April 5, 2013 - April 7, 2013, Varied

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, in collaboration with the USC Libraries' Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies, Latino Graduate Student Association, Office of International Services, Spanish Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA), USC STAND (Students Taking Action in the Name of Diversity), and USC Gould School of Law, invite you and a guest to a special celebration of

Contemporary South American Cinema


Friday, April 5th - Sunday, April 7th, 2013
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Contemporary South American Cinema Showcase

In recent years, much international attention has been focused on the film industries in South America, from the recent Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Argentina’s The Secret in Their Eyes, to the sensational blockbuster success of Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, the highest grossing film in South American history, surpassing even Avatar. This multiple-day event will examine the work of South American filmmakers, highlighting contemporary films from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Venezuela and others. Included will be a panel discussion with invited filmmakers and academics to discuss focused topics about filmmaking across the continent.


Schedule of Films

Click on individual film titles for trailers, synopses and RSVP links.

Friday, April 5th:

7:00 P.M. Neighboring Sounds (Brazil, 2012)
Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho, 131 minutes.
Followed by a Q&A with Kleber Mendonça Filho. Catered reception to follow.

Saturday, April 6th:

1:00 P.M. El Chico Que Miente (The Kid Who Lies, Venezuela, 2010)
Directed by Marité Ugas, 100 minutes.

3:00 P.M. Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino, Argentina, 2011)
Directed by Sebastián Borensztein, 93 minutes.
Preceded by the short film, Praça Walt Disney (Walt Disney Square, Brazil, 2011)
Directed by Sérgio Oliveira and Renata Pinheiro
, 21 minutes.

5:00 P.M. The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada, Peru, 2009)
Directed by Claudia Llosa, 94 minutes.
Preceded by the short film, Pude Ver un Puma (Could See a Puma, Argentina, 2011)
Directed by Eduardo "Teddy" Williams, 17 minutes.

7:00 P.M. La Casa Muda (The Silent House, Uruguay, 2010)
Directed by Gustavo Hernández, 86 minutes.
Followed by a Q&A with Producer Gustavo Rojo.

Sunday, April 7th:

12:00 P.M. Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite, Brazil, 2007)
Directed by José Padilha, 115 minutes.

2:15 P.M. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Brazil, 2010)
Directed by José Padilha, 115 minutes.

4:30 P.M. The Maid (La Nana, Chile, 2009)
Directed by Sebastián Silva, 95 minutes.

6:30 P.M. Panel Discussion with Kleber Mendonça Filho (Director, Neighboring Sounds), Sandro Fiorin (VP of Acquisitions & Sales, FiGa Films), Alex Garcia (VP of Distribution, FiGa Films), Gustavo Rojo (Writer/Producer, La Casa Muda), and Sebastián Silva (Director, The Maid), Moderated by SCA Director of Programming, Alessandro Ago

8:00 P.M. Old Cats (Chile, 2010)
Directed by Sebastián Silva and Pedro Peirano, 89 minutes.
Preceded by an episode of HBO's Digital Series, The Boring Life of Jacqueline (2012)
Written/Directed/Executive Produced by
Sebastián Silva, 12 minutes.


Check-In & Reservations

This festival is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmations, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making RSVPs to individual screenings through this website.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP lists will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.



The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.


About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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Produced by Alessandro Ago for the USC School of Cinematic Arts

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Name: Alessandro Ago