EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE (THE LAST SUIT)
EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE (THE LAST SUIT)

This year’s twenty-first Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF21) will kick off on Wednesday, May 2nd, with the drama/comedy EL ÚLTIMO TRAJE (THE LAST SUIT), directed by Pablo Solarz and starring Miguel Ángel Solá. Abraham Bursztein (Solá), an 88-year old Jewish tailor, leaves Buenos Aires for Poland to try to find the man who saved him from a certain death after surviving Auschwitz. Escaping from his family who wants to put him in a nursing home, after more than seven decades with no news from him, Abraham sets out to find his old friend and fulfill his promise of returning one day to tell him all about the life he had thanks to his friend’s courage. THE LAST SUIT has won numerous awards, including the Nueva Vision Award for Spain/Latin America at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, and Audience Awards at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Miami International Film Festival.

On closing night, starting at 7 p.m., May 6th at AFS Cinema, CLAIFF will present this year’s festival winners, followed by a screening of KAYAK TO KLEMTU, with director Zoe Hopkins in attendance. Zoe is an indigenous filmmaker whose first short film premiered at Sundance International Film Festival, and she has since gone on to critical acclaim. Her new film is a story about a 14-year-old girl kayaking the Inside Passage to protest a proposed oil pipeline that would damage her home. One day after KAYAK TO KLEMTU was filmed, the inevitable happened, and Zoe’s home community of Bella Bella was devastated by an oil spill. KAYAK TO KLEMTU premiered at the 2017 imagineNATIVE film festival, winning the coveted Audience Award. We are thrilled that Zoe will be joining us for the screening and a Q&A after the film.

“It’s an annual challenge and delight to coordinate the team who selects all the films and videos that audiences will enjoy at the festival,” said festival director Jean Lauer, “and I’m proud of how it has all come together. We’re looking forward to welcoming new and returning guests to the screenings and events, including the screenwriter and director Zoe Hopkins, some of whose work we’ve shown previously. We’re honored to host Zoe as a guest and jury member for our international Narrative and Documentary Feature Competitions, along with all the guests who will be joining us from Texas and from all over the Americas, in anticipation of celebrating the multiplicity of voices and artists that the selection represents.”

The twenty-first Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will take place May 2 to 6, 2018, in Austin, Texas,.  Feature films, short films, and music videos, highlighting a diversity of themes, genres, and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends will be presented at three primary partnership venues: AFS Cinema (6406 N I-35 Suite 3100); The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.); and MASS Gallery (507 Calles St. Suite 108). Films are presented in English or with English subtitles (if English is not the original language).

Official Selection for the 21st Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 

NEW RELEASES

OPENING NIGHT: El último traje (The Last Suit), Dir. Pablo Solarz, Spain/Argentina

CLOSING NIGHT: Kayak to Klemtu, Dir. Zoe Hopkins, Canada

Additional New Release Titles

Arábia (Araby), Dirs. João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa, Brazil

Cocote, Dir. Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic

El vendedor de orquídeas (The Orchid Seller), Dir. Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico

Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993), Dir. Carla Simón, Spain

Gringo Rojo (Red Gringo), Dir. Miguel Ángel Vidaurre, Chile

La memoria de mi padre (My Father’s Memory), Dir. Rodrigo Bacigalupe Lazo, Chile

Las hijas de Abril (April’s Daughter), Dir. Michel Franco, Mexico

Los versos del olvido (Oblivion Verses), Dir. Alireza Khatami, France/The Netherlands/ Germany/Chile

Mi mejor amigo (My Best Friend), Dir. Martín Deus, Argentina

Nadie (Nobody), Dir. Miguel Coyula, Cuba

Niñas araña (Spider Thieves), Dir. Guillermo Helo, Chile

Pariente (Guilty Men), Dir. Iván D. Gaona, Colombia

Zama, Dir. Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/The Netherlands/Mexico/ Portugal/USA

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

El vigilante (The Night Watch), Dir. Diego Ros, Mexico

Jovens Infelizes ou Um Homem que Grita Não é Um Urso que Dança (Young and Miserable or a Man Screaming Is Not a Dancing Bear), Dir. Thiago B. Mendonça, Brazil

Marisa en los bosques (Marisa in the Woods), Dir. Antonio Morales, Spain

Tourments d’amour (Torments of Love), Dir. Caroline Jules, France/Guadeloupe/French West Indies

Vigilia (Being Awake), Dir. Julieta Noemí Ledesma, Argentina/Uruguay

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION 

52 Segundos (52 Seconds), Dir. Javier Andrade, Ecuador

El proyecto (The project), Dir. Alejandro Alonso, Cuba

Estado de Exceção (State of Exception), Dir. Jason O’Hara, Brazil/Canada

My Bolivia, Remembering What I Never Knew, Dir. Rick Tejada-Flores, USA/Bolivia

Nada queda sino nuestra ternura (Nothing Is Left but Our Tenderness), Dir. Sébastien Jallade, Peru

