Narrative Feature Competition

A Alegria
The Joy

Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande

Brazil, Drama, 2010
100 min, HD, Color
Portuguese with English subtitles


A fairy tale about youth and courage, A Alegria tells the story of 16-year-old Luiza, a girl who is tired of hearing about the end of the world. During the Christmas holidays, her cousin João is shot in a poor neighborhood of the city and disappears into the middle of the night. Some weeks after, while Luiza is alone in her apartment, she finds a mysterious guest waiting for her in the living room: João, as a ghost, asking her to help hide him.


Regional Premiere



Felipe Bragança and Marina Meliande, both 29 years old, are part of a new generation of Brazilian filmmakers. Together they developed the Coração no Fogo Trilogy as a way of questioning some realistic traditions in Brazilian movies. A Alegria is the second film of the trilogy.






Producer: Lara Frigotto, Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande
Production Companies: Duas Mariola Filmes
Screenwriter: Felipe Bragança
Cinematographer: Andra Capella
Editor: Marina Meliande
Sound Design: Felippe Mussel
Music: Lucas Marcier
Cast: Tainá Medina, Cesar Cardadeiro, Flora Dias, Rikle Jeová
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A Alegria


Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 4:00 PM
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A tiro de piedra
A Stone's Throw Away

Sebastián Hiriart

Mexico, Drama, 2010
118 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Jacinto Medina is 21 years old and lives a simple, boring life as a shepherd in northern Mexico. He experiences visions, potentially of things to come, or an alternate life. When he finds a key with an engraved address in Oregon, USA, he is certain it is a sign and decides to leave. Driven by the urge to seek the meaning of his strange visions, he sets out on a journey to cross the US-Mexico border.


Regional Premiere


Sebastian_Hiriart_webSebastián Hiriart started his film career as a child-actor. He has worked as a director, actor, photographer, and camera operator on various films and TV shows. In 2001 he attended a film workshop at New York Film Academy. A tiro de piedra is his first feature film.



Producer: Sebastián Hiriart
Production Companies: Galopando Films
Screenwriter: Gabino Rodríguez, Sebastián Hiriart
Cinematographer: Sebastián Hiriart
Editor: Pedro Gómez García
Sound Design: Matias Barbieris, Gustavo Bellon
Music: Emiliano Motta, Emiliano Gonzalez de Leon
Cast: Jacinto Medina, Gabino Rodríguez
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Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 10:00 PM
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El agua del fin del mundo
The Water at the End of the World

Paula Siero

Argentina, Drama, 2010
84 min, HD Cam, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Laura and Adriana, two sisters who live together, decide to take one final trip together. Laura, who works at a pizzeria and also takes care of her sister, is in charge of getting the money together for the trip. The girls are not driven by a desire to travel, but rather to escape the reality Laura must ultimately return to. When Laura meets a musician, Martin, with whom she begins an intimate relationship, both sisters must confront each other, as well as their love, hatred, understanding and anger in their intense, sisterly bond.


North American Premiere

Paula_Siero_webPaula Siero began her artistic career in the mid-90s as an actress in film, television and theater, and was featured in the feature films Lo siniestro and El último verano de la boyita. In addition to her acting training, her foray into filmmaking was supplemented by film and drama studies with great masters of theater.






Producer: Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña
Production Companies: Primer Plano, MagmaCine
Screenwriter: Paula Siero
Cinematographer: Daniel Ortega
Editor: Leandro Aste
Sound Design: Martín Grignaschi, Federico Billordo
Music: Chango Spaciuk
Cast: Facundo Arana, Guadalupe Docampo, Diana Lamas, Graciela Stefani
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Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 4:00 PM
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Esteban Ramírez

Costa Rica, Drama, 2009
91 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


Jessie is a happy, pretty girl living in a modest part of San José, Costa Rica. The daughter of a religious single mother, she attends a private Catholic school on a scholarship. Teo is a charismatic, mischievous only-child living in an upper middle class area with his strict mother. One mistake will put both Jessie and Teo's lives and love to test in a story based on true events. Winner of the Best Film Award at the Trieste International Film Festival.


Texas Premiere


Esteban_Ramirez_webA graduate of the Universidad de Costa Rica, Esteban Ramírez directed the award-winning, box-office hit Caribe. Another box-office success in Costa Rica, Gestación is his second feature.



