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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston animated film, "Boy and the World"

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will celebrate its 11th Annual Latin Wave Film Festival this weekend, by continuing its tradition of bringing the best of Latin America cinema to Houston.

Film aficionados can look forward to a variety of films, many nominated for big awards. “It was a good year in that a couple of Latin American films were up for Oscars, and we have a few of them in the program this year,” says Latin Wave programmer Diana Sanchez.

Boy and the World, an animation movie new to this year’s festival, was also up for a golden trophy in February for best animation, along with Embrace of the Serpent, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

But the Oscars aren't the only reputable accolades the films have feted with: Latin Wave will also feature the Venezuelan film Desde Alla, which won a Golden Lion for best film at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, marking the first time a Latin American film has won the award. Desde Alla director Lorenzo Vigas will be present to speak about the film, with other special guests such as Jayro Bustamante (Volcano (Ixcanul)), and Houstonian Cristina Garza (Semana Santa and Absence). “[Garza] is one of the most important sales agents and distributors for Latin American cinema, so she’s coming to present two films that her company is carrying,” Sanchez says.

Garza, a former intern at the MFAH in the film program and now vice president for Mexico City-based Mundial, an international sales joint between IM GLOBAL and CANANA, says she may be introducing other works of filmmaker friends whose work she loves. “I think what they’re doing is important film making in Latin America,” adds Garza. “I think I’ve seen a good chunk of the movies that they will be screening, but I’m happy to present as many of them as she would like for me to do.”

Brunch will be provided on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Under the Volcano. Guests who RSVP will be entered to win a pair of movie tickets.

Sanchez says people should attend the film festival to see the new talent: “It’s a very important year for Latin America cinema. I think they’re going to be quite pleased.”

April 28 to May 1. $8-$10. MFAH, Carline Wiess Law Building/Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7300. MFAH.org

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