Paradise | Fri, Sep 26, 7:15 pm & Mon, Sep 29, 9:15 pm Featuring Q&A with director Mariana Chenillo and post-screening reception sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute
Carmen and Alfredo are a happy, overweight couple whose sheltered life in the suburbs is flipped upside-down when they move to bustling Mexico City. Adapting to pressures of life in the capital, Carmen decides to go on a diet and begs Alfredo to join her. Alfredo quickly sheds more pounds than his wife, boosting his confidence but creating friction in the relationship. Searching for happiness, Carmen realizes that food isn't just about calories. Writer/director Mariana Chenillo follows up her award-winning debut, NORA'S WILL, with this touching romantic comedy. Official Selection, 2013 Toronto, San Sebastian Film Festivals.
Other Mexican Films:
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We Are Mari Pepa | Wed, Oct 1, 9:30 pm & Thu Oct 2, 9:00 pm Read More
Güeros | Mon Oct 6, 9:20 pm & Tue, Oct 7, 9:00 pm Read More
Heli | Fri, Oct 3, 9:40 pm; Sun, Oct 5, 9:40 pm & Wed, Oct 8, 10:00 pm Read More
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
September 18th through October 8th
Tickets $13\$10 for AFI members
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The Embassy of Mexico and The Televisa Foundation, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a number of events in conjunction with the exposition Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer: Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Age of Cinema.
Gabriel Figueroa's Life's Work: A Conversation with Gabriel Figueroa Flores | September 10th, 6:45 pm
Gabriel Figueroa Flores (1952) is a Mexican photographer and son of the director and cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa Mateos. He decided to dedicate himself to professional photography after taking a course on the work of Ansel Adams and studied art and photography in London under the guidance of such professors as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Arnold Newman and Eikoh Hosoe.
He currently works to maintain and restore his father's work. He has published a number of books including "Sinaloa" (1986), "Archipiélago Revillagigedo. La Última Frontera" (1988), "Arquitectura Fantástica Mexicana" (1991,) "Lugares prometidos" (2006) and "Arenas Nomadas" (2012). Landscapes are a significant theme among his photographic work, which has been displayed in expositions all over the world.
Presented by Carlos Gutierrez* Presented by Todd Hitchcock**
Multiple Perspectives, the crazy machine* | September 18th, 6:45 pm
Documentary, 96 min.
Emilio Maillé, 2012
An immersion into some of the most symbolic and iconic images of Mexican cinematography, shot by Gabriel Figueroa, along with commentary by the 40 most importante cinematographers worldwide.
To watch the trailer click here
The Pearl** | October 15th, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 87 min.
Emilio El Indio Fernández, 1945
"The Pearl was an uncompromisingly ironic and brilliantly photographed translation of John Steinbeck's fable about civilized greed and plunderlust. Producer Oscar Dancingers and director Emilio Fernández cast Pedro Armendáriz as a pearl-fisher who finds a fabulous gem and rejoices in contempolation of the freedom it symbolizes." Jewell, R & Vernon, H (1982). The RKO Story, London, Octopus Books Limited.
Los olvidados (The young and the damned)** | October 30th, 6:45 pm
Feature Film, 85 min.
Luis Buñuel, 1950
Los Olvidados is widely acclaimed as a masterpiece. It was inscribed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" Register in 2003 in recognition of its historical significance.
Carlos Gutierrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. He has served as both expert nominator and panelist for the Rockefeller Fellowship Program for Mexican Film & Media Arts and for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, as well as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students. He holds MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).
Todd Hitchcock is Director of Programming for the American Film Institute (AFI) Silver Theater.
Photo above: Salón México, 1948, Colección Gabriel Figueroa
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Flight of the Butterflies 3D, opening October 5th at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in
Washington, DC and the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, follows the
fascinating journey of the monarch butterfly. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the
longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Experience millions of them
in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking
cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true
and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway. Unravel the
mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies. For a trailer, click here.
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Constitution Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20560
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Take metro to the Smithsonian Station
The Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
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