Olé, Olé, Olé! screens on opening night of Latin Wave 12: New Films From Latin America, presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in association with creative partner Fundación PROA-Buenos Aires. "[The film] shows them on this tour, where they played, the people of the countries. You hear from the Stones themselves about their experiences, how they weren't allowed to go to certain countries," says Marian Luntz, MFAH's film curator. "It reflects part of the history of Latin America."
The festival, now in its 12th year, also gives Houston bragging rights as a flagship city. "Tenaris has been a very supportive sponsor for more than a decade. PROA is a creative partner; we work with their colleagues there every year and they help with the film selection," says Luntz. "We're very proud. After establishing Latin Wave in Houston, Tenaris and PROA have gone on to establish Latin American film festivals in other cities in Canada, Italy, Romania and Mexico."
Alberdi's other film, The Grown-Ups (Los niños), is an observational documentary about Down syndrome adults who have been trained to work in a school's bakery kitchen. "We also see them in classroom situations, becoming conscious adults. What's interesting for audience members is to hear the people in the film, the subjects, tell their own stories: their goals and dreams and hopes for their lives."
Latin Wave is also fun for audience members because it's an opportunity to rub elbows with filmmakers, actors and directors. Look for special guest appearances by writer/director/cinematographer Yanillys Pérez (Jeffrey), writer-director Iván Gaona (Guilty Men/Pariente) and writer-director Carlos Lechuga (Santa & Andrés).
There's plenty of talent onscreen, too, ranging from up-and-coming young singer Jeffrey, who dreams of breaking out of the streets of Santo Domingo to become a professional reggaeton singer (Luntz labels him "charismatic" and says, "We're all rooting for him"), to a very famous face in Brazilian actress Sonia Braga (The Milagro Beanfield War, Kiss of the Spider Woman).
Jeffrey screens at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 5 p.m. April 29. The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America screens at 9 p.m. April 27 and 29. The Grown-Ups (Los niños) screens at 5:30 p.m. April 28. Guilty Men (Pariente) screens at 7 p.m. April 28 and 1 p.m. April 30. Santa & Andrés screens at 9:30 p.m. April 28 and 7 p.m. April 29. Treasures (Tesoros) screens at 1 p.m. April 29. Tea Time (La once) screens at 3 p.m. April 29. El Amparo screens at 3:15 p.m. April 30. The Tenth Man (El rey del once) is at 5 p.m. April 30. Aquarius screens at 7 p.m. April 30.
Latin Wave 12: New Films From Latin America runs April 27-30, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7515, mfah.org/films. $8 to $10 (free for students on Sundays).