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The permanent home of the Denver Film Society, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver's only year-round cinematheque, presenting first-run exclusives and art house revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary - all shown in their original language and format. Whether it is a unique opportunity to meet the filmmaker during a Q&A, or a private event for your organization, the Denver Film Society it committed to bringing communities together through a unique film experience. The Sie FilmCenter is also available for special events, receptions, and corporate meetings.

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CineLatino
Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

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CineLatino is a 4-day, cultural celebration of Latino Cinema. With 15 titles, the festival features a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles. The Festival will take place during Hispanic Heritage...

CineLatino <p>CineLatino is a 4-day, cultural celebration of Latino Cinema. With 15 titles, the festival features a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory titles.<br />The Festival will take place during Hispanic Heritage month, on September 21-24, 2017 at the Denver Film Society’s Sie FilmCenter. The Denver Film Society is proud to recognize the contribution of Latinos in the world of cinema and celebrate the culture with premieres, interactive projects, receptions and special events.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Peru is internationally renowned for its cuisine and has been establishing itself to top even France and China’s gastronomy. Its main specialty, the Ceviche, has a few key ingredients that will differ from region to region. Traveling from...

CineLatino Opening Night: Ceviche’s DNA <p>Peru is internationally renowned for its cuisine and has been establishing itself to top even France and China’s gastronomy. Its main specialty, the Ceviche, has a few key ingredients that will differ from region to region.</p> <p>Traveling from the Northern coast to the Amazon rainforest to Lima, this documentary will allow you to meet acclaimed chefs — such as Javier Wong and Gaston Acurio — fisherman and historians alike, making this culinary journey a most delectable experience!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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The first fiction feature by accomplished documentarian Natalia Almada is inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is the worst form of violence. Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza gives a haunting, unsentimental...

CineLatino FF: Everything Else <p>The first fiction feature by accomplished documentarian Natalia Almada is inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is the worst form of violence. Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza gives a haunting, unsentimental performance as Dona Flor, an elderly government clerk who punishes her clients as unreasonably as life has punished her. But when she loses the last living creature she cares for, she goes into crisis. Dona Flor virtually shuts her eyes to everyone around her; not so Almada, who reveals a cross-section of Mexico City’s population that remains resilient despite oppression by a corrupt and violent power structure.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Gael García Bernal is effortlessly charming in this hilarious culture-shock comedy about a womanizing Mexican actor whose wife abandons him in the dead of night. Lovesick and a bit bullheaded, he tracks her down to a writer’s conference in...

CineLatino FF: You’re Killing Me, Susana <p>Gael García Bernal is effortlessly charming in this hilarious culture-shock comedy about a womanizing Mexican actor whose wife abandons him in the dead of night. Lovesick and a bit bullheaded, he tracks her down to a writer’s conference in Iowa, provoking one international incident after another as he pursues her across the border. Soon, this couple will test the limits of their patience—and their love.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

CineLatino FF: Chavela
Sep 23, 2017

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Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. Born in...

CineLatino FF: Chavela <p>Chavela is the captivating look at the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame.</p> <p>Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Chavela Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in her adopted country, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Just as influential were her cultural contributions; Chavela was a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer who was known for having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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25th Anniversary Screening! Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the early 90’s. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi (Carlos M. Gallardo) simply wants to wander through life as...

CineLatino FF: El Mariachi <p>25th Anniversary Screening!</p> <p>Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the early 90’s. Kind-spirited guitarist El Mariachi (Carlos M. Gallardo) simply wants to wander through life as his father and grandfather did, with a song in his heart and a smile on his lips. He wanders into a small mob-run town, guitar case in hand. It so happens that the local criminal element is awaiting the arrival of vicious hit man Azul (Reinol Martinez), who is well known for carrying his weapons in...a guitar case. Just when you think you've got a lock on what's going to happen next, director Robert Rodriguez throws us for a loop, unexpectedly alternating whimsical comedy with graphic violence.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Arrested after a violent gas-station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano is remanded to the custody of his father Javier, an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward...

CineLatino FF: Mala Junta <p>Arrested after a violent gas-station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano is remanded to the custody of his father Javier, an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward Cheo, whose indigenous Mapuche community fights against the displacement and destruction wrought by a massive local pulp mill. The connection between the two boys quickly deepens against the pressures of schoolyard cruelty and the troubled home lives of each, forcing a reckoning in either boy with himself and the world around him in this extraordinary debut feature from writer and director Claudia Huaiquimilla. Following her multiple-award-winning short "San Juan, the Longest Night," Huaiquimilla, along with co-writer Pablo Greene, brilliantly weaves together themes both grand and intimate—a rich human tapestry played against an urgent social and environmental crisis. Rooted in strong performances and assured direction, Bad Influence is a heartfelt call to arms touching both heart and conscience.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

CineLatino FF: Paulina
Sep 23, 2017

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Paulina, the daughter of an eminent left-wing judge, suspends her legal education and the prospects of a promising political career to travel to an indigenous community of extreme poverty on Argentina's border with Paraguay and Brazil. She...

CineLatino FF: Paulina <p>Paulina, the daughter of an eminent left-wing judge, suspends her legal education and the prospects of a promising political career to travel to an indigenous community of extreme poverty on Argentina's border with Paraguay and Brazil. She is determined to nurture 'from the inside' a project of civil rights education, but her Guarani-speaking high-school students resist her civics lessons - and she quickly learns that gaining their trust won't be an easy task. These subtly illuminating encounters reverberate in the aftermath of the central event of the film - a harrowing sexual assault by a group of young men. Paulina's unfathomable actions, and the limits of social justice, are examined unflinchingly in this 'social thriller' of will and sacrifice.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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This Venice Film Festival award-winning crowd-pleaser tells the story of a Nobel Prize-winning novelist who lives in Barcelona, but writes exclusively about his hometown in Argentina, a place he hasn’t visited in 40 years. Invited to...

