September 8, 2000

Cine Mexicano: The Mexican Film Series Continues

The Media Arts Center San Diego is proud to present two acclaimed Mexican feature films for the upcoming installment of its "Second Annual Cine Mexicano: Mexican Film Series."

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence, the series continues with the award-winning Mexican feature El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba (Dir. Arturo Ripstein) and the much-talked about Fibra Optica (Dir. Francisco Athié). El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba will be screened Friday, September 15th thru Sunday, September 17th. Fibra Optica will be screened for an entire week beginning Friday September 15th and ending Thursday, September 21st. Both films, along with the entire Cine Mexicano: Mexican Film Series, will take place at Mann Hazard Center 7 movie theaters located in Hazard Center in San Diego's Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley).

In Arturo Ripstein's El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba, an adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, the old colonel (Fernando Lujan) goes each Friday to the post office to see if his long-awaited pension has come through. He knows it will not; so does his loving, exasperated wife (Marisa Paredes), still grieving over the death of their son the year before. But in this film of rapturous melancholy, life can be given meaning and drama by stubborn pride and nagging devotion. The colonel has a mission: to elevate the grim routine of poverty and failure to a high mass of defiance. He does that by showing, subtly, a heart that has been broken but still beats with vengeance. El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Latin American Cinema at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

In Francisco Athie's Fibra Optica (1997, Mexico, 100 min, 35mm), the viewer is transported into a modern Latin American police state; where everyday corruption has entered the digital domain. The murder of an important trade union leader seems at first to be just another ordinary crime of passion, one of the hundreds that occur every day in Mexico City. But of course, nothing is as it seems, and the murder soon turns out to be linked to a widespread money laundering operation. Marco Antonio, an unemployed reporter, is asked to write a major article about the crime. At the same time, Magaña, a mediocre lawyer, is hired to defend Claudia Jimenez, who is accused of the crime. But who is making these requests? Both men are led by a "voice" that spies, gives advice and issues commands via phone and e-mail. While they work on their assignments, the reporter and the lawyer slowly discover that they are caught up in a sprawling web of power and intrigue and that the parallel lines of their respective investigations will never cross.

El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba will be screened in Spanish, without English subtitles. However, Fibra Optica will be presented with English subtitles. Both films are rated R for scenes of violence and some strong sexuality/nudity.

Ticket prices are $7 general admission and $5 students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the Mann Hazard Center 7 box office (7510 Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley).

Screening times for El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba are: Friday, Sept. 15th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16th at 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17th at 5:15 & 7:30 p.m.

Screening times for Fibra Optica are: Friday, Sept. 15th at 5:15 & 9:45 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16th at 2:30 & 5:15 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17th at 2:30 & 9:45 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 18th thru Thursday, Sept. 21st nightly at 5:15, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.

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