CineFestival celebrates 43 years in San Antonio with 85 films including 10 free shows

San Antonio CineFestival celebrates its 43rd anniversary in the historic Guadalupe Theater.

The festival will screen 85 films, including 22 films from San Antonio and an additional 24 films from the rest of Texas.

“The incredible response this year to our invitation to participate, receiving a record number of submissions from filmmakers from across the state and the United States, both locally and internationally, is a testament to San Antonio’s distinguished position as a cultural center,” programmer CineFestival said. Eugenio del Bosque,

The CineFestival will take place from July 6-10. Advance tickets can be purchased online or at the Guadalupe Theatre’s box office.

The full film schedule of the festival, along with the film guide, can be found here.

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“This response means the film festival’s focus on local and regional works while reflecting artistic excellence in Latin and original filmmaking is the right course for a festival with this amazing history to continue on a relevant path that will be meaningful to both audiences and participating artists,” Bosque said.

Some of the films in the festival include “AINBO: Spirit of the Amazon”, “Carlitos Chupacabra”, “Dilemma / Dilema”, “The Garcia Family”, “Hijo” and others.

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Other feature films, with descriptions given by festival leaders, include:

  • The world premiere of “An Awesome Action Movie” directed by Luis Antonio Rodriguez and filmed in McAllen, Texas, and starring veteran Mexican actor Hector Soberon.
  • The Sundance documentary “Mija” by Isabel Castro has been awarded
  • Mexican documentary “Comala” directed by Gian Cassini, who has strong ties to San Antonio
  • “A Run for More” directed by Ray Whitehouse, which follows Frankie Gonzalez Wolff as the first transgender woman to run for city council in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
  • SXSW Award winner Eliana Sosa’s love letter, a love letter to the local director’s grandfather in El Paso and an intimate and insightful exploration of her own relationship with his homeland
  • Social justice horror film “Madris” by Ryan Zaragoza, co-written by Marcela Ochoa of San Antonio who will attend and also present a master class for registered filmmakers
  • Clint Bentley’s “Jockey,” which features an award-winning performance by Mexican-American actor Clifton Colin Jr., grandson of Aguilares, native Texas actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, best known for his comedic roles as companions in the 1950s and 1960s John Wayne Westerns
  • “Mother of the Earth” directed by Austin Brandon Polanco and starring Annette Mia Flores from San Antonio
  • “Capitol Barbie” directed by Riley Del Rey of New Mexico is a television pilot and new programming line for CineFestival. A political show about an interpreter on Capitol Hill, “Capitol Barbie” addresses sensitive and socially relevant topics, raising questions and opening debates about racism, homophobia and transphobia in the workplace. The script was written by local transgender filmmakers Riley Del Rey and Violet Martinez

Closing Night Movie will be the world premiere of “Cuerpo” directed by Mark Zuniga, a native of San Antonio. The horror film is set in 18th century San Antonio and explores “the culture and the clashes between Spanish colonists and the indigenous people they are trying to change,” according to a press release.

43 CineFestival San Antonio will offer ten free shows, including Family Day with the Texas premiere of “Ainbo, Spirit of the Amazon” directed by Richard Claus and Jose Zelada, an American-Peruvian animated film in the spirit of “Moana” and “Frozen.” ; and Senior Cinema, an exclusive rerun of the documentary Pepe Serna: Life is Art dedicated to San Antonio’s aging movie fans.

For more information visit guadalupeculturalarts.org.

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