Cine Las Americas announces opening and closing night films for 19th annual festival


The Peruvian film “Magallanes,” written and directed by Salvador del Solar  will open the 19th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, while the Costa Rican dramdy “Viaje,” written and directed by Paz Fábrega, will close the fest.

Cine Las Americas opens at 6 p.m. May 4 with “Magallanes” following at  7.

Ceremonies for the Closing Night Awards start at 7 p.m. May 8 with “Viaje” to follow. Both parties will be held at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre.

“Magallanes” stars Damián Alcázar as the title character, a taxi driver and former soldier who also chauffeurs  a retired colonel (Federico Luppi), who was his commander. A secret begins to emerge when Celina (Magaly Solier), takes a ride in Magallanes’ cab.

The film is del Solar’s first feature and was nominated for Best Latin American Film for the 2016 Goya Awards, Spain’s most prestigious annual film awards.


“Viaje” explores attraction and commitment for Costa Rican millenials. After meeting at a party, Luciana (Kattia González) and Pedro (Fernando Bolaños) spark up a spontaneous rendezvous, embarking on a spur-of-the-moment journey. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature by Tribeca Film Festival in 2015,  this is Paz’ second feature.

The festival will showcase contemporary films from the US, Canada, Latin America, and the Iberian Peninsula. All films are in English or with subtitles.