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Hispanic Film Fest offers free films beginning Jan. 9

December  14, 2012

The 18th annual Hispanic Film Festival at Augustana College will offer five award-winning movies from Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina Jan. 9-Feb. 6.

Films are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in room 102, Hanson Hall of Science. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Films are:  

Jan. 9: Biutiful, a Mexican/Spanish film that was nominated for a 2010 Oscar and Golden Globe. (148 minutes; rated R). Biutiful is about  the journey of Uxbal, a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.   

Jan. 16: Gigante (Giant), a film from Uruguay that was named Best First Feature Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009. (85 minutes; unrated). Gigante is a subtle drama about a lonely  security guard working the night shift at a supermarket in Montevideo, Uruguay. Besides his love of metal music, his only other interest is the quiet stock girl at work.

Jan. 23: Los Viajes del Viento (The Wind Journeys), Columbia's official submission to the 2010 Academy Award. (2 hours; not rated). The story is of a man who plays an accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. But after the death of his wife, he vows to never play it again, and embarks on a journey to return it to its rightful owner.

Jan. 30: La Ventana (The Window), a Spanish/Argentinian film selected for a screening at the Toronto, Rome and Havana international film festivals in 2008. (77 minutes; rated R). It tells the story of 80-year-old Antonio. After an absence of many years, his estranged son is coming to visit.  

Feb. 6: El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The Secret in their Eyes), is an Argentinian film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. (2 hours; rated R). The romantic thriller shuffles back and forth from 1970s Argentina to the present. Back in the days of coups and political violence, a young court investigator and his sultry supervisor worked on a rape-murder case that was lost amidst a military takeover. Now retired, the man looks up his old flame.  

For more information, email or call Dr. Jeanneth Vázquez, (309) 794-7670.