Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico is launching its 6th Annual Film Series on December 2, 2015. The popular series features first-run films shown at the International Friendship Club in downtown Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday nights at 7 pm through April 6, 2016.
Here's a look at the first six films:
December 2, 2015 - Ramon, Guten Tag (120 min.)
The film tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops an astonishing and touching friendship that transcends borders and prejudices. Written, directed and produced by Mexican-German helmer Jorge Ramírez-Suárez and co-produced by Thierry Potok and Jorge Eduardo Ramírez, the film was shot in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt in Germany and Durango, Mexico.
December 9, 2015 - Citizen Four (113 min.)
This 2014 documentary film directed by Laura Poitras, concerns Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal. In January 2013, Laura Poitras started receiving anonymous encrypted e-mails from "CITIZENFOUR," who claimed to have evidence of illegal covert surveillance programs run by the NSA in collaboration with other intelligence agencies worldwide. Five months later, she and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The resulting film is history unfolding before our eyes.
December 16, 2015 - I'll See You in My Dreams (92 min.)
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girl friends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman). A simple, often funny movie concerned with the serious subject of just what is left of value in a life that is much closer to the end than to the beginning, and what we might do with that remaining value.
January 6, 2016 - Life Itself (120 min.)
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, Life Itself, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
January 13, 2016 - The 100 Year Old Man (114 min.)
Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, 'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared' abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump
, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart.
January 20, 2016 - The Internet's Own Boy (105 min.)
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
Other upcoming films include:
Jan 27: Finding Fela (119 min.)
Feb 3: Diplomacy (84 min.)
Feb 10: Hector and Search for Happiness (120 min.)
Feb 17: Love is Strange (94 min.)
February 21 - 27: Academy Awards Films
Mar 2: Cantinflas (102 min.)
Mar 9: Timbuktu (97 min.)
Mar 16: Iron Jawed Angels (123 min.)
Mar 23: Calvary (102 min.)
Mar 30: La Dictadura Perfecta (143 min.)
Apr 6: Breach (90 min.)
Tickets are available for a donation of 60 pesos in advance and 70 pesos at the door. Doors open at 6 pm. Refreshments will be available. For further information, you can contact Tobe Jensen at tjensen1942(at)hotmail.com or Millard Mott at kite70(at)hotmail.com.
The International Friendship Club is a registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad de Puerto Vallarta A.C. It is located at the northeast corner of the Rio Cuale Bridge above the HSBC Bank, Colonia El Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48300. Phone: 322-222-5466. Website: ifcvallarta.com Email: ifcvallarta(at)gmail.com
With country committees and local chapters in over 80 countries around the world, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. For more information about the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad, click HERE. For local assistance, contact Jack Kirkpatrick, Chair, at wjkirkpatrick(at)msn.com.