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Cine Gay begins Thursday, part of San Diego Latino Film Festival

SAN DIEGO – Cine Gay returns for a sixth year as part of the 20th Anniversary San Diego Latino Film Festival running March 7-17.

In the Cine Gay showcase, the San Diego Latino Film Festival continues its mission to help correct the often distorted images seen on television and in movies by revealing LGBT lives through international film. Challenging the historical exclusion of underrepresented communities in the media, the festival highlights experiences of gay life in different corners of the world, underlining the universal experience as well as the unique expressions of the Latin LGBT community.

Cine Gay is presented by the San Ysidro Health Center. The movie selections and information follows.

“Sleepless Knights”

Thursday, March 7, at 10:30 pm
Monday, March 3, at 5 pm
Directed by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz
Spain/Germany, 82 minutes, 2012, Spanish with English subtitles

Set in rural Spain, Carlos has returned to his home village to help his father herd sheep for the summer. Although the plan was only temporary, Carlos contemplates staying in the countryside after political unrest spreads through Madrid; but also due to the newly developed relationship with local police officer named Juan.

“Todo mundo tiene a alguien menos yo”

Friday, March 8 at 10:30 pm
Friday, March 14 at 9:30 pm
Directed by Raúl Fuentes
Mexico, 90 minutes, 2012, Spanish with English subtitles

Raúl Fuentes’ debut film examines the turbulent emotional perspective of a woman caught in a vicious self-destructive cycle. Alejandra, a condescending intellectual with many emotional problems, lacks the capacity to connect with anyone around her. When she meets Maria, an evolving and curious private school teen, the two start a passionate love affair that makes their generation gap seem trivial. This daring love story is both poetic and deeply humanistic.

“La Pasion de Michelangelo”

Friday, March 8, 10:30 pm
Thursday, March 14, 8 pm
Directed by Esteban Larrain
Chile, 96 minutes, 2012, Spanish with English subtitles

In 1983, the tyrannical Pinochet regime experiences strong political demonstrations against their military. The protesting minority loses its momentum when the peculiar story of Miguel Angel, a fourteen-year-old orphan with repressed sexual desires, diverts the nation’s attention away from rebellion. Miguel’s sightings and conversations with the Virgin Mary draw hundreds of thousands of Chileans to make the pilgrimage to his remote village.

“K-11”

Friday, March 8 at 9:30 pm
Directed by Jules Stewart
USA, 88 minutes, 2012, English

The movie follows Raymond Saxx Jr. (Goran Visnjic), a powerful record producer who wakes from a drug-induced blackout to find himself locked up and classified “K-11.” Plunged into a nightmarish world ruled by a transsexual diva named Mousey (Kate del Castillo), Raymond is truly a fish out of water. His struggle to contact the outside world and regain his freedom seems impossible; but he must learn to navigate this new power structure if he’s ever going to survive and be in control of his life again. Also starring Portia Doubleda, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, D.B. Sweeney.

“Habana Muda”

Saturday, March 9 at 2:30 pm
Directed by Eric Brach
Cuba, 70 minutes, 2010

The story of an especially odd love triangle between Chino, a deaf mute in Havana, his mute wife and his male lover far away in Mexico, who promises to support the family financially. This love affair turns into something quite unexpected in Eric Brach’s beautifully observed documentary about class and sexuality.

“Marcelo”

Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 pm
Directed by Omar Ynigo
Mexico, 95 minutes, 2012

Marcelo (Aarón Díaz) feels he’s found the incarnation of his favorite superhero in Julio (Héctor Jiménez of Nacho Libre), his troublesome and eccentric neighbor whose biggest dream is to become a porn star. But Ms. Martha, who still treats her son Marcelo like a kid, will never permit such a relationship to flourish. Emotionally disturbed, she will try to protect the only thing she has left in the world … her only son.

A listing of selected Cine Gay short films

Friday, March 15, 6 pm

“Fallen Comrade” (2012, 12 minutes., USA, English), “I Feel Lost” (2012, 13 minutes, Spain), “Loxoro” (2012, 19 minutes, Peru), “Sin Ruta” (2012, 20 minutes, Guatemala, English/Spanish with English subtitles), “Las Vegas” (2012, 20 minutes, Cuba/Brazil), “The Rookie and The Runner” (2012, USA, 10 minutes).

Cine Gay reception at Bamboo Lounge

In celebration of this year's Cine Gay showcase, there will be a special pre-screening reception hosted by Bamboo Lounge in Hillcrest from 5 to 7 pm March 10 before the 7:30 pm screening of “Marcelo.” The reception will include appetizers, one drink, special guests and more.

The details

Cine Gay is part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival, which runs March 7 to 17.

Community partners and sponsors include San Ysidro Health Center, FilmOut San Diego and Bamboo Lounge.

Purchase individual tickets for $10.50 for general admission or $8.50 for seniors, students, military or MACSD members HERE. A festival pass costs $190 and a film pass costs $95. Other special rates are available.

All movies are shown at the DigiPlex Mission Valley Cinema, 7510 Hazard Center Road in San Diego. Call 619-574-8684.

Photo captions

Top left: Scene from "Havana Muda"

Middle left: Scene from “Todo mundo tiene a alguien menos yo”

Bottom left: Scene from "Sleepless Knights"