HECHO EN TEJAS

Feature Film

A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas), Dir. Anne Lewis, USA

Short Films

Atmahaú Pakmát, Dir. Cameron G. Quevedo, USA

Autopista Norte (North Highway), Dir. Andrés F. Torres, USA

Calling, Dir. Artemis Anastasiadou, USA

Hacia el sol (Towards the Sun), Dir. Monica Santis, UK/USA

Hakla (Stammer), Dir. Tania Romero, USA

Retornados (The Returned), Dirs. Sarah M Kuck & Meredith Hoffman, Honduras/USA

The Allied King, Dir. Jason Outenreath, Mexico/USA

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION

Capacocha, Dir. Tomás Pernich, Argentina

La hora de la merienda (Teatime), Dir. Alba González de Molina, Spain

La suerte del salao (Unlucky’s Luck), Dir. Felipe Holguín Caro, Colombia

Macanao, Dir. Clarissa Duque, Venezuela

My Soul is Old, Dir. Claudia González-Rubio, Mexico

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION

Abigail, Dirs. Isabel Penoni & Valentina Homem, Brazil

Den Himmel Berühren (Touch the Sky), Dir. Rosa Baches, Spain/Germany

Palenque, Dir. Sebastián Pinzón Silva, Colombia

Sigo acá (I’m Still Here), Dir. Tana Gilbert, Chile

Umunhum, Dirs. Andy Miller & Robin Moore, USA

AMBULANTE SHOWCASE

Feature Films

Batallas íntimas (Intimate Battles), Dir. Lucía Gajá, Mexico

El sembrador (The Sower), Dir. Melissa Elizondo, Mexico

Mi vida dentro (My Life Inside), Dir. Lucía Gajá, Mexico

Short Film

Nos faltan (Missing), Dirs. Lucía Gajá & Emilio Ramos, Mexico

FEMME FRONTERA SHOWCASE

Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria, Dirs. Stephanie Sinclair & Nichole Sobecki, Nigeria

Do not Come to Europe, Dirs. Minna Lundberg, Hanna Pousette & Pontus Joneström, Sweden/Uganda

Filip, Dir. Nathalie Alvarez Mesen, Sweden

That Day Will Come, Dir. Sarah Hope, USA

Raven, Dir. Razelle Benally, USA

We Did not Fall from the Sky, Dirs. Tabs Breese & Georgia Oakley, India/UK

Windows, Dir. Maru Buendia-Senties, USA

OFFICIAL SELECTION, PANORAMA

Feature Films

Abrazos imborrables (Unforgettable Hugs), Dir. Pablo Hadis, Argentina

Ceux qui viendront, l’entendront (Those Who Come, Will Hear), Dir. Simon Plouffe, Canada

El reino de la Sirena (The Mermaid Kingdom), Dir. Luis Rincón, Dir. Mexico

Jeffrey, Dir. Yanillys Perez, Dominican Republic/France

La selva negra (The Modern Jungle), Dirs. Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak, Mexico/USA

Olancho, Dirs. Chris Valdes & Ted Griswold, Honduras/USA

Out of State, Dir. Ciara Lacy, USA

Por los camiones del sur (On Southern Buses), Dirs. Sven Kirschlager & Sirio Magnabosco, Germany/Mexico

Si yo muero primero (If I Die First), Dir. Rodolfo Muñoz, Ecuador

Ukamau y Ké (That’s how It Is, and What!), Dir. Andrés Ramírez, Ecuador/Bolivia

Short Films

2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com, Dir. Thirza Cuthand, Canada

Beneath the Trees, Dir. Crystal Avila, USA

Casting in Jaguey Grande, Dir. Thomas Winston, Cuba/USA

DACAmented, Dir. St. Clair Detrick-Jules, USA

Detroit’s Rivera, Dir. Julio Ramos, USA

Gifts of Silver, Dir. Eddie Frost, Chile/UK

Kat Waj, Dir. Teresa Jiménez, Guatemala

Kitci Nehirowiskwew (The Great Atikamekw Lady), Dir. Sipi Flamand, Canada

Lecciones de vuelo (Flying Lessons), Dir. Patricio Pino Hernández, Chile

Mariah ¡qué baile! (Dance, Mariah!), Dirs. Anita Abbasi & Martin Baena, Canada

Merê, Dir. Urânia Munzanzu, Brazil

Nacimientos (Giving Birth), Dir. Analicia López, Canada/Panama

Nan Isht Aiokpachi (The Gift), Dir. Steven Paul Judd, USA

Ni una sola línea (Not Even a Line), Dir. Víctor E.D. Somoza, Spain

Poliangular, Dir. Alexandra Castellanos Solís, Mexico

Polvo de estrellas (Stardust), Dir. Aldo Sotelo Lázaro, Mexico

Porgies & Bass, Dir. Thomas Barnes, USA

Taller protegido nº19 (Protected Workshop #19), Dirs. Danielle Hebscher & Fernando De Negro, Canada/Argentina

