MVFF’s ¡Viva el Cine! initiative showcases prize-winning Spanish-language and Latin American films that seek to engage and embrace our Spanish-speaking and -loving audiences. These screenings create a unique community where history, culture, and identity can be explored through the magic of movies.

¡Viva el Cine! es una iniciativa que presenta películas galardonadas en español y latinoamericanas que buscan involucrar y abrazar a nuestro público hispano-hablante y los amantes del idioma. Estas proyecciones crean una comunidad única donde se puede explorar la historia, la cultura y la identidad a través de la magia de las películas.

CHECK OUT THE ¡VIVA EL CINE! FILMS AT MVFF43, OCTOBER 8-18!

CFI EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGER MELANIE NICHOLS SELECTS
O MENINO E O MUNDO (BOY & THE WORLD)
Director: Alê Abreu (Brazil 2013) 80 min.
Nonverbal. Ages 8- Adult

“A beautiful and vibrant action-packed animated roller coaster of a cautionary tale that takes us on a wildly creative ride. A boy journeys from his rural, happy, pastoral life to look for his father, who, like many others, has traveled to the city seeking work. He meets kindness, sees wonder and experiences joy, but also witnesses darker forces of the modern world: militarization, industrialization which causes climate change, and automation which forces people out of jobs. Color, imagery, and music blend to portray a powerful and deep message, both joyful and disturbing.” –Melanie Nichols

Available with subscription: Netflix
Available to rent or purchase: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu

MVFF WORLD CINEMA PROGRAMMER JOÃO FEDERICI SELECTS
UNA MUJER FANTASTICA (A FANTASTIC WOMAN)
Director: Sebastián Lelio (Chile, 2017) 104 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

A Fantastic Woman (MVFF40) was one of the most talked about movies in 2017, winning dozens of prestigious awards, notably an Oscar® and Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Directed by Sebastián Lelio (Gloria, MVFF36), this extraordinary film with its emotional and political issues, follows Marina (Daniela Vega), a young trans woman and her happy relationship with an older cis divorced man, Orlando (Francisco Reyes). When her lover unexpectedly dies, her shock and grief is rattled by attacks from Orlando’s family and harassment from the police. From many angles, Lelio exposes transphobia, ignorance, and ultimately resilience with urgency.

Daniela Vega’s heartfelt performance was a critics’ pick of the year and she was awarded in many festivals. At the 90th Academy Awards® in 2018, Vega became the first transgender person in history to be a presenter at the ceremony in the same year that Una Muer Fantastica won the Oscar® for Best International Film.” –João Federici

Available to rent or purchase: Amazon, YouTube, Google Play

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING SELECTS
RELATOS SALVAJES (WILD TALES)
Director: Damián Szifron (Argentina/Spain, 2014) 122 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles.

“Voted Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review and Argentina’s official submission for Academy consideration in 2014, the brainchild of filmmaker Damián Szifrón was Cannes’ talk of the town and possibly the most purely entertaining movie in the Competition that year. This ingenious medley of six different moral tales, about characters responding to stress with extreme behavior, ranges from road rage and parking violations to murder and legal corruption, and conveys both the exhilaration and the hazards of losing control. Its breathless pace and wit recall the best of Pedro Almodóvar, who, coincidentally, is one of the film’s producers.” –Richard Peterson

Available to rent or purchase: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play

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