2009 Arizona International Film Festival Opening Night Screenings

Date: April 17, 2009Time: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location:  Show map Crossroads Festival/The Screening Room
Tucson, AZ
Contact: Giulio ScalingerPhone: 520-882-0204

For more information visit www.filmfestivalarizona.com.

The Tucson community is invited to the Opening Night Screenings of the 18th Arizona International Film Festival at the Crossroads Festival (4811 East Grant) and The Screening Room (127 East Congress) on Friday, April 17.
The premiere screenings of EMILIO (USA/Mexico) and DISTANZ (Germany) will give a dynamic start to the Festival, which offers screenings of over 80 feature-length and short films from 25 countries at theaters across the city through April 26.

EMILIO is an engrossing and vibrant portrait of a naive Mexican kid’s sink-or-swim encounter with the urban beast that is contemporary Los Angeles. When 14-year-old Maria disappears from her village in Mexico, her older brother Emilio sets off for L.A.
on a mission to find his sister and bring her home. A series of encounters along the way introduce him to the city’s schizophrenic complexity: allies and antagonists, bandits and bureaucrats, the well-intentioned and the well-heeled.

The film marks Kim Jorgensen’s debut as a director. He was executive producer of Oscar-winning Out of Africa (1985) and cult favorite The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). He also founded and was president of Landmark Theatres, the largest chain of art-house cinemas in the United States.

EMILIO plays at the Crossroads Festival on Friday, April 17 at 8:00pm with a repeat screening on Saturday, April 18 at 4:00pm, admission is $8. The director Kim Jorgensen will introduce the film at each screening.

Direct from the 2009 Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, DISTANZ is a dark meditation of a violent loner standing at the crossroads between the random acts of murder that are his secret pastime and the budding relationship that may represent his last hope of salvation. Preceded by the French short, VOSTOK’, a revisionist history of the Soviet space program recreated with exploding cars. This program plays at The Screening Room on Friday, April 17 at 9:00pm, admission is $8.

The Arizona International Film Festival, the largest and longest-running film festival in the state, is a venue for independent filmmakers in search of an independent audience. The 2009 Festival celebrates its 18th edition by showcasing the very best in independent cinema from around the world. Councilwoman Regina Romero of Ward 1 will serve as the Honorary Chair for the 2009 Festival.

Other special programs include:

•The Reel Frontier, premiering narrative, experimental, animation and documentary independent films from around the world.
•Cine Espańol, a selection of new works by established and emerging Spanish filmmakers.
•Festival-in-the-Schools, which introduces the art and passion of film to students in the classroom.
•IndieYouth, featuring films by young filmmakers worldwide.
•The Music Café, hosting late-night concerts by indie musicians.

Theaters participating in the festival are The Screening Room, Crossroads Festival, Cinema La Placita and the Loft Cinema. Other Festival sites include Dinnerware Artspace, Arts Incubator, Raices Taller Art Gallery, Casa Vicente and Hotel Congress.

Advance Festival passes will be available beginning April 7 at The Screening Room, 127 East Congress, from Tuesday to Saturday, 1 to 5pm. For Festival ticket and program information, log on to www.filmfestivalarizona.com or call (520) 882-0204.

The Arizona International Film Festival is a project of the Arizona Media Arts Center and is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson Film Office, The Art Institute of Tucson, City of Tucson, Comcast, Grand Cinemas, MTCVB, Stella Artois & Tucson Weekly.
Price : $8.00