Latino Component in the Upcoming SXSW Festival


The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has announced its lineup for next edition to be held in Austin, Texas, March 9 through the 17. This year's selection features a strong representation of Latino talent in nearly every category. In the Narrative Feature Competition, the Mexican-German-American co-production film Los Chidos (pictured) from director/screenwriter, Omar Rodríguez López will have its world premiere. In this film, the Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny and homophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative food chain.

The Documentary Feature Competition will feature the world premiere of Annie Eastman's Bay of All Saints. This documentary film looks at the life of three single mothers facing homelessness when the last of the notorious water slums is demolished in Bahia, Brazil. Additionally, the Emerging Visions section featuring audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape that demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking, will be premiering in the U.S. the Brazilian film Hard Labor (pictured) from director/screenwriter team, Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra. In this film, Helena prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. When her husband Octavio is suddenly fired from his job, Helena is left to support the family alone.

 In this same section, Mark Kendall's debut feature La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (pictured) will be making its world premiere. The documentary films follows the journey of one out-of-service American school bus on a 3,000-mile adventure across the borders between the Americas, at it is repaired, repainted and resurrected into a Guatemalan camioneta.

The 24 Beats per Second section, focusing on sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary will be featuring the world premiere of Amor Crónico (Cuba / USA) directed by famed actor Jorge Perugorría. Weaving footage of singer Cucu Diamantes’ Cuban tour into a fictional love story, the film is an energetic display of her glamorous and infectious performance style and a fascinating portrait of Cuba today.

 The SX Global section, featuring filmmaking talent, including premieres, interactive documentaries and shorts will show Argentinean film Pompeya from director/screenwriter team, Tamae Garateguy and and Diego A. Fleischer. The film tells the story of a film director who hires two screenwriters to make a gangster movie, and a fiction feast starts: femmes fatales, mobs fighting for the same neighborhood and a limitless hero who defies every movie concept. Meanwhile on the Estonian-Swedish co-production documentary film Cubatón - El Médico Story (pictured) by Daniel Fridell, El Médico, a Cuban house doctor who wants to become a cubatón star is facing a serious choice between serving the state and becoming a popstar. The SX Global section will also feature ¡Vivan las Antipodas! (Germany/The Netherlands/Argentina/Chile) by director Victor Kossakovsky. This documentary film takes a look at a common question: What is happening just at this moment beneath our very feet at the other side of the planet?

The Festival Favorites section will feature the U.S. Premiere of the horror film Lovely Molly, by Cuban-born director Eduardo Sánchez, whilst the Special Events section of the festival will feature Casa de mi Padre (pictured) by director Matt Piedmont and screenwriter Andrew Steele. In this comedy, Will Ferrell plays a Mexican rancher who must defend his father's home against the country's most infamous drug lord. The film is costarred by Mexican actors Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and the late Pedro Armendáriz Jr.