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Cosford Cinema Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Hispanic Film Series Beginning Sept. 14 - Oct. 13

    • The Cosford Cinema celebrates Hispanic Heritage month through Oct. 13 with films by contemporary Spanish-language female directors. Films include  "La Yuma" from Nicaragua, a pre-selection for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

The Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami presents a cinematic celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 14 with movies by Hispanic female filmmakers for viewers to enjoy.

The Cosford’s new film series “The Spanish Lens” showcases movies from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Nicaragua and takes place on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept.14 - Oct.13, 2012 at the cinema, 1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables.

The series highlights emerging and established female filmmakers working in the Spanish language. 

The featured films are The Fish Child (El Niño Pez) from Argentina by Lucia Puenzo, Even the Rain (Tambien la Lluvia) from Spain by Iciar Bollain, Island Inside (La Isla Interior) by Dunia Ayaso and Felix Sabroso, The Cinema Hold-Up (Asalto al Cine) from Mexico by Irina Gomez Concheiro, and La Yuma from Nicaragua by Florence Jaugey.

Tickets are $9 for general admission, $7 with discounts for Seniors and UM Alumni, and free for UM Students.

“It’s the perfect time to showcase these films,” said Trae DeLellis, Director of the Cosford Cinema. “Spanish-language cinema has always been at the forefront of film history, but in recent years, especially in Latin America, a booming renaissance has produced some of the most engaging and innovative filmmaking in recent memory.” 

The Spanish Lens film series was made possible through the support of Pragda, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and its Program for Cultural Cooperation with United States’ Universities.

Screening times & film descriptions:

THE FISH CHILD (Friday, September 14 – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 15 – 6 p.m.)
An official selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, The Fish Child, is a steamy tale of star-crossed love set on both sides of the class divide in South America. Lala is the privileged teenage daughter of a powerful judge, and she’s fallen hard for her family’s maid, La Guayi.  The two women plan to escape but become entwined in a murder mystery.

EVEN THE RAIN (Friday, September 21 – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 22 – 6 p.m.)
An award winner at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Even the Rain, follows a film director (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his film crew in Bolivia as they make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America.  Obsessed with finishing his film, the director is oblivious to the political turmoil going on around him that creates a dangerous environment.

ISLAND INSIDE (Friday, September 28 – 7 p.m., Saturday, September 29 – 6 p.m.)
Island Inside is a dark family drama about three siblings who are forced to confront their disparate and dysfunctional lives after the sudden death of their schizophrenic father.

THE CINEMA HOLD-UP (Friday, October 5 – 7 p.m., Saturday, October 6 – 5:30 p.m.)
An official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, The Cinema Hold Up, is a vibrant, authentic, and wonderfully observed portrait of the tempo and texture of today’s Mexican youth culture.  The film follows a group of youths who spend their days listening to hip-hop, smoking marihuana and fantasizing about the opposite sex. One day they have the bright idea of robbing a movie theater, jeopardizing the one sure thing they have in life – their friendship.

LA YUMA (Friday, October 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday, October 13 6 p.m.)
Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student. La Yuma was Nicaragua’s submission for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

For more information, visit www.cosfordcinema.com or call 305-284-4861.

*Watch a preview of Even the Rain here:

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