Argentine Film ‘The Tenth Man’ Opening SF Jewish Film Festival July 21

Cine Mas SF is excited to co-present a couple of wonderful films at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. The festival runs from to July 21-August 7 in San Francisco. For full festival details visit: JFI.org

THE TENTH MAN (Opening Night)
Daniel Burman | Argentina | Narrative
Get your tickets.  July 21 6:30pm Castro Theater


Ariel lives in New York, far from the lively Jewish district in Buenos Aires where he grew up. But when his father summons him back home for help, Ariel reluctantly returns. The Tenth Man is a kindhearted comedy with a gentle romantic touch. Director Daniel Burman (All In, SFJFF 2012) joyfully upends the old adage that you can never go home again and instead says, maybe under the right circumstances, you can.

HOW TO WIN ENEMIES – Gomo Ganar Enemigos
Gabriel Lichtmann | Argentina | Narrative

Take a classic Woody Allen–style antihero, add Alfred Hitchcock–level intrigue and a strong dose of Argentine sex appeal, and you have this comic, poignant and smart feature. Director Gabriel Lichtmann shows the complicated family relations of Lucas, a young Buenos Aires Jewish lawyer and a mystery buff (he even has a dog named Sherlock) as he solves the mystery of who conned him out of a down payment on a house.

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Latino Experience at Frameline SF International LGBT Film Festival Starts June 16

It’s June. That means it’s Pride Month and the San Francisco International LBGT Film Festival is coming up! Now in its 40th season, Frameline40 runs from June 16-26. For full festival details visit Frameline.org Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival proudly supports the following film program.


BRUISING FOR BESOS- USA

For tickets  Sunday June 19 7pm Rialto Cinemas, Tuesday June 21 Victoria TheaterBruisingForBesos_Frameline
In this beautifully shot love story, Yoli is a seductive queer xicana artist who finds great passion with Daña, an alluring Puerto Rican nurse. But their growing intimacy stirs up their own troubled histories. Can Yoli break the cycle, face the past, and create something new for herself?

FROM AFAR/Desde Alla- Venezuela/Mexico
For tickets. Wednesday June 22 7pm Victoria T
heater, Thursday June 23 9:30pm

Armando (Alfredo Castro), a middle-aged single man who makes dentures and is terrified by the prospect of physical contact, spends his free time walking the streets of Caracas and cruising for tough young men. His interest is less in sex than in power, as he seeks control FromAfar_DesdeAllaover these macho boys in return for payment. The dynamic changes after he invites home a volatile car mechanic named Elder and the teenager refuses to play by Armando’s rules. Rather than move on to another conquest, though, the older man becomes bewitched, stalking Elder in the streets and eventually offering him a kind of home life. Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Film Festival

RARA – Chile
For tickets. Friday June 24 6:30pm Castro Theater,Saturday June 25 5pm Landmark Theatres Piedmont
Rara_FramelineThe story, which is both a poignant coming-of-age tale and a based-on-a-true-story account of a same-gender marriage threatened by social forces, begins with a tableau of relative domestic harmony: Paula (Mariana Loyola) lives with her partner, Lía, and her two daughters, Sarah and Catalina. Her ex-husband, Victor, lives nearby with his new wife, Nicole, and the girls shift easily between the two homes. But internal tensions and external pressures slowly begin to unravel the family tapestry. Standard mother-daughter squabbles and explosive moments of adolescent angst that are par for the course in any family spark heightened anxieties in a family with lesbian parents living in a conservative-leaning community—an outwardly tolerant environment with a latent underpinning of insinuation and judgment.

GIRL GETS GIRL/ De Chica en Chica – Spain
For tickets.  June 18 6:30pm Roxie TheaterDeChicaEnChica_Frameline
Sexy, smoky-eyed Inés can’t keep her hands off anyone she meets. But when she’s caught cheating on her girlfriend in the bathroom at a funeral, the aspiring and broke erotica writer escapes back to Spain after ten years away.

