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Los adioses

From Mexican filmmaker Natalia Beristáin (She Doesn’t Want to Sleep Alone) comes this riveting biopic of Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important literary voices to emerge from 20th century Mexico. As a young woman in postwar Mexico City, well-read university student Rosario (Tessa Ia The Burning Plain) transcends the era’s patriarchal society to grow into an influential poet and author. A volatile romance with her college sweetheart, Ricardo Guerra (Daniel Giménez Cacho, Zama), provides a personal avenue for her explorations of feminism and femininity, but the relationship grows tense as Rosario’s career blossoms, leaving her with a difficult choice. Beautifully shot, superbly acted, and immensely thoughtful, Los adioses is an engrossing drama and an insightful portrait of a writer’s life. Actress Karina Gidi (Abel), who plays the older Rosario, deservedly took home the Best Actress trophy at the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s equivalent of the Academy
Tue, Oct 9 8:45 PM
Thu, Oct 11 12:00 PM
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Amalia the Secretary (Amalia la secretaria)

At the crossroads of stoicism and paranoia, a rigid, rather cranky, Type A secretary named Amalia (the hilarious Marcela Benjumea) begins to unravel as carefree repairman Lázaro (Enrique Carriazo) waltzes into her life, introducing her (and effectively filling up her meticulous daily planner) to a world of cumbia, yoga, and spontaneous flirtation. As the CEO she loyally serves weighs the pros and cons of suicide versus reporting failing numbers at an impending board meeting, Amalia must choose whether to invest her high-functioning administrative energy into saving the company or launching a joie de vivre startup for herself and Lázaro, instead. With a close eye for detail, director Andrés Burgos captures the universal language of awkward office passive aggression, complete with clinking pens and shuffling paperwork, while juxtaposing the quotidian Colombian life of caring for elderly parents, commuting to work, and frequenting the local discoteca.
Thu, Oct 11 6:15 PM
Fri, Oct 12 3:00 PM
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El ángel

On the cusp of a sexual awakening, 19-year-old Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) meets a handsome classmate (Chino Darín), the son of a gun-toting father, and quickly graduates from adorable burglar to full-on sociopath. The titular “ángel” of Luis Ortega’s fourth feature, a box office smash in its native Argentina, is Carlos Robledo Puch, appearing barely post-pubescent with a soft white belly, golden ringlets, and a ruby-tinged pout—looking at odds with his starring role in a notorious 1970s crime spree. Bearing the artistic mark of Pedro Almodóvar (who co-produced the film), this true-crime tale deploys black humor, exuberant pop music, perfect period details, and some anachronistic art, providing subtle historical context in Argentina’s dictatorship and repressive machismo culture without excusing Carlitos’ behavior. Ferro and Darín deliver sensational turns as the criminal duo, with added support from the great Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) and Mercedes Morán (La ciénaga
Sun, Oct 7 9:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 8:45 PM
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Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano)

Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (the luminous, Academy Award®-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, MVFF 2015) seamlessly blend gorgeous cinematography in the breathtaking wilderness of the Guajira desert and an atmospheric soundtrack to depict the escalating power struggle between two Wayuu clans in this drama based on an incredible and surprising true story that feels as timeless as a Shakespearean tragedy. During Colombia’s marijuana boom in the 1970s, a Wayuu family is torn between upholding indigenous values of aligned word and deed and amassing money, guns, and power. Prodigal son Rapayet (José Acosta) and seer matriarch Ursula (Carmiña Martínez) try to have it both ways, teetering back and forth between tradition and profits. As the feud escalates and the families grow away from their customs—honoring their ancestors and living a spiritual life—in the increasingly modern world, the film barrels toward an explosive, surprising climax.
Wed, Oct 10 3:30 PM
Thu, Oct 11 8:30 PM
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Coco

Únete a nosotros para una gran fiesta para dar comienzo al programa especial de ¡Viva el Cine! del MVFF41 con la primera proyección en Marin de Coco, uno de los favoritos de la familia Pixar en español (con subtítulos en inglés). Ven temprano, habrá: pintura facial del Día de Muertos, churros frescos y chocolate, y un mariachi en vivo. Luego acomódate para disfrutar de la colorida historia de un niño mexicano que viaja a la Tierra de los Muertos para encontrar a sus antepasados y la fuente de su profundo amor—y la razón del desdén de su familia—por la música. Join us for a special fiesta to kick off MVFF41’s ¡Viva el Cine! program, with the first Marin screening of this Oscar®-winning Pixar family favorite in Spanish (with English subtitles). Come early for Day of the Dead face painting, fresh churros and chocolate, and live mariachi music. Then settle in to enjoy the colorful story of a young Mexican boy’s journey to the Land of the Dead to find his ancestors and the source of
Sun, Oct 7 11:00 AM
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Collisions

