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CineFestival Preview: Top Picks 

click to enlarge Three "Mi Familia" cast members (including Esaí Morales, top right) will be at CineFestival.
  • Three "Mi Familia" cast members (including Esaí Morales, top right) will be at CineFestival.

The 38th annual edition of CineFestival starts Friday with Mi Familia/My Family and ends Saturday, February 27 with Bordertown. Next week, the Current will feature my take on what the festival has and what it needs. For now, here's a partial list of the key films to watch, in chronological order. 

All movies at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe. Complete schedule and tickets available at here. Individual tickets $8, festival pass $50, festival pass + Opening Night $65.



Mi Familia/My Family “family reunion”

If this hasn’t sold out by the time you read this, hurry and get your tickets. Gregory Nava’s epic, three-generation story of a Mexican-American family in East LA earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Make Up and is CineFestival’s greatest bet in the bring-on-the-stars department: cast members Esaí Morales, Jacob Vargas and Elpidia Carrillo will be present to talk about the film, in a chat moderated by local acting hero Jesse Borrego. 7pm Fri.

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