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Happy New Year Tijuana

Feliz Año Tijuana

2018, Andrew van Baal, Mexico/USA, 73 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 14th 2:15pm
  • Fri, Dec 14th 8:15pm
  • Sat, Dec 15th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Dec 16th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Dec 17th 6:15pm
  • Tue, Dec 18th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Dec 19th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Dec 20th 6:15pm
Chicago premiere!

The reckless air of a border town gives extra flavor to a Mexican New Year’s Eve when the night urges Latin American Studies professor Alejandro (Deveze) into the waiting arms of temptation. A missed flight to his home in León strands the cautious middle-aged professor in Tijuana, where the town’s seedy air suggests danger, but the energy in the streets issues an irresistible invitation. After an unexpected encounter with pretty blonde former student Ana (Veta), an American, he joins a party of reveling academics. It’s the first course in an evening laced with comic undertones that will evolve into a tangled odyssey of new sights, new emotions, and a dangerous attraction. Director van Baal (LARGO) makes superb use of Tijuana’s colorful panorama of street action as Alejandro mixes with the vendors, mystery characters, sex workers, and would-be friends who will challenge his status quo. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

Saturday, December 15th: Lead actress Kristine Veta is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Gene Siskel Film Center Panorama Latinx Coordinator Mev Luna.

Wednesday, December 19th: Director Andrew Van Baal to appear for is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Alejandro Riera, freelance film critic and media relations advisor for diverse film festivals and performance arts-related events.

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