Special Screens 'In the country' and Latin American films 

Acclaimed Mexican film and Instituto de México's April schedule

In the Country Where Nothing Happens

Dir. Maricarmen de Lara; writ. Maricarmen de Lara, Laura Sosa; feat. Fernando Luján, Julieta Egurrola, Carmen Delgado. (NR)

Released in 2000, In the Country Where Nothing Happens won acclaim at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival and was nominated for an Ariel Award, the national film award of Mexico. Maricarmen de Lara's film takes a satirical look at Mexican culture and modern values with a plot that touches on such varied subjects as kidnapping, drug rings, contaminated milk, greed, inequality, and rock 'n' roll. The film is the third entry in Artpace's series, "The Forgotton Ones: Three Views Of Mexico," curated by artist Jesse Amado.

In the Country Where Nothing Happens screens at 6:30pm Thursday, April 14, at Artpace, 445 N. Main. Call 212-4900 for more info.

Latin American films

The Instituto de México's April schedule includes weekly presentations of Spanish-language Latin American movies. The first film, screened April 3 and 6, was Tangos: El Exilio de Gardel, an Argentinian film that won prizes in Venice, Biarritz, Portugal and France. April 10 and 13 the Instituto will show Tiempo de Morir, a 1985 Columbian/Cuban remake of a 1965 film by Mexican director Arturo Ripstein. The film series will conclude April 24 and 27 with Lluvias de Verano, written and directed by Carlos Diegues.

The Instituto de México is located at 600 Hemisfair Park. Films screen at 4pm on Sundays and 7pm on Wednesdays. Admission is free, but a $2 donation is suggested.

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