There's a slight shift in focus for Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America. Now in its fifth year, Latin Wave is featuring films that tell the stories of rural Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. That's a departure from the city-centered films that have been dominant in Latin American cinema in past years, according to festival director Monika Wagenberg.
One of the festival's most anticipated screenings is Historias extraordinarias (Extraordinary Stories), which will be presented by director Mariano Llinás. The four-hour film follows three unnamed characters in three separate plots that collectively take the viewer from a small town in Argentina to Africa and back again. (LA Weekly called Historias "a work of consistent astonishment.") There's also Jean Charles by director Henrique Goldman, which is based on the true story of a Brazilian immigrant living in London who was murdered by police who mistook him for a Middle Eastern terrorist. And today's El vuelco del cangrejo (Crab Trap), by first-time director Oscar Ruíz, looks at Afro-Colombians who live on Colombia's Pacific Coast.
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Many of the directors, including Llinás and Ruíz, will be in attendance to introduce their films and take questions from the audience. See El vuelco today at 6 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
April 29-May 2, 2010