Director Mariana Chenillo to discuss Nora’s Will, current film projects via Skype

Viva series features Spanish-language films with English subtitles, Q&A

MARCH 28, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — The Bullock Museum continues its new Viva Cinema film series, celebrating the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond, with Nora’s Will (2008) on April 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Texas Spirit Theater. The film series is presented in partnership with Cine Las Americas and each program is screened with English subtitles and features an opening reception with cash bar at 6 p.m. and Q&A with a special guest.

The Bullock Museum designed the series to expand the type of film programming offered in its two theaters. Along with Texas Focus and Femme Film Fridays, each new series addresses a prevalent subject through the context of film with the goal of expanding the breadth and depth of the Austin cinematic experience and that of film as an educational art form.

Viva Cinema aims to highlight acclaimed films that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language movie-making. This month, the series will feature Nora’s Will, the directorial debut film from Director Mariana Chenillo. The film reveals the story of José, who learns that his ex-wife Nora has committed suicide. With Passover looming, her body must be buried immediately according to tradition or the family will be forced to wait five days. In the ensuing chaos, secrets are revealed and love comes to light in unexpected ways.

Following the screening there will be a discussion and Skype interview/Q&A with Chenillo, also known for Paraíso (2013) and Revolución (2010). Released as “Cinco Dias Sin Nora” in Mexico, it won seven Ariels (the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars) in 2009, including best picture. Salon magazine describes the film as “...a wry, loving, alternately cool and warm portrayal of life and death within Mexico City’s Jewish community.” And The LA Times said Chenillo “...displays great sureness of touch behind the camera.”

The Bullock Museum’s cinema program maintains a full calendar of exclusive film series, special presentations, and screenings with special guests in the Texas Spirit Theater. The museum also operates the Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre, which is the first and only theater in the state featuring laser IMAX projection and 12-channel immersive sound. The museum offers free parking after 5 p.m. for theatergoers and student ticket discounts. Ticket purchases support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.

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Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.


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Texas Spirit Theater

This press release is part of the Texas Spirit Theater Media Kit

Enjoy one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin, the Bullock Museum's Texas Spirit Theater, a special-effects space that immerses visitors in the film with crackling lightning, pounding rain, and a few other surprises. Texas is a part of film history and continues to be a hub of talent and creativity. The Bullock Museum film program includes daily screenings, film premieres, special features, and signature programs, including the Texas Focus Series and B Movies & Bad History. View Media Kit