Producer: Gabriel Gonzáles, Esteban Ramírez
Production Companies: Cinetel
Screenwriter: Esteban Ramírez, María Silva
Cinematographer: Eduardo Flores
Editor: Pablo Rojas, Felipe Lacerda
Sound Design: Nano Flores
Music: Bernal Villegas
Cast: Adriana Álvares, Edgar Róman, María Bonilla, Natalia Arias, Abelardo Vladich
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Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 12:30 PM
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Go For It!

Carmen Marron

USA, Drama/Coming-of-Age, 2011
83 min, Digital, Color


Carmen, a 19 year-old student raised in inner-city Chicago, is trying to find her identity. She spends most of her time in underground clubs enjoying her true passion: dance. Afraid to believe in herself, and not receiving much support from her parents, she is challenged by her professor to audition for a formal dance school in California. While confronting these and other obstacles, she also encounters the biggest chance of her life. Go For It! was inspired by the director's experiences as a street dancer growing up in Chicago, and serves as hopeful inspiration for urban youth to believe in their inner-strength and follow their dreams. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.


Austin Premiere


Carmen_Marron_webCarmen Marron, a Chicago native and former elementary school guidance counselor, began the screenplay for Go For It! as a response to the portrayals of minorities in TV and film. Founder of Sparkhope Productions, she is dedicated to creating films that address women's issues and cultural diversity.


Producer: Carmen Marron, Sid Idris
Production Companies: Sparkhope Productions
Screenwriter: Carmen Marron
Cinematographer: Christian Sprenger
Editor: Carmen Marron, Anthony David, John Coniglio
Sound Design: David Barber, Michael Crosby, Kevin Faber
Music: Kenny Wood
Cast: Aimee Garcia, Al Bandiero, Jossara Jinaro, Derrick Denicola, Louie Alegria, Andres Perez-Molina, David Hernandez, Gustavo Mellado, Rene Rosado, Liliana Montenegro, Safia Hannin, Peggy Lee Goss, Brad Armacost, Lisa Roumain, David Ross Paterson, Daniel Yabut, Carlos Pratts, Katie L. Hall, Gil Menchaca
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Photo Courtesy of Sparkhope Productions

Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 7:00 PM
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Jean Gentil

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas

Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany, Drama, 2010
84 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish/Haitian Creole with English subtitles


Jean, a middle-aged Haitian professor, is always on the move looking for work. Although a job on a building site is a possible option for the unemployed Haitian, Jean is looking for something more suited to the intellectual he considers himself to be. Feeling more and more unfulfilled with his prospects, he finds himself on an increasingly desperate journey to find his place in the world, or even a reason to live. He disappears into the interior of the island as both a lost soul and soul lost amongst his surroundings.


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Laura Amelia Guzmán, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980, is a graduate of Altos de Chavón/The School of Design and EICTV. She and husband, Israel Cárdenas Ramírez, born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1980, also co-directed the award-winning Cochochi.


Producer: Pablo Cruz, Barbel Mauch, Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman
Production Companies: Aurora Dominicana, Canana Films, Bärbel Mauch Film
Screenwriter: Laura A. Guzman, Israel Cardenas, Alejandro Andujar
Cinematographer: Israel Cardenas, Laura A. Guzman
Editor: Israel Cardenas
Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza, Ruben Valdez
Cast: Jean Remy Genty, Yanmarco King Encarnacion, Henri Presumé, Nadal Walcott, Lys Ambroise
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Alamo South Lamar - Sun. April 24 7:00 PM
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On the Ice

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

USA, Drama, 2011
96 min, 35mm, Color
English, Iñupiaq with English subtitles


Co-sponsored by Austin Film Festival

Two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. They stumble through guilt fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.


Regional Premiere

Andrew_Okpeaha_MacLean_webA graduate of New York University, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is an Iñupiaq filmmaker born and raised in Alaska. Director of various award-winning shorts including Sikumi, and Kinnaq Nigaqtuqtuaq (The Snaring Madman), On the Ice is his first feature.