Tengo talent (Dance with Your Heart), Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba/USA

MUSIC VIDEOS

Competition Line-up

Barlovento by Bairoa, Dir. Juanchi González, Puerto Rico

Black Lipstick by Chicano Batman, Dir. Bernabé Bolaños, USA

Campesino by Quitapenas, Dir. Shireen Alihaji, USA

No Regreso by Combo Chimbita, Dir. Hugo Rubiano, USA/Colombia

Sobrenatural by Jassiel, Dir. Vadim Lasca, Venezuela

Official Selection, Non-competition Line-up

All Nations Rise by Lyla June, Dir. Lyla June Johnston, USA

Gospel No. 1 by Shireen Alihaji, Rene Pacheco, Andrew Ramirez, Crystal Cerecedes, Jonathan Rivera & Art Zavala Jr., Dirs. Shireen Alihaji & Brandy Young, USA

Make It Right (Dile) by Olmeca, Dir. Olmeca, USA

Marea de Lumbre (Tide of the Flame) by La Chamba, Dir. Luis Horacio Pineda, USA

Never Been Alone by El Bles, Dir. Giovany Revelle, USA

Special Presentation, Videos by @stereosonico

Back Again by Lemarroy, Dir. Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante, Mexico

Blueboy by Subdivision, Dirs. Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante & Stacy Perskie, Mexico

Como quisiera by MonteNegro, Dir. Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante, USA

Todavía by Matisse, Dir. Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante, Mexico

Vía Láctea by Zoe, Dirs. Andres Ibañez Diaz Infante & Stacy Perskie, Mexico

EMERGENCIA YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

Special Presentations

A World in Motion, PHS Productions, Dirs. Khue Tran, Makayla Moore & An Nguyen, Pflugerville, TX, USA

Latinitas Video, Latinitas Magazine, Austin, TX, USA

The Trail, Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective, YCC Group Project, Austin, TX, USA

YouthCam Student PSA Contest, 1st-Place Award Winners, Various Travis County High Schools, TX, USA

Emergencia, Competition Lineup (Audience: All Ages)

A Tale of Four Sisters, Dir. Emily Silva/Real to Reel, Lynn, MA, USA

Blanche’s Bichon Buzz, Dir. Isabella Caroline Sharp, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Celestial Anomaly, Dirs. Jose Miranda & Abraham Serrano, Dallas, TX, USA

Find a Way, Dirs. Akil Carrillo & Ellie Aronica/BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA, USA

Hart Immigration Movie, Dir. Yolanda Gamble/Austin Film Society, Austin, TX, USA

Lilly Hits the Road, Dir. The Bum Family, Calgary, AB, Canada

Re-Painting the Mission, Dir. Akil Carillo/BAYCAT, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Rich Man, Dir. Say Sí Middle School Group Project, San Antonio,TX, USA

They Said, But., Dirs. Marie Lambiase, Rauliz Paez, Rebecca Unubun, Rebecca Vu, Sophia Quigley, Tiffany Cespedes & Yeison DeLeon/Real to Reel, Lynn, MA, USA

White NoiseWhite Noise, Dir. Say Sí Middle School Group Project, San Antonio,TX, USA

Emergencia, Competition Lineup (Recommended Audience: Ages 14+)

Alone, Dir. Sara Eustaquio, Valencia, CA, USA/Portugal

Calavera, Dir. Adele Rankin/Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective, Austin, TX, USA

Carhop, Dirs. Alexander Puga, Monica Matute, Gabriella Gonzalez & Jewel Berrios, Miami, FL, USA

Desconectada (Disconnected), Dir. Matheus Bosco, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Enjoy the Show, Dirs. Gabby Fiszman & Dina Katgara, Delray Beach, FL, USA

Memoria de los Revolucionarios (Memories of the Revolution), Dir. Miguel Salazar / Say Sí, San Antonio,TX, USA

Still Love, Dirs. Alexander Puga & Monica Matute, Miami, FL, USA

What Now?, Dirs. Gregory Aragon/Real to Reel, Lynn, MA, USA

LATINITAS SPECIAL VR DOCUMENTARY PRESENTATION

Latinx Culture in East Austin, Dir. VR Cine Chicas Cohort, Austin, TX, USA

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