Showing more than 350 films in 8 days with one evening dedicated to the Latino Showcase, For the complete “Know New Art” Program, click at this link:  The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF).  This year’s 16th annual film festival brings films from 50 different countries and hosts 25 special spotlight and special events – one of which is the Latino Showcase.  This year’s spotlights are  Chile, Mexico and Brazil plus a retrospective  anniversary screening of La Bamba. (Screening in celebration of director Luis Valdez’ 75th birthday!) The 2015 NBFF “Know New Art” runs from April 23rd – 30th, 2015.

2015 NBFF Chilean Spotlight:

El Cordero Movie Trailer with English subtitles:

NBFF’s plot summary of El Cordero: “An unassuming man is happy in his insignificant life until, in an unfortunate accident, commits an involuntary manslaughter and, to his shock, finds that he feels no guilt. Tormented by the realization that he feels no guilt, he dives into a spiral of violence, hoping to trigger some kind of emotional response and recover his humanity that he might return to his normal life.”

This is the debut of Chilean film director, Juan Francisco Olea. El Cordero has won several film prizes.  In 2014 Best Director, International Competition at the Sanfic 10 (Santiago Festival International de Cine 2014), Several (6 out of 10)  2013 Guadalajara Construye  (Work in Progress) Awards at the 2013 Festival de Cine de Guadalajara (Guadalajara Film Festival). The website of El CorderoPelicula also shows 2 additional prizes won in 2012: at the 2012 Festival Cine B, “Cine en movimiento” and at the 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Vina del Mar, “2012 Cine en progreso” award.

Daniel Muñoz,Trinidad González, Roberto Farías, Julio Jung, Isidora Urrejola, Gregory Cohen.


2015 NBFF Mexican Spotlight:

En el último trago (One for the Road) Movie Trailer with English subtitles:

Comedy, Road Movie

NBFF’s plot summary of En el último trago (One for the Road): “Three eighty-year-old men embark on a road trip in order to fulfill the dying wish of a lifelong friend. In spite of the disapproval of their families and the limitations of their advanced age, they find themselves involved in a series of comical misadventures and meet a cast of colourful characters. Their journey alters their sense of self and their place in the world. There is, indeed, life after 80!

Information about the director listed on website of Media Luna New Films: “Jack Zagha Kababie has written, produced and directed two feature films and more than ten short films, among them I LIKE YOU TOO (2005), awarded “Best Short Film” in Havana Film Festival and official selection in Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival. His first feature had a commercial release in Mexico and on HBO in the US.” His current film, En el  último trago (One for the Road) was the Winner of the Audience Award at SEMINCI – Valladolid International Film Festival. This film was also Official Selection at Film by the Sea International Film Festival, Ventana Sur Film Market, Guadalajara International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. As well at the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival it was nominated for the Cine Latino Award.

José Carlos Ruiz, Luis Bayardo, Eduardo Manzano, Pedro Weber.


2015 NBFF Brazilian Spotlight:

A Despidida (Farewell) Movie Trailer with English subtitles:

ReelGA’s plot summary of A Despidida:”Based on true facts, “Farewell” tells the story of Admiral, a 92-year-old man, who decides that the time has come to say goodbye to all that is most important in his life and spends one last night with Fatima, his lover who is 55 years younger than him. His life has been showing clear signs that it is coming to an end, which makes the experience dense, deep and urgent.

A Despidida has won 9 prizes and received 3 nominations worldwide. This year, in 2015 at the Atlanta Film Festival – Reel GA it was nominated for Best Feature Audience Award. Also this year, at the 2015 FESTin – Portuguese Film Festival in Portugal,  it won the a Festival Prize for Best Actor – Nelson Xavier. At  the 2015  Festin Lisboa Film Festival in Portugal, 2 awards were won: Best Film (Melhor Filme) Marcelo Galvao and Best Actor (Melhor Ator) Nelson Xavier. Back in 2014 at the 2014 Gramado Film Festival in Brazil, the film won 5 prizes (Golden Kikito) : (1) Best Director (Melhor Diretor) Marcelo Galvao, (2)Best Actress (Melhor Atriz) Juliana Paes, (3) Best Actor (Melhor Ator) Nelson Xavier, (4) Best Cinematography (Melhor Fotografia) Eduardo Makino, and (5) Best Direction (Melhor Direção) Marcelo Galvao. Aside from being nominated for Best Sound (Melhor Som) Pedro Lima.  Another prize victory of 2014  is when it won Special Prize of the Jury at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival. Lastly, in 2014 at the São Paulo International Film Festival, the film was nominated for Audience Award Best Feature – Brazilian. 

Nelson Xavier, Juliana Paes, Amélia Bittencourt, Tereza Piffer

Retrospective screening of the 1987 La Bamba film by Luis Valdez is also part of the Latino Showcase. In this film stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Pena, Danielle von Zerneck, and  Joe Pantoliano.  NBFF’s plot summary: “The story of the all-too-short life of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who rose from nowhere to be one of the most well-known musicians of his time, only to be tragically lost at the age of 17 in the infamous plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.”

For the film, La Bamba,  in 1988 Carlos Santana and Miles Goodman won the BMI Film Music Award. Also back in 1988, La Bamba received 3 nominations: (1) Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 1988 Golden Globe Awards, (2) Favorite Movie, Blimp Award at the Kids Choice Awards – USA and (3) Song of the Year, Richie Valens (Songwriter) Los Lobos (Performer) for La Bamba at the 1988 Grammy Music Awards.

(This film is the only one listed as screening at “Lido Live” with film only price of $14 and film plus party $20, See address below of Via Lido Plaza)                                                 7:30 pm USA: La Bamba by Luis Valdez
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Latino Showcase will be held on Wednesday April 29 at
Edwards Big Newport Theater
300 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: (949) 253-2880

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From the screening schedule, it looks like you will have to select one to see at a price of $20 for the movie screening. Spotlight Screening Schedule begins at 7:30 pm.

7:30 pm Brazil: La Despidida by Marcelo Galvao
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8:00 pm Mexico: One for the Road En el Último Trago by Jack Zagha Kababie
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8:15 pm Chile: El Cordero  by Juan Francisco Olea
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There will be a Post Party Gala event after the Spotlight Screening which is to begin at 10 PM. For those interested in only the party and not see a film,  the entrance price is $25, but if you decide on both (film + party), the total cost is $45. Gala event is for ages 21+ and over  Dress code : Cocktail attire strongly encouraged/outdoor event – coat or jacket recommended.

SPECIAL 2015 PROMOTION: If you buy tickets in a group ( 2+), and enter the code NBFFLAT20 in all caps, tickets for the movie and the event come out to $20 instead of $45.

Post Party Address:
Via Lido Plaza
3417 Via Lido
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Gala hosted by HOY and OC Weekly, featuring live entertainment by Danza Folklorico Aquetzalli,  Grupo Folklorico Chile America Sur de California, Capoeira Irvine, and  LA Samba,  plus music DJ’s.  Also, there will be  hors d’oeuvres prepared by award-winning restaurants. Hosted bar by  Tito’s Vodka, Remy Cointreau and Stella Artois


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