Cine Las Americas Announces 2014 Lineup


Cine Las Americas announced their full film lineup last week in preparation for their upcoming festival, which takes place April 22-27. his is the 17th year for the fest, and the list of events includes thought-provoking and unique films from all over the world.

The kickoff will take place Tuesday night, April 22 at 7 pm with the movie Tercera Llamada (Last Call) at the Marchesa Theatre. The story is based on a play written by director Francisco Franco in which a theater group goes through a challenging process in trying to stage the play Caligula for an international theater festival.

The Marchesa is one of four venues for film screenings this year, including the Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and the Jones Auditorium at the Ragsdale Center of St. Edward's University.

Each venue will focus on different categories: The Village will host the Narrative Competition short and feature films, as well as New Releases and Official Selections of the festival. The MACC will hold free screenings during the week, as well as Documentary Competition films and Emergencia Youth Film Day on Saturday, April 26.

The Marchesa will be home to a retrospective series of films by filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez.  A native of west San Antonio, Guriérrez single-handedly won a place in Texas cinemas for Chicano films during the 1970s. The director, actor, writer and producer will be in attendance for the screening of three feature films and one short documentary, presented in restored archival 35mm prints. Along with international new releases and the fest's traditional "Hecho En Texas" program, the Marchesa will also host the closing-night film Pelo Malo (Bad Hair), about a nine-year-old boy who is fed up with his "bad hair" and decides to straighten it for his school photo, causing an uproar from his family and friends.  

You can find the entire list of films here. Film Passes are on sale now for $80, and can be purchased through the Cine Las Americas website or at the festival registration desk. Individual tickets will be for sale starting the week of the festival at the box office of the Marchesa Hall & Theatre and the Alamo Drafthouse Village.