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Hispanic film fest brings winners to Augustana

January  03, 2012

Hispanic Film Festival

The 17th annual Augustana College Hispanic Film Festival will feature four films in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles. The film festival begins on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and continues on Wednesdays through Feb. 1. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th Street). The film festival is free and open to the public.

Listed below are the title and a short synopsis of each film:

January 11: Angel Rodriguez: Angel is a smart, troubled kid who has been let down by both his family and the system. Headed down the wrong path, he is taken in by a counselor who wants him to realize his potential. The film takes viewers through two critical days in Angel’s young life. Director: Jim McKay, 86 min. (Not rated)

January 18: Lula, The Son of Brazil: This is a lavishly produced emotional story of the early years of Brazil’s beloved president, Luis Inácio da Silva—a man who came from nowhere to eventually achieve success. Lula grew up in extreme poverty, guided by a strong mother who with drive and courage faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her son. The film follows Lula from childhood along his path to politics. Director: Fabio Barreto, 128 min. (Not rated; in Portuguese with subtitles)

January 25: Octubre (October): An award-winner at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Octubre is set in Lima during the month of October, and it tells the story of Clemente, a money lender whose personal relationships are qualified by money. His lonely existence is turned upside down when an abandoned baby is left in his charge. Clemente tries to care for the baby himself; but a neighbor goes in search of the birth mother—a prostitute Clemente once visited. Director: Daniel and Diego Vega Vidal, 83 min. (Rated R)

February 1: El cielo gira (The Sky Turns): Winner of the top awards at both the Rotterdam and Buenos Aires Film Festivals, this film is a sublime contemplation of time, memory and mortality. After a 35-year absence, director Mercedes Alvarez returns to her native village in remote northwest Spain. She was the last child born there, and now only 14 aged inhabitants remain. Director: Mercedes Alvarez, 115 min. (Not rated)

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