YOU’LL NEVER BE ALONE/ Nunca Vas a Estar Solo – Chile
For tickets.
Thursday  June 16 10pm Castro Theatre ,Wednesday June 22 4pm Castro Theatre
After 25 years managing a factory that produces mannequins, quiet, introverted Juan (Sergio Hernández) hopes to be made a partner with the company. At home, his eighteen-year-old son, Pablo (Andrew Bargsted), has dreams of stardom, studying dance at a respected art school. In addition to teaching neighborhood children choreographed dance Youll Never Be Alone_Framelinenumbers and clubbing with his best girlfriend, Mari (Astrid Roldan), on the weekends, Pablo’s life revolves around performing, auditioning, and occasionally sneaking around to sleep with a neighbor boy. While Pablo and his widowed, hard-working dad don’t have a whole lot in common, neither seems to let that get in the way of caring for each other. Everything changes, however, when Pablo is brutally attacked by a group of homophobic kids from the neighborhood. With legal action and medical insurance proving to be both unhelpful and costly, Juan decides, in desperation, to seek out his own form of justice for his son.

TAKE ME FOR A RIDE / Uio Sacame a Pasear- Ecuador
For tickets.  Saturday June 25 9pm Roxie Theater
Sara has attempted to fit in with her classmates, but by the beginning of her senior year, she can’t really be bothered anymore to hang with the other teens at school or try to rekindle a dissatisfying relationship with the boy next door. Isolating herself in the smoky haze of a hidden alcove, she is content to live her life apart, spending contemplative solo TakeMeForARide_Framelineafternoons in the soft Quito sunlight. That solitude ends when new girl Andrea transfers to the high school and finds her way into Sara’s alcove to share a smoke. The girls quickly become inseparable, discovering a mutual love of live music and tentatively sharing feelings of alienation, of “being weird” in a restrictive culture that doesn’t welcome much difference. Micaela Rueda’s beautifully observed debut captures the obsessive euphoria of falling in love, focusing on the secluded, dreamy moments when it seems that the world is inhabited by only two people. Laced within the intoxication of the girls’ passion is the volatile threat of social and parental rejection, endangering their private sphere. Will they have the courage to follow their hearts, to embrace and proclaim their love?

I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY / Te prometo anarquia- Mexico
For tickets.
Sunday June 19 9:15pm Castro Theater, Friday June 24 9:30pm  Victoria Theater
A gritty, visually arresting portrait of contemporary Mexico City, this spectacular new drama from writer-director Julio Hernández Cordón (Gasolina) follows a pair of IPromiseYouAnarchy_Framelineskateboarding paramours who revel in their blissful sexuality while making a living through black-market blood trafficking. With drug-related violence at an alarming high, business in the underground blood trade proves lucrative for the charming, entrepreneurial Miguel (Diego Calva), who orchestrates groups of his friends and neighbors to get “milked,” as he calls it. As the demand for blood and the size of the jobs increase, he enlists his bisexual, rough-around-the-edges lover Johnny (Eduardo Eliseo Martínez) as his business partner, hoping to provide a distraction from his clingy sometime girlfriend Adri (Shvasti Calderon). However, as the stakes start to rise, Miguel and Johnny quickly find themselves in over their heads.

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Los Punks, El Chivo at SF Doc Fest June 2-16

‪#‎SFDocFest‬ is back June 2-16. We’re happy to be co-presenting a couple of films Los Punks; We Are All We Have & El Chivo. Visit SFindie.com for full fest details.

EL CHIVO– directed by  Rod Murphy
2016, USA/Mexico ,78 min. West Coast Premier
Roxie Sun June 5, 915p; Mon June 6, 7p

Tickets: http://bit.ly/1XT2ZbS

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When runner Will Harlan won Mexico’s infamous Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, the indigenous Tarahumara dubbed him El Chivo (the goat). Since then, he’s changed his life and his family’s lifestyle acutely. While he prepares to return to the canyons to race again, El Chivo chronicles Harlan’s motivations to live deliberately, while illustrating the toll it takes on his body and family.

 

LOS PUNKS: WE ARE ALL WE HAVE
directed by. Angela Boatwright
2016, USA, 79 min. West Coast Premiere. LA Stories. Music Spotlight.
Roxie Theater, Sat June 11, 915p, Wed June 15, 915p

LosPunks_SFDocFestTickets: http://bit.ly/24kTlie

Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles, made up of a cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults in the mosh pit. It is all about the bands, fans, production, marketing, and security, interwoven in a sub-culture of thrash and noise. The sense of belonging is palpable; emotional bonds fostered among good families and those broken, poverty and wealth, adolescence and maturity, with the music emanating a magnetic chorus for all to sing together. A documentary that honestly and sincerely portrays this vibrant ‘DIY’ community.

