (Mexican historian and writer).

Compared to the iconic Mexican film masterpiece Redes, Viva Zapata! fails to capture the Mexico that inspired and amazed John Steinbeck. Why? What happened? How were the best intentions squandered and distorted? Read Steinbeck's original vision in Zapata, come and join us in viewing Viva Zapata!, and explore with us why and how a vision of Mexico as a land of promise in the 1930s became something else in the 1950s.

With the participation of Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Joseph Horowitz, PostClassical Ensemble's music and executive directors. Click here to see Joseph Horowitz talk about the event on Youtube.

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See more about the events on the PCE website

This event is part of a constellation of events comprising PostClassical's Mexican Festival Redes.

THE CONFERENCE (below)
April 11
Georgetown University
curated by John Tutino


THE CONCERT AND FILM SCREENING
May 10
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
April 5, 10:30am
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Environmental Film Festival: Angel Azul

March 20, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Come see the Washington, DC premiere of Angel Azul as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital! Don't miss a screening of the mesmerizing underwater documentary, which explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he's cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. On this stunning visual adventure, Angel Azul invites viewers to ponder our connection to this valuable and beautiful Mexican ecosystem. For a trailer, click here

The movie will be screened in English, and will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Thomas Gorneau, President, Global Coral Reef Alliance, and filmmakers Marcelina Cravat and Kath Delaney, alongside an appearance by Paul Sánchez-Navarro, the director of the Ecological Center in Akumal.

For more information on this and other DC Environmental Film Fest Movies, click here

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 20, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


La Montaña Screening at the Institute

February 28, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a screening of the 2013 film La Montaña, as part of the AACIA Iberoamerican Film Showcase at the Mexican Cultural Institute! The film, presented by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, follows the story of a Caribbean expedition that managed to make history by crowning Mount Everest with the Dominican flag. The feat inspired three young surfers, sons of fishermen from the small southern town of Nizao, who set out to conquer the highest mountain of the island and the Caribbean: Pico Duarte.

La Montaña is an epic tale, built on motivation, inspiration, determination and achievement. An adventure that is proof that from the sea to the sky, we all have a dream, a goal, a mountain to conquer. Click here for a trailer.

The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

Click here for a list of Iberoamerican Film Showcase's movies.




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 28, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Los Que Se Quedan at GWU

February 28, 2014, 10:00am at George Washington University

 

Don't miss a screening of the intimate and discerning depiction of nine Mexican families who cross the border in search of a better life in Los Que Se Quedan, the film crowned Best Documentary at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. The screening is sponsored by George Washington University's Center for Latin American Issues, and will be followed by a Q & A discussion with the film's director, Carlos Hagerman. Click here for a trailer.

The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

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The George Washington University
Duquès Hall, Suite 451
2201 G Street, NW
Washington, DC
RSVP to rsvpclai@gwu.edu


Vuelve a La Vida Screening at the MCI

February 27, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a screening of the 2010 film Vuelve a la Vida, as part of the AACIA Iberoamerican Film Showcase at the Mexican Cultural Institute, featuring director Carlos Hagerman! Vuelve a la Vida a documentary that asks questions like: How did a poor Mexican scuba diver get to marry a top American model? What was she looking for when she drove from New York to Acapulco with her 3 year old son? What happened to that white freckly boy who grew up in a world that reminded him everyday that he was a foreigner?

Using a legendary shark hunt in the late seventies as its core, Vuelve a la Vida meets the Martinez Sidney family and uncovers the secrets of their peculiar past, ultimately showing us a bigger, more complex picture of the Mexican-American relationship. A Q&A with director Hagerman will follow. Click here for a trailer.

The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

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Click here for a list of Iberoamerican Film Showcase's movies.




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
February 27, 6:45pm
Free Admission

RSVP to rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Reel Woman Film Festival: No Quiero Dormir Sola

December 11, 2013, 7:00pm at the Teatro Gala

 

Don't miss the DC premiere of the award-winning Mexican film I Don't Want to Sleep Alone at the Teatro Gala in Columbia Heights! The movie, part of Teatro Gala's Reel Women film festival, will feature a conversation with Mexican director Nataia Beristain (left). The discussion will be moderated by Mimi Machado-Luces, local Emmy-Award winning filmmaker on board of Women in Film & Video. A Reception will follow, hosted by the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Synopsis: Amanda is 33 years old and suffers from a condition: she cannot sleep alone. Her dull life is suddenly altered when she is forced to take care of her alcoholic grandmother, Dolores, a retired actress who lives on her past glories (played by veteran actress Adriana Roel). Largely based on the filmmaker's relationship with her own grandmother, Beristain's film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and won the prize for Best Film at the 2012 Morelia Film Festival. Click here for a trailer.

