Today at DIFF: April 12 Latino Cinema Day | 2015 Dallas International Film Festival—April 9-19

Today at DIFF: April 12 Latino Cinema Day

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Presented by: El Creative, Univision, and Colibri 
Sunday, April 12 at The Angelika Film Center
Latin America, for the minds and hearts of many living there and abroad, stands as a land of magic, and not just because it’s the origin of magical realism literature. In fact, it’s the other way around: magical realism could only arise as a genre in a region that’s as much populated by myths, fantasies, and life’s beauties as it is by people and their harsh realities.The films of the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival Latino Showcase come from that same background, each with it’s own optic blending of realities and imagination that shine light upon truth and spark their own kind of movie magic.
The most obvious case of that trend is Jesus Magaña’s ALICIA EN EL PAIS DE MARIA (ALICE IN MARIALAND), which literally showcases a fractured storyline that jumps not only in time, but also in planes of reality, switching from oneiric to real life as often as it transitions between scenes.





The magic in MR. KAPLAN,directed by Alvaro Brechner, comes in a much more subtle form,  almost as relaxed and understated as the Uruguayan towns and beaches depicted in the film-it’s all about the internal life and larger-than-life ambitions of the title character, Mr. Kaplan.




Brazilian art film, ASCO is a story of surrealism that borders in the absurd. Ale Paschoalini’s black-and-white feature negates any sort of division between fantasy and reality-they’re one and the same, at least for the lead characters in the film.


WORDS WITH GODS, an anthology film spearheaded by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga, demonstrates that the setting doesn’t need to correspond to Latin America to still reflect that magic about reality.




L.M. Kit Carson (Posthumously)
Lone Star State legend and influential writer, actor and producer Carson first gained recognition as creator of the mockumentary, DAVID HOLZMAN’s DIARY (1968), and co-wrote PARIS, TEXAS (1984).

Blythe Danner
Danner is well regarded for her roles in films such as MEET THE PARENTS and THE GREAT SANTINI. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress is alos know for her work on television shows such as Will & Grace and Huff.

John Landis
A director for more than 40 years, Landis' films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1980), THE BLUES BROTHERS (1978) and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981).

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Presented by REEL FX

Phil Lord and Chris Miller
are the prolific writing and directing duo behind some of today’s most successful comedy films including, THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 & 22 JUMP STREET and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.

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