KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews Éxitos Del Cine Latino.
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Anchor intro: The San Diego Latino Film Festival expands its programming with a new mini-festival called Éxitos Del Cine Latino. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says the festival kicks off this Friday with an eclectic collection of films.
No matter how many films a festival shows, it’s never enough. There’s always a title left out because of space or print availability. The San Diego Latino Film Festival’s exhibitions coordinator Glenn Heath says the remedy is a mid-year event that showcases Latino Cinema in a complex and engaging way with films you don’t normally find at a multiplex.
GLENN HEATH: The March festival is gigantic. It’s over a 160 films this festival, Exitos, is 13 movies. So we have the opportunity to really create this diverse microcosm of a programming schedule where different countries, different genres are represented. And I think we do have the ability to maybe be more risky because we’re able to focus our marketing campaign, our programming campaign on fewer films.
Like Mexico’s “Halley” that offers a fresh take on the living dead, or Argentina’s “Viola” that loosely adapts Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” There’s also a tribute to late Chilean director Raoul Ruiz with a screening of his final film, “The Night Across the Street.” Of course Heath has his favorites.
GLENN HEATH: One of may favorites is “Despues de Lucia.” It’s from Mexico, it was the Academy Award submission from Mexico last year, it’s this very sobering look at bullying in Mexico, the modern day epidemic that’s going on down there.
Éxitos Del Cine Latino runs Friday through August 29 at the Digiplex Mission Valley and Digital Gym Cinema.