Mujeres: Nuestro festival de cine

A film festival of women in Spanish and Latin American productions
Thursday, November 13 - Sunday, November 16, 2014
Barnard College

A unique opportunity to discover the realities and fictions of women from three different continents and their representation in films in Spanish. This festival is a celebration of the achievements of women who fought for their lives with passion and pride in Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sahara and Spain in the most hostile environments. The four-day festival will include presentations and panels that will throw new light to an array of inspirational contemporary stories that will resonate for long in Barnard’s audience. All the screenings with English subtitles. Presentations and panels in English.

Open to the public.

AUDIENCE'S FAVORITE: LA YUMA. SECOND SCREENING, SUNDAY 11/16 AT 2:00 PM.  

La Yuma. Dir. Florence Jaugey. Nicaragua (2011)

http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/la-yuma

LA YUMA 

Florence Jaugey / Nicaragua / 91 min / 2011 / Spanish with English subtitles

 

Cast. Alma Blanco · Gabriel Benavides · Rigoberto Mayorga · María Esther López · Eliézer Traña

 

SYNOPSIS

 

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Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student. In Jaugey’s words, “the strength, the astuteness and determination of the main character, reflect the feelings of a population that faces up adversity and inequality.”

With an extraordinary performance by Alma Blanco as Yuma, Jaugey’s film allows us the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of everyday life in this Central American country. Pre-selection for the Oscars® Academy Awards 2011 for Best Foreign Film.

 

QUOTES

 

“Blanco’s exceptional lead performance.” – MIAMI NEW TIMES

“The actress Alma Blanco, in particular, is perfect.” – Eric Libiot, L’EXPRESS

“Blanco’s passionate portrayal of Yuma make this somewhat familiar “female Rocky” fresh and appealing, and Jaugey’s feel for the fraught atmosphere of the slums and the daily rituals of teenagers on the edge makes for a vivid, engaging first film.” – MOMA

“Director Florence Jaugey, making her feature debut, brings a sense of authenticity to her narrative as well as to the locations where she shot the film. She often evokes Fellini’s early-sixties neorealist work, Nights of Cabiria in particular.” – Rubén Rosario, SUN POST WEEKLY

“La Yuma is an excellent film.” – CINE INVISIBLE

“There are many Yumas and Yumos in the country, strong young men wanting to go out of scope of violence, not knowing what to do. In the movie there are ideas on how to do it. And do it with dignity. La Yuma did.” – CONFIDENCIAL DIGITAL

 

About the Director

 

Prior to directing, Florence Jaugey worked as an actress. In 1984, she starred in the movie The Presidentby Cuban director Manuel Octavio Gómez, filmed in Nicaragua. In 1990, along with the Nicaraguan filmmaker Frank Pineda, she founded Camila Films, a film production company based in Nicaragua. She then produced and directed several short films and documentaries. In 1998 she won the Silver Bear at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival with her short filmCinema Alcázar. In 2001 she was awarded the prize of the Society of Authors in the International Documentary Festival “Cinema du Reel” at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, France.

Notes on Film

 

Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student.

In Jaugey’s words, “the strength, the astuteness and determination of the main character, reflect the feelings of a population that faces adversity and inequality.” With an extraordinary performance by Alma Blanco as Yuma, Jaugey’s film allows us the rare opportunity to get a glimpse of everyday life in this Central American country.

Pre-selection for the Oscars® Academy Awards 2011 for Best Foreign Film.

 

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

 

Pre-selected to 2011Oscars® Academy Awards
-Best Foreign Film

South American Film Encounters Marseille
-Best Actress

San Francisco Film Festival
-Audience Award

Austria Latino Film Festival
-Audience Award

Granado Film Festival Brasil
-Jury Prize, Best Actress

Guatemala Icaro Film Festival
-Best Actress

Viena Central American Film Festival
-Audience Award

Museum of Modern Art New York

Miami International Film Festival

Amsterdam World Cinema Festival

Los Angeles Latino Film Festival

Montreal World Cinema Film Festival

San Franciso Latino Film Festival

Chicago Latino Film Festival

 

Nov. 13:

6:00 pm  Wilaya. Dir. Pedro Pérez Rosado. Spain (2012).
Introduced by Prof. José Moya, Forum on Migration.
http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/wilaya



Nov. 14:

5:30 pm Con la pata quebrada (Barefoot in the Kitchen). Dir. Diego Galán, Spain (2013)
Introduced by Prof. María Isaura Arce Fernández, Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures.
http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/barefoot-in-the-kitchen


8:00 pm El niño pez (The Fish Child) Lucia Puenzo. Argentina (2011)
Introduced by Prof. Maja Horn. Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures.
http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/the-fish-child



Nov. 15:

2:00 pm Después de Lucía (After Lucia), Dir. Michel Franco, Mexico (2012)
Q&A via Skype with filmmaker. Introduced by Prof. Sandra Luckow, Film Studies Program
http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/after-lucia-despues-de-lucia


6:00 pm La Yuma. Dir. Florence Jaugey. Nicaragua (2011)
http://www.pragda.com/spanishfilmclub/films/la-yuma



Nov. 16:

2:00 pm Second screening of audience’s favorite.

 
Lehman Auditorium, Altschul Hall 202
 
Thanks to: 
  • Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures
  • Forum on Migration 
  • Film Studies Program 
  • Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies 
  • Athena Center for Leadership Studies 
  • Barnard Center for Research on Women
  • Pragda
  • Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
  • Spain: Arts and Culture 
 
 
More information:
Javier Pérez-Zapatero
Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures
 
Nov. 13, 2014 (All day)