Mexican Film Festival at the library

The Evanston Public Library hosts a Mexican Film Festival,Nov. 21-22, featuring nine popular Mexican films or films by Mexican directors.

Movies originally produced in Spanish will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. The Film Festival is part of The Big Read, the Library's community reading of Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.


Saturday, Nov.21, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Main Library

11 a.m.: El Violín. In a Latin American country, the government fights a rural insurgency, cutting off the rebels from their cache of ammunition. A grandfather with his violin tries to pass the checkpoint. The commanding officer lets him pass but insists on a daily music lesson. Can the old man ferry out the ammunition in his violin case? Rated R, 98 Minutes

1 p.m.: A Day Without a Mexican. A thick fog surrounds California's borders, communication beyond state lines is cut off, and Mexicans disappear: workers, spouses, and business owners. Cars are abandoned in the street, food is left cooking on the stove. Where have all the Mexicans gone? Rated R, 100 Minutes.

2 p.m. A Little Princess. Rated G. 96 Minutes (Children's Room)

3 p.m.: Rudo y Cursi.Mexican half brothers Beto and Tato work on a banana plantation and live with their extended family, barely making ends meet. The brother's fortunes change when Batuta, a soccer scout, enters their lives. Rated R, 103 Minutes 

Saturday, Nov. 21, CAMS, Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch

2 p.m.: La Misma Luna. In hopes of providing a better life for her son Carlitos, Rosario works illegally in the U.S, while in Mexico, her mother cares for Carlitos. Rosario and Carlitos embark on a desperate attempt to reunite. Rating: PG-13 (some mature thematic elements) Run Time: 106 Minutes  

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Meeting Room, Main Library

1 p.m.: El Crimen del Padre Amaro. Father Amaro is a new arrival in a small Mexican town. Assigned to help the older Father Benito, Amaro discovers that his elder is involved in an affair, and also building a hospital with help from a local drug czar. Struggling with temptation in his own right, Amaro begins a romance — but the relationship has dire consequences. Rated R, 118 Minutes

2 p.m.: A Little Princess. Rated G. 96 Minutes (Children's Room)

3:30 p.m.: Babel. An accident connects four groups of people on three different continents: two young Moroccan goatherds, an American couple (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett), a deaf Japanese teen and her father, and a Mexican nanny who takes her young charges across a border. Rated R, 143 Minutes

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m., The Loft, Main Library (For Teens)

Hellboy, by director Guillermo del Toro, tells the story of the Nazis' attempted use of black magic during the final days of World War II. They conjure a demon–Hellboy. Hellboy grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence and frightening images) Run Time: 122 Minutes  

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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