Film festivals and exclusive cinema events
In the Country Where Nothing Happens
Dir. Maricarmen de Lara; writ. de Lara, Laura Sosa; feat. Fernando Luján, Julieta Egurrola, Carmen Delgado. (NR)
Released in 2000, In the Country Where Nothing Happens won acclaim at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival and was nominated for an Ariel Award, the national film award of Mexico. Maricarmen de Lara's film takes a satirical look at Mexican culture and modern values with a plot that touches on such varied subjects as kidnapping, drug rings, contaminated milk, greed, inequality, and rock 'n' roll. The film is the third entry in Artpace's series, "The Forgotton Ones: Three Views Of Mexico," curated by artist Jesse Amado.
In the Country Where Nothing Happens screens at 6:30pm Thursday, April 14, at Artpace, 445 N. Main. Admission is free. Call 212-4900 for more info.
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Cine Las Americas Media Arts Center in Austin will host the eighth Cine Las Americas International Film Festival April 20-24. The festival features a selection of dramatic and documentary films made by or about Latin and indigenous groups from across North America. Cine Las Americas will grant awards for best film in a variety of categories, including first narrative feature, documentary feature, films made in Texas, and youth films. The festival opens with festivities April 20 at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum and continues with screenings through April 24. Prior to the festival, on April 18 and 19, festival sponsors will hold a series of discussion panels at the University of Texas about a variety of issues pertaining Latin American filmmaking. Other program highlights include "Hecho en Tejas," a selection of films made by Latinos living in Texas, and Youth Day, an entire day of screenings of films made by filmmakers 19 years old or younger.
The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival runs April 20-24. Opening festivities take place at Bob Bullock Texas History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, from 6:30-8pm. Film screenings will take place at Regal's Metropolitan 14, 901 Little Texas Lane, the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street, and Hideout Theater, 617 Congress. For more information, call 512-841-5930 or visit cinelasamericas.org.
Dir. Rintaro; writ. Osamu Tezuka, Katsuhrio Otomo, (PG-13)
No, that's not a typo; Fritz Lang isn't supposed to be next to the "Dir.," though Osamu Tezuka, author of the manga series that inspired the film, claimed to find inspiration for his story in a poster for Lang's groundbreaking silent film. Rintaro's Metropolis, by contrast, is anything but silent, throbbing with vibrant colors and sound. The story, centering on a female robot more woman than machine who must elude robot-hunting vigilantes, has been told before, but the visual style is the real draw, especially considering director Rintaro's more than 40 years of experience in anime.
Metropolis screens at 11:30am Saturday, April 16, at the McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels. Admission is free.