12th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival Closing Night, featuring ARRANCAME LA VIDA (TEAR THIS HEART OUT), directed by Roberto Sneider, based on the novel by Ángeles Mastretta, and starring Ana Claudia Talancón, Daniel Giménez Cacho, and José María de Tavira
Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 7:00 PM CDT
(6:15 PM Doors)
- Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 9:00 PM CDT
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, Austin, TX
Amidst the political turmoil and machismo of post-revolutionary Mexico, a young woman searches for freedom and identity in an era that would define a nation. ARRANCAME LA VIDA begins its journey during a transformative period in Mexican history. The Revolution of 1910 is over and the country's rule is open to whatever politician had the audacity to grab it. Dominating men fight ruthlessly for control, manipulating and exploiting others to gain power. Growing up in 1930s Mexico, Catalina Guzmán knows little of the world beyond her father's house, unaware of the political storm that looming over the whole country. General Andrés Ascensio is one of the iconic men who exemplifies the concept of Mexican machismo. He arrives unannounced into Catalina's life, confidently seducing her into marriage. She follows him willingly, entranced by his power, wealth, sexuality and the escape he offers from her provincial life. She is pushed into the tedious existence of a politician's wife, an endless series of state dinners, public speeches and social obligations. Despite her bravery and enduring spirit, Catalina is encaged by her marriage to Andrés until she meets the young and vibrant Carlos Vives. The handsome orchestra director provides Catalina with her greatest desire, her greatest love and her greatest tragedy. Most importantly, Carlos is the catalyst that transforms Catalina definitively and irrevocably. Based on the iconic novel by Ángeles Mastretta, Arráncame la vida is the story of a young woman searching for freedom and identity during Mexico's defining era.