The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival kicks off April 22 with its opening night movie “The Martini Shot” at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre at 7 p.m. The dark comedy tells the story of two small-time movie producers who are desperate to generate buzz for their film. They decide the only way people will flock to their movie is if something tragic happens to the lead actor, but they find themselves in over their heads when they hire a hit man.
Special guests in attendance will include film director Demetrius Navarro and actors Valente Rodriguez (McFarland, USA; The George Lopez Show), Erlinda Orozco and Daniel Lujánas. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Cine Las Americas, which runs through April 26, often offers movies that will never appear in the big screen again in Austin. Dig into the diverse schedule that includes more than 95 films representing 18 countries, and check out my interview with some of this year’s featured filmmakers as well as new Film Festival Director Jean Anne Lauer here.