Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feswtival de la Risa The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

August 6 - 15

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is pleased to join with the Lone Star Film Society and the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas in presenting a celebration of Mexican culture and light hearted cinema.

Featuring films, lectures, discussions, live music, and gourmet Mexican cuisine, this festival is a part of the Mexico 2010 Celebrations that are taking place this year in Dallas / Fort Worth to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution of Mexico.

Film tickets are $8.50/$6.50 for Modern members and Lone Star Film Society members. Tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time. Members of Reel People at the Modern and Lone Star Film Society members may purchase tickets in advance by calling 817.840.2154 or the Modern Information Desk 817.738.9215. Full festival ticket packages are available for advance purchase at $50/$40 for Reel People or Lone Star Film Society members.

Friday, August 6

5–8 pm First Friday at the Modern with a Mexican flair!
In the Grand Lobby enjoy a festive cocktail from the cash bar and dance to the exciting salsa sounds of Mi Son Mi Son Mi Son. With traditional Cuban instrumentation Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Denton, TX) celebrates Latin music from such areas as Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

5–8 pm Café Modern is open for dinner. Reservations are no longer necessary, but are available for parties of 5 or more. Enjoy Café Modern favorites from the daily menu as well as several gourmet Mexican specials. For dinner reservations and information, call 817.840.2157.

8 pm Welcome, introduction and screening of Ahí está el Detalle (You’re Missing the Point), 1940. In a wacky case of mistaken identity, a bum is treated as a long lost wealthy brother. This is comic legend Cantinflas at his best! Starring Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, and Sofía Álvarez. 112 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Filmed during the golden age of the cinema of Mexico, this is generally considered the best of Cantinflas’ films. The film was directed by Juan Bustillo Oro and it is based largely on Bustillo’s experience as a pro bono lawyer at the Belén Jail. The film was completed in only three weeks and much of the story was driven by Cantinflas’ improvisation.

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