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3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20010
December 11, 7:00pm
$10 suggested donation

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Metro: Columbia Heights


Mexico at the AFI Latin American Film Festival

October 5 and 6, 2013, at the AFI Silver Spring

 

The AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

The 2013 festival kicked off with a jam-packed screening of Carlos Cuarón's "Sugar Kisses", and will feature two other Mexican films:

Last Call / Sat, Oct 5, 5:00; Sun, Oct 6, 3:00

Doing theater is an act of faith, and a production of "Caligula" is teetering on the precipice of destruction in this award-winning Mexican film from Francisco Franco. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Who is Dayani Cristal? / Sat, Oct 5, 7:00, Sun, Oct 6, 1:00

In the Arizona desert near the Mexican border, a tattoo on the man's chest, "Dayani Cristal", the only clue to his identity. As forensic scientists in the U.S. do their best to solve the man's journey from Honduras, on trains and on foot through Mexico, their own path breathes life into the story of the undocumented and underrepresented. Starring Gael García Bernal. In English.

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See complete list of films and showtimes

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
For more info, click here


"Sugar Kisses" Featuring Carlos Cuarón at the AFI

September 21-22, 2013, at the AFI Silver Spring

 

Famed Mexican screenwriter / director Carlos Cuaron (Y tu mamá también, Rudo y Cursi) will screen his newest film Sugar Kisses as part of AFI's 24th annual Latin American Film Festival, in Silver Spring. The September 21st showing will feature a Q&A and reception with the director—a rare opportunity to see one of Mexico's cinematic greats in person!

In Sugar Kisses, Nacho, a 13 year old boy, crosses the threshold of adolescence trying to find his place in life in all the wrong places: a dysfunctional family and a social setting that is corrupt and violent. Can the purity of first love survive the darkest aspects of our society?

The AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

See complete list of films and showtimes

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
Saturday, 9/21, 7pm Q&A with director to follow
Sunday 9/22, 5pm Screening only
For more info, click here


Visa to Paradise with Director Lillian Liberman

June 28, 2013, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Mexico's participation in the Iberoamerican Film Festival with a screening of the 2010 documentary Visa to Paradise at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Friday, June 28th. Film Director Lillian Liberman will be present for a Q&A following the film!

After their defeat in the Spanish Civil War, 500,000 Republicans crossed the French Border to save their life; many of them were thrown into concentration camps, without basic liberties or sanitary conditions. President Lázaro Cárdenas then sends Gilberto Bosques to Paris as Consul General of Mexico, in order to rescue Spanish Republicans located in the south of France. After the onset of World War II in 1939, Bosques installs the Consulate in Marseilles and extends the diplomatic mission to save thousands who were persecuted by the Nazis.

For a complete listing of Iberoamerican Film Festival movies, click here.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 28, 6:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP required:

rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Kids World Cinema Festival

May 18, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute, along with the Japan Information & Culture Center of the Embassy of Japan, for a selection of children's shorts from Mexico and Japan. Mexican short films include Lucy vs. the Limits of Voice, by Mónica Herrera, Eye, by Lorenza Manrique, Defective, from Gabriela Martínez Garza and Jon Fernández López, and Tintico's Afternoons, by Alejandro García Caballero, an award-winning short soon to be presented at Cannes 2013.

These films will be shown alongside a collection of Japanese shorts, inviting Washingtonians to compare cross-cultural differences in the genre and inspiring youngsters through the discovery of foreign cinema.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 18, 11:30am
Free Admission, RSVP required:

rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Environmental Film Fest DC: "Drought"

March 23, 2013 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Come see the Washington, DC premiere of Everardo Gonzalez's Drought as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. The film will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles, and will be followed by a light reception.

"In order to have a piece of land, you must suffer," laments an old man in this poetic cinema verité film of a cattle-ranching community in northeastern Mexico on the verge of extinction. Working and living on the arid desert plains, the families of cowboys and farmers find pleasure in the simple things of life - family dinners, weddings and baptisms, the occasional village fiesta - but throughout it all, they look to the skies for signs of much needed rain. Stunningly photographed and delicately paced, Drought is a poignant portrait of a way of life on the verge of extinction.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
March 23, 2:00pm
Free Admission, RSVP required:

rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Mexican Comedy Films at the GALA

October 12th - 14th 2012 at the Gala Hispanic Theatre

 

Enjoy three days of landmark films of the giants of Mexican comedy. From the era of Cantinflas, Tin Tán, and Piporro, to the lucha libre films of the late 60s, to the acid humor of Diego Luna's most recent film Abel.

On Friday, October 12th, the opening film Caiman's Dream will be be followed by a post-performance discussion about Mexican film featuring curator Carlos Gutierrez, Professor David Wilt of George Washington University and the University of Maryland, and Dr. Barbara Tenenbaum of the Library of Congress. The three will discuss the evolution of Mexican cinema from the 1940's to today, specifically focusing on the changing roles of superstardom and celebrity in Mexican film. The film will begin at 7pm, and the roundtable at 9pm. For more information, see the GALA website.

Founded in 1976, GALA Hispanic Theatre has long been a groundbreaking and energetic "theater with a different accent," presenting classical and contemporary plays in Spanish and English, plus an accompanying program of dance, music, poetry, spoken word, art and, more recently, film. The GALA Hispanic Theatre is centrally located in Columbia Heights, at the intersection of 14th and Park.


The Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St NW
$5 Suggested Donation per Movie
Take metro or rail to Columbia Heights Station


2012 AFI Latin American Film Festival

September 20 - October 10, 2012 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

 

Don't miss the 23rd annual AFI Latin American Film Festival! The festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. The 2012 festival will feature another lineup of exciting new films making their local premieres. The full lineup will be available here.

Highlights of the festival include the Opening Night selection, the rousing LA-set hip hop drama FILLY BROWN; Mexico's A SECRET WORLD, a sensation at the Berlin International Film Festival; the US premiere of Argentina's CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD; David Riker's Mexico-US immigration drama, THE GIRL, starring Abbie Cornish; festival sensation UNA NOCHE, from Cuba; TROPICÁLIA, the definitive documentary on the influential Brazilian music movement, and LA CASA DEL RITMO, A FILM ABOUT LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES, chronicling the story of Venezuela's most famous Grammy-winning band; HERE AND THERE, winner of the top prize in Critic's Week at this year's Cannes Film Festival; and Alex de la Iglesia's lunatic media satire, AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, starring Mexico's Salma Hayek.

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
For more info, click here


Screening: "Burros" by Odin Salazar

September 28, 2012, 4:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

As part of National Geographic's annual All Roads Film Festival, the Institute is pleased to present Odin Salazar's award-winning 2011 film "Burros," which "steers a finely gauged course between poetic mysticism and historical realism" (Variety) while exploring land reform in 1940s Mexico. The movie will screen Friday, September 28th at 4:30pm, here at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Click here for a trailer.

In conjunction with "Burros", the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to support the screening of three shorts--"El Pescador" by Samantha Pineda, "La Despedida" by Fabian Ibarra, and Hugo Ortiz Messner's "La Tuna"--which will show at 1:00pm on Sunday, September 30th at the National Geographic Headquarters (1145 17th Street Northwest) For more information on this event, please visit the All Roads website.

Born in Mexico City, Odin Salazar attended Engineering School for five years before he began studying film at UNAM's Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he majored in film direction, graduating in 2000. Since 2001, he has worked as an assistant director for various films and television series. In 2007, he won an award from IMCINE for his "Burros" script, and just a year later, he won production support from FOPROCINE for the film, which began shooting in 2009.


Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
October 18 and December 6, 4:30pm
Free Admission, RSVP recommended:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


Cinema: Los Tachados

June 19, 2012 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD

 

Don't miss the documentary Crossed Out (Los Tachados), a Swedish production, written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Roberto Duarte, Official Selection Morelia International Film Festival, Cannes International Critics' Week and Krakow International Film Festival 2012.

Director/Writer Roberto Duarte travels home to Mexico to ask his grandmother a taboo family question: Why are his uncle and aunt crossed out from all the family photos? Duarte examines the impact of secrets within his close-knit family and struggles with how best to inquire into the sadness and mistakes of the previous generation.


Iberoamerican Film Festival for Children

May 26, 2012 at the Gala Hispanic Theatre, Washington DC

 

GALita, a program of GALA Hispanic Theatre, is proud to present its 4th Children's Film Festival featuring classic children's films from Argentina, Mexico and El Salvador that capture the imagination of children and parents alike. The films are fun, educational and stimulate children to think creatively.

The film festival will be presented on Saturdays, May 5 at 3 pm, May 19 at 1 pm and 3 pm, and May 26 at 3 pm. The duration of each film varies between 50 and 90 minutes, and the content is suitable for the whole family. The films are in Spanish with English subtitles.













Environmental Film Festival

March 13 - 25, 2012 around Washington, DC

 

Founded in 1993, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital has become one of the world's largest and most influential showcases of environmental film and a major collaborative cultural event in Washington, D.C. Each March the Festival presents a diverse selection of high quality environmental films, including many Washington, D.C. , U.S. and world premieres. Documentaries, narratives, animations and shorts are shown, as well as archival, experimental and children's films at venues throughout the city. Films are screened at partnering museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters and are attended by large audiences. Selected to provide fresh perspectives on global environmental issues, most Festival films are accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, environmental experts and special guests, including national decision makers and thought leaders, and are free to the public.


Kids World Cinema

April 21, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

This showcase of international children's films, which is now in its fourth year, allows Washingtonians to compare cross-cultural differences in the genre and to inspire D.C. youngsters through the discovery of foreign cinema. The festival will feature a selection of the most significant international productions for young audiences. Each screening will be followed by a workshop and a discussion addressing the films' cultural contexts. Age group will vary with each film and workshop.





Iberoamerican Film Showcase

February 4, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

As part of the Iberoamerican Film Showcase that will take place from January 19th to February 23rd, 2012 at multiple Embassies and Cultural Centers, the Mexican Cultural Institute is pleased to screen SILVESTRE PANTALEON and THE MEXICAN SUITCASE.