Latin American Film Festival Nov. 9-13

by Jane Mills, LIFFY

Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale or LIFFY is coming up November 9 – 13 and is free and open to the public.

The schedule is shaping up. Opening and closing night films will be shown at Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue. These films are described below.

All films will have English subtitles; filmmakers and actors will be in attendance for many of the films. Some evenings will feature receptions.

Opening night Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. features Pinches actores (Freakin’ Actors) Mexico, France (2015, 119 min.) Director: Hermanos Dufour. Comedy, Drama. Q&A with actress Grecia Monroc. Six friends overcome a series of adversities and challenges as actors. One dreams of being a soap opera star; another puts up with a jealous wife and less than promising roles; a young actress believes in the power of acting as an art form but has to deal with the industry’s sexism; a leading man doesn’t care who he has to step on to get to the top; and a family man’s acting dreams begin to slip away. Finally there’s the eccentric Mad who shares these stories and his own in this love letter to acting.

Closing night Sunday, November 13, at 8 p.m. features La Gunguna (The Gunguna) Dominican Republic (2015, 87 min.) Director: Ernesto Alemany. Dark Comedy. Q&A with Ernesto Alemany (Director). The Gunguna is a tiny .22 caliber pistol that once belonged to General Trujillo and had enormous sentimental value for the dictator. It is sought out by collectors worldwide who are willing to pay a pretty penny for it. Some are even willing to kill for it. The gun will fall in the hands of a construction worker in desperate straits, a corrupt border patrol sergeant, a merciless loan shark, a local Chinese mobster, an arms dealer and a sleazy bar owner.

For more information, contact: Margherita Tortora, Founder and Director, margherita.tortora@yale.edu or Jane Mills, (203) 278-3723.

A complete schedule will be online at http://liffy.yale.edu or http://www.facebook.com/liffyyale. Times and locations of films vary throughout the festival.

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