Of love and men: VIVA.

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Content by Lupita Peimbert.

(Cinema) – Look at it simply, and it appears like a drag queen’s story. Look at it a little more deeply, and you’ll see a story about love as it affects men, their dreams and conventions. Director Paddy Breathnach brings to life a set of powerful, emotional, and very real situations happening in a city where everybody seems unafraid to be who they are, right or wrong. At least they talk about whatever they are feeling instead of hiding it. And most of them are men, telling the hopes and sorrows of human beings. Forget that some of them are guys and some of them are machos.

Of all places, this film is set in Havana, Cuba, but it could happen anywhere else.

A young man wants to sing and perform at a drag queen but his father, who was never there for him, all of a sudden wants to play the protector. But the father was actually protecting his old, macho, and obsolete ideas about what manhood is about, and so about what it is to be gay or drag queen or whatever.

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The cast is magnificent. The characters are complex, real, and passionate. Hector Medina, who plays the main role is outstanding, and so it is Jorge Perugorria the father, and Luis Alberto Garcia the cabaret-owner, and the others. VIVA is a must see, as it honors the feelings that men rarely display, and it shows that at the end, anybody can dream anything, but only those who fight for their dreams get to see them come thru.

Unequivocally, this film presents some realities long heard about, from an island who may be on the verge of changing.

VIVA opens Friday, May 6, in San Francisco’s Landmark Embarcadero. In Spanish with English subtitles. Added value: The songs in Spanish, intense, passionate, a la Rosita Fornes, a la Massiel, and a la other singers seemingly from epochs far away.


“El amor te hipnotiza, te hace soñar, y sueñas y cedes y te dejas llevar,

y te mueve por dentro y te hace ser más,
y te empuja y te puede y te lleva detrás …

Y de pronto te alza, te lanza, te quema,

hace luz en tu alma, hace fuego en tus venas,

y te hace gritar al sentir que te quemas,

te disuelve, te evapora, te destruye, te crea …”

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Bilingual Post: Simon Bolivar “The Liberator,” opens today. Gran Estreno: El Libertador.

Simón Bolívar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great.
 His army never conquered -
it liberated. Directed by Alberto Arevalo. Starring Edgar Ramirez and Maria Valverde.

Simon Bolivar lucho mas de 100 batallas en contra del imperio Espanol, para salvar a Sud America. Recorrio mas de 70 mil millas a caballo. Sus campanas militares cubrieron dos veces mas que el territorio de Alejandro Magno. Su ejercito nunca fue para conquistar, sino para liberar. Dirigido por Alberto Arevalo. Actuan Edgar Ramirez y Maria Valverde.

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Opens October 3:
Century 9 in San Francisco
Century Northgate in San Rafael
Maya Cinemas Salinas in Salinas
Maya Cinemas Pittsburg in Pittsburg
Regal Olympus Pointe in Roseville


Beloved Simon Bolivar in “The Libertador”

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Spanish actress Maria Valverde plays the adored wife of Simon Bolivar, in the epic film The Libertador, in selected theaters soon. Venezuelan Native Edgar Ramirez play Simon Bolivar.

Director Alberto Arvelo’s film traces his improbable, circuitous rise to power, his unprecedented military victory – establishing the first union of newly independent countries, Gran Colombia, over which he presided for over ten years – and his ultimate fall from political grace.”

Opens October 3

  • Century 9 in San Francisco
  • Century Northgate in San Rafael
  • Maya Cinemas Salinas in Salinas
  • Maya Cinemas Pittsburg in Pittsburg
  • Regal Olympus Pointe in Roseville

A film about Simon Bolivar, in San Francisco.

édgar ramírez  as simón bolívar photo courtesy of cohen media group_{8575d914-c5c1-e311-a4a4-d4ae527c3b65}It opens on October 3 in selected Bay area theaters. An epic film about legendary Simón Bolívar, El Libertador of the Americas presents Venezuelan-native Edgar Ramirez as Bolivar, and Spanish actress María Valverde (A Puerta Fría), as his beloved wife, along with a fine group of actors.

The film does not appear to be a documentary, but rather a fictional story based on his victories, struggles,  leadership, and his dreams for creating a united South America.

Here is what the producers say about The Liberator:

The Libertador tells the story of Simón Bolívar, one of the most prominent Latin American leaders in the colonial struggle for independence from the Spanish crown. Centering on a thirty year period in Bolívar’s life (1800-1830), Arvelo’s film traces his improbable, circuitous rise to power, his unprecedented military victory – establishing the first union of newly independent countries, Gran Colombia, over which he presided for over ten years – and his ultimate fall from political grace.”

Opens October 3

  • Century 9 in San Francisco
  • Century Northgate in San Rafael
  • Maya Cinemas Salinas in Salinas
  • Maya Cinemas Pittsburg in Pittsburg
  • Regal Olympus Pointe in Roseville

The Libertador is directed by Alberto Arvelo and written by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), with original music by Gustavo Dudamel (Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Los Angeles Philharmonic). It is produced by Alberto Arvelo, Ana Loehnert and Winfried Hammacher (As If I Am Not There; Deadfall). The executive producer is Édgar Ramirez.


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– Simon Bolivar.

Stunning Maleficent. Ugly, Stupid King.

Stunning Maleficent. Ugly, Stupid King.

MALEFICENT – Angelina Jolie looks stunning and acts superb as the good young-woman turned mean older-woman –someone broke her heart. One insecure and ambition person almost ruined her life, but another heart wins her back! This is a girlie movie with great special effects. It seems for kids, but as usual, there is an underlying message for everybody else. I give it 5 stars *****.