Holyoke Community College will once again be offering five weeks of free Spanish language films during its fourth annual Ibero-American Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 25. All films are free and open to the public and will be screened in HCC's Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building, with other showings also scheduled for Wistariahurst Museum and the Holyoke Public Library.
All the films are subtitled in English.
The festival opens on campus Wed., Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. with "Neruda," a story of Cold War intrigue set in Chile in 1948 and involving renowned poet Pablo Neruda and follows Oct. 4 with "Tempest," a documentary about two women struggling to overcome violent lives; the third film, "Ixcanul, Volcano," tells the story of a young Mayan girl rebelling against an arranged marriage; "El rey de Once" - The Tenth Man - is a romantic comedy; the Oct. 25 finale, "Truman," tracks a dying man's efforts to find someone to care for his dog.
"This year, we wanted films that depict strong figures; the two middle ones, in particular, feature strong female leads," said HCC professor Raul Gutierrez, one of the festival organizers, "and we've expanded the festival again this year to include several dates in downtown Holyoke."
The festival is sponsored by the HCC LISA Club (Latino International Student Association), the HCC Foreign Languages Department, the HCC Community College Public Humanities Center, and the Spanish Film Club by Pragda.
Here is full schedule of films and screen times. All showings are in HCC's Leslie Phillips Theater, unless otherwise noted. Additional off-campus screenings follow:
Wed., Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m.: "Neruda," Argentina, Chile, France, Spain, directed by Pablo Larraín, 2016. An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. Spanish with English subtitles.
(Also Thursday, Oct 5, 6 p.m,. at the Holyoke Public Library, Community Room)
Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m.: Tempestad (Tempest), Mexico, directed by Tatiana Huezo, 2016. A poignant documentary by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive. Spanish with English subtitles.
Oct. 11, 11:00 a.m. "Ixcanul, Volcano," France, Guatemala, directed by Jayro Bustamante, 2015. On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents, as she finds herself at a crossroads of ancient and modern worlds. Maya and Spanish with English subtitles.
(Also, Thursday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Holyoke Public Library, Community Room)
Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m. "El rey de Once" (The Tenth Man), Argentina, directed by Daniel Burman, 2016. After years away from Buenos Aries, Ariel returns to reconnect with his father, Usher, founder of a charity in Once, the city's bustling Jewish district, where Ariel spent his youth. Spanish with English subtitles.
(Also, Thursday, Oct. 12, Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House)
Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m. "Truman," Argentina, Spain, directed by Cesc Gay, 2015. Spanish with English subtitle. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián decides to forgo treatment to focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing his possessions, finalizing his funeral arrangements, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved dog, Truman. Spanish with English subtitles.
(Also, Mon., Oct 16, 6 p.m., Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House)
Additional screenings: ·
"Neruda," Thursday, Oct 5, 6 p.m., Holyoke Public Library, Community Room ·
"El rey de Once," Thursday, Oct. 12, Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House ·
"Truman," Mon., Oct 16, 6 p.m., Wistariahurst Museum, Carriage House ·
"Ixcanul, Volcano," Thurs., Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Holyoke Public Library, Community Room
For more information, please contact HCC Spanish professor Raul Gutierrez at email@example.com