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RoxCine Launches at Roxie Theater- Spanish Language Films in SF’s Mission District

RoxCine is the Roxie’s year-round Spanish-language film program. RoxCine features new releases, repertory programming, and special series and retrospectives, with an exciting mix of films – from winners at major film festivals with US distribution, to special features not seen on any other screen outside of Latin America.

The upcoming program includes:

-Neon Blue: May 6-12. Award winning film from Brazil. A cowboy (Juliano Cazarré) designs exotic outfits for a sexy dancer (Maeve Jinkings) while working at a Brazilian rodeo.

-Cuaron & Inarritu- May 12: Y Tu Mama Tambien & Amores Perros Double Feature

-Early Almodovar Week- May 20th: Screenings of several films including High Heels, What Have I done to Deserve This?, & Law of Desire

Visit Roxie.com/RoxCine for updates including film details, schedules and tickets.  Cine Mas SF is a community partner for this program.

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8th SF Latinofilm Festival, Call for Entries- May 30 Deadline

Hear, ye! Hear, ye! Our call for entries is now open! Do you have a film- short, feature, doc or fiction- that you’d like for us to consider? Give it a shot and send it in! No cost through April 30. Final deadline May 30th.

Complete the submission form and send us the film!  Here’s the link http://bit.ly/1Swnn2n to the form.

 

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Almodovar Week at the Roxie May 20-26

As one of the most beloved foreign filmmakers in the United States, Pedro Almodóvar has been blending melodrama, suspense, black humor and visceral emotion for more than 30 years. His eclectic filmography dabbles in everything from excess, passion and the women-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdowncomplexity of family and identity. At the core of his movies, though, are his fascinations with the disenfranchised, with the roles adopted by women- in particular the figure of the housewife- and questioning the established definitions of gender, class and sexuality.

LAWofDesire_antonio-banderas-imanol-arias-saunas-gays-589x460This mini-retrospective returns to the young, vital, and rarely revisited stage of Almodóvar’s storied career, tracing his progress, from the manic energy of PEPI, LUCI, BOM… to the darkly humorous feminist comedy WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?. Other highlights to be screened include his first explicitly gay film (LAW OF DESIRE), the highest-grossing film in Spanish history for a decade (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), the carnally provocative (TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!), and the tongue-in-cheek melodrama of ridiculous implausibility (HIGH HEELS).

Proudly co-presented by Cine+Mas SF.

For tickets: http://bit.ly/AlmodovarRoxie

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Mexican Films at SF Int’l Film Festival, April 21-May 5

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival runs from April 21 to May 5. The festival has a diverse program of film screenings, parties, and special events with guest filmmakers from around the world. Cine+Mas SF is proud co-presenter of the following programs.

From Afar Director 

Director Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico, 93 min

Wednesday April 278:50 PMBAMPFA

Friday April 299:15 PMRoxie Theater

For tickets: http://bit.ly/SFIFF59Afar

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Film still: From Afar

When a middle-aged single man, who cruises his Caracas neighborhood for rough trade, takes a tough young boy into his home, a gritty exploration ensues as these two angry men negotiate a relationship that resides somewhere between lover and friend and a paternal father/son dynamic. Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Lorenzo Vigas’s debut feature is a tour-de-force exploration of a relationship’s darker side.

Leaf Blower

Alejandro Iglesias Mendizábal, Mexico, 2015, 96 min

Sunday April 249:45 PMAlamo Drafthouse

Monday April 256:15 PMAlamo Drafthouse

For tickets: http://bit.ly/SFIFF59LB

Film still: Leafblower

Film still: Leafblower

Lost house keys prompt a hunt through massive piles of leaves in first-time writer/director Alejandro Iglesias Mendizábal’s funny and appealing celebration of male teenage friendship. Unfolding over the course of a single afternoon and featuring a talented ensemble of newcomers, this charming, easygoing comedy-drama weaves a complex and unexpected story around a small, everyday incident.

For full festival details visit SFFS.org .

