GRLAFF 2012: Los Colores de la montaña (The Colors of the Mountain)

5:30pm, Friday March 30 at Wealthy Theatre

2010 – Colombia, 93 min. – NR

Directed by Carlos César Arbeláez

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.


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GRLAFF 2012: Circo

3:30pm, Friday March 30 at Wealthy Theatre

2010 – México, 74 min. – NR
Directed by Aaron Schock
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.


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GRLAFF 2012: Postales de Leningrado (Postcards from Leningrad)

1pm, Friday March 30, Wealthy Theatre

2007 – Venezuela, 90 min. – NR
Directed by Mariana Rondón
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 on Mother’s Day. Due to the irony, her photos appear in the newspaper, and they had 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.

Sponsored by the Consulate of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela in Chicago.


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GRLAFF 2012: Espiral

7pm at Celebration! Cinema North

2009 – México, 99 min. – R-13
Directed by Jorge Pérez Solano
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


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2012 Update

We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks to put together a great lineup of films and guests for 2012. We’ll be releasing that lineup soon. Until then, be sure to mark your calendars for this year’s festival. It’ll be 29 March- 1 April at Celebration! Cinema and Wealthy Theatre.

Follow a film as it’s being made!

Hello festival friends,

If you can’t get enough of Latin American film, we have a great opportunity for you. Right now, Calvin College professor Daniel Garcia is in Peru with a group of students. They met up with Peruvian actors and crew members and together, they’re making a short film called “Pescadora.”

The crew has a blog at where you can watch videos and read about the sudents’ journey in Peru as they make this film.

Also, here’s an interesting fact: Daniel Garcia and his team are shooting in Northern Peru in a town called Cabo Blanco. This beautiful seaside fishing village has a long history in Peruvian filmmaking. Back in the 1950s, a film adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea was filmed there. While they were filming, Hemingway spent his time fishing and even caught a huge marlin. More recently, Javier Fuentes-León shot his film Contracoriente (Undertow) there.

Keynote lecture

Latin-American Cinema: Moving

Images, Crossing Borders

Marvin D’Lugo Ph.D., Clark University

Professor of Spanish and Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures;

Adjunct Professor, Screen Studies and Literatures

Very few films from Latin America make it to the U.S. market. Those

films that do, usually fit into established stereotypes of Latin-American

culture. What is the underlying formula for commercial success for

Latin American films in the U.S.? This talk focuses on some recent

films on U. S. screens, and also on the obstacles that filmmakers must

surmount in order to cross cinematic and cultural borders.

Dr. D’Lugo has been at Clark University since 1972.  His special areas of re-

search and teaching include Spanish-language cinema, especially those of Spain,

Cuba, Argentina, and Mexico.  For the last five years, Dr. D’Lugo has directed

the Worcester Latino Film Festival, which brings a noted director and recent

Latino films to campus each spring. Dr. D’Lugo is the author of an encyclopedia

of Spanish film and The Films of Carlos Saura: The Practice of Seeing.