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NOTHING MORE (NADA +)
Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
Cuba   |   2001   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Cuba’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Synopsis Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti's Nothing More is a remarkable debut feature that explores the repressive, crippling political and social aspects of today's Cuba while turning upside down all our comfortably cliched expectations about the U.S.'s island neighbor. Carla is a young postal worker who dreams of joining her parents in Miami even as she enlivens her own drab existence by opening and rewriting the very letters she is responsible for processing. Intermittently bursting into song and cleverly mimicking various cinematic styles, the film is hilarious as well as heartbreaking.

About the director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti began his career in film as a writer, actor, and director for a children's television series in Cuba. While working for the program, he received a degree in theater and dramatic arts from La Havan Arts Superior Institut. His work won him a CARACOL award from the Cuban national union of writers and artists. In 1985, he was awarded a special artistic award from the Cuban Cultural Ministry. His work has appeared at international film festivals in Obehausen, Mannheim, Berlin, London, Leipzig, Hamburg, Sao Paulo, Copenhagen, Brussels, Friborg, Montevideo, and Madrid. Cremata and his work have won many awards worldwide. He was a film editing professor at Buenos Aires University and a film-directing professor at the Design and Comercial Panamerican School, also located in Buenos Aires. In 1996, Cremata Malberti was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim grant.

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MARGARETTE'S FEAST (A Festa de Margarette)
Director: Renato Falcão
Brazil   |   2002   |   80 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Brazilian, black-and-white silent film, Margarette's Feast, is director Renato Falcão's stunning debut feature. The phenomenal Hique Gomez plays the stereotypical little-guy-against-the-world whose predicament transforms him into this tall stick of a human alternately tugging at your heart-strings and your laugh-out-loud muscles in a pitch perfect blend of tragedy and comedy. The film makes dazzling use of exhilarating Brazilian music, intentionally under-lit photography, exuberant acting styles, and a cast of characters spanning the social spectrum that would be the envy of Dicken's or Balzac.

About the director Born in Passo Fundo, Brasil in 1963, Renato Falcao is an award-winning cinematographer and director. He has shot five feature films and more than 20 short films, as well as numerous documentaries, television miniseries, and music videos, winning several awards for his work at film festivals around the world. As a cinematographer, Renato shot his first internationally acclaimed short film, “Presage”, in 1993. His 1994 short film, “Save me”, received awards at the 1995 Houston Worldfest and the Columbus International Film Festival. In 1997, his short film, “Dearly Beloved”, produced by The Shooting Gallery and starring Eric Stoltz, received the Best Short Film Award at the 1997 Houston Worldfest. Renato has also served as cinematographer for the critically acclaimed feature, “Neptune's Rocking Horse”, and the highly grossing independent film, “American Desi”. Renato made his directorial debut in 1994 with the documentary, “Um Ato de Amor à Vida”, which played a consequential role in the AIDS prevention movement in Brasil. In 2002, Renato served as director, as well as writer and cinematographer, for his first feature film, “Margarette’s Feast”, which received the Best Music Award at the “Cine Ceara 2002 — Brasil”, and the awards for Best Art Director and Best New Director at the “35 Festival de Cinema de Brasilia — Brasil”, the oldest and most respected Brazilian Film Festival. Renato has studied with well-known directors of photography such as Laszlo Kovacs A.S.C, Sol Negrin A.S.C, and the Oscar winning Richard Shore A.S.C., as well as the great Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás. He is currently in postproduction for the documentary, “Iberê”, about the great Brasilian painter Iberê Camargo.

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MANGO YELLOW (Amarelo Manga)
Director: Cláudio Assis
Brazil   |   2002   |   100 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Guaranteed to shock even jaded viewers, Claudio Assis' debut feature is seeped in bold, sun drenched colors. It is a provocative tale of low-rent losers set in the coastal town of Recife, Brazil. Assis' characters seemingly stem from some Carnival hell - a macho butcher and his born-again wife, a forlorn barmaid, a sinister sadist and the gay manager of a flophouse called the Hotel Texas. A cleverly interconnected script propels the action in this highly original film with its perfect confluence between style and story.

About the Director Cláudio Assis was born in Caruaru, Pernambuco. He directed Henrique (1987), Soneto do Desmantelo Blue (1993), and Texas Hotel (1999), short films that granted him numerous awards in the main Brazilian film festivals. He was also the production manager of the feature film, Baile Perfumado (1997), grand winner of the Brasília Film Festival.