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Ella Es Ramona- She is Ramona NOW SHOWING at the Roxie March 18-24

Cine Mas SF is happy to co-present the theatrical release of ELLA ES RAMONA / She is Ramona. Opens Friday March 18 through Thursday March 24. Check link for times & tickets- most screenings are 7pm- except on March 24 which is at 9:30pm.

EllaEsRamonaA Q&A via Skype with director Hugo Rodriguez will follow the 7pm screening on Friday, March 18

An irresistible comic fable that breaks down gender and body size stereotypes, ELLA ES RAMONA stars renowned stand-up comedian Andrea Ortega (also known as “Manchita”) as the titular protagonist, a magnetic, upbeat 30-something wrongly fired for her full figure. With its razor-sharp wit and immaculate production design, this essential comedy out of Mexico is reminiscent of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AMELIE.

Ramona es una mujer con kilos de más y suerte de menos. Recuerda una niñez con maltratos de su madre, su hermana y sus amigas. Era Ramona panzona, Ramona la tragona o Ramona Jamona. Y ya adulta, las cosas no mejoraron. La corren del trabajo por gorda, quiere hacerse una liposucción pero su doctor le informa que no es candidata a ese tipo de intervenciones por “gorda”, y todo su universo parece derrumbarse por una sucesión de infortunios. Todo parece enmendarse, cuando por casualidad se cruza con un café tarot donde venden unos escarabajos mágicos que le cambiaran la vida.

Directed by Hugo Rodriguez. Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. 83 min.

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Films from Mexico, Spain at 18th San Francisco Independent Film Festival, February 11-25

Cine+Mas SF is proud to co-present the following films at SF Indie Fest. Click on the links for ticketing details. For full program including parties and special events visit: SFIndie.com.
THE INCIDENT (El Incidente)
Dir. Isaac Ezban, 2014 Mexico
Fri Feb 19, 715p Alamo
Isaac Ezban double-shot: Two parallel stories follow two sets of characters trapped in illogically infinite spaces. A detective and two brothers climb an apartment staircase, only to find it looping back below only a few stories up. A family drives an endless road, passing the same signs and gas stations over and over again. In each reality, victims must choose to break their pattern or make peace with their new reality. The first feature from a bold new talent, Isaac Ezban.C
THE SIMILARS (Los Parecidos)
Dir. Isaac Ezban, 2015 Mexico
Sat Feb 20, 715p Alamo

Isaac Ezban double-shot: On a rainy night in 1968, the eve of a student revolt in Mexico City, eight characters find themselves trapped in a bus station. As the evening progresses, they find they share more than just a temporary prison. A dazzling homage to The Twilight Zone, director Ezban weaves his influences together into something fresh and shocking, and yet disturbingly familiar. To even write another sentence robs the audience of experiencing the descent into darkness The Similars offers.

 

LLUC SKY WALKER

Dir. Jaume Fargas, 2015 Spain 73 min
Sun Feb 14, 915p; Sun Feb 21, 915p Roxie Theater
Lluc is a gray and bitter man. Friendless and fine with that, he goes out of his way to spread his personally misery around. Until the day his doctor tells him he has three weeks to live and he starts planning his own funeral. In the hopes of drawing an audience for the funeral, he befriends his neighbors and finally discovers some joys in life. This dark comedy frequently references a certain space saga in telling a tale of redemption.
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The Golden Dream-La Jaula de Oro / Opens Jan 29-Feb 4 Roxie Theater Theater

Cine Mas SF is pleased to be copresenting The Golden Dream/ La Jaula de Oro at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco! Runs Friday January 29 through Thursday February 4. Click here times & to purchase tickets. Most screenings at 7pm.la-jaula-de-oro

La Jaula de Oro is a road movie and more about teenage Guatemalan migrants and their journey to the U.S. Filmed in Mexico & Guatemala. Directed by Diego Quemada-
Diez.

Juan, Sara and Samuel, all 15 years old, flee from Guatemala towards the USA. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the USA-Mexico border but they run into a harsh reality.

With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez). The young ensemble cast was honored with the Un Certain Talent Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Juan, Sara y Samuel, 15 años, huyen de Guatemala para intentar llegar a Estados Unidos. Durante su paso por México, conocen a Chauk, un indígena tzotzil que no habla español y viaja sin papeles. Los adolescentes aspiran a un mundo mejor más allá de las fronteras mexicanas, pero muy pronto van a enfrentarse a una realidad muy distinta.

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