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Each series, we select a theme and then screen films that fit the theme. Think of it as an extended conversation, with each film adding a new voice. Quirky, controversial, heart-wrenching, or hilarious, our goal is to entertain and educate. And you can’t beat the price. Admission is free!

Theme: Generaciónes - New Wave Central & S. American Filmmakers
A generation can mark the passage of time. Generations give voice to difference. They give us an easy way to separate and identify ourselves and others – whether that difference is one of family, love, culture, politics, or thought. A new generation of filmmakers from Central and South America have found their voice over the past decade. From Brazil and Argentina to the heart of Mexico and even Hollywood, their voices have made a world of difference. For as much as generations may divide us, the films in this series show how generations also bind us together.

2007 Fall Film Series
New Wave Central & South American Filmmakers

Movies begin at 7:00 PM    Admission is FREE!
Films are shown at:
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. (map)
For more information, contact: Stephen Conway

The Films

Central do Brasil (Central Station) – Aug 7
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260  (map)

A former teacher who writes letters for the illiterate at Rio de Janeiro's central station accompanies a young boy to Brazil's remote Northeast in search for the father he never knew.

(1998) 113 min. Rated R
Director: Walter Salles

Cronicas (Chronicles) – Aug. 21
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

When the star of a Miami news show (John Leguizamo) travels to an Ecuadorian coastal village to cover the story of a serial killer who hunts children, his pursuit of a moment of glory carries tragic consequences.

(2004) 108 min. Rated R
Director: Sebastián Cordero

Elsa Y Fred (Elsa & Fred) – Sept. 4
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. (map)
The life of a retired hypochondriac widower is changed forever when he moves into an apartment in Madrid and meets Elsa, a woman who dreams of reinacting a scene from Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
(2005) 108 min.  Not Rated
Director: Marcos Carnevale
Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) – Sept. 18
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

A bold, intensely emotional story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash. Three stories of disparate characters who are catapulted into conflict by the seemingly inconsequential destiny of a dog named Cofi.

(2003) 154 min.   Rated R
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Deus É Brasileiro (God is Brazilian) – 10/2
Laikin Auditorium
JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

God decides to take a vacation, but He has to find a saint to rule the universe while He's away. For that, He goes to Brazil's northeast, where He befriends a passionate young man.
(2003) 110 min.  Not Rated
Director: Carlos Diegues

El Espinazo del Diablo – Oct. 16
(Devil's Backbone)
Laikin Auditorium, JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

During the Spanish Civil War, Carlos is abandoned at a desolate school where the ghost of a young boy haunts him. Carlos sets out to solve the mystery of the ghost’s death.
(2001) 106 min.  Rated R
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Sol de Otoño (Autumn Sun) – Nov. 6
Laikin Auditorium
JCC 6701 Hoover Rd.  (map)
To satisfy her brother, Clara, a middle-aged Jewish woman, is forced to create a contrived relationship with a man of her own faith only to discover the man she chooses is a Gentile.
(1996) 110 min.  Rated PG
Director: Eduardo Mignogna

Lugares Comunes  – Nov. 20
(Common Ground)
Laikin Auditorium
JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)
When a Leftist Literature professor is forced to retire, he and his wife sell their apartment and move to a small farm to grow lavender and sell the oil to the perfume industry.
(2002) 110 min  NR
Director: Adolfo Aristarain
La Ley de Herodes (Herod’s Law) – Dec. 4
Laikin Auditorium
JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

A dark political comedy. When a janitor is appointed Mayor of a lawless town, he tries to bring peace and progress. Step by step, though, he discovers the only way to fight corruption is to become corrupt.
(1999) 120 minutes  Rated R
Director: Luis Estrada
Children of Men – Dec. 18
Laikin Auditorium
JCC 6701 Hoover Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46260 (map)

In 2027, as humankind faces extinction, a disillusioned government clerk agrees to transport and protect a woman to a sanctuary at sea where she may help scientists to save the future of mankind.
(2006) 109 minutes Rated R
Director: Alfonso Cuarón