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TODAY AND TOMORROW (Hoy y Mañana)
Director: Alejandro Chomski
Argentina   |   2003   |   87 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis The seemingly unavoidable downward spiral of Argentina's middle class during the current economic and social crisis is vividly brought to life in the character of young, street-smart Paola. A talented, would-be actress with a paying job as a waitress, she is always on the run: from her landlord, from the gas bill, from being late for work, and from her father's demands. Her energy is matched in the nervous yet intimate camera work that follows her closely though the 24 hours she is given to raise the money required to avoid being evicted. Paola's disillusion and emotional turmoil become increasingly disturbing as her desperation leads her to darker corners of Buenos Aires' nightlife. Alejandro Chomski tracks actress Antonella Costa in every frame lending enormous credibility to the troubled Paolo with her appropriately wired performance.

About the Director Alejandro Chomski was born in Argentina in 1968. Much of his academic and professional training took place in the U.S., where he moved after studying sociology for three years in Buenos Aires. In Los Angeles, a Fulbright Scholarship allowed him to complete a Master's degree at the American Film Institute. He has produced, written, directed and shot numerous shorts, supported by actors and actresses like Charles Rocket and Julie Delpy. Chomski has worked as an assistant on videos, commercials and features for directors Spike Lee, Luis Puenzo, Emir Kusturica and Jim Jarmusch. He shot a documentary spoof titled, Who Is Alejandro Chomski?. In 2001, Chomski won the INCAA Competition for Young Directors. Today and Tomorrow is his first feature.

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ALMOST BROTHERS (Quase Dois Irmãos)
Director: Lúcia Murat
Brazil   |   2004   |   102 minutes
Portuguese, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis This poignant film is the story of two men: white, middleclass Miguel, and black favela-dweller Jorge who meet as boys through their fathers' passion for music. Their friendship is renewed during a lengthy incarceration in the mid 1970's. Director Lúcia Murat offers a commentary on the lowest rung of society in contemporary Rio de Janeiro when, as adults, Miguel and Jorge, one a government official and the other a drug lord, respectively, discover that their lives have more in common than they ever realized.

About the Director Lúcia Murat was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1948. Her earliest was in educational television. Her first feature film was How Nice to See You Alive (1989), which won the Best Film award at the Brasilia Film Festival. Among her feature films are Sweet Power (1996) and Brave New Land (2000). Almost Brothers (2004) won the FIPRESCI Prize and Best Director Award at the 2004 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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WHISKY
Director: Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll
Uruguay   |   2004   |   94 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Uruguay’s official submission to the 2004 Academy Awards

Synopsis An inspired and beautifully assured tragic-comedy about Jacobo, a sixty-year-old owner of a small, outdated sock factory, is illuminated with deadpan, repetitive, and monotonous detail. When his successful younger brother is expected for a visit, Jacobo asks Marta, his humble, loyal assistant, to pose as his wife. The brother, lively, inquisitive, and open, spontaneously suggests a seaside trip during which the three characters begin to reveal themselves in situations where farce, jealousy and betrayal lead to places of no return. Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll have created a sophisticated, quiet film that tells a story through understatement and modest gestures.


About the Director Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoll were born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and began working together while studying at La Universidad Catolica del Uruguay. Their feature debut, 25 Watts (2001), won multiple awards, including the VPRO Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Whisky is their second feature, winning the Prix du Regard Original at the 2004 Festival de Cannes.


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LILI'S APRON (El Delantal de Lili)
Director: Mariano Galperin
Argentina   |   2004   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis This is the love story of Ramón and his wife Lili, whose life together is dramatically impacted by Argentina's abrupt economic crisis. When Ramón, a chef in a restaurant, is laid off and all efforts to find alternative income fail, their furniture is reposessed, their family life is disrupted, and Ramón must cope with his wife's nervous breakdown. Out of both a sense of responsibility and panic, he devises a desperate, income-generating plan but hides its implications from Lili. Mariano Galperin approaches the poverty and social disintegration among ordinary people with humor and charm, balancing the story on the edge of very dark satire. With strong images of the dismantled capital accompanied by a powerful soundtrack, Lili’s Apron captures a troubled society where unlikely events have become part of everyday life.

