Cine Las Americas Virtual Showcase
Cine Las Americas will present the CLA2020 Virtual Showcase, presented by the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Taking place on consecutive weekends, the virtual event will present 49 films (seven features, 32 shorts, and 10 music videos) hailing from 12 different countries. The films represent the works of some 60 directors with over 30 being female, as well as films from Indigenous filmmakers, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and POC filmmakers.
Narrative feature competition films include Patricia Velásquez Guzmán’s Costa Rican and Chilean drama Apego (Attachment), about an architect facing a career and family crossroads; Fernando Zuber’s Argentinian film Ciegos, about the physical and emotional journey a 13-year-old boy takes with his blind father to his hometown; and Dainara Toffoli’s Brazilian drama Mar de Dentro (The Sea Within), about a professional woman dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
Documentary feature competition films include Claudia Escobar’s U.S and Mexican co-production, Dear Homeland, which tells the story of Mexican singer/songwriter Diana Gameros coming of age in the United States while finding her voice as an artist; Eliza Capai’s Brazilian documentary Espero Tua (Re)Volta (Your Turn), which looks at the Brazilian student movement from the protests of 2013 until the election of the new president, Jair Bolsonaro, in 2018; and Simón Uribe’s Colombian film Suspensión (Suspension), which focuses on the project of a modern road seeking to overcome the imposing geography of the Andes.
All films and videos presented in the CLA2020 Virtual Showcase will be offered free of charge, with prior registration, and all will be eligible for Audience Awards in their respective categories. Go to the official site for a full schedule of screenings.