April 08, 2005

Going to the movies in Tijuana

By Luis Alonso Pérez

A season of good movies is about to begin on the other side of the border, in it’s screens of Cinépolis Río and the giant screen of the IMAX theatre in Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

XLV International Movie Showcase

From April 8th to the 17th the Cinépolis movie theatre in Plaza Río will host the XLV International Movie Showcase by the name “Reflections of world cinematography”. This year, it will be presenting 10 top quality films from Africa, Asia and Europe.

Among the most awaited movies for this year is A common thread (Friday April 15) A French production about a 17 year old girl called Claire (Lola Naymark) who just found out she is 5 months pregnant and wants to hide it by becoming a sewing apprentice and interning herself in Madame Mélikian’s (Ariane Ascaride) workshop, a lonely woman grieving the recent loss of her son. The film tells the story of the growing relationship between both women, doing needlework day after day for high class Parisian stores.

A thousand months (Thursday April 14th) is the name of a Moroccan film representing the African continent. A story about the life of a seven year old boy called Medi (Fouad Labied) and the problems from life in a country with a repressive government, during the Ramadán, one of the more sacred and important Muslim holy days.

From Asia, comes the movie Springtime In A Small Town (Tuesday April 12th) A remake of a classic Chinese 40’s movie, but in a new version, released in 2002 directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Springtime is a story about love fading away and unexpectedly reviving with people from the past, in a devastated China during the post-second world war period.

IMAX theatre in the Tijuana Cultural Center

The IMAX theatre in the Tijuana Cultural Center offers visitors the opportunity of coming in contact with some of the most fascinating creatures on earth, like the great white sharks or our cousins the chimpanzees, or maybe visit some of the most remote places in Mexico, like the Mayan Riviera or the Sea of Cortes.

The movie Sharks: Dangerously close was re-released last Friday April 1st. A movie that takes us close to one of the most feared creatures in the planet –the great white shark– and the IMAX makes you feel you’re swimming right next to these terrible predators.

The movie Chimpanzees goes into the life of this endangered species and recounts the 40 years of hard work by renowned doctor Jane Goodall in protecting the life of these creatures in Tanzania’s Gombe national park.

Another movie in CECUT’s lineup is The mistery of the Mayas. The first movie about Mexico filmed specially for the planetarium system. In this film spectators can enjoy a guided trip through the archeological sites of the Mayan history, like Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal, Palenque y Tikal.

Oasis Marino is another movie currently screening the IMAX theatre. A movie that portrays the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Sea of Cortes and the desert of Baja California, a fantastic journey through the depths of the sea that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

For more information about the XLV International Movie Showcase visit the Cinepolis web page www.Cinepolis.com.mx For more information about the movies in Tijuana Cultural Center’s IMAX theatre visit their web page www.Cecut.gob.mx

Return to the Frontpage