LatinoBuzz: ‘NO’ starring Gael García Bernal, ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ and ‘Los Condenados’ in Theaters This Week

LatinoBuzz: 'NO' starring Gael García Bernal, 'Bless Me, Ultima' and 'Los Condenados' in Theaters This Week

It’s an exciting week for Latino film. There are lots of
options at theaters across the country including the Oscar nominated NO (starring Gael García Bernal), the
Puerto Rican thriller Los Condenados,
and Bless Me, Ultima based on Rudolfo
Anaya’s classic Chicano novel.

Bless Me, Ultima

Writer, Director: Carl Franklin

Starring: Miriam Colon, Luke Ganalon, Dolores Heredia, Benito
Martinez, Castulo Guerra, Joaquin Cosio

Country: USA

Language: English

After a small regional release last summer, Bless Me, Ultima is now in the second
week of its national release. This past weekend its box office sales passed the
$1 million mark, a feat that few Latino films achieve. Last year only three
Latino films were able to surpass six figures.

 

SYNOPSIS:

Based
on the controversial, award-winning Chicano novel by acclaimed author Rudolfo
Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a
young boy, Antonio (Luke Ganalon), growing up in New Mexico during World War
II.  When a mysterious curandera (healer) named Ultima (Miriam
Colon) comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the
spiritual world.  As their relationship
grows, Antonio begins to question his strict upbringing by his parents (Dolores
Heredia & Benito Martinez). Through a series of mysterious and at times
terrifying events, Antonio must grapple with questions about the nature of
divinity and his own destiny.

Bless Me, Ultima  is
currently playing in over a hundred theaters in California, Arizona, Texas,
Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Florida.

For details visit the website and use the theater locator. Follow @BMUmovie on Twitter and Facebook

Los Condenados (The
Condemned)

Director: Roberto Busó-García 

Starring: Cristina Rodlo, René Monclova, Axel Anderson

Country: Puerto Rico

Language: Spanish

SYNOPSIS:

In this haunting psychological thriller, dark and terrible
secrets hidden in an old mansion stir back to life when the original owner of
the house returns. Beautiful Ana travels to a remote town to transform the
abandoned family mansion into a museum detailing her father’s scientific and
humanitarian achievements. She discovers that the mysterious caretaker has kept
the house in pristine fashion. However, the townspeople – now destitute and
helpless — do not welcome her warmly. And neither does the house.

The Condemned is currently playing at the Quad Cinema in New
York City and opens Friday, March 8 at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 in Los Angeles.

For more info visit the website and like their page on Facebook

NO

Director: Pablo Larraín 

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers

Country: Chile

Language: Spanish

It didn’t win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film but the
nomination has helped build buzz for Pablo Larraín’s political drama inspired
by actual events in Chilean history. Now in the third week of its theatrical
release, it is expanding to many major cities beyond just New York and Los
Angeles.

SYNOPSIS:

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to
international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The
country will vote YES or NO to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight
years. Opposition leaders for the NO, persuade a brash young advertising
executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), to spearhead their campaign.

 

Reviewing materials already created for the campaign, René is
convinced their grim, endless montages of killings, torture, tanks and tear gas
will turn off voters. With the opposition outspending them an estimated 30 to
1, NO must come up with campaign ads that speak to the heart of the people of
Chile and motivate them go to the polls. “Everyone wants to be
happy,” René says in his quiet, convincing way. “Happiness” will
be the campaign: “Happiness is coming if you vote NO!” This approach
meets resistance from colleagues who see it as an affront to the many who have
suffered under Pinochet, but René confidently commissions jingles and
celebrities to join in delivering the message: “Chile: happiness is
coming!!!”

NO is currently playing at theaters in New York City, Los
Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego and will open in other cities in the
coming weeks.

For dates and theater info visit the website.
Follow @NOlapelicula
on Twitter and Facebook

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