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.
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