Entries from many countries include 46 U.S.-based movies, 39 from Mexico, and 37 from Spain. Of the last, Flamenco, Flamenco (March 15 and 19) is master Carlos Saura’s sequel to 1996’s acclaimed Flamenco, again shot by Vittorio Storaro to exhibit a rich spectrum of the flamenco world. No major film artist has done more than Saura to honor another art.
Annually drawing over 20,000 people, the festival will offer on screen such stars as Ricardo Darín (Carancho), Gael García Bernal (Tambien la Lluvia), Martha Higareda (Te Presento a Laura), and Demián Bichir (Runway). Subjects range from Nude Nuns with Big Guns, Joseph Guzmán’s action satire, to José Martí: El Ojo del Canario, Fernando Pérez’s dramatization of the youth of the Cuban founding father.
There will be a tribute to Mexican comedy star Xavier López, a Jewish-Latino showcase of eight works, Latin films that have been up for Oscars, a slew of documentaries, seven Brazilian features plus shorts, special family shows, Cine Gay with 13 works, tributes to Latin public TV and telenovelas, a March 16 spread of short films by young artists, and opening and closing parties. Most tickets are $10 ($8 for students, military, seniors), with fest passes at $90 and $180. Visit sdlatinofilm.com or call 619-230-1938.
Reviewed in this week’s capsule listings: Beastly and Mars Needs Moms.
— David Elliott