Producer: Cara Marcous, Lynette Howell, Marco Londoner, Zhana Londoner
Production Companies: Silverwood Films, Whitewater Films, Goldcrest Films, Treehead Films
Screenwriter: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Cinematographer: Lol Crawley
Editor: Nat Sanders
Sound Design: Bob Edwards
Music: iZLER
Cast: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, Sierra Jade Sampson, Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford, John Miller
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On the Ice


Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 9:45 PM
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Prometeo deportado
Deporting Prometeo

Fernando Mieles

Ecuador, Comedy/Satire, 2010
112 min, HD/RED, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


In a European airport, members of the EU pass through immigration freely, while the "others" wait in line. A group of Ecuadorians is specifically targeted, arrested and put into a holding cell before being deported. All of them have something to hide, including Prometeo, a young Ecuadorian with some special luggage. As time passes in the waiting room, more and more Ecuadorians arrive, and conditions soon deteriorate to inhumane levels. With no exit, a new order and illusion are created, thanks in part to Prometeo.


North American Premiere


Fernando_Mieles_webFernando Mieles is an Ecuadorian director, screenwriter and graduate of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). Director of numerous shorts and several feature documentaries, Prometeo Deportado is his first narrative feature.


Producer: Oderay Game
Production Companies: Other Eye Films
Screenwriter: Fernando Mieles
Cinematographer: Diego Falconí
Editor: Iván Mora Manzano
Sound Design: Juan José Luzuriaga
Music: Manuel Larrea
Cast: Carlos Gallegos, Ximena Mieles, Juana Guarderas, Peky Andino, Lucho Mueckay, Henry Layana, Andrés Crespo, Penélope Lauret, Ana Miranda, Patty Naranjo, Alejandro Fajardo, Alina Ortiz
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Prometeo deportado


Alamo South Lamar - Sat. April 23 1:00 PM
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Retratos en un mar de mentiras
Portraits in a Sea of Lies

Carlos Gaviria

Colombia, Drama, 2009
90 min, 35mm, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


After the death of their grandfather, Jairo, a roaming photographer, and Marina, his young, amnesiac and mute cousin, decide to try to recover the land from which Marina was displaced years ago. During the trip along the coast towards Bogotá, the story of her traumatic past begins to unfold. Upon reaching their hometown, they are kidnapped by paramilitaries, and while attempting to flee, Jairo is wounded. Marina is then faced with potentially losing Jairo along with her family's land forever, while also confronting the painful memories of her past.


Austin Premiere


Carlos_Gaviria_webA native of Colombia, Gaviria is a graduate of the film department of New York University and has worked as a cinematographer and director of various award-winning films and TV series, including Minas, Rosario Tijeras, and Mujeres asesinas.


Producer: Erwin Goggel
Production Companies: Producciones Erwin Goggel
Screenwriter: Carlos Gaviria
Cinematographer: Edgar Gil
Editor: Carlos Gaviria
Sound Design: Ricardo Escallón
Music: Diana Hernández "Maria Mulata," Leonardo Gómez
Cast: Paola Baldión, Julián Román, Edgardo Román, Valeria Fuentes
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Te creís la más linda... (pero erís la más puta)
You Think You Are the Prettiest... (But You Are the Sluttiest)

Ché Sandoval

Chile, Comedy, 2010
84 min, HD, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


After a disastrous bedroom romp with Valentina, Javier wanders the streets of Santiago in search of other sexual adventures. Through the long hours of the night, he runs into all sorts of characters. He shares his romantic troubles with them, all the while suspecting that Valentina is sleeping with his best friend. Winner of the Best Film and TVN Cine en Construcción Special Prize at the Festival International de Viña del Mar, and Best Narrative Feature at FESAALP in La Plata, Argentina.


Austin Premiere


Che_Sandoval_webBorn in Santiago in 1985, Che Sandoval studied at the Escuela de Cine de Chile, where he produced his first feature, Te creís la más linda... (pero erís la más puta). Currently, he is working on Te creís la más linda... (pero me cagaste la vida), which provides another perspective to the night featured in the former film.





Producer: Karla Kri
Production Companies: Escuela de Cine de Chile
Screenwriter: Ché Sandoval
Cinematographer: Felipe Bello
Editor: Manuela Piña, Ché Sandoval
Sound Design: Manuela Piña
Music: Emilio Bascuñán, Adanowsky
Cast: Martín Castillo, Francisco Braithwaite, Camila Le Bert, Sebastian Brahm, Grimanesa Gimenez
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Te creís la más Linda... (pero erís la más puta)


Alamo South Lamar - Fri. April 22 9:45 PM
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