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Quinceañera at Cinema Nouveau

From 22 June 2007 - 2007-06-15

Ster-Kinekor Distribution is proud to announce the release of Quinceañera at Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson on 22 June 2007.

This film focuses on Magdalena, the daughter of a Mexican-American family who runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her fifteenth-birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceañera dress, and the limo she hopes will carry her on her special day.

But a few months before the celebration, Magdalena falls pregnant and it’s only a matter of time before her religious father finds out. Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with great uncle Tomas an old man who makes his living selling hot drinks in the street. Already living with him is Carlos, Magdalena’s tough cousin, who was thrown out by his parents and is none too happy that she’s arrived. Tomas' house is on a property recently purchased by an affluent gay couple, pioneers of gentrification in the area.

As Magdalena’s pregnancy grows more visible, she, Carlos, and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders. But the economics of the neighbourhood are turning against them, threatening their way of life.

At the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, Quinceañera received the Jury Prize and Audience Award. It also won the Dramatic Independent Spirit Award in 2007.