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Hispanic Film Festival begins Oct. 26

Augustana College will sponsor its 26th annual Hispanic Film Festival on Wednesdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 30.

All films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102. Films are free and open to the public. Films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

Oct. 26: La Odisea de los Giles (Heroic Losers)

This 2019 Argentine heist film co-written and directed by Sebastián Borensztein is based on the novel "La Noche de la Usina" (The Night of the Heroic Losers) by Eduardo Sacheri, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film runs two hours and is rated PG-13.

In times of the infamous Argentinian Corralito, the neighbors of a little town trace a plan to recover the money they lost after learning that their bank manager and a corrupt lawyer have stolen it. (IMDB)

"Corralito" was the informal name for economic measures taken in Argentina at the end of 2001 to stop a bank run.

• Winner Best Iberoamerican Film Goya Awards 2020
• Winner Best Latin American Picture José María Forqué Awards 2020

Nov. 2: Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices)

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980'El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war, which is raging all around him. The 2004 film directed by Luis Mandoki is set during the Salvadoran Civil War, and is based on writer Óscar Torres's childhood. (IMDB)

The film is rated R and lasts one hour, 50 minutes.

• Winner Best Film Heartland International Film Festival
• Winner Best Feature Film RiverRun International Film Festival
• Winner “Best Foreign Language Film San Diego Film Critics Society Award

Nov. 9:  Temblores  (Tremors)

This Guatemalan-French drama, directed by Jayro Bustamante, was released in 2019. The coming out of an evangelical father shatters his family, his community and uncovers a profoundly repressive society. (IMDB)

The unrated film runs one hour, 47 minutes.

• Winner Emerging Filmmaker Award MSP International Film Festival
• Official selection Seattle International Film Festival

Nov. 16:   Aquí y Allá (Here and There)

The 2012 drama directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza is about a Mexican immigrant who returns home to a small village in Mexico after years of working in the U.S. He struggles to rebuild his family and follow his dream of starting a band. The unrated film runs one hour, 50 minutes.

• Winner Critics Weeks Grand Prize Cannes Film Festival

Nov. 30: Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory)

In this 2019 drama directed by Pedro Almodóvar, a film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him. THe film is rated R and runs one hour, 53 minutes.

• Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Film The Academy Award
• Winner “Best Film” Best Director, Cinema Writers Circle Award
• Winner Best Film, Goya Awards 


Dr. Jeanneth Vázquez, 309-794-7670

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