The devastating impact of the United States’ increasingly draconian immigration policy falls on one family in this breathtaking and timely first feature. With her passion for science and going to the mall, Itan Bautista is a typical San Francisco 12-year-old. But she is also responsible for caring for her little brother, Neto, while her mother, Yoana, works one of her four jobs—until the day the children return home to discover their mother missing after an ICE raid. The siblings end up on the doorstep of their estranged uncle Evencio (Jesse Garcia, Quinceñera), a hard-drinking truck driver with little interest in them. As ICE shuffles Yoana between detention centers, Itan is left with the burden of finding her mother, managing Evencio and Neto, and keeping up with her studies. Local writer-director Richard Levien puts the weight of his film in the hands of young Izabella Alvarez as Itan to mesmerizing effect.
Fri, Oct 12 8:45 PM
Sun, Oct 14 12:00 PM
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Ernesto

Japanese-Bolivian medical student Freddy Maemura Hurtado (Japanese superstar Joe Odagiri) travels to Cuba in 1962 to become a doctor, but instead joins Che Guevara’s guerrilla army to fight alongside his hero in this powerful, anti-war biopic. A fascinating Cold War footnote, Freddy’s story resonates with themes that speak sharply to today: from the ongoing threat of nuclear war to the perpetual injustice of poverty, proxy wars, and illegitimate foreign-backed governments. An unusual Japanese-Cuban co-production, shot largely (and evocatively) in Cuba, the film personalizes its politics through Freddy’s transformation from serious, idealistic student into an unlikely revolutionary who idolizes Che and quietly burns with moral outrage. Anger at America is a pulsing vein throughout the drama, but the pointed question the film asks is: What should one do? Is the struggle for freedom, peace, and justice worth risking one’s life? The earnest, uncynical answer is yes.
Thu, Oct 11 6:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 8:45 PM
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From Mexico, Con Amor

As part of our ¡Viva el Cine! initiative, this eclectic collection of short films is brought to us by our friends and neighbors in Mexico, in collaboration with the Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia. Join us for a lively medley of animation and live action, curated for audiences of all ages—and for both Spanish and English speakers alike—to enjoy. From music-loving mosquitoes to a boy who loves to draw, it is a lively celebration of curiosity and creativity. A Hole (El agujero) (Maribel Suárez, 2016, 5 min), Lucy vs. the Limits of Voice (Lucy contra los límites de la voz) (Mónica Herrera, 2014, 10 min), Bzzz (Anna Cetti & Guicho Nuñez, 2016, 4 min), Stardust (Polvo de estrellas) (Aldo Sotelo Lázaro, 2017, 14 min), Mateo and the Cinema (Mateo y el cine) (Luis Felipe Hernández Alanis, 2015, 4 min), Tintico's Afternoons (Las tardes de Tintico) (Alejandro García Caballero, 2016, 11 min)
Sun, Oct 7 1:30 PM
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Harvest Season

Meet the people who prune, bud, harvest, sample, press, and blend grapes from wood vine to bottle and bring together the extraordinary tastes of some of the world’s great wines produced in our neighboring Napa Valley. Director Bernardo Ruiz explores all the stages of wine production as seen and sensed by the individuals who contribute to the journey of these grapes from vine to vintage. Three storylines illustrate the passions of harvesters and winemakers in search of “the heart of the grape:” A migrant worker travels to Napa from Mexico to work the fields; Sonoma-born Vanessa Robledo embodies a proud heritage of three generations of Latino viticulturists through her leadership of Robledo, Black Coyote, and Mi Sueno wineries; and veteran winemaker Gustavo Brambila—whose story, in part, inspired the film Bottle Shock—produces his own label. Their stories converge during the all-important harvest season, dramatically affected by the 2017 wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties.
Sat, Oct 13 2:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 2:45 PM
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Museo

With choruses of charm and suspense, director Alonso Ruizpalacios (Güeros) steals the muse from museum in this mesmerizing thriller, the Best Screenplay award winner at the Berlin International Film Festival. Inspired by a notorious 1985 art heist that resulted in the theft of more than 100 Mesoamerican and Mayan artifacts from Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology, Museo follows perpetual students Juan (Gael García Bernal) and Wilson (Leonardo Ortizgris), the unlikely culprits behind the scandal that rocked a nation. Are they acting on behalf of the Mayan gods, or just acting out? Who gets to decide if it’s preservation or if it’s plundering? Clarity and objectivity are obscured with precision through Ruizpalacios’ lucid dreamlike camera as we hear the poetic reminiscing of a wiser Wilson’s narration and joyfully cringe at the magnetism of García Bernal at his most devilishly comedic as a moody bandito.
Sun, Oct 7 2:00 PM
Mon, Oct 8 8:30 PM
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Roma

