Antonio is an unimportant little man living a boring, uneventful life. Until he meets another man who, like him, is Gordo, calvo y bajito (fat, bald and short). Unlike Antonio, this other little man is not only important, he’s happy. And if he can do it, why can’t Antonio? An animated film by first-time Colombian director Carlos Osuna, Gordo is making its Houston premiere at the 7th Annual Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America. Osuna’s story is painfully sad. Antonio is bullied by his brother, ridiculed by his co-workers and ignored by his boss. But all that changes when he gets a new boss — a fat, bald, short boss. Filmmaker Osuna will introduce the two screenings of Gordo, calvo y bajito (7 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. on Sunday).
Other screenings during the four-day Latin Wave festival include Las acacias by Argentine director Pablo Giorgelli, which follows a truck driver who has agreed to give a young stranger a ride. He doesn’t know that she’s bringing her five-month-old daughter along on the 1,000‑mile trip. Of the three, the little girl is the most vocal, even if it’s just gurgles and coos; both the truck driver and the mother are almost completely silent during their road trip. The lack of conversation, however, doesn’t keep the two from falling in love. (Las acacias screens at 5 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday.)
Actor Katerina D’Onofrio will be in attendance for the screening of Peruvian Rosario Garcia-Montero’s Las malas intenciones (Bad Intentions), and Argentine director Santiago Mitre will be on hand for El estudiante (The Student), as will Chilean Cristián Jiménez for Bonsai.
Julia Murat’s Historias que so existem quando lembradas (Found Memories), Gerardo Naranjo’s Miss Bala and Victor Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan las Antípodas! complete the program. Screening times vary. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org.
April 26-29, 2012