Gene Siskel Film Center
Rather than focusing on the devastating rupture with origins that is the experience of migration, however, Bustamante’s IXCANUL film portrays a fixed, traditional indigenous community of coffee-farming peasants. One of them, 17-year-old María, evades an advantageous marriage to the plantation overseer and gets impregnated by a young worker who she hopes will take her with him to the U.S. In Kaqchikel with English subtitles.
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ME AND THE ALIEN
In this crowd-pleasing comedy/love story with a cast made in heaven, a unique take on diversity, and the year’s best comeuppance plot, a struggling punk band gets more than they bargained for when they hire Pepe (de la Fuente), a Down syndrome keyboardist. Snarkily nicknamed THE ALIEN by the preening lead singer (Campa) Pepe’s out-of-this world tunes are the ket to fame and a crafty top notch manager. In Spanish with English subtitles.
Director Jesus Magaña Vazquez and actor Juan Ugarte will be present for audience discussion on Friday and Saturday.
ME AND THE ALIEN will have special screenings where the director and supporting actor will be present. It runs from January 13-19.
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