New York International Latino Film Festival July 27-August 1, 2010

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Bienvenido to “The 11th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival”, presented by HBO!  Get out of the hot sun and into a cool theater by supporting international filmmakers who will be showcasing dozens of films at SVA and Chelsea Cinemas from July 27 to August 1st.  While “The Dry Land” starring America Ferrara and Wilmer Valderrama will open the NYILFF this Tuesday, July 27,  films entitled “Accountable” to “Yanindara” and over 100 others in between,  will guarantee something for everyone. 

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“The Two Escobars”/”Los dos Escobares” by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Showing at Tribeca Film Festival, April 22, 23, 25, and May 1st, 2010

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“The Two Escobars”  by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist

With 54 Days, 04 Hours, 40 minutes and 00 seconds left until the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held this summer in Johannesburg, South Africa,  many may really enjoy this fantastic film comparing the lives of two humble, yet  powerful men  born in the same city, Medellin, Columbia, who share the same last name, but have no relation to one another, except the fact that they both simultaneously had a major impact on the economic rise and fall of Columbia, South America. Columbian national soccer player, Andres Escobar  (March 13, 1967- July 2, 1994), and Columbian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, (December 1, 1949- December 2, 1993), both helped move millions of dollars into the Columbian economy, one through soccer, the other through cocaine.  As soccer has such an enormous impact on the South American and world economy, enormous pressure was placed on the Columbian national soccer players in the 1980’s and 1990’s to win, or be killed.  When the players won, they were rewarded with large bonuses by the Columbian leaders with money made from drug trafficking, and when and if they lost, they had to face the consequences.

ESPN Films Presents the world premiere of “The Two Escobars”.

Interviews with Jeff and Michael Zimbalist:

Please try to attend one of the four following times the film will be shown at “The Tribeca Film Festival 2010”.

Thursday, April 22, 9pm,  Clearview Chelsea Cinema (260 West 23rd Street)

Friday, April 23, 3pm,  Village East Cinema 1 (189 2nd Avenue)

Sunday, April 25, 3:00pm, Village East Cinema 1 (189 2nd Avenue)

Saturday, May 1, 6:30pm Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2 (54 Varick Street)

Con 54 días, 04 horas, 40 minutos y 00 segundos para la Copa Mundial de Fútbol de la FIFA 2010, que se celebrará este verano en Johannesburgo (Sudáfrica), muchos seguramente disfrutarán esta excelente película que compara las vidas de dos hombres humildes, pero a la vez poderosos, que nacieron en la misma ciudad, en Medellín (Colombia). Ambos comparten el mismo apellido pero no tienen ningún parentesco, aunque ambos tuvieron, de manera simultánea, un impacto enorme en el surgimiento y hundimiento económico de Colombia: uno de ellos a través del fútbol, y el otro por la cocaína. Debido a que el fútbol tiene un impacto tan importante en la economía sudamericana, así como en la economía mundial, los jugadores de fútbol de la selección colombiana de los años 80 y 90 eran coaccionados para que ganasen, o murieran. Cuando los jugadores ganaban, recibían recompenses exorbitantes por parte de los líderes colombianos procedentes de dinero Ganado del tráfico de drogas, y cuando perdían, tenían que afrontar las consecuencias.

ESPN Films presenta el estreno mundial de “The Two Escobars”.

Por favor, intente asistir a una de las cuatro sesiones en que se exhibirá esta película en el “Festival de Cine de Tribeca 2010”

Jueves, 22 de abril a las 9pm,  Clearview Chelsea Cinema (260 West 23rd Street)

Viernes, 23 de abril a las 3pm,  Village East Cinema 1 (189 2nd Avenue)

Domingo, 25 de abril a las 3:00pm, Village East Cinema 1 (189 2nd Avenue)

Sábado, 1 de mayo a las 6:30pm, Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2 (54 Varick Street)]

“9th Annual Tribeca Film Festival” April 21st through May 2nd, 2010

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“Tribeca Film Festival” April 21st through May 2nd, 2010

The 9th Annual “Tribeca Film Festival” begins with “Shrek Forever After” in 3-D on April 21st, and ends with Morgan Spurlock’s, “Freakonomics”, and James Franco’s “Saturday Night”, on May 1st and 2nd, showing many terrific films from a variety of different genre’s and nationalities, in between. “Here comes the neighborhood.”

