Cine Latino: Zoe Saldana, Rodrigo Cortés, Jenni Rivera, Aubrey Plaza and More Head to Sundance

Cine Latino: Zoe Saldana, Rodrigo Cortés, Jenni Rivera, Aubrey Plaza and More Head to Sundance

Jan 20, 2012

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The Sundance Film festival is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, introducing global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films from up-and-coming filmmakers. This year’s lineup will feature 117 feature-length films representing 30 countries by 45 first-time filmmakers. Over 4,000 feature-length films were submitted, 1,983 of them were international feature-length films, so it’s no surprise that this year audiences will be able to enjoy an array of Latino performances.

Here are some quick highlights:

Red Lights – Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés, the film stars Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olson and Robert De Niro in a suspenseful tale about a psychologist studying paranormal activity and her investigation of a world-renowned psychic. 

Filly Brown – Mexican banda queen Jenni Rivera stars in a hip-hop driven drama about a young girl’s rise to fame as she deals with the pains of her mother’s incarceration.

The First Time – Younger audiences will enjoy breakout performances by Britt Robertson, Dylan O’Brien and Disney sensation Victoria Justice. Director Jonathan Kasdan captures the sparks between two high school students as they fall in love for the very first time.

Safety Not Guaranteed – The super funny and talented Aubrey Plaza stars as Darius, a dry wit and cynical natured magazine employee. The sci-fi comedy focuses on four characters all trying to time travel.

The WordsZoe Saldana stars alongside Bradley Cooper in a thriller that melds multiple narratives to expose one man’s moral dilemma.

Mosquita y Mari – Director Aurora Guerrero explores a multi-layered friendship between two Chicana high school girls in Huntington Park, CA. Fenessa Pineda as Yolanda and Venecia Troncoso as Mari shed light on the pains and life struggles of illegal immigration, living in an impoverished immigrant community and the hopes of experiencing the American Dream. 

Simon Killer – Director Antonio Campos returns to Sundance after having produced last year’s Sundance’s hit Martha Marcy May Marlene, with a neo-noir thriller that exposes the dark soul of one man.

The Last Elvis (El ultimo Elvis) – Argentinian director Armando Bo is a third-generation filmmaker. He co-wrote Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful, which was nominated for two Oscars last year. This will be Bo’s first feature film. The Last Elvis follows “Elvis”Gutiérrez (John McInerny), a Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator who believes he is the reincarnation of the King. After a tragic accident Gutiérrez struggles between reality and fantasy. Watch the trailer here.

Madrid, 1987 – Set during a political time of social unrest in Spain is this story about two individuals from different generations coming together in the most awkward setting. Director David Trueba weaves their power struggle into a complex drama.

Violeta Went to Heaven – According to director Andres Wood, Violeta Parra was Chile’s Edith Piaf. Francisca Gavilan stars in a story inspired by the life of the late singer. This eloquent portrait is another addition to Wood’s formidable productions, which include La buena vida, Machuca and Loco Fever among others.

Young & Wild – Led by some of Chile’s most attractive actors, the film offers a contemporary look at teenage life in Santiago. Alicia Rodríguez stars as Daniela, a 17-year-old with a raging sexual drive who takes to her blog to release her tensions.

I Am Not a Hipster – From VH1’s “The Pick Up Artist” to Sundance, Alvaro Orlando’s career is finally on a steady climb. He stars alongside Dominic Bogart, a talented singer/songwriter who has become the clichéd tortured artist in Destin Daniel Cretton’s directorial debut.

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