REEL WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL: Lost in Time / Perdida
Saturday, 14 December 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
(Viviana García Besné, Mexico, 2011, 93 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
With Guillermo Calderón, José Luis Calderón, Mate Calderón, and Ricardo Montalbán.
“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.
About the Directors
Mexican filmmaker Viviana García Besné loves to resurrect buried stories. “My mission is to dig up dead stories and give them new life,” she said. García Besné spent six years digging up stories of her family, the Calderóns, who left a historic imprint on Mexican cinema. The family at one time owned the Spanish-language Colón Theater in South El Paso and various other cinematic venues in the borderlands.
Suggested donation $10. Proceeds to help GALA's programs.
When & Where
GALA Hispanic Theatre
GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos) Hispanic Theatre is a National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the nation's capital. For 38 years, GALA has been promoting and sharing the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience, creating work that speaks to communities today, and preserving the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow. By developing and producing works that explore the breadth of Latino performing arts, GALA provides opportunities for the Latino artist, educates youth, and engages the entire community in an exchange of ideas and perspectives.