Filmmaker and archivist Viviana García Besné IN PERSON for Q&A following the screening.

This film traces the unbelievable true story of the Calderón family, which built grand movie palaces in Mexico and the U.S. and employed thousands to produce incomparable, hugely successful, often reprehensible populist-genre films utterly and uniquely Mexican. Told by Viviana García Besné – whose grand-uncle was mogul José Luis Calderón – this personal tale from inside an alternate universe offers glimpses of utterly unknown zaftig saturnine actresses, overweight masked wrestlers, human robots and Aztec mummies… all driven by a shameless but keen commercial impulse. And the cinematic fantasies are mirrored by an even stranger labyrinth of internal sibling strife, film business clashes, Hollywood affairs, bankruptcies and anti-intellectual tirades. It’s a Grey Gardens enquiry into a cinematic dynasty. –Telluride Film Festival

Mexico, 2011, 94 mins. Director: Viviana García Besné. Producer: Alistair Temps. Screenplay: Viviana García Besné. Cinematographer: Viviana García Besné. Editor: Viviana García Besné. HD Digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by Cine +Mas SF Latino Film Festival and the General Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco.

Make it a double feature and stay for SANTO CONTRA CEREBRO DEL MAL (SANTO VS. THE EVIL BRAIN) at 7pm!

General Admission tickets for either are $12. Tickets for both for $15 available only at box office (Limited amount available)

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Newly restored! In the first lucha libre film starring El Santo—the most iconic Mexican luchador—a mad scientist’s plot to create a zombie army using electric shocks to zap his victims is foiled. Filmmaker/archivist, and granddaughter of the film’s producer Jorge Garcia Besné, Viviana Garcia Besné IN PERSON for post-screening Q&A to discuss her journey to restore the film, moderated by Peter Conheim/Cinema Preservation Alliance. Learn more.


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