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Hispanic Film Festival marks 19th year

January  08, 2014

The 19th annual Hispanic Film Festival at Augustana College features five award-winning films and begins Jan. 15. The festival continues Wednesday evenings through Feb. 12, with all films starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

All the films are in Spanish with English subtitles, and are shown in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th St.). The settings in this year’s critically acclaimed series range from Argentina and Columbia to Hispanic communities in the U.S.

This year's line-up includes:

Jan. 15: La Sirga (The Towrope), a Columbian film selected for the Cannes Film Festival. The drama set in the highlands of the Andes follows a woman uprooted by war who tries to reshape her life in a dilapidated hostel on the shores of a lake. (88 minutes; rated R).

Jan. 22: Infancia Clandestina (Clandestine Childhood), a film that won multiple awards, including Argentina’s version of the Oscar. It involves an exile, Juan, who with his family returns to Argentina under fake identities. They are tracked down relentlessly under constant threat of capture and death, yet their life is also full of warmth, love and humor. (85 minutes; not rated).

Jan. 29: Tanta Agua (So Much Water), a comedy from Uruguay that won multiple awards, including the Grand Prix at the Miami International Film Festival. A divorced father takes his children on vacation at a resort where it rains constantly, and his efforts to bond with his children do not go according to plan. (102 minutes; not rated).

Feb. 5: Manito (Little Manny), an American entry that won multiple awards including the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Set in the Washington Heights area of New York City, which has undergone a renaissance, the drama focuses on an older brother trying to put his drug-dealing past behind him, and the younger brother who embodies the hopeful future of the now-vibrant neighborhood. (78 minutes; not rated).

Feb. 12: El Bola (The Nickname), a drama set in Spain that won several awards including Discovery of the Year at the European Film Festival. The story follows a 12-year-old boy, Pablo, who is isolated by life with an abusive father. He finally finds a friend in another boy, and irony when he discovers his friend has a loving father whom he pushes away. (87 minutes; not rated).

Further information is available from the festival organizer, Dr. Jeanneth Vázquez, in the Augustana College Spanish department at JeannethVazquez@augustana.edu or (309) 794-7670.

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu