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7 Must-See Films Screening at CineFestival (and 1 Must-Avoid)

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'Las Marthas'

La Jaula de Oro
7pm Sat, Mar 1 (108 min)

Winner of the Best Narrative Film at this year’s festival and the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious A Certain Talent Award, Spanish director Diego Quemada-Díez’s drama La Jaula de Oro, which was actually made in Mexico, is a graceful yet incredibly disheartening immigrant story. Reminiscent of the powerful 2009 film Sin Nombre by director Cary Fukunaga, it could be argued that the tone of La Jaula, a film that follows the dangerous journey to the U.S. by three desperate Guatemalan teenagers (non-actors Brandon Lopez, Karen Martinez and Rodolfo Dominguez), creates an even more harrowing narrative that its predecessor. La Jaula stands on its own, however. Quemada-Díez, who worked as a camera operator on a number of films including 21 Grams and The Constant Gardener, has let a little Alejandro González Iñárritu and Fernando Meirelles rub off, which is never a bad thing.

36th Annual CineFestival

February 22-March 1
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1301 Guadalupe
(210) 271-3151

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