CineLatino FF: The Distinguished Citizen <p>This Venice Film Festival award-winning crowd-pleaser tells the story of a Nobel Prize-winning novelist who lives in Barcelona, but writes exclusively about his hometown in Argentina, a place he hasn’t visited in 40 years. Invited to receive the “Distinguished Citizen” award in his small hometown, he surprises his assistant at first by accepting, and then shocks her when he says he will go alone. The people and places on which his novels are based are there to greet him when he arrives, including several citizens who became characters in his books, and are none too happy to see him. Darkly comedic, deeply relatable, and artfully crafted, The Distinguished Citizen reminds us that you really can’t go home again.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Closing Night Reception precedes the film, starting at 6:00pm, in Henderson’s Lounge. As the new millennium began, one news story captured the attention and hearts of nearly every American. On Thanksgiving 1999, a young Cuban boy named...

CineLatino Closing Night: Elian <p>Closing Night Reception precedes the film, starting at 6:00pm, in Henderson’s Lounge.</p> <p>As the new millennium began, one news story captured the attention and hearts of nearly every American. On Thanksgiving 1999, a young Cuban boy named Elián González was found floating in the Florida Straits by himself after his mother drowned trying to seek refuge in the United States. Before long, the 5-year-old González became the centerpiece of an intense custody battle between his father back in Cuba and his relatives in Miami, which, in turn, brought attention to the long-brewing tensions between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the U.S.</p> <p>Throughout the news coverage, though, one voice was too young to join the heated international conversation: that of Elián himself. Eighteen years later, in the wake of Fidel Castro’s monumental death last November, Elian lets the now 23-year-old tell his story, along with the other key players, of one of the biggest news events in modern times. Executive produced by Alex Gibney, Tim Golden and Ross McDonnell use Elián’s intimate details as the jumping-off point for a powerfully relevant historical account.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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In October 1988, 14 men were murdered by the Venezuelan military in El Amparo, a village near the Arauca River. The victims were fishermen, but the military claimed they were guerilla fighters. This painful atrocity and its tumultuous...

CineLatino FF: El Amparo <p>In October 1988, 14 men were murdered by the Venezuelan military in El Amparo, a village near the Arauca River. The victims were fishermen, but the military claimed they were guerilla fighters. This painful atrocity and its tumultuous aftermath are the subject of Rober Calzadilla’s haunting first feature. Based on a play by Calzadilla and scriptwriter Karin Valecillos, El Amparo invests much time in its characters, their relationships and way of life, while, in a masterstroke of directorial judiciousness, the massacre itself is elided, its horrors left to our imagination. This is a profound meditation on how communities contend with outrage and grief, and the troubling question of who gets to control historical truth.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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These three films were guided by Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program in collaboration with La Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) and The Guardian multimedia program. House for Sale (Casa en Venta) After more than 50 years,...

CineLatino FF: Made in Cuba <p>These three films were guided by Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program in collaboration with La Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) and The Guardian multimedia program.</p> <p>House for Sale (Casa en Venta) <br />After more than 50 years, the ban on individuals in Cuba selling their houses was lifted in 2011. Three Cubans invite us into their homes—full of memories, souvenirs, and family members—to hear their "sales pitch."</p> <p>Connection (Conectifai) <br />ETECSA—Cuba’s only telephone company—installed Wi-Fi routers in 18 public parks in 2016. For many Cubans, this meant being able to go online for the first time. This film shows us how Cubans of all ages initially explore social media, online dating, and more.</p> <p>Great Muy Bien <br />The United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015, making it no longer unrealistic for Cubans to dream of one day living and working abroad. Cubans of all ages and diverse aspirations enroll at the makeshift Big Ben English school in Havana. <br />SECTION Special Events</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Actor Jean Jean will be in-person following the screening for a Q&A! Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must defeat...

CineLatino FF: Woodpeckers <p>Actor Jean Jean will be in-person following the screening for a Q&amp;A!</p> <p>Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must defeat the distance that separates them by using a sign language created by the inmates in Najayo, called "Woodpecking," enabling them to effectively communicate and develop personal and even intimate relationships without the knowledge of dozens of guards. Using real prison locations and non-actors throughout, Woodpeckers is also based on real events.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

CineLatino FF: X500
Sep 24, 2017

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Set in Mexico, Colombia, and Canada, X500 tells the stories of three young migrants, each of whom goes through a metamorphosis following the death of a loved one. Thousands of kilometers apart, their paths never cross but rather echo one...

CineLatino FF: X500 <p>Set in Mexico, Colombia, and Canada, X500 tells the stories of three young migrants, each of whom goes through a metamorphosis following the death of a loved one. Thousands of kilometers apart, their paths never cross but rather echo one another thematically, combining to create a panoramic survey of personal change in vastly different surroundings.</p> <p>Maria is a Filipino woman who recently moved to Montreal with her grandmother and is now trying to find her place in the community and her new country. David leaves his rural Mexican town to get to the city, where the physically demanding job he finds leads him to befriend a gay punk who guides him into an alternative life. Colombian fisherman Alex wants to make an honest living to support his family, but can't break his involvement with the criminal gangs that run the area. The violence that permeates each character's milieu proves difficult to escape — especially when engaging in that very violence seems the easiest path to acceptance. All three of them will undergo mental, emotional, and even physical transformations in order to make their way in their new worlds.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

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