A film series presenting recent, internationally-acclaimed and award-winning Latin American films, specially curated for the Queen City

That’s a wrap! The 2nd edition of the Cine Casual Film Series is in the books. Thank you to everyone who joined us – community partners, volunteers and moviegoers! Stay tuned for more Latin American film screenings later this year!

«[The Cine Casual Film Series] has become a powerful staple of the Charlotte film scene, screening films that may have skipped the Queen City entirely without their efforts

Charlotte is Creative

2022 Schedule

Saturday, May 21 (6 PM)Midwood International Center
1817 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205
Opening Night:
Hecho Aquí: Shorts Showcase
Saturday, June 4 (4:30 PM)
Doors open at 4 PM
Camp North End
1824 Statesville Ave., Charlotte, NC 28206
Sergio & Sergei
@ Havana Night
Saturday, June 11 (6 PM)
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Little Rock Cultural Center
401 N. Myers St., Charlotte, NC 28202
El Otro Tom (The Other Tom)
Friday, June 17 (7 PM)
Reception at 6 PM
Independent Picture House
4237 Raleigh St., Charlotte, NC 28213
Perfume de Gardenias
Saturday, June 18 (6:30 PM)
Doors open at 6 PM
Independent Picture House
4237 Raleigh St., Charlotte, NC 28213
Closing Night:

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2022 Lineup

Hecho Aquí: Shorts Showcase
The Magic Kite (2021) by Rosalía Torres-Weiner
Chilly & Milly (2021) by William D. Caballero
Abuela (2021) by Sean Burleson
The Final Note (2022) by ÚltimaNota

Four stories based in NC: a magic kite that reunites a family torn apart by deportation; an animated documentary about a devoted caretaker, her chronically ill husband, and the power of undying love; a behind the scenes look at Charlotte’s vibrant Latin music scene and the making of an album during the COVID-19 pandemic; and a grandson’s innocent recounting of him and his abuela’s journey, filled with tragic losses and new found hope.

Sergio & Sergei
Cuba, Spain, 2017 🇨🇺 🇪🇸
Dir. Ernesto Daranas
Comedy | 93 mins | Spanish with English Subtitles

In 1991, the USSR is falling apart and Cuba enters its hardest economic crisis. Sergio, a professor of Marxism who can’t provide for his family, and Sergei, a Soviet cosmonaut stranded in the Mir space station, share a common passion: amateur radio. Through this hobby, both men will be able to help each other in facing the dramatic changes of their countries.

El Otro Tom (The Other Tom)
Mexico, USA, 2021 🇲🇽 🇺🇸
Dir. Laura Santullo & Rodrigo Plá
Drama | 111 mins | English and Spanish with Subtitles
Presented by Blue Cross NC

Elena is a single mother who relies on Social Services. Her son Tom has behavioral issues and is stigmatized at school as a “problem child” in the border city of El Paso, Texas. An absent father further complicates their difficult relationship. Tom is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed psychiatric medication, but a strange accident alerts his mother as to its side effects. When Elena refuses to continue administering the drugs to Tom, Social Services threaten to remove him from her custody.

Perfume de Gardenias
Puerto Rico, Colombia, 2021 🇵🇷 🇨🇴
Dir. Macha Colón
Comedy, Drama | 97 mins | Spanish with English Subtitles

After an elderly Puerto Rican widow crafts a beautiful custom-made funeral for her husband, she gets enlisted to put her unusual talents to design customized, idiosyncratic funerals for her ailing neighbors.

Brazil, 2021 🇧🇷
Dir. Anita Rocha da Silveira
Fantasy, Thriller | 129 mins | Portuguese with English Subtitles

Today, Brazil. Mariana, 21 years old, belongs to a world where she must do her utmost to keep up the appearance of a perfect woman. In order to resist temptation, she and her girlfriends try their best to control everything and everyone around them. And that includes the town sinners. At night, the girl squad put on masks, hunt and beat up all women who have deviated from the right path. However, the day will come when the urge to scream will be stronger than it ever has been…

The second edition of the Cine Casual Film Series is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and by Knight Foundation.

Cine Casual Film Series in the news…📰

The Charlotte Observer (5/25/22)
Charlotte’s only movie theater dedicated to independent films finally sets opening date

Progreso Hispano News (5/20/22)
Festival de cine latino en Charlotte

Axios Charlotte (5/20/22)
Latin American cinema and other speed reads

WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR News Source (5/19/22)
Watch internationally acclaimed Latin American movies at upcoming film series

Charlotte on the Cheap (5/18/22)
Cine Casual Film Series presenting internationally-acclaimed Latin American films

The Charlotte Observer (5/17/22)
Latin American film festival returns to Charlotte with ‘rich and diverse’ movies

Voz-es (5/16/22)
Cine Casual; acercando el séptimo arte latino a Charlotte

Enlace Latino NC (5/14/22)
Segunda edición de “Cine Casual Film Series” en Charlotte

La Noticia Charlotte (5/13/2022)
Presentan en Charlotte un ciclo de cine hecho por y para latinos: Cine Casual Film Series

WSOC/Telemundo Charlotte (5/13/2022)
Lo mejor del cine latinoamericano regresa a Charlotte

Qué Pasa Mi Gente (5/12/2022)
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HOLA News Charlotte (5/6/2022)
Regresan las series de películas de Cine Casual

Listin Diario (3/15/2020)
Cine Dominicano participa en conferencia en EE.UU.

The Charlotte Observer (3/11/2020)
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WFAE, Charlotte’s NPR News Source (3/5/2020)
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CLTure (3/2/2020)
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Telemundo Charlotte (1/24/2020)
Clip from Local Newscast 

WSOC TV (1/24/2020)
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Charlotte Five (1/23/2020)
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Charlotte is Creative (1/7/2020)
Hug Life: Cine Casual’s New Film Series For A New Year

The Charlotte Observer/Charlotte Five (1/6/2020)
A woman saw her father murdered then met his killer, so she made a movie.

Arts & Science Council (12/30/2019)
20 Cultural Experiences to Start Your 2020

HOLA News (12/30/2019)
De película en la Ciudad Reina

CLT en Español (12/29/2019)
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