Narrative Shorts Competition


 

Alma y Esperanza

Alma & Esperanza

Itandehui Jansen


Mexico, Family Drama, 2012
17 min, HD, Color
Spanish, Mixtec with English subtitles

 

ALMA & ESPERANZA is the story of a girl and her grandmother who meet in a moment of grief. Alma is a ten-year old girl living in the US. Esperanza is her 75-year old grandmother living in an indigenous community in the Mexican mountains. They have never met, but with one devastating phone call, Alma will have to travel to her grandmother's village. The girl and her grandmother have no common language, yet they find closeness without words. The film garnered coveted spots in imagineNATIVE and the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2013.

 

Regional Premiere

www.listacalistafilms.com 

Print Source: Armando Bautista Garcia, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, April 23 - 9:30 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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LA DESPEDIDA
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Friday, April 25 - 12:30 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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LA DESPEDIDA
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As Rosas Brancas

The White Roses

Diogo Costa Amarante


USA/Portugal, Family Drama, 2013
20 min, HD, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow. Their father directs them. Their mother is dead--how will they fill the void she left behind? Each family member tries to find their way and must redefine their course. “There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am” -Suptertramp. AS ROSAS BRANCAS has enjoyed success on the festival circuit, including screenings at Berlinale and IndieLisboa.

 

Texas Premiere

www.diogocostaamarante.com 

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Thursday, April 24 - 4:00 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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BOBÔ
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Saturday, April 26 - 11:30 am
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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BOBÔ
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Diário do Não Ver

Diary of Not Seeing

Cristina Maure, Joana Oliveira


Brazil, Drama/Romance, 2012
21 min, 8mm/HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles

 

DIARIO DE NAO VER tells the story of Lina, an architect, who at age 37, is becoming blind. When she is told of her prognosis, she must prepare herself for this future.  As she moves toward darkness, she deals with her emotions and her new condition through her dreams. The short film bowed at the 40th Festival of Gramado and has gone on to win the Audience Award at the 12th Annual Goiana Short Film Exhibition.

 

North American Premiere

www.sitiodavaca.com 

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Thursday, April 24 - 12:30 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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MATEO
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Saturday, April 26 - 7:00 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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MATEO
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Huyhuy

Trade

Sky Hopinka


USA, Drama, 2013
5 min, Digital, Color
Chinuk Wawa with English subtitles

 

A deal between two men threatens to unravel as tensions rise in this contemporary look at indigenous language and culture. One man comes from a lower, working class, and is at the beck and call of the other man, who lives in more privileged comfort. HUYHUY premiered at imagineNATIVE 2013, where it received an Honorable Mention for Best Indigenous Language Production.

 

Regional Premiere

www.skyhopinka.wordpress.com 

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Friday, April 25 - 3:30 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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CALLOUSED HANDS
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Saturday, April 26 - 11:00 am
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Interstate

Camille Stochitch


USA, Drama/Social Issue, 2013
20 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish, English with English subtitles

 

Joaquin is a driving instructor who has been living and working in East Los Angeles for years. On the side, he also teaches illegal immigrants how to drive. Yet, one day, after a driving lesson with Nayeli, a new student whose dreams particularly catch Joaquin's attention, Vazquez, a HSI agent who has been on his trail for some time, shows up at Joaquin's door. He must help Vazquez arrest Lalo during their next drop-off, or else he will be locked away for good. Joaquin must decide whether to save himself or give up the immigrants he has been helping, including Nayeli, whom he cares about more than he thought he would. This AFI thesis film has screened in Latino festivals around the country, including the San Diego and Chicago Latino Film Festivals.

 

Texas Premiere

www.interstatethefilm.com 

Print Source: Camille Stochitch, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, April 24 - 1:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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RINCON DE DARWIN
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Saturday, April 26 - 9:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Padre

Father

Santiago 'Bou' Grasso


Argentina/France, Animation/Historical/Drama, 2013
12 min, Digital, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Day by day, a woman nurses her bedridden military father. The dictatorship in Argentina may be over, but not for this army daughter, who is lost to the world. PADRE has won numerous awards, was nominated for Best Argentine Short in 2013 at the Cóndor de Plata Awards, and has been selected to screen at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

 

Regional Premiere

www.opusbou.com.ar 

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Wednesday, April 23 - 4:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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O MENINO E O MUNDO
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Saturday, April 26 - 1:30PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Rojo

Red

Carlos Alejandro Molina M.


Venezuela, Drama/Coming of Age, 2013
20 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Jesse is an adolescent addicted to chatting. One day an unknown gay “friend” proposes a blind date in a public place, but the boy, not having seen his face, insists he uses a “red” shirt so he can recognize him. What Jesse never imagined was that with that meeting some of his worst fears would come true, beyond anything he could imagine. Along with a stop at the Havana Film Festival, ROJO won both Best Screenplay and Best Short Film at the Entre Largos y Cortos Film Festival.

 

North American Premiere

www.tempanofilms.com 

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Friday, April 25 - 7:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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POR LAS PLUMAS
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Sunday, April 27 - 11:00AM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Terapia

Therapy

Beatriu Vallès


Spain, Comedy/Romance, 2012
10 min, DCP, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

 

Emilia is an old woman who lives alone, isolated and wasting her days away. Everything changes when Miguel, a physiotherapist, suddenly appears in her life. TERAPIA has been entertaining audiences all over the world, from the International Short Film Festival of India to the Broad Humor Film Festival in the Los Angeles.

 

Regional Premiere

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Thursday, April 24 - 9:30PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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JIRAFAS
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Friday, April 25 - 1:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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Wakening

Danis Goulet


Canada, Sci-Fi/Thriller, 2013
10 min, HD, Color
English, Cree with English subtitles

 

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer, Weesakechak, searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers. WAKENING premiered on the Opening Night of the Toronto Film Festival in 2013, and went on to screen at imagineNATIVE later that year.

 

Texas Premiere

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Wednesday, April 23 - 3:30PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2
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LA ESPERA DESESPERA
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Friday, April 25 -9:45PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3
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Watita

Alonso Llosa


Peru, Drama/Sci-Fi/Mystery, 2013
11 min, HDCAM, Color
Quechua with English subtitles

 

WATITA tells the story of a Quechua couple, Katy and Victor, who are on their way to the ominous Mining City above the mountains. The couple meets Watita, a young girl who helps her grandfather run an old hostel. After the couple decides to spend the night there, Katy discovers Victor's true reasons for wanting to take this sudden trip. Now she must weigh the importance of her various loyalties—to her husband, her tradition and her own principles—under a new light. In the director’s native Peru, WATITA had a successful screening at the 18th Lima Film Festival and received an Honorable Mention at Filmocorto 2013.

 

International Premiere

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Print Source: Alonso Llosa, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, April 23 - 7:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 3

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LAS NIÑAS QUISPE
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Saturday, April 26 - 2:00PM
Alamo Drafthouse Village 2

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