About Portland Latin American Film Festival:
Portland Latin American Film Festival (PDXLAFF) serves the community as a non-profit cultural promoter under the guidance of the Hollywood Theatre. We are dedicated to showcasing perspectives of Latin American culture through an exploration of Latin film and increasing the visibility of Latin American cinema locally. PDXLAFF presents films with universal appeal that can be enjoyed by native Spanish, Portuguese, and English speakers, and other lovers of the Latin culture.
Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00 PM, Screening and Concert Fundraiser | $12
The Golden Dream (La Jaula de Oro) by Diego Quemada-Díez / Mexico / 2013 / 102 min.
Juan, Sara, and Samuel, all 15 years old, flee from Guatemala towards the USA. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil Indian who does not speak Spanish and has no official documents. They all believe they will find a better world beyond the USA-Mexico border but run into a harsh reality.
• Amiens International Film Festival 2008, Script Development Fund
• Ibermedia Program, Development and Coproduction Funds
• Morelia International Film Festival 2010, Script Cine Qua Non Lab Workshop
• Cannes Film Festival 2010, Cinéfondation L’Atelier Selection
• Rome Film Festival 2010, New Cinema Network (NCN)
• Sacatar Foundation Brasil, Artistic Residence Program
• Bohemian Foundation, Development Support Program
9:00 PM: Live music by Martin Zarzar, from Lima Peru. Zarzar is a song writer, arranger, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He has produced two solo albums, and can be heard on many other productions, including six albums with the acclaimed group Pink Martini. His solo work has won several awards and has been well received among critics, musicians, and audiences alike. His work is inspired by his multi-cultural upbringing, travel, and a commitment to an open and pluralistic society with equal opportunity for all. Martin was born in Lima, Peru, where he studied Peruvian percussion, solfege, piano, guitar, and drums with several teachers, and rock and roll from the radio. His family lived in several countries in Europe as well as in the U.S., where Zazar continued to play and study music, eventually winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Mass. Martin began performing professionally at the age of 15, and has worked with many prominent groups and musicians, including Simon Shahin, Jamey Haddad, Oscar Stagnaro, Essiet Essiet, Al-Andalus Ensemble, John Butler, Eugene Skeef, Women of the World, Leo Blanco, Benny Green, Rufus Wainwright, Mario Frangoulis, Edna Vazquez, Mario Díaz, Dave Eggar, and many others.
Synopsis: Based on the novel by Gabriel García Márquez, this is the heartbreaking tale of a young noblewoman believed to be possessed by the Devil. Sierva María is the 13-year-old daughter of a marquis who was raised by African slaves in colonial Cartagena in an era of inquisition and slavery. She wants to know what kisses taste like. When a rabid dog bites her, Father Cayetano is ordered to perform the exorcism. However, the priest and the girl are seduced by a demon even more powerful than faith and reason.
For more info, visit: www.facebook/ Portland Latin American Film Festival or call (503) 245-8020.