Tucson Cine Mexico, Feb. 29 - Mar. 4

The annual Tucson Cine Mexico returns February 29-March 4, 2012 to celebrate contemporary Mexican cinema with award winning films and more special guests than ever. The University of Arizona's Hanson Film Institute and The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson are proud to present this next installment of Tucson Cine Mexico taking place at several locations around Tucson.
 
Tucson Cine Mexico is the premiere film festival in the US focusing on the work of Mexican directors. This year's festival features a mix of award-winning narrative feature and short films and feature documentaries. All screenings are Arizona premieres. Vicky Westover, Tucson Cine Mexico director says, "We are delighted that 20th Century Fox International is providing us with the opportunity to present the Arizona premiere of the ultra chic spellbinder Miss Bala on the big screen in Tucson before the film's dvd release." Vicky adds, "And we are excited that the movie's lead actress Stephanie Sigman will be with us for a post screening interview on stage and Q&A with the audience."
 
Miss Bala was produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz and is Mexico's submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie will be introduced by Julian Levin, CEO of the Mexican production company Canana Films. The movie will be screened at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7p.m., a Q &A follows the screening.
 
This year Tucson Cine Mexico also presents a special focus on Mexican women directors and continues its partnership with the Mexican based Ambulante Traveling Documentary Film Festival. The director of Ambulante, Elena Fortes, will present three critically acclaimed documentary features in this year's festival. The "Shorts Program: Directed By Women" will be presented at the Tucson Museum of Art on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7pm and will include a discussion with guests Carlos Gutierrez, director of the New York based Cinema Tropical; Elena Fortes, and three  feature filmmakers with films in this year's festival: Viviana Besne, Trisha Ziff, and Yulene Olaizola.
 
All screenings and events are free and open to the public and will take place Wednesday, February 29 through Sunday, March 4, 2012.  Screenings will be held on the UA campus, at Harkins Tucson Spectrum Theatres, at the Fox Tucson Theatre, and at the Tucson Museum of Art. Sponsors of Tucson Cine Mexico are Cox, Harkins Theatres, and Providence Services Corporation.
 
A complete guide to Tucson Cine Mexico 2012 can be found at TucsonCineMexico.org. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.