CENTERPIECE: Oscar® winner Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) returns to his homeland in marvelous style with his first Mexican film since his breakout Y tu mamá también (MVFF 2001). Set in 1970, Roma centers on Cleo (a wonderful Yalitza Aparicio), the indigenous housekeeper to a large Mexico City family. With remarkable attention to detail, Cuarón lovingly captures the energy and textures of his youth, from the movie palaces and slums to the affluent rancheros and crowded hospitals. As Cleo faces her own personal crisis, we also see a country beset with natural disasters and civil unrest. But through it all is the bonding she experiences with three generations of women she works for in a story where compassion, loyalty, and love can transcend differences in class and culture. It’s an emotional epic, filmed (by Cuarón himself) in beautiful black and white with hat tips to Renoir and Fellini. Intensely personal and profoundly moving, Roma is a s
Mon, Oct 8 6:00 PM6:00 PM
Fri, Oct 12 9:30 PM
Sun, Oct 14 11:00 AM
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Sergio and Sergei

Based on a true story, this whimsical and lighthearted tale remains grounded in human struggles and emotions through the eyes and ears of Sergio (Tomás Cao, Viva), a young Cuban art professor and ham radio operator. Opening with a long zoom from outer space down to Earth, a lone figure rides his bicycle on the streets of Havana circa 1991 as Fidel Castro proclaims the continuation of the Cuban Revolution over the radio, even as the Soviet Union collapses. Sergio eagerly reaches out to the wider world, making friends on both sides of the Cold War, including Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut orbiting alone on the Mir space station, and Peter (Ron Perlman), an American journalist in New York. Though the special effects are low-budget, they are terrific in recreating the interstellar world. Back on Earth, the film depicts Havana continuing to glow in gorgeous light and colors even as electrical blackouts, government surveillance, and goods shortages leave many Cubans restless and longing f
Tue, Oct 9 6:00 PM
Wed, Oct 10 12:00 PM
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The Silence of Others

Since the death of Spain’s General Franco in 1975, the victims of his 40-year dictatorship have been awaiting justice for the crimes committed against them and their families. The 1976 “Pact of Forgetting,” an amnesty law meant to erase the county’s troubled history, did little to bridge the divide between victims and perpetrators, as it absolved both political prisoners and fascist henchmen of any wrongdoing. This award-winning and poignant documentary, executive produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar, illustrates how a grassroots effort to bring those guilty of crimes against humanity to justice blossomed into a national movement of remembrance and, ultimately, forgiveness. Aided by human rights lawyers and the now-elderly plaintiffs, an Argentine judge battles the Spanish government and time itself to undo decades of state-imposed amnesia. The testimonies of the victims, set against the starkly beautiful Spanish countryside, are a powerful indictment of the country’s dark past of t
Fri, Oct 5 8:15 PM
Sat, Oct 6 7:30 PM
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Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven)

Living with her father in a mountainous enclave of bohemians just outside Santiago, 16-year-old Sofía is very much off the grid literally and emotionally. Teetering on the brink of adulthood, she negotiates her blooming sexuality while observing the 'grown-up’ childishness around her.
Sun, Oct 7 11:15 AM
Tue, Oct 9 3:15 PM
Fri, Oct 12 3:15 PM
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Virus Tropical

This exquisitely animated coming-of-age tale, based on the graphic novel memoir by Colombian-Ecuadorian artist Power Paola, follows Paola from her conception to the trials and tribulations of young adulthood. In Quito, Ecuador, Paola navigates life as the baby of the family, constantly at odds with her older sisters and her loving but stern parents—her father an ex-priest who gives them communion at home, her mother a fortune teller. The film charts their family dysfunction in a frank and refreshing manner thanks to the distinct voice of Paola, imbuing Virus Tropical with an intimacy that renders it funny, tender, and moving all at once. The beautiful black-and-white animation style stays true to the film’s origins, capturing both the nostalgia and anguish of growing up. The first feature of video artist and animator Santiago Caicedo, Virus Tropical won audience awards at the SXSW and BAFICI Film Festivals.
Fri, Oct 12 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 14 11:30 AM
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