Cine Sin Fronteras: Shifting Ground

15 September 2018

Vincent Price Art Museum

On behalf of LACLA, we'd like to thank all those who participated in the 8th Annual Cine Sin Fronteras Program. This year's program featured three experimental films from México, including Relato Familar, Coyolxauhqui, and El Sonido que vemos: CDMX. The films are provided courtesy of their filmmakers. 

Relato Familar by Sumie Garcia


Coyolxauhqui by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos

Film courtesy of Colectivo Los Ingrávidos
El sonido que vemos: CDMX by the Echo Park Film Center
Film courtesy of the Echo Park Film Center
Watch El Rio perform at the Vincent Price Art Museum
Watch audience Q&A with Echo Park Film Center's Paolo Davanzo
Check out photos from the event on Flickr.


Last Remaining Seats

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Co-Presentation with Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats

9 June 2018

Million Dollar Theater

This year's program featured the Brazilian-American drama, Kiss of the Spider Woman [1985], directed by Brazilian director Héctor Babenco.

Synopsis (Courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive):

An instant classic, director Hector Babenco’s remarkable film was a sophisticated and high-profile queer triumph in the midst of the conservative 1980s.  In an unspecified Latin American country, two men share a prison cell: one (Raul Julia) incarcerated for his leftist militant activism, the other (William Hurt, in an Oscar-winning performance) for his dalliance with an underage boy.  In close quarters the two slowly find common ground.  Seeking spiritual escape, Hurt’s character enacts scenes from a favorite film, actually a Nazi propaganda piece, evoking the eponymous “spider woman” (fantastically enacted by Sonia Braga) who comes to personify and propel the intensity of the passions that have brought the men to this hellish existence.

Producer: David Weisman.  Director: Hector Babenco.  Screenwriter: Leonard Schrader.  Based on a novel by Manuel Puig.  Cinematographer: Rodolfo Sanchez.  Editor: Mauro Alice.  Cast: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, José Lewgoy, Milton Gonçalves.  35mm, color, 119 min.

Read exclusive Program Notes by María Elena de las Carreras, PhD.

There was a pre-screening discussion with the Oscar-nominated producer of the film, David Weisman. Weisman is also known for the films Naked Tango, Shogun Assassin, and Ciao! Manhattan.

You can view photos from the event on our Flickr Page.

11th Annual LACLA Student Film Festival

On 6 May 2018, LACLA hosted its 11th Annual Student Film Festival, held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Japanese American National Museum.

LACLA provided each student in the program with a commemorative t-shirt, a $25.00 stipend to directors who are present, and a free one-time admission to the Japanese American National Museum. There was also a mini college fair provided for the students.



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