The seventh annual Tercer Milenio International Film Festival (FIC-TM) returns to the Lake Chapala region this year with an expanded program of activities that will run from Friday, November 11 through Monday, November 21 at four venues.
The ample selection of motion pictures highlighting human values is wrapped around the 2011 theme “A Valient Peace,” with the aim of prompting reflection on personal behaviors that impact common social and family problems. Dozens of excellent flicks will be screened in Spanish, English, French and various other languages.
Movie Space Cinemas at Centro Laguna is slated to screen 38 different titles between November 11 and 17. The former home of Chapala’s Cine Eden movie theater, located on Calle 5 de Mayo between Morelos and Lopez Cotilla, will screen 31 films for the public, plus special shows geared for local school groups.
MovieSpace will play eight films in French, two in Arabic, one in German, one in Italian and one in Russian, all with Spanish subtitles, while Cine Eden is set to project various shows in Italian, Chinese, Cantonese, Arabic and Persian. Audio for all other pictures will be shown in Spanish without subtitles. (For films in English, see right.)
A full bill of films will show simultaneously at the Teatro de Atequiza, the newly refurbished historic monument located in the town of the same name. It will also be the site for the November 18 closing gala of lakeside’s FIC-TM program. The old Hacienda de Atequiza was the setting for the first moving picture images of Mexico, captured in 1896 and projected worldwide by the Lumiere Brothers film company. Atequiza lies within the boundaries of Ixtlahuacan de Los Membrillos, just off the Guadalajara-Ocotlan highway about 10 kilometers beyond the Santa Rosa junction.
Admission to FIC-TM screenings will cost 30 pesos per person at the box office.
Advance tickets may be acquired for 20 pesos per head following weekend services at Chapala’s San Francisco parish and the San Andres church in Ajijic, as well as stands at the Tuesday organic market, Centro Laguna and Ajijic’s Wednesday tianguis street market.
The complete FIC-TM program, including Guadalajara events, may be accessed at www.fictercermilenio.com. Posters providing details of the local film schedule are posted at all festival venues and other prominent points around the community. Note that the announced bill may be subject to unanticipated last-minute changes.
SPECIAL FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS
Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., Centro Cultural Gonalez Gallo Inauguration gala, plus homage to Mexican film diva Esther Fernandez, with an exhibition of her artwork and personal belongings. Free admission.
Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m., MovieSpace Red carpet reception for Mexican film director Roberto Girault, followed by the world premiere of his latest feature film “Ella y El Candidato.” Several actors from the cast will also attend.
Sunday, November 13, 6 p.m. MovieSpace Red Carpet reception and screening of “Amar no es Querer,” with director Guillermo Barba and actress Monica Gonzalez.
Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m., MovieSpace Red carpet reception and screening of “Espiritu de Tirunfo,” with director Miguel Rojo and actors Citlali Galindo and Victor Civeira.
Friday, November 18, 8 p.m., Teatro de Atequiza Red carpet closing gala and screening of “Amor del Region,” with directors of the 10 film shorts included in the title. Free admission, ticket required.
FESTIVAL FILMS IN ENGLISH
Friday, November 11
Man on Wire, Sala A, 3:30 p.m.
The Way, Sala B, 3:30 p.m.
The Stoning of Soraya M, Sala B, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 12
The Way Back, Sala A, 3:30 p.m.
The Perfect Game, Sala B, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 13
Morning Glory, Sala A, 3:30 p.m.
Le hérisson (The hedgehog), Sala A, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, November 14
Food, Inc., Sala B, 3:30 p.m.
True Grit, Sala A, 9:30 p.m.
127 Hours, Sala B, 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15
Motherhood, Sala B, 3:30 p.m.
Super 8, Sala B, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16
The Infidel, Sala B, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 17
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Sala B, 3:30 p.m.
Water for Elephants, Sala B, 6:30 p.m.
The Way Back, Sala B, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 12
The Perfect Game, noon.
Sunday, November 13
The Way, 3 p.m.
Friday, November 18
Conviction, 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 19
Mrs. Ratcliffe’s Revolution, 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 20
The Family that Preys, 6 p.m.
Monday, November 21
The Navigators, 3 p.m.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, 6 p.m.