Posts Tagged ‘Cine Las Americas 21’

Cine Las Americas 2018 Review: MARISA EN LOS BOSQUES (MARISA IN THE WOODS)

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) From Spain this amusing and somewhat deep comedy features a fantastic performance by it lead actress.  Patricia Jordá stars as Marisa, a vivacious young woman whose life and happiness has been on hold for too long.  Lost and aimless, Marisa dedicates her life and most of […]

Cine Las Americas 2018 Review: LA HORA DE LA MERIENDA (TEA TIME)

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars) From Spain, this pleasing and lovable film won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short of the festival.  Though the film does call for a little suspension of disbelief, I still enjoyed and appreciated the message it offers, and a timely one it is.  The story […]

Cine Las Americas 2018 Review: MY BOLIVIA, REMEMBERING WHAT I NEVER KNEW

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) In this outstanding documentary film, director Rick Tejada-Flores decides to pursue a comprehensive study of his family’s roots and ancestry in Bolivia.  Though raised in America, Tejada-Flores had a father born and raised mostly in Bolivia and an American mother whom his father met and courted […]

Cine Las Americas 2018 Review: PALENQUE

By Mark Saldana Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars) This beautiful documentary short of the festival could easily get categorized as a music video.  San Basilio del Palenque is a humble Colombian town, but a very musical one at that.  The people have maintained a rich tradition of beats, rhythms and melodies for some time.  […]

Cine Las Americas 2018 Review: EL VIGILANTE (THE NIGHT GUARD)

By Mark Saldana Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars) This year, it seems like the programmers at CLAIFF 21 had a taste for the bizarre and I just happened to choose a handful of them too.  This film from Mexico is a dark, sometimes disturbing, but also bewildering movie that is highly watchable and gripping […]