APRIL 3 - 9, 2014

Press Screenings

Thursday April 3

Screening – Paradise

12:30 pm – Cinepolis 7

Director: Mariana Chenillo

Country: Mexico

Year: 2013

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 105 min

Synopsis: Poignant and disarmingly honest, Mexican director Mariana Chenillo’s second feature explores the difficulty of change and our modern obsession with body-type through the story of an overweight couple trying to slim down together.


Friday April 4

Screening – Breaking the Wave

11:00 am – Cinepolis 7

Director: Annie Canavaggio

Country: Panama

Year: 2014

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 78 min

Synopsis: This  thrilling documentary reveals the fate of three young men  that risk their lives  between the sea and the harsh reality of the land. Oli , Cholito and Deivis are three surfers from Santa Catalina, a small fisherman´s village on the Panamanian Pacific coast. Despite their  economic limitations, they share an unfair struggle to reach  the peak of  world surfing.


Screening – Wadja

1:30 pm – Cinepolis 7

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

Country: Saudi Arabia

Year: 2012

Language: Arabe

Subtitles: Spanish, English

Duration: 100 min

Synopsis: In this exhilarating, neo-realist feature from Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, a spirited ten-year-old girl goes to any lengths to get herself a bicycle—one of many things good Saudi girls are not supposed to do. 


Saturday April 5

Screening – Like Father, Like Son

10:30 am – Cinepolis 5

Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Country: Japón

Year: 2013

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: Spanish, English

Duration: 120 min

Synopsis: Acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, Still Walking) returns to the theme of family life with this story of two boys switched at birth, one sent to an affluent, highly cultured family, the other to a cramped apartment attached to an appliance store.


Screening – Invasion

3:30 pm – Teatro Amador

Director: Abner Benaim

Country: Panama, Argentina

Year: 2014

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 90 min

Synopsis: Utilizing a combination of reenactments and interviews, Panamanian filmmaker Abner Benaim explores the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama and discovers that many of his fellow countrymen seem to have somehow forgotten the event happened at all. By providing a vital exploration of an apparently willful collective amnesia, Invasion also holds a mirror to the present.


Sunday April 6

Screening - The Golden Cage

10:00 am – Cinepolis 8

Director: Diego Quemada-Diez

Country: Mexico/España

Year: 2013

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 110 min

Synopsis: Telling the story of three young Guatemalans attempting to enter the United States through Mexico, Diego Quemada Diez’s startling debut prompts us to contemplate the harsh circumstances that many migrants face, generating its urgency and sense of grim adventure through deep compassion and a formidable political conscience.


Screening - The Lunchbox

12:00 am – Teatro Nacional

Director: Ritesh Bhatra

Country: India, France,Germany

Year: 2013

Language: Hindi,English

Subtitles: Spanish

Duration: 104 min

Synopsis: When a hot lunch is delivered to the wrong desk, a frustrated Mumbai wife finds herself engaging in an intimate, perhaps life-changing correspondence with a complete stranger. Ritesh Batra’s charming, intelligent feature debut is about communication, longing and the good things that can happen when we see accident as opportunity.


Monday April 7

Screening - Blue Is The Warmest Colour

10:00 am – Cinepolis 7

Director: Abdelatiff Kechiche

Country: France

Year: 2013

Language: French

Subtitles: Spanish, English

Duration: 179 min

Synopsis: Few films are as knowing about young love—and about the heat of erotic discovery—as Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner, which follows its protagonist (the captivatingly raw Adèle Exarchopoulos) from adolescence to adulthood, a journey shaped primarily by her headlong tumble into romance with a sophisticated older woman.


Tuesday April 8

Screening - PELO MALO

10:00 am – Cinepolis 7

Director: Mariana Rondón

Country: Venezuela

Year: 2013

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 93 min

Synopsis: A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale from Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondón.


Screening - CRISTO REY

1:00 pm – Cinepolis 7

Director:  Leticia Tonos Paniagua

Country:  República Dominicana/Francia/Haití

Year: 2013

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 96 min

Synopsis: A poignant study of crime, cultural tensions and migrant experience, this modern-day Romeo & Juliet story with a Caribbean twist is a fresh and honest look at the harsh realities that Haitians face in their neighboring country. It is also a timeless tale of forbidden love.


Screening – Q&A // BEAU TRAVAIL*

7:00 pm – Teatro Anita Villalaz

Director: Claire Denis

País: Francia

Año: 1999

Language: French, Italian, Russian

Subtitles:  Spanish, English

Duration: 92 min

Synopsis: This mesmerizing 1999 masterpiece from French director Claire Denis (whose new film Bastards also screens at IFF Panama) transports us to Djibouti, and the world of the French Foreign Legion. Beau Travail exalts in masculine beauty and discipline, making a sort of ballet out of calisthenics, while slowly unveiling a tale of repressed desire.

 *Special Guest // Claire Denis Claire Denis was born in Paris and raised in colonial French Africa. She graduated from France’s Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC). Her films include Chocolat (88), No Fear, No Die (90), I Can't Sleep (94), Beau travail (99), The Intruder (04), 35 Shots of Rum (08) and Bastards (13).

Wednesday April 8

Screening -  A gun in each hand

10:30 am – Teatro Nacional

Director: Cesc Gey

Country: Spain

Year: 2012

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: English

Duration: 95 min

Synopsis: This divertingly episodic, refreshing comic examination of Spain’s ever-shifting gender roles stars Ricardo Darin, Luis Tosar and Eduardo Noriega as men working their way through mid-life crises to often hilarious, always resonant effect.