SIP FilmFest 2018: Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America

June 7, 2018

Join us for the second annual SIP FilmFest from September 27–30, 2018! The theme for this year's FilmFest is "Contemporary Women's Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America" and it was organized by Sarah AnnunziatoEsther Poveda Moreno, Paula Sprague, Matthew Street, Lilian Feitosa, David Florez-Murillo, Alicia López-OperéEsperanza Górriz Jarque, Francesca Calamita, Nuria Ballesteros Soria, and Zaida Villanueva García.

See the program of events below and watch this space for more updates on how to participate.


Thursday, September 27: La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride

Directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina / Chile, 2017. Drama. 85 min. (trailer / details)
Organized by Sigma Delta Pi
Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia

  • 5–6pm Reception
  • 6:15pm Opening Remarks
  • 6:20–6:30pm Introduction to the film
  • 6:30–8:30pm Film and discussion

54-year-old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in the distant town of San Juan. Although feeling uncomfortable with traveling, she embarks on a journey through the desert. During her first stop, in the land of the miraculous “Saint Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident leads her to cross paths with El Gringo, a traveling salesman, the only one who can help Teresa find her bag. What seemed like the end of her world will ultimately prove her salvation.

Awards and nominations:

  • Cannes, 2017: nominated for A Certain Regard & Caméra D’Or
  • Festival de La Habana, 2017: Best First Feature
  • Festival de Lima, 2017: Mejor Ópera Prima
  • Huelva Latin American Film Festival, 2017: Best Movie, Best Actress (Paulina García), Best Actor (Claudio Rissi)
  • Icaro-Festival de Cine y Video en Centroamérica, 2017: Best International Fiction Feature

Friday, September 28: Era d'estate / Once in the Summer

Directed by Fiorella Infascelli, Italy, 2016. Drama. 100 min. (trailer / details)
Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers

  • 8–8:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 8:10–10:30pm Film and discussion

Fiorella Infascelli’s engrossing drama depicts the remarkable friendship between two men, Judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were on opposite sides of the political spectrum but united in an effort to bring down the Cosa Nostra. When the duo learn that their families may be in danger, they travel together to an island in Sardinia for a summer that is somewhere between a forced vacation and witness protection.

Awards and nominations:

  • David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

Saturday, September 29: Los Adioses / The Eternal Feminine

Directed by Natalia Berinstain, Mexico, 2017. Drama / biographical film. 85 min. (trailer / details)
Nau Hall 101, University of Virginia

  • 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion

Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student who doesn't seem to belong to her time. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra will manifest her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she will ignite a discussion that will mark a turning point in her life.

Awards and nominations:

  • Morelia International Film Festival, 2017: Audience Award for Mexican Fiction Feature Film and Special Mention for an Actress in a Mexican Feature Film (Karina Gidi)
  • Málaga Film Festival, 2018: Official Selection
  • Ariel Awards, 2017: 8 nominations, including Best Director and Cinematography.

Sunday, September 30: Como nossos pais / Just Like Our Parents

Directed by Laís Bodanzky, Brazil, 2017. Drama. 102 min. (trailer / details)
Nau Hall 101, University of Virginia

  • 2–2:10pm Introduction to the film
  • 2:10–4:30pm Film and discussion

When Rosa's mother makes a surprising disclosure to her one day, Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations. In so doing, she discovers that life holds many surprises in store for her. "A story of universality and warmth about a woman feeling crushed by the impossible expectations she places on herself as a wife, mother, daughter, and breadwinner." (Variety)

Awards and nominations:

  • Festival de Cinema Brasileiro de Paris, 2017: Best Movie
  • Festival de Gramado, 2017: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress (Maria Ribeiro), Best Actor (Paulo Vilhena), and other technical awards

This festival is supported by

The UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence

Latin American Studies

The Institute of World Languages

The Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese

The Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality

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SIP FilmFest 2018