November 7, 2008

En Tu Idioma with Three Award Winning Latin American Features: El Violin, El Baño Del Papa, and XXY

Media Arts Center’s San Diego Latino Film Festival presents its final installment of the 2008 Cinema en Tu Idioma Film Series showcasing the most celebrated Latino films from international film festivals. The final installment will feature screenings of “El Violin” (The Violin), “XXY”, & “El Baño Del Papa” (The Pope’s Toilet) November 14-20 at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center.

“El Violin” Directed by Francisco Vargas, is the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history! A crowd-pleaser at the recent 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival, “El Violin” stars Don Ángel Tavira. After the military seizes his village, humble rural musician Don Plutarco devises a plan: to play up his appearance as a harmless violin player in order to return to the village and retrieve hidden arms and ammunition.

“XXY” Directed by Lucía Puenzo was showcased as part of the 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festivals’ Cine Gay showcase and was short listed for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. This astonishing feature explores the painful search for gender identity of a teenager who is born a hermaphrodite, and upon entering adolescence is pressured by parents to “choose” an identity. Handled with great sensitivity, this extraordinary film has won film accolades all over the world including coveted awards at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“El Baño Del Papa” Directed by César Charlone and Enrique Fernández. Along with the two festival favorites mentioned above, Media Arts Center brings a new film to San Diego for the first time. “El Baño Del Papa”, an alternating touching, humorous, and poignant story of human dignity and solidarity from director, scriptwriters, Enrique Fernández and noted cinematographer César Charlone (Oscar-nominated “City of God”). The Pope´s impending visit to a small Uruguayan town stimulates a flurry of activity among the poorest residents, who hope to strike it rich by catering to the needs of the 50,000 expected pilgrims. Convinced that his idea is the best, one man uses up his family’s savings to build a toilet that pilgrims can pay to use.

Tickets are $9.50 General Audiences / $7.50 Students, seniors. Individual tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center box office (7510 Hazard Center Dr., SD, CA 92108).

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