Presented by San Ysidro Health Center

SAN DIEGO (CA).- The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), presented by Fashion Valley, is pleased to announce the selections for the 11th Cine Gay Showcase during its 23rd edition, set to take place March 10-20 at AMC Fashion Valley 18. “LGBTQ cinema is transcendent by nature, oftentimes forcing spectators to look beyond their own experiences and inviting them to engage, reconcile and ultimately relate to issues initially outside of their understanding”, said Moises Esparza, SDLFF programmer. “It is our pleasure to continue our annual tradition of bringing you the very best of LGBTQ Latino cinema,”he added.

Be the first in line! Purchase a Film Pass or 5-Movie Ticket Pass today! Click here – https://sdlatinofilm.com/tickets/

Eisenstein in Guanajuato
Dir. Peter Greenaway
(Netherlands / Mexico / Finland / Belgium / France, 110 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Biography / Comedy / Romance)
3/19 / 10:00 / DGC
3/20 / 9:35 / S1

After being rejected by Hollywood, the legendary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein travels to Guanajuato to shoot his next epic, “¡Que viva Mexico!” What he discovers there- the beauty of Mexico and his guide, Palomino (Luis Alberti,) could be called “the ten days that shook Eisenstein.” Peter Greenway’s wildly erotic and expressionistic interpretation of Eisenstein’s days in Mexico is an unforgettable tour-de-force. There is a reason Eisenstein’s film remains unfinished. Mature audiences only. Cine Gay Showcase.

Te Prometo Anarquía (I Promise you Anarchy)
Director: Julio Hernández Cordón
Mexico – Drama
3/11 / 8:45 / S9
3/14 / 8:05 / DGC
3/17 / 8:45 / S9
Two young men, Miguel and Johnny, have a close friendship and sexual relationship which they hide in front of others. They skate all day in the streets of Mexico City and sell blood to hospital emergency rooms. Trafficking blood is a way for them to earn a living and keep skating without having to follow other people’s rules. When a crime cartel contacts them to supply the blood for their clandestine clinics at a higher price, the boys accept, but the deal does not go according to plan plan. Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiv4C44Ibsk

Made in Bangkok
Director: Flavio Florencio
Mexico -Documentary
3/11 / 6:45 / S9
3/16 / 8:00 / S10
Morgana, a transgender opera singer, travels to Bangkok where she’ll represent Mexico in the Miss International Queen competition. More than anything, she wants to have a sex change operation, and she’s hoping that if she wins the title, the prize money will pay for her surgery.

El hombre nuevo
Dir. Aldo Garay
(Uruguay / Chile / Nicaragua, 79 min, 2015, Documentary)
3/12 / 5:15 / S2
3/20 / 3:55 / S10
Born Roberto in Nicaragua, and adopted by a couple of Uruguayan leftist activists in the midst of the Sandinista revolution, Stephania is struggling to live her life as a transwoman. The film is a deeply personal portrait of a woman whose tempestuous life has involved violence, drugs, prostitution and political commitment. Currently parking cars for a living in Montevideo, Stefania embarks on a journey to rediscover her home country, where she was once a son, a brother, and boy, and where she now wants to be accepted as the woman she is (has always been). Cine Gay Showcase.

Desde Allá (From Afar)
Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Venezuela – Drama
3/10 / 8:30 / S10
3/12 / 3:00 / DGC
3/13 / 9:15 / S10
Armando, a middle-aged gay man, cruises the streets of Caracas for other men and pays them for their company. One day he meets Elder, a 17 years boy that is the leader of a criminal gang, and that meeting changes their lives forever. Armando carries the scars of a troubled childhood, and when he hears that his father has returned to Caracas, long-suppressed anxieties resurface. At the same time, unexpected changes are occurring in his relationship with Elder. At first their association was purely transactional, but as the two spend more time together, something begins to emerge between them: an intimacy that neither man is ready for. Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer: https://vimeo.com/137114133

Director: Chucho E. Quintero
Mexico -Comedy/Drama/Fantasy
3/12 / 10:00 / S10
3/16 / 10:00 / S10
3/20 / 4:00 / DGC
On the eve of an imminent apocalypse, two friends- one gay, one “undecided” – wander the streets. Deep in conversation, Alex and Diego bond while sharing their fears and desires about sex and intimacy. Once they make their way to Alex’s bedroom, the true nature of their relationship is made clear. The strength of their unbreakable friendship helps them test the limits of trust and loyalty while pushing one another into exciting new realms of sexual exploration. Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer: vimeo.com/126888001

Luciérnaga (Firefly)
Director: Ana María Hermida
3/13 / 5:15 / S9
3/17 / 8:30 / S10
3/19 / 2:00 / S3
After the sudden death of her estranged brother, Lucia meets his fiancée Mariana. Together, the two women mourn their loss, resulting in the birth of a relationship neither of them could have ever foreseen. Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer: vimeo.com/122842277

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Ireland/Cuba- Drama
3/19 / 7:00 / S2
When everything is for sale, what’s the value of love? Jesus does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel, a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again. Viva was a hit at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival, and is Ireland’s entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award this year. Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S097UTL057I

Plus, Don’t miss: “Cine Gay Shorts” Program on
3/19 / 3:30 / S10

Purchase a Film Pass or 5-Movie Ticket Pass today! Click here – https://sdlatinofilm.com/tickets/

Every year, the San Diego Latino Film Festival screens more than 160 films from Latin America, Spain, the United States, Mexico and other parts of the world in celebration of Latino film, art, and culture. The event also features after parties, filmmaker workshops and guest Latino celebrities from the hottest TV shows and feature films. For additional information and to purchase tickets visit www.sdlatinofilm.com.

Film stills: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ch21qh1jla7libn/AADb5VHFX_tDpZpLS6wcbyN6a?dl=0

For screening links and interview inquiries, contact Ernesto Lopez, Press Coordinator for the Media Arts Center San Diego: ernesto@mediaartscenter.org, (619) 942-3182

# # #
Media Arts Center San Diego, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104, Tel (619) 230-1938, Fax (619) 230-1937, www.mediaartscenter.org.