Restaurants in Tribeca:

“Locanda Verde”, “Tribeca Grill”, “Mr. Chow’s”, “Nobu”, “Nobu Next Door”, “Cercle Rouge”, “Blaue Gans”, “Megu”, “Corton”, “Landmarc, “City Hall Restaurant”,  “Ninja”,  “Matsugen”, “Bouley Upstairs”,  “Wolfgang’s Steakhouse”, “Bubble Lounge”, and “Dylan Prime”.

Many downtown newcomers:

“TriBeCafe” 276 Church Street between Franklin and White.

“Kenmare” 98 Kenmare Street between Mulberry and Centre Streets

“Franklin Café Tavola Calda”, 222 West Broadway at White Street

“Pulino’s” 282 Bowery and East Houston

“Project Sandwich”, Thompson between Prince/Spring

“Tartinery” 209 Mulberry/Spring

“Bee Desserts”  94 Greenwich Ave Between Jane St. and West 12th St.

“The Collective” One Little West 12th St Between Gansevoort and Little W. 12th St.

“Red Betty’s” 64 East First Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues”

“Lizzaran” 45 Mercer Street between Broome and Grand Streets

“Hirai Mong” 12 St. Marks Place between 2nd/3rd Ave

“1834 Bar and Burger” 62 Pearl Street between Broad/William

“Satay Junction” 28 Greenwich Ave between Charles and West 10th

“Terry” 60 West 23rd between 5th/6th Ave.

“Ovest Pizzoteca” 513 West 27th between 10th/11th

“Eastern Alley” 6 Clinton Street at Houston

“Polar” in Hotel Marcel 201 East 24th St at 3rd Ave.

“V Bar St. Marks” 132 First Ave/St. Marks”

“Colicchio and Sons” 85 Tenth Ave @ 15th St.

“Meatball Shop” 84 Stanton Street between Allen/Orchard

“Bistro De La Gare” 626 Hudson Street near Jane St.

“Faustina” Cooper Square Hotel between 5th/6th St

“Mole” 57 Jane St/Hudson

“Atlas Café” 37 Clinton St at Stanton St

“Lea” 188 Allen Street between Houston/Stanton

“Led Zeppole” 328 East 14th St between 1st/2nd Ave

“Betel” 51 Grove Street/Bleeker

“Le Da Nang” 75 Second Ave between Fourth/Fifth St

Cannes 2009

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Films to be on the look out for:

