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2015 San Diego Latino Film Festival

Spotlight Films Showcase

Commercial appeal and artistry collide in these crowd-pleasing and exciting films featuring some of your favorite stars.


  1. La Vida Inesperada

    Jorge Torregrossa / Spotlight Films Showcase / Spain / 2013 / Comedy / 105 mins
    Javier Cámara stars as Juanito, an actor who moved to New York in search of fame. Many years have passed, and he has yet to experience the success he hoped for. When his cousin comes to visit, who apparently has "everything one expects to have,” Juanito is forced to come clean about his feigned accomplishments. Both men are ultimately challenged to discover what’s truly important, in life in a comedy about taking advantage of life’s fortuitous moments.
    La Vida Inesperada 

    AMC Fashion Valley 18
    March 15, 2015 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

    La Vida Inesperada

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    March 19, 2015 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

    La Vida Inesperada 

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    March 22, 2015 9:45 pm Buy Tickets


  2. Lake Los Angeles

    Mike Ott / Spotlight Films Showcase / USA / 2014 / Drama / 85 mins
    Cecilia is a 10 year old girl from Mexico. When she ends up on her own, she turns the desert of central California into a fantastical world - creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat. She goes on this journey with Francisco, a middle-aged Cuban immigrant working at a holding house. Through their navigation of what was supposed to be both Francisco and Cecilia's promised land, they find a common hope in each other, while journeying through the hauntingly beautiful and desolate world of Lake Los Angeles. The third in Mike Ott's acclaimed Antelope Valley Trilogy
    Lake Los Angeles

    AMC Fashion Valley 18
    March 18, 2015 7:10 pm Buy Tickets

    Lake Los Angeles

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    March 22, 2015 5:30 pm Buy Tickets


  3. Maria Montez

    Vicente Peñarrocha / Spotlight Films Showcase / Dominican Republic / 2014 / 99 mins
    The story of Maria Montez, the legendary exotic and glamorous Dominican actress who achieved fame and popularity in Hollywood and Europe until her untimely death in 1951. There is more to this story, as we see the joys and pain of a starlet who experienced more lost loves than she should have, and who truly sacrificed certain happiness for her career. Still finding joy in her work though, Maria was always beautiful and full of life. A gem celebrating one of the great talents in cinema history and a true trailblazer.
    María Montez

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    March 14, 2015 9:20 pm Buy Tickets

    María Montez

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    March 15, 2015 4:45 pm Buy Tickets

    María Montez

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    March 22, 2015 7:30 pm Buy Tickets


  4. Messi

    Álex de la Iglesia / Spotlight Films Showcase / Spain / 2014 / Biopic / 97 mins
    Messi is the name of perhaps the greatest player in the history of soccer. This endearing documentary/biopic hybrid captures the spirit of the unlikeliest superstar playing in any professional sport today. Iglesia's brilliant cinematic lens captures Messi's awe-inspiring prowess of the sport. A true experience for any supporter of the beautiful game.
    Messi

    AMC Fashion Valley 18
    March 14, 2015 7:15 pm Buy Tickets

    Messi

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    March 16, 2015 4:20 pm Buy Tickets

    Messi

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    March 21, 2015 12:20 pm Buy Tickets


  5. Mr. Kaplan

    Alvaro Brechner / Spotlight Films Showcase / Uruguay / 2014 / Comedy / 98 mins
    Mr. Kaplan is a 70 year old Jewish man living in South America. He is virtually a stranger to his family and has lost his way in life. He becomes convinced that a quiet German man who frequents a nearby beach is a runaway Nazi. Mr. Kaplan sets a plan in motion to kidnap the German and send him to Israel. Along the way, he will forge a friendship with the unlikeliest of individuals: a modern-day Sancho Panza who is also adrift in life, in this winning dark comedy.
    Mr. Kaplan

    AMC Fashion Valley 18
    March 21, 2015 5:30 pm Buy Tickets


  6. O Candidato Honesto

    Roberto Santucci / Spotlight Films Showcase / Brazil / 2014 / Comedy / 110 mins
    Politicians are known to be deceitful, duplicitous, and unscrupulous. Now, what would happen if a political candidate was completely incapable of lying? O Candidato Honesto is a brilliant re-imagining of "Liar Liar," set against the backdrop of corrupt Brazilian politics.
    O Candidato Honesto

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    March 13, 2015 5:30 pm Buy Tickets

    O Candidato Honesto

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    March 17, 2015 4:30 pm Buy Tickets

    O Candidato Honesto

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    March 20, 2015 10:00 pm Buy Tickets


  7. Olvidados

    Carlos Bolado / Spotlight Films Showcase / Bolivia / 2014 / Drama / 110 mins
    Damián Alcázar stars in Olvidados, an unbelievably powerful film that takes place during the Operation Condor campaigns in South America. This system of military repression coordinated in the '70s by the dictators of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay took away all possibilities for freedom and peace; and these repressive dictatorships carried out the worst bloodshed and painful era in modern history.
    Olvidados

    AMC Fashion Valley 18
    March 12, 2015 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

    Olvidados

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    March 15, 2015 2:50 pm Buy Tickets


  8. Riding 79

    Karola Hawk / Spotlight Films Showcase / Puerto Rico / 2014 / Drama / 80 mins
    Dealing with the loss of a father and his mother’s emotional abandonment, a teenage boy becomes fixated on a dancer named Stella. When he finds out she’s performing 79 miles away from his home in San Juan, he becomes determined to do whatever it takes to meet his idol.
    Riding 79

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    March 15, 2015 4:30 pm Buy Tickets

    Riding 79

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    March 19, 2015 10:15 pm Buy Tickets


  9. Tercer Grado

    Geoffrey Cowper / Spotlight Films Showcase / Spain / 2014 / Action / 80 mins
    On his first weekend of parole after 5 years in prison, Mark Rodriguez witnesses the armed robbery of a security van. His brother's critical situation and his own feelings of remorse will lead him to take desperate measures. His only help will be a young and sexy stripper he met the night before. This electric and grungy thriller paints a picture of desperation in a world devoid of hope.
    Tercer Grado

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    March 14, 2015 5:25 pm Buy Tickets

    Tercer Grado

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    March 20, 2015 9:50 pm Buy Tickets

    Tercer Grado

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    March 21, 2015 10:15 pm Buy Tickets


  10. Todos Están Muertos

    Beatriz Sanchís / Spotlight Films Showcase / Mexico/Spain / 2014 / Drama / 93 mins
    Ever since her brother died, Lupe has lived an agoraphobic life and is constantly at odds with her teenage son and her superstitious Mexican mother (Angélica Aragón). It takes a drastic Day of the Dead ritual to wake her up and teach her the value of truly saying goodbye. With a classic rock en español vibe, this dramedy delivers beautifully subtle performances amidst a magical realism backdrop.
    Todos Están Muertos

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    March 12, 2015 9:45 pm Buy Tickets

    Todos Están Muertos

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    March 19, 2015 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

    Todos Están Muertos

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    March 22, 2015 2:45 pm Buy Tickets