The only Latin and indigenous film festival in Austin, Cine Las Americas, kicks off on Apr. 16 and goes until Apr. 21. The week long event is showcasing new films spanning from North America, South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. to name a few. Cine Las Americas enters its 16th annual fest with approximately 100 films lined up.
The film fest is being held at the Stateside Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Village, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and St. Edwards University. Cine Las Americas is opening with the drama fantasy Blancanieves (Snow White), directed by Pablo Berger and is closing with the thriller 7 Cajas (7 Boxes), directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori. Both screenings will be showcased at the Stateside Theatre.
Blancanieves is the re-telling of the classic story Snow White. The story was inspired by the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale and is told through a black-and-white contemporary silent film. The story is set in 1920s Seville and chronicles a female bullfighter.
The closing film, 7 Cajas, is an action thriller that captures a story about a young boy, Victor who is given the task to carry seven boxes that cause trouble through the unknown contents in the boxes.
This year’s festival will be showcasing an array of genres that include independent, documentary, panorama, big budget and short films. Cine Las Americas has created an app that allows people to view trailers of the films that are going to be screened, locations of the screenings and detailed descriptions of each film. Smartphone users can download the app for free and star what they wish to see.
All screenings at MACC and St. Edwards are free and open to the public. Some events do require a badge or per-ordered tickets that can be found on the Cine Las Americas website. Purchasing a bagde does give full access to the film festival events and screenings. Members of Cine Las Americas are eligible for special discounts and benefits. Tickets are available for purchase for individual screenings. For more information visit Cine Las Americas website.
Below are the trailers to Blancanieves and 7 cajas.