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Chasing Fireflies Chasing Fireflies

Colombia
Director: Roberto Flores Prieto

Manrique’s lonely existence watching over an abandoned salt mine in the remote Colombian Caribbean suits him just fine. Content in his isolation, with a dog that spends its nights chasing fireflies as his sole companion, his world is upended when his teenage daughter Valeria shows up as if out of nowhere. As the days pass, Valeria’s determined but cheerful presence forces Manrique out of his routine in this beautiful, understated story about family, love, and the small joys of life.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 100 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFCHA1 – $14/$11 Director Roberto Flores Prieto Scheduled to Attend
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFCHA2 – $14/$11 Director Roberto Flores Prieto Scheduled to Attend
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 11:45am , EFCHA3 – $14/$11 Director Roberto Flores Prieto Scheduled to Attend
The German Doctor The German Doctor

Argentina / France / Norway / Spain
Director: Lucia Puenzo

In Patagonia, 1960, an Argentine family meets a German physician on the long road to Bariloche. The first guest at the family’s newly opened inn, the wealthy doctor ingratiates himself into their home life with his charisma and his scientific knowledge. Little do they know, however, that they are housing one of history’s most monstrous criminals, and that he might be continuing his experimental practice in their own community in this chilling, captivating story.

Spanish, German, Hebrew with English Subtitles, 93 min

Links: Website

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 7:00pm , EFGER1 – $14/$11
  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 7:45pm , EFGER2 – $14/$11
Heli Heli

Mexico
Director: Amat Escalante

Factory worker Heli lives a modest life with his father and his sister Estela in rural Mexico. In a misguided attempt to finance his elopement with the 12-year-old Estela, police cadet Beto steals two large packages of cocaine, setting off a string of increasingly bloody, painful, and even fatal consequences. Awarded the prize for Best Director at Cannes, Heli takes an unflinching look at the cycle of drugs and violence in contemporary Mexico, depicting immense brutality with shocking frankness. Warning: this film contains extreme violence.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 95 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 9:30pm , EFHEL1 – $14/$11
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFHEL2 – $14/$11
Illiterate Illiterate

Chile
Director: Moisés Sepúlveda

For fifty years, Ximena has managed to get by without being able to read. When Jackeline, a young unemployed teacher, unexpectedly comes into her life, Ximena’s isolation is disturbed. Jackeline’s efforts to teach Ximena how to read proves almost Herculean as they clash, but it soon becomes evident that the two women need each other in ways they could never predict. Two mesmerizing performances drive this intimate, engrossing chamber drama about learning and acceptance.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 73 min

Links: Website

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 5:45pm , EFILL1 – $14/$11 Director Moisés Sepúlveda, Screenwriter Pablo Paredes, and Producers Fernando Bascuñán and Pablo Egaña Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 5:30pm , EFILL2 – $14/$11 Director Moisés Sepúlveda, Screenwriter Pablo Paredes, and Producers Fernando Bascuñán and Pablo Egaña Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 1:00pm , EFILL3 – $5
The Invisible Collection The Invisible Collection

Brazil
Director: Bernard Attal

After a tragedy throws his life into turmoil, the self-absorbed young Beto ventures deep into the Brazilian countryside in search of a collection of rare prints his absent father had sold to a wealthy plantation owner decades earlier. When he locates the plantation, he finds it devastated and its inhabitants staunchly resistant to visitors. A sophisticated, engrossing thriller, the film follows Beto’s efforts to uncover the mystery of the prints and the family keeping them hidden from the world.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 89 min

Links: Website Trailer

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  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 8:40pm , EFTIC1 – $14/$11 Director Bernard Attal Scheduled to Attend
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 6:15pm , EFTIC2 – $14/$11 Director Bernard Attal Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 3:30pm , EFTIC3 – $5
La Jaula De Oro La Jaula De Oro

Mexico
Director: Diego Quemada-Díez

Three Guatemalan teens depart on the treacherous 1,200-mile trek towards the United States, riding atop dilapidated trains in the hope of finding a new life. Together they must undergo an unrelenting, arduous journey in which no one they meet can be trusted and catastrophe waits around every corner. Constantly upending audience expectations, this unrelenting immigration thriller will leave viewers at the edge of their seats until its nail-biting climax comes to a shocking close.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 102 min

Links: Trailer

Show Times:

  • Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFJAU1 – $14/$11 Director Diego Quemada-Díez Scheduled to Attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFJAU2 – $14/$11 Director Diego Quemada-Díez Scheduled to Attend
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 1:15pm , EFJAU3 – $5
La Paz La Paz

Argentina
Director: Santiago Loza

Returning home to Buenos Aires following a stint at a psychiatric clinic, sensitive, reserved teen Liso must work to rebuild his life. Struggling to reconnect with family and friends, he drifts from one experience to the next, while those around him unsuccessfully try to understand him. A quiet but impactful drama about one young man’s search for peace, La Paz explores the depths of unyielding loneliness with subtle yet intricate imagery, drawing the viewer into its complex emotional universe.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 73 min

