If you think any of this sounds like Shawn of the Dead, you’re right, but this is more than a simple rehash. Brugués has given the story a completely Cuban flavor. There are plenty of jabs at the absurdity of life on the isolated island. News reports say that, like every other malady ever to hit Cuba, the walking, ravenous monsters are part of an effort by the United States to destabilize the country. Juan keeps one friend from fleeing in a raft by reminding him, ''If you leave, you're going to have to work for a living.''
If zombies don't interest you, there's sure to be something among the other eight movies that will satisfy. Several filmmakers are set to attend the festival, including actor Victor Prada of The Cleaner (El limpiador), Adrián Saba's 2011 drama about a forensic cleaner who discovers a boy hiding at a crime scene. Director Carlos Sorin attends the screening of his 2012 Gone Fishing (Dias de pesca), about a recovering alcoholic trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Producer Estefanía Ortiz will attend the screening of Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori's 2012 7 Boxes (7 cajas), a thriller set in Paraguay.
Houston, TX 77005
Category: Movie Theaters
Region: Kirby-West U
100 Bissonnet. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $10 per screening.
May 2-5, 2013