La Nueva Ola or The New Wave of Spanish speaking films from Mexico, Spain and Cuba will be playing from December 3-7, 2014 during the GALA’s Annual Film Festival in Washington, DC.
The new wave of film lineup includes:
The 2012 Seville Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, MAPA (MAP), directed by León Siminiani. This is the story of a young director who travels to Indian to search for his first feature film after being let go from a TV job only to realize that the story is back home. This documentary is a fresh and funny contemplation of love, life, and filmmaking.
Los Insolitos Peces Gatos (The Amazing Catfish), directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce, starring Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala & Sonia Franco. This international film festival award winning film is a heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital and whose lives become intertwined as one bonds with the other’s children.
Juan De Los Muertos (Juan of the Dead), directed by Alejandro Brugués, starring Alexis Díaz de Villegas & Jorge Molina. This award winning film is a zombie comedy and satire with the subtext of the Cuban Revolution. Juan is initially convinced that the attack is another stage of the Revolution, but when he realizes that the attackers are zombies and killing them is an acquired skill, he decides to make some money from it…and thus a business is born.
This year’s festival is being curated by Carlos Gutierrez of Cinema Tropical and sponsored by The Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, SPAIN Arts & Culture, The Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC, Mexican Cultural Institute, , and the Cuban Interests Section in USA.
Festival Community Partners: AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Latin é, Smithsonian Latino Center, DC Independent Film Festival, and Women in Film & Video.
Founded in 1976, the GALA Hispanic Theatre has long been a groundbreaking and energetic heater, presenting classical and contemporary plays in Spanish and English, along with an accompanying program of dance, music, poetry, spoken word, art and, more recently, film.
WED 12/3 MELAZA (Molasses) from Cuba – DC Premiere!
– 6 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibit by Cuban visual artists Joaquín Pomés Figueredo and Virginia Schofield Reguero
– 7:30 p.m. Film with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Cuban Interests Section in the USA
THU 12/4 Short Film Award Winner & MAPA (Map) from Spain – DC Premiere!
– 7:30 p.m. Films with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Embassy of Spain in Washington
FRI 12/5 LOS INSOLITOS PECES GATO (The Amazing Catfish) from Mexico – DC Premiere!
– 7:30 p.m. Film with post discussion and reception, featuring leading actress Lisa Owen, courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute
SAT 12/6 LOS NIÑOS SALVAJES (The Wild Children) from Spain – DC Premiere!
– 2 p,m. Film with post discussion
SAT 12/6 JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS (Juan of the Dead) from Cuba
– 7 p.m. Film with post discussion
SAT 12/6 QUEBRANTO (Disrupted) from Mexico – DC Premiere!
– 9:30 p.m. Film with post discussion
SUN 12/7 AVENTURERA (Adventuress) from Mexico
– 2 p.m. Classic film