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41st Annual CineFestival en San Antonio 2019 | Frontera In Focus

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is excited to announce the official film lineup for the nonprofit’s 41st Annual CineFestival sponsored by the San Antonio Film Commission. This year’s festival will take place July 11 – July 14, 2019 with the theme Frontera In Focus. Of the films featured in this year’s lineup, 30 of the films were shot in Texas or directed by Texas filmmakers with 17 of the films directed by San Antonio filmmakers or shot in San Antonio. The four-day Latino film festival will feature 42 films from Latino artists, including the Texas premiere of Phoenix, Oregon, starring San Antonio native Jesse Borrego. “We are once again putting the spotlight on Texas filmmakers; we had a great response to that aspect of the festival last year that it made sense to build on that momentum. Immigration and how it affects communities near the border has emerged as another major theme with filmmakers looking at the issue with fresh eyes and avoiding some of the clichés audiences have seen before,” says Executive Director Cristina Balli. 

CineFestival Pass:  ONLY $50

Includes admission to ALL screenings. 

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Ticket options include:

Festival Pass – $50 (Admission to All Films)

Evening Tickets – $10

Daytime Tickets – $8

After Party Admission – FREE For All Festival Goers




– 2019 CineFestival Highlights –

Saturday July 14 @ 7:30 P.M.

Closing Night Film: Premature

Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green

2019, USA, 89 min

Ayanna is making the most out of her last summer in Harlem before heading to college. She’s bold, confident, and not really looking for love—until she meets the slightly older Isaiah. After one of those rare first dates that last for hours, she knows there’s something different about him. Ayanna has found herself at an intimidating crossroads: one foot is still under her mother’s roof, while the other is primed to step out on her own with Isaiah. After a long awaited return to Sundance, Rashaad Ernesto Green makes his feature-length CineFestival debut!

Saturday July 13 @ 8:30 P.M.

Texas Premiere of Phoenix, Oregon

Jesse Borrego in a scene from Phoenix, Oregon

Directed by Gary Lundgren

2019, USA, 108 min

Defying midlife haze, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.” Phoenix, Oregon takes a comedic look at the existential crisis many face when trying to find meaning and relevancy at midlife. Despite controlling bosses, dead-end jobs, and broken relationships, the two leads must awaken hibernating courage and resilience in order to take new risks and keep dreams alive. Featuring CineFestival alum Jesse Borrego in a standout performance!

Sunday July 14 @ 3:30 P.M. Family Day/Dia de la Familia | FREE

El Libro de Lila (Lila’s Book)

Scene from El Libro de Lila (Lila’s Book)

Directed by Marcela Rincón

2017, Colombia/Uruguay, 76 min

Spanish with English Subtitles

Lila, a character in a children’s storybook, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, the owner of the book, but it won’t be easy since Ramon is no longer a little boy, and has stopped reading and believing in fantasy. Lila and her new friend Manuela set out to convince him of what’s happening and together they face a dangerous journey to the Desert of Lost Memories, to retrieve Lila’s lost book.

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