March 20, 2023

The Cine Las Americas film festival returns to in-person events

The festival includes several days of free screenings at the Mexican American Cultural Center


This year’s Cine Las Americas International Film Festival returns to in-person events.

The Austin festival celebrates films and videos films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula as well as films by or about indigenous groups of the Americas. 

It opens with Fernando León de Aranoa’s dark comedy El “Buen Patrón (The Good Boss)”, Spain’s Academy Award selection this year. The fest closes with Aly Muritiba’s dramaDeserto Particular (Private Desert)”, which was Brazil’s Oscar entry this year.

And leading the “Hecho en Tejas” showcase, which spotlights local filmmaking talent, is Iliana Sosa’s documentary “Lo Que Dejamos Atrás (What We Leave Behind),” about the filmmaker’s grandfather who decides to build a house in the empty lot next to his home.

Related: ‘What We Leave Behind’ is a filmmaker’s tribute to her beloved abuelo’

Screenings will be held at AFS Cinema and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESBMACC).

Badges run $100-$125 while tickets to individual screenings run $8-$12.

All the screenings at ESBMACC are free, no reservations are necessary. Included are the festival’s narrative feature and documentary feature showcases as well the Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase which shares stories of beautiful, haunting, and hopeful tales from the U.S.- Mexico border, Mexico, Taiwan, India, and the United States.

Several showcases featuring short films, both narrative and documentary, are also part of the free screenings.

See the line-up of free films at


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