GRLAFF 2012: También la Lluvia (Even the Rain)

1:30pm, Sunday April 1 at Wealthy Theatre

2010 – Spain- México- France, 102 min. – NR

Directed by Iciar Bollain, Starring Gael García Bernal

Spanish and Quechua languages, with English Subtitles
Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors is a leading activist in the protest movement.

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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: 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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