éVENTS | La Nueva Ola (The New Wave)

Get Ready for the GALA New Wave Annual Film Festival


La Nueva Ola or The New Wave of Spanish speaking films from Mexico, Spain and Cuba will be playing from December 3-7, 2014 during the GALA’s Annual Film Festival in Washington, DC.

The new wave of film lineup includes:


TMelazahe 2012 Seville Film Festival winner for Best Documentary, MAPA (MAP), directed by León Siminiani. This is the story of a young director who travels to Indian to search for his first feature film after being let go from a TV job only to realize that the story is back home. This documentary is a fresh and funny contemplation of love, life, and filmmaking.



Los_Insolitos_Peces_GatosLos Insolitos Peces Gatos (The Amazing Catfish), directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce, starring Lisa Owen, Ximena Ayala & Sonia Franco. This international film festival award winning film is a heartwarming tale of two unique women who bond while recuperating in a hospital and whose lives become intertwined as one bonds with the other’s children.



Juan de los MuertosJuan De Los Muertos (Juan of the Dead), directed by Alejandro Brugués, starring Alexis Díaz de Villegas & Jorge Molina. This award winning film is a zombie comedy and satire with the subtext of the Cuban Revolution. Juan is initially convinced that the attack is another stage of the Revolution, but when he realizes that the attackers are zombies and killing them is an acquired skill, he decides to make some money from it…and thus a business is born. 

This year’s festival is being curated by Carlos Gutierrez of Cinema Tropical and sponsored by The Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, SPAIN Arts & Culture, The Embassy of Mexico in Washington DC, Mexican Cultural Institute, , and the Cuban Interests Section in USA.

Festival Community Partners: AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Latin é, Smithsonian Latino Center, DC Independent Film Festival, and Women in Film & Video.

Founded in 1976, the GALA Hispanic Theatre has long been a groundbreaking and energetic heater, presenting classical and contemporary plays in Spanish and English, along with an accompanying program of dance, music, poetry, spoken word, art and, more recently, film.

UnityHCPostAll films are in Spanish with English subtitles. For the complete list see below. 

Register at GALA or on Eventbrite.

WED 12/3   MELAZA (Molasses) from Cuba – DC Premiere!

6 p.m. Opening reception for the exhibit by Cuban visual artists Joaquín Pomés Figueredo and Virginia Schofield Reguero

– 7:30 p.m. Film with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Cuban Interests Section in the USA

THU 12/4   TRYOUTS (2013) Spain (Official selection 2014 SPAINred Short-Films Competition)

THU 12/4    Short Film Award Winner & MAPA (Map) from Spain – DC Premiere!

– 7:30 p.m.   Films with post discussion and reception courtesy of the Embassy of Spain in Washington

FRI 12/5    LOS INSOLITOS PECES GATO (The Amazing Catfish) from Mexico – DC Premiere!

– 7:30 p.m.  Film with post discussion and reception, featuring leading actress Lisa Owen, courtesy of the Mexican Cultural Institute

SAT 12/6    LOS NIÑOS SALVAJES (The Wild Children) from Spain – DC Premiere!

– 2 p,m.  Film with post discussion

SAT 12/6    JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS (Juan of the Dead) from Cuba

– 7 p.m.     Film with post discussion

SAT 12/6   QUEBRANTO (Disrupted) from Mexico – DC Premiere!

– 9:30 p.m.    Film with post discussion

SUN 12/7     AVENTURERA (Adventuress) from Mexico

– 2 p.m.   Classic film

About the author:

As Latin é's Editor-in-Chief, Caitlin believes in quality over quantity, doing things right the first time, and humming to herself during difficult tasks. A true Texan at heart, she also believes in the power of cowboy boots, that the stars at night should always be big and bright, and that everything (especially the food) is bigger in Texas. When she's not writing or editing she enjoys curling up to read a good book (or three), going on grand adventures (the more walking involved, the better) with her adoring and adorable husband, bright colors (in clothes, cooking, and everything else), and going barefoot. She likes her food spicy, her music soulful, and her news breaking. You can read more of her work on her website, www.themathom-house.com!


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