Sunday, April 7, 2013
Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, (616) 459-4788 ext. 130
Some of the most acclaimed Latin American films will have free screenings in West Michigan during the 4th annual Grand Rapids Latin American Film Festival, April 4-7, at Celebration! Cinema North & IMAX and Wealthy Theatre. See individual listings for each date.
The festival will include screenings of films from Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, focusing on a wide range of contemporary subjects, including "Las Buenas Hierbas/The Good Herbs," a 2010 film from Mexico, directed by María Novaro, sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit.
After a 10-year hiatus from the director's chair, Mexican filmmaker Novaro crafts a thoughtful -- and occasionally frenetic -- portrait of a modern-day family touched by the specter of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Everything changes for single mother Dalia (Ursula Pruneda) when she learns that her mother (Ofelia Medina), a respected herbalist, is losing her memories. Meanwhile, Dalia begins an unusual romance. The 2-hour film is in Spanish, with English subtitles.
All festival events are free and open to the public with support from Aquinas College, Calvin College, Ferris State University, Davenport University and Grand Valley State University, Mexican Consulate in Detroit, Argentine Consulate in Chicago, Consulate of the República Bolivariana de Venezuela in Chicago, Consulate of Brazil in Chicago, MOSTRA, Chiaroscuro Film Series, Celebration! Cinema North and IMAX, Wealthy Theatre, Radio La Poderosa 640AM e Interferencia 810 AM, Rick Rhoane y Leandro Robles.
For more information, contact Zulema Moret, GVSU Latin American Studies coordinator, at (616) 331- 2286, or visit www.grlaff.org.