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AFI Latin American Film Fest Opens with “Revolution;” Closes in and with “October”

AFI Latin American Film Fest Opens with "Revolution;" Closes in and with "October"

AFI has announced their complete lineup for the 2010 AFI Latin American Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD.

The fest will open on September 21 with “Revolution,” a shorts compilation commissioned by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, featuring some of Mexico’s leading contemporary directors (among them, Fernando Eimbcke, Carlos Reygadas, Rodrigo Garcia, Bernal, and Luna) exploring themes and stories inspired by the Mexican Revolution, in honor of its 100th anniversary.

The festival will close on October 13 with “October,” Daniel and Diego Vega Vidal’s film that won the Jury Prize in the 2010 Canne Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. “October” follows Clemente, a moneylender, who enters his office to find a baby girl in a basket. He must search among the prostitutes he frequents to find the baby’s mother, as his neighbor looks after the baby and his office. The fest’s Centerpiece Presentation, “Linha de Passe,” another Cannes alum, comes from Brazil’s Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. The film, a coming-of-age story set in São Paulo follows four brothers as they become adults in the huge Brazilian city.

The festival’s programming comes from twenty-one countries, including Spain and Portugal. Other notable films in the program include “Zona Sur,” a winner at Sundance, “Carancho,” which played at this year’s Cannes and comes from “Lion’s Den” director Pablo Trapero, and Toronto alum “La Soga.”

For more information on the festival, visit the fest’s website here.

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