1. “Precious”  starring Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz,  Director Lee Daniels
“Lorsqu’a seize ans, Precious apprend a lire et a ecrire dans une ecole alternative, un monde nouveau s’ouvre a elle.  Un monde nouveau s’ouvre a elle, Un monde ou elle peut enfin parler, raconter ce qui l’etouffe.  Un monde ou toutes les fille peuvent devnier belles, fortes, independantes. Comme Precious….”
“When Precious, who is sixteen, learns to read and write at an Alternative School, she discovers a new world.  A world where she can at last express herself in a way she never could before.  A world where each girl can become beautiful, strong, independent.  Just like Precious.”
2. ” Up”/”La-Haut”  (In theaters)
3.  “A Prophet”/ “Un Prophete”
“Condamne a six ans de prison, Malik El Djebena ne sait ni lire, ni ecrire. A son arrivee en Centrale, seul au monde, il parait plus jeune, plus fragile que les autres detenus.  Il a 19 ans.  D’emblee, il tombe sous la coupe d’un groupe de prisonniers corses qui fait regner sa loi dans la prison. Le jeune homme apprend vite. Au fil des missions, il s’endurcit et gagne la confiance des Corses.  Mais, tres vite, Malik utilise toute son intelligence pour developper discretement son propre reseau.”
” Condemned to six years in prison, Malik El Djebena cannot read nor write.  Arriving at the jail entirely alone, he appears younger and more fragile than the other convicts.  He is 19 years old.  Cornered by the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison, he is given a number of “missions’ to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans…”
4. “Inglorious Basterds” (Previews)
5. “In The Beginning”/”A L’Origine”
“D’apres l’histoire vraie d’un petit escroc qui a construit une autoroute.”
“Based on the true story of a smalltime crook who built a highway.”
6. “The White Ribbon”/”Das Weisse Band”
“Un village de l’Allemagne du Nord protestante.  1913/1914.  A la veille de la Premiere Guerre mondiale. L’histoire des enfants et adolescents d’une chorale dirigee par l’instituteur du village, leurs familles: le baron, le regisseur, le pasteur, le medecin, la sage-femme, les paysans.  D’etranges accidents surviennent et prennent peu a peu le caractere d’un rituel punitif.  Qui se cache derriere tout cela?”
“A village in Protestant northern Germany.  1913-1914. On the eve of WW1.  The story of the children and teenagers of a choir run by the village schoolteacher, and their families: the baron, the steward, the pastor, the doctor, the midwife, the tenant farmers.  Strange accidents occur and gradually take on the character of a punishment ritual. Who is behind it all?”
7. “No One Knows About Persian Cats”/”Kasi az Gorbehaye Irani Khabar Nadareh”
“On ne sait rien des chats persans est une fiction documentaire sur la musique underground d’aujourd’hui en Iran. A leur sortie de prison, une jeune femme et un jeune homme musiciens decident de monter un groupe. Ils parcourent Teheran a la rencontre d’autres musiciens underground et tenent de les convaincre de quitter l”Iran.  N’ayant aucune chance de se produire a Teheran, il revent de sortir de la clandestinite et de jour en Europe.  Mais que faire sans argent et sans passeport.”
“No One Knows About Persian Cats” is a documentary-fiction portrait of the underground music scene in contemporary Iran.  Recently released from prison, two young musicians- a man and a woman, decide to form a band.  Together they trawl the underworld of contemporary Tehran searching for other players.  Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan to escape from their clandestine existence, and dream of performing in Europe. But with no money and no passports, it won’t be easy.”
Others to watch for:  “Los abrazos rotos”, “Agora’, “Vincere”, “Antichrist”.

“Tribeca Film Festival/ April 22 to May 3, 2009”

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Although there is a significant decrease in entries this year as opposed to last, the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off with a salubrious New York flair with Woody Allen’s, “Whatever Works”, starring Larry David, on Wed April 22, 2009, and Spike Lee’s Sports Documentary, “Kobe Doin’ Work” on Saturday, April 25th!!!

Other popular stars and directors appearing at the festival include the following:

Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna in Carlos Cuaron’s, “Rudo y Cursi”.

Films with Israeli content, “Rachel” by Director, Simone Bitton, “Salt of this Sea”, by Annemarie Jacir, and “Seven Minutes in Heaven” by Omri Givon,

Musically inclined films, Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language film, “Departures”, by Kundo Keyama,  “Burning Down The House: The Story of CBGB”, by Mandy Stern,  “P-Star Rising” by Director Gabriel Noble, “Blank City” by Director Celine Danhler, “Soundtrack for a Revolution”, and “Soul Power” with clips from James Brown and Muhammad Ali,

Sexually Explicit Films: Steven Soderbergh’s,  “The Girlfriend Experience”, and George Clooney produced, “Playground”.

Drama and Documentaries:  “About Elly” by Asghar Farhadi, “Garapa”, by Jose Padilha, and “Transcendent Man” by Barry Ptolemy, will also be shown.

Plan accordingly, as the festival is well under way with ticket packages having already gone on sale, film guides downloaded, and  press screenings being shown daily.

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