Tucson Cine Mexico is produced with support from the UA College of Fine Arts, the Tucson Film Office and Visit Tucson. Festival media sponsors are Cinelatino, Univision, Azteca America Tucson 14, Arizona Bilingual Magazine, La Poderosa 105.3 FM and the Arizona Daily Star/La Estrella de Tucson.
The annual Tucson Cine Mexico returns with to celebrate contemporary Mexican cinema with award-winning films and special guests.
Tucson Cine Mexico is a premiere film festival in the U.S. featuring the work of Mexican producers and directors. It is produced in association with New York-based Cinema Tropical and Mexico-based Ambulante Documentary Film Festival.
The UA's Jack and Vivian Hanson Film Institute and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson are presenting the event, to be held Thursday through Sunday at the Harkins Tucson Spectrum, 5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
All films are free and in Spanish with English subtitles. A complete guide to Tucson Cine Mexico 2014 can be found online.
The film festival specializes in work by new talent on the international film scene. This year's festival features a mix of award-winning narrative features and a compelling documentary.
"Our festival is committed to showcasing the very best contemporary Mexican cinema in Tucson for free to the community," said Vicky Westover, director of the Hanson Film Institute and director of Tucson Cine Mexico. "This year’s lineup includes films that deal with issues including border crossing, the drug war, class, gender identity and coming of age."
The festival kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Harkins Tucson Spectrum with the LGBT award-winning documentary, "Quebranto/Disrupted," which explores gender identity, family and show business.
The festival will also present the Tucson premiere of the comedy "Nosotros los Nobles/We are the Nobles," one of Mexico's highest-grossing films of all time, courtesy of Cinelatino, a leading Spanish-language television channel.
The film will be presented in 35mm at the Fox on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Director Gary Alazraki and lead actor Gonzalo Vega will present the film and have an on-stage post-screening conversation with Tucson Cine Mexico guest programmer Carlos Gutierrez, director of Cinema Tropical.