Newport Beach Film Fest: Latino Showcase, Wed. May 1st

Cinco de Mayo: The Battle
Cinco de Mayo: The Battle

The Newport Beach Film Festival is seeing the light with an excellent selection of films starting April 25 through May 2, 2013.

During the week of the festival, screenings are held at several venues in the Newport Beach area. With 15 screens showing films each day, our venue partners provide a fantastic viewing experience for all festival-goers.

This year’s Latino showcase includes:

Cinco de Mayo: The Battle (Cinco de Mayo, la Batalla), Mexico submission, 125 min., 7:30 PM
Regency Lido Theater
Director/Writer: Rafa Lara
Stars: Pablo Abitia, Angelica Aragon, Kuno Becker

Here I Am, Here I’m Not (Aqui Estoy, Aqui no)afiche-aqui-estoy-aqui-no
Chile submission, 94 min., 8:00 PM
Edwards Big Newport
Director/Writer: Elisa Eliah
Synopsis: Freely inspired in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, tells the story of Ramiro, a fat depressed journalist hired to look for a Chilean rock legend.


TropicaliaTropicalia, Brazil submission, 87 min., 7:45 PM
Edwards Big Newport
Director: Marcelo Machado
Writers: Vaugn Glover, Marcelo Machado
Stars: Gilbert Gil, Caetano Veloso
Synopsis: Set against the turbulent atmosphere of the 1960s, Tropicália is a feature length documentary exploring the Brazilian artistic movement known as tropicália, and the struggle its artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought against the traditional brazilian music of that time.

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Opening Night: Broadway Idiot
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 – 7:30PM
Filmed over four years with rare access behind the curtain, this film gives you a front row seat as Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of the world famous band, Green Day, ventures from rock and roll into the strange world of Broadway. It is not just Green Day’s mega hit album – American Idiot- that is transformed in the process – Billie Joe is too. American Idiot debuted to great success, winning two Tony Awards and has now been taken on the road around the world. This is a journey from a Green Day concert at Madison Square Garden to the Great White Way – only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. Will Broadway, or Billie Joe, ever be the same?
Closing Night: The Way, Way Back
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 – 7:00PM
14-year-old Duncan is spending his summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and his daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through their funny, clandestine friendship, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
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About NBFF:  (
The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.Founded in 1999, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 52,000 attendees to Orange County. Screening over 400 films in 8 days, NBFF prides itself on bringing the best in new, local, international and critically acclaimed cinema to Newport Beach.




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