About the Director Mariano Galperin was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. He began his career with photography at the age of 13, and since then has shown his work at the Museum of Modern Art Buenos Aires, the Museum of Fine Arts Buenos Aires, and the Museum of Modern Art Mexico. In 1985 he moved to New York to work as a photographer and study cinema at New York University. Galperin moved back to Buenos Aires in 1987 and started to direct advertising and video clips for local artists. He began to write scripts in 1989 and wrote 1000Boomerangs, which became his first feature film in 1993, screening at the La Habana, Sao Paulo, and Trieste Film Festivals. He also wrote Lili's Apron, which premiered at the 2004 Rotterdam Film Festival. Mariano is one of the first in his generation to begin making independent films in Argentina. At present he is working on his latest film, Dulce de Leche, while publishing a photography book titled "Attitud Buenos Aires".

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THE SACRED FAMILY (La Sagrada Familia)
Director: Sebastián Campos
Chile   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis Sometimes we're so asleep we don't know what we're up to, Marco's mother says, explaining why she must rush to Santiago to see a friend who was hurt in a car accident. Family is family, she says, but for a friend you have a commitment, even on Good Friday, when her son's friends will be houseguests for Easter. Using improvised dialogue and hand-held camera work, the film captures the disintegration of the family's polite appearances at the hands of Marco's sensual and outspoken girlfriend. Adding to this potent mixture are Marco's friends – two university students facing exams, and a mysterious young woman with a vow of silence, guests for a weekend on the beach that will change all their lives.

About the Director Sebastián Campos graduated from Chile's Escuela de Cine and has made several digital films, including Ciudad de Maravillas (2001), one of the stories featured in Fragmentos Urbanos. His short films include Carga Vital (2003), and he has made documentaries and programs for television. The Sacred Family is his first feature film.

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KEPT AND DREAMLESS (Las Mantenidas Sin Sueos)
Director: Vera Fogwill and Martn Desalvo
Argentina   |   2005   |   94 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis During Argentina's economic crisis of the '90s, nine year-old Eugenia and her mother, Florencia, live a seemingly colorful life surrounded by eclectic neighbors and an offbeat collection of family. But for Eugenia, who must deal with her mother's dysfunctional and drug-addled lifestyle, life is anything but pleasant in this darkly inspiring story of expectation, acceptance and nontraditional family, led by standout performances from director Vera Fogwill and young actress Luca Snieg.

About the Director Vera Fogwill was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1972. She has worked in theater as an actress since the age of fourteen, and won the Best Ibero-American Drama Actress award at the Autumn International Festival for her performance in The Toymaker, which resulted in the Secretary of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires distinguishing her with an Honorary Diploma and a Distinction to Talent and Effort. The Argentine Cinematographic Critic Association awarded her with a Silver Condor prize in the Feminine Revelation category for her performance in Buenos Aires Vice Versa (1996). She has also been a playwright since the age of fifteen and has written numerous plays, including The Fierce Ones, which won the First Prize and Best Theater Play by La Nacion, an Argentine daily newspaper. In 2003, she was selected from over 3,000 young talents worldwide to attend the “First Global Meeting of Young Moviemaking” hosted by the Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival. Kept & Dreamless is her first feature film.

Martín Desalvo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1973. He studied Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and later studied Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine and the Video and Cinema Investigation and Experimentation Center (CIEVYC). While a student, he produced several short films including, Another One, which was awarded Best Short Film and Best Photography by CIEVYC. From 1998 to 2003, he worked for the production company Pol-ka Producciones. He is the author of the cinematographic book, El Yogui (2003), and the documentary script, The Whore at the Cemetery (2001). Kept & Dreamless is his first feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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CINEMA, ASPIRINS AND VULTURES (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus)
Director: Marcelo Gomes
Brazil   |   2005   |   99 minutes
Portuguese and German with subtitles in English
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Brazil’s official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards

Synopsis 1942 in the middle of Northeastern Brazil, two very different men meet along the road: Johan, an aspirin salesman avoiding the German draft, and Ranulpho, a rural Brazilian seeking escape from the drought. Although their personalities and lives are worlds apart, the two men develop a deep friendship, as Johan, in an effort to provide Ranulpho with job skills, teaches Ranulpho to run the film projector, and drive a truck. In this deliberately-paced road film, Marcelo Gomes reminds us that war is as close as Johan's radio, broadcasting its relentless warnings that all lives are changed when the world is in conflict.

About the Director Marcelo Gomes was born in Recife, in Northeastern Brazil. He studied filmmaking at Bristol University in the United Kingdom and produced his first short, Maracutu Maracutus in 1994. He produced the documentaries Punk, Rock, Hard Core (1996) and Expresso Brazil (1997). Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2004), his first feature film, received a Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award (Joao Miguel) at the 2005 Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

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