RoxCine is co-presenting a section of the 9th San Francisco Latino Film Festival! Don’t miss the centerpiece film on Saturday, 9/23 – “Little White Lie” – a dark comedy from Chile.  Appropriate in the age of ‘fake news’!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

7pm – SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS (Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval)

Directed by Sebastián Cordero. Narrative / Ecuador, Germany, Mexico / 2016 / Drama, Thriller / 100 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / DCP / Bay Area Premiere Premiere

In Guayaquil, a populous city in Ecuador, a wealthy young man is trying to evict 250 families who have been squatting on the land he inherited from his father. The leader of the squatters is willing to negotiate, but can this tense conflict be resolved without bloodshed? (Ariel Award for Best Ibero-American Film, Platino Award)

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

2pm – VISITOR’S DAY (Día de visita)

Directed by Nicole Opper. Documentary / Mexico, USA / 2016 / Documentary / 75 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color

Sixteen-year old Juan Carlos ran away from an abusive home and lived on the streets of Mexico City for years before he found his way to IPODERAC, a unique group home and social enterprise located in Puebla, Mexico. IPODERAC creates a strong sense of brotherhood and is sustained through the sale of artisanal goat cheese. “Visitor’s Day” is an observational documentary that follows Juan Carlos through a transformative year of his life, as he finds the strength to return to Mexico City to overcome his sense of abandonment and forgive his father. Along the way, other boys overcome their own obstacles with the support of the extraordinary staff at IPODERAC.

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4:30pm – WOODPECKERS (Carpinteros)

Directed by José María Cabral. Narrative / Dominican Republic / 2017 / Drama / 106 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / DCP / Bay Area Premiere Premiere

Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. He ‘meets’ Yanelly from across the prison yard and manages to learn a kind of sign language to communicate with her and avoiding the prison guards. Using real prison locations and non-actors throughout, WOODPECKERS is based on real events. Premiered at Sundance.

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7pm – ONE LAST AFTERNOON (La Ultima Tarde)

Directed by Joel Calero. Narrative / Colombia, Peru / 2016 / Drama / 81 min / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / DCP / West Coast Premiere Premiere

Laura was a young woman from Lima’s upper class who met Ramon, an idealistic university student, in Cusco. Today they meet again to sign their divorce papers. Nothing, not even the past, will be safe this day.

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8:30pm – LITTLE WHITE LIE (La Mentirita Blanca)

Directed by Tomás Alzamora. Narrative / Chile / 2017 / Comedy, Drama / 80 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / West Coast Premiere Premiere

Due to the simple nature of a small country town, a failed journalist is forced to fabricate news to avoid losing his job. After becoming the most popular journalist and respected man in town, he will have to decide between lying to continue his fame or tell the truth and lose everything.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017


Directed by Brad Coley. Documentary / Honduras, USA / 2017 / Documentary, Human Rights, Society / 88 mins / English, Spanish with English subtitles / Color

Founded twenty-five years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central American city infamous for its poverty and violence, Our Little Roses is the only girls’ orphanage in Honduras. Seventy girls, aged one to eighteen, have found refuge there from broken and destitute homes, murderous streets, and the neighboring Bordo, the worst slum in the Americas. Inside twenty-foot-high concrete walls topped with barbed wire, the girls receive medical attention, food, shelter, and the nurturing care of a vibrant and entirely female collective of other “desechables” (a slang word for orphans, also used for “disposable containers”). “Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World” explores the question: how do those subjected to profoundest trauma and rejection begin to heal themselves and change the course of their lives?

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4:30pm – LA SOLEDAD

Directed by Jorge Thielen Armand. International, Narrative / Canada, Italy, Venezuela / 2016 / Drama / 90 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / West Coast Premiere Premiere

Handyman José lives with his family in La Soledad, a ramshackle villa located in what was once among Caracas’ most affluent neighborhoods. After learning that the villa’s owners are planning to sell the estate, José seeks any solution that might keep his six-year-old daughter from growing up in Caracas’ crime-sodden slums. Might that fabled treasure supposedly hidden in La Soledad’s walls offer José’s family a chance at a better life?

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6:30pm – TRANSLUCID (Translúcido)

Directed by Leonard Zelig. Narrative / Ecuador, USA / 2016 / Drama / 86 mins / English, Spanish with English subtitles / Color / HD

Rubén has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He has three months to live or a year-and-a-half with treatment. Rubén has decided to end his life with dignity, without loose ends.

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Monday, September 25, 2017


Directed by Dante Alencastre. USA / 2016 / Documentary, LGBT / 50 mins / English with English subtitles / Color / Video

Thirteen-old trans activist Zoey Luna wants nothing more than to go to school, receive an education, and have fun with her friends in Downey, CA. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made it easy for her. With the help of her mother Ofelia, her older sister Leticia, and the ACLU, Zoey fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from school officials and students, Zoey continues to live her life and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Directed by Wagner Depintor. Narrative / Brazil, USA / 2015 / Drama, Romance / 71 mins / English, Portuguese with English subtitles / Color

An American girl travels to Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, in the captivating city of Rio de Janeiro.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7pm – LAST DAYS IN HAVANA (Últimos Dias en La Habana)

Directed by Fernando Pérez. Narrative / Cuba, Spain / 2016 / Comedy, Drama, LGBT / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / DCP / Bay Area Premiere Premiere

Miguel and Diego are friends sharing an apartment in Central Havana. Miguel – a dishwasher at a restaurant, who dreams of leaving Cuba for New York is waiting for his exit visa – and Diego, a gay man afflicted by AIDS who dreams and cheerfulness to good use in his struggle to carry on enjoying every single day of his life from a rickety old bed in his small bedroom. This peculiar pair are surrounded by characters from all walks of life.

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9pm- ALBA

Directed by Ana Cristina Barragán. Narrative / Ecuador, Greece, Mexico / 2016 / Drama, Family, Women In Film / 98 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / BD / Bay Area Premiere Premiere.

Alba is an 11 year-old girl that spends her days in silence. She has learned to cope with her mother’s illness- playing quietly so that her mother can rest during the day. One night Alba’s mother worsens, and has to be taken to the hospital. Alba is sent to live with Edgar, her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was three years old. Living with her father is difficult as is bullying at school. Embarrassment, her first kiss, Edgar`s tender efforts to get close to her, are some of the experiences that pave Alba`s journey to puberty and self-acceptance. Winner of FIPRESCI award and Golden Lion at Rotterdam FF.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

7pm –  SEVEN SEEDS (Siete Semillas)

Directed by Daniel Rodriguez Risco. Peru / 2016 / Comedy, Drama / 90 mins / Spanish with English subtitles / Color / DCP

Ignacio Rodriguez is the manager of a textile export company, founded many years ago by Manuel, his father. Absorbed by work, he has forgotten his wife and son; his absence has become routine. His bad temper in the office, in addition to disagreements with his partners, creates an inevitable business and personal crisis. He ends up in the hospital. His brother recommends visiting a spiritual guide. Ignacio decides to go see him and so begins a journey of learning that will take him to find the inner peace he needed, and to revalue and recover the most valuable thing: his family, and thus achieve happiness.

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