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 2:00pm , EFPAZ1 – $5
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFPAZ2 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFPAZ3 – $14/$11
Melaza Melaza

Cuba / France / Panama
Director: Carlos Lechuga

With the closure of the local sugar mill, the picturesque Cuban town of Melaza has become desolate and lifeless. School teacher Aldo and now-unemployed Monica eke out a meager living, going as far as renting out their tiny home to the local prostitute for extra cash. When they get in trouble with the authorities, resulting fines lead to more desperate measures. This funny, heartfelt romantic drama explores the limits of love and trust in the face of hardship.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 80 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFMEL1 – $5
  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFMEL2 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
  • Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFMEL3 – $14/$11 Director Carlos Lechuga and Producer Claudia Calviño Scheduled to Attend
Memories They Told Me Memories They Told Me

Brazil
Director: Lúcia Murat

Old friends, all onetime members of Brazil's radical resistance, come together around Ana, the charismatic, fearless heart of their circle, now on her deathbed. As they think back on their choices and the paths they have tread, Ana’s spirit is a constant presence, reminding them of their failed utopia and their shared, mythologized past. This Brazilian Big Chill passionately reflects on revolution and terrorism, love and sex, and the compromises that time exacts.

Portuguese with English Subtitles, 95 min

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Show Times:

  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 2:30pm , EFMEM1 – $14/$11
  • Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFMEM2 – $14/$11 Director Lucia Murat scheduled to attend
  • Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFMEM3 – $5
Purgatorio Purgatorio

Mexico and USA
Director: Rodrigo Reyes

By turns beautiful, brutal, and eye-opening, Rodrigo Reyes's documentary offers a thoughtful portait of the US-Mexico border. His wide-ranging aesthetic inquiry incorporates interviews with border-crossers, coroners, dog-catchers, police, and others on both sides, tying these disparate stories together through stunning imagery that depicts the border as an almost mythic place. Purgatorio is less concerned with polemics than it is with considering the human implications of defining and enforcing a line between two nations.

English and Spanish with English Subtitles, 80 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 8:30pm , EFPUR1 – $14/$11 Director Rodrigo Reyes scheduled to attend
  • Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 6:30pm , EFPUR2 – $14/$11 Director Rodrigo Reyes scheduled to attend
Sadourní’s Butterflies Sadourní’s Butterflies

Argentina / Italy / United Kingdom (England)
Director: Dario Nardi

Thrown in jail for a violent crime of passion, dwarf and former circus performer Sadourní finds re-assimilation difficult upon his release. Quickly realizing that society holds his height against him, Sadourní goes to tortuous extremes for a “treatment” that will alter his physical appearance, allowing him to fit in and to gain the attention of the woman he loves. A surrealistic melodrama reminiscent of Fellini and Jodorowsky, Sadourní’s Butterflies endows its strange, magical subject with hallucinatory beauty.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 94 min

Links: Website Trailer

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 8:15pm , EFSAD1 – $14/$11 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 12:15pm , EFSAD2 – $14/$11 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:00pm , EFSAD3 – $5 Producer Donald Ranvaud scheduled to attend
Tanta Agua Tanta Agua

Mexico / Netherlands / Uruguay
Director: Ana Guevara Pose and Leticia Jorge

Since his divorce, Alberto has not spent much time with his children, Lucia and Federico. A trip to the hot springs seems like an ideal getaway, but an unrelenting storm traps the three of them inside their tiny rented cabin. Alberto’s sunny optimism begins to drain as floodwaters and close quarters bring out the worst in everyone. By turns achingly funny and poignant, this all-too-familiar drama is an affectionately drawn portrait of the classically fraught family vacation.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 90 min

Links: Website Trailer

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Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 4:00pm , EFTAN1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 6:00pm , EFTAN2 – $14/$11
The Village The Village

Brazil
Director: Liliana Sulzbach

A portrait of Itapuã, a strange and unique community with only 35 residents, all over the age of 60, and a dark secret in its past.

Part of Shorts 6: Nature or Nurture?

Portuguese, 25 min

Links: Website Trailer

Show Times:

  • Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 3:45pm , EFSDC1 – $5
Workers Workers

Mexico and Germany
Director: Jose Luis Valle

After decades of working in a Tijuana factory, Rafael finds that, due to a technicality, he won’t be receiving a pension. Lidia works as a maid whose demanding boss devotes all her attention to her dog Princess. When her boss dies and leaves her fortune entirely to Princess, Lidia finds herself working for a canine millionaire. Gorgeously observed with striking visuals, Workers tells the moving, often absurdly funny story of two employees who are pushed to the breaking point.

Spanish with English Subtitles, 120 min

Links: Website

Show Times:

  • Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 12:15pm , EFWOR1 – $14/$11
  • Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 8:00pm , EFWOR2 – $14/$11
  • Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15pm , EFWOR3 – $5