Cine Las Americas International Film Festival | April 16-21

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 2013

The 16th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival runs April 16-21, 2013, and showcases contemporary films from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. Films made by or about Latinos in the United States or the rest of the world, and films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate. The festival program offers the latest features, narratives, documentaries, short films, animation, youth films and more. All films are subtitled in English. Festival venues include the Stateside at the Paramount, Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University.


A Decade of Comedy in Latin American Cinema @ the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center–February 6, 13, 20 and 27

Decade in Latin America Cinema Feb 2013

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in collaboration with Cine Las Americas and Freestyle Language Center presents A Decade of Comedy in Latin American Cinema at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (Black Box Theatre), Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at 8 p.m. All films are subtitled in English. Free Admission.

Wednesday, February 6, 8 p.m.

Temporada de patos // Duck Season

Mexico, 2004, Dir. Fernando Eimbcke

Fourteen-year-old Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (Diego Castano) are ready to spend the perfect Sunday afternoon left alone at Flama’s apartment with a supply of soda, video games, and money for pizza. But their teenage bliss is interrupted by unexpected events, then crashed by their neighbor Rita (Danny Perea) who needs to bake a cake, and Ulises (Enrique Arreola), the pizza deliveryman who refuses to leave unpaid after being 11 seconds late on his delivery. As the afternoon goes by and the kids are unable to kill time in the usual way, they inevitably walk the tightrope of adolescent existence.

Wednesday, February 13, 8 p.m.

O Cheiro do Ralo // Drained

Brazil, 2006, Dir. Heitor Dalia

Based on the novel by Lourenco Mutarelli. Lourenco (Selton Mello) is a pawnshop owner who enjoys playing power games with his clients, always in control of the situation when people come to surrender their possessions.  To him, the world does not seem to be much more than a collection of objects that can be bought for a little money.  When he meets the new beautiful waitress (Paula Braun) at the diner where he frequently eats, Lourenco becomes obsessed with her well-shaped buttocks. Then a terrible smell begins emanating from the drain in his office. The progressively bad stench and Lourenco’s inability to express his feelings to the waitress slowly spin his life out of control.

Wednesday, February 20, 8 p.m.

25 Watts

Uruguay, 2001

Three slackers in suburban Montevideo go about the weekend doing almost nothing. Leche (Daniel Hendler), worried about a foul premonition, should be studying for his Italian language exam, but is more concerned with hitting on his teacher; Javi (Jorge Temponi) can’t wait to get rid of his job announcing sales for the local convenience store from a car with a loudspeaker strapped to the roof; and Seba (Alfonso Tort) is mostly worried about what film he should rent from the local video store. No one has anything important to do, other than to survive the weekend.

Wednesday, February 27, 8 p.m.

Illusiones Opticas // Optical Illusions

Chile, 2009, Dir. Christian Jimenez

Juan (Ivan Alvarez de Araya) is a blind man who has recently recovered his eyesight through surgery, but he may prefer to continue being blind. Manuela (Paola Lattus) is a young woman disappointed with her body and her lack of luck with men and wonders if cosmetic surgery would change her situation. Rafa (Eduardo Paxeco) just landed a job as a security guard at a shopping mall, but he feels overqualified for the job. David (Gregory Cohen) is a methodical man, an atheist in spite of his Jewish heritage, who is unable to accept his destiny. Rita (Valentina Vargas) is a classist and kleptomaniac who lives separated from her husband and likes to dominate everyone around her. Gonzalo (Alvaro Rudolphy) is an executive who is a fervent believer that an ad campaign will change the destiny of the corporation he works at. The lives of these characters are permeated by the corporate culture of VidaSur, a company born after the privatization of the state health system, and they intertwine in a world where nothing is what it seems.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Black Box Theatre
900 River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Pachanga Latino Music Festival 2012 @ Fiesta Gardens

The Pachanga Latino Music Festival, a Latin-themed music, cultural arts, and food festival, takes place Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12.  Latin Grammy and Grammy Winners Calle 13 headline Friday night.  Saturday festivities include international, national, and local performers, as well as Niños Rock Pachanga, a hands-on kid’s festival.  For more information, tickets, and full lineup visit


Fiesta Gardens
2100 Jesse E. Segovia
Austin, TX 78702


15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival

Each year, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival brings together Latino and indigenous filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters from all over the world, including Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Peru, Canada, the United States, and more.  The 15th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival runs April 24-29, 2012.  Films are subtitled in English and include features, documentaries, and short films.   Festival passes and general admission tickets are available.  All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and at St. Edward’s University are free and open to the public.

Festival Venues