Cine Las Americas Lights Up "Nicotina" for 9th Edition
by Brian Brooks
Hugo Rodriguez's "Nicotina," starring Diego Luna ("Y Tu Mama Tambien"), will open the seventh Cine Las Americas Film Festival in Austin, TX on April 21st. The event spotlights selections of new Latin and Native American cinema, and for the first time will include competition awards for best narrative feature, documentary feature, mid-length doc, short doc, short narrative and youth film.
Highlights in this year's line-up include a plethora of Brazilian feature and short films. The 2004 edition marks the first time that Native American work will be included. Cine Las Americas will also host the Hecho en Tejas section devoted to films made by Texas filmmakers, as well as work created by filmmakers 19 and under in its Emergencia section.
In addition to "Nicotina," Hart Perry's "Valley of Tears" will screen as one of nine Austin premieres along with Brazilain feature "Narradores de Jave," which received a special mention at the recent Guadalajara International Film Festival.
"Red Cockroaches" by Cuban director Miguel Coyula Aquino will have its Southwest debut at the festival. The film was made for only $2,000 over two years in New York City. Cine Las Americas will continue through April 25th at the Arbor Cinema at Great Hills, The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, and the Hideout Theater in the Austin area.
[ For more information, please visit: www.cinelasamericas.org. ]