Sundance Preview: 5 Films Starring Latinos!

It’s Sundance time again!

Of course, we’re talking about the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival kicks off this Thursday and we eagerly scanned through the lengthy list of films for those starring Latinos.

There were only a handful and we plucked five for you to check out. Read about our picks below:

1. Sundance: The First Time

The First Time

Directed by Jonathan Kasdan, The First Time is about falling in love – for the first time. The film, which stars part-Puerto Rican actress Victoria Justice, follows high-school students Dave and Aubrey as they dive into young, magical love after meeting at a party.

2. Sundance Filly Brown

Filly Brown

The film, which stars Mexican-American Banda Queen Jenni Rivera, follows a young Latina named Maria Jose 'Majo' Tonorio, who has big hip-hop aspirations. Filly Brown was directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, who described Rivera’s performance in the film “amazing.” Rivera portrays the protagonist’s mother, who is serving hard time in jail.

Check out the trailer below:

3. Sundance Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety not Guaranteed

Clever dialogue mark this romantic comedy by Colin Trevorrow. And would we expect any different? Safety not Guaranteed does star part-Boricua actress and dry-humor enthusiast Aubrey Plaza. The film is about a trio of magazine employees sent to investigate a personal ad placed in the newspaper. The ad is for “guy seeking partner for time travel.” This should be interesting.

4. Sundance: The Words

The Words

The film, directed by Marshal Levy, has the coveted spot as Sundance’s Close Night Film. The Words centers on a struggling writer who passes off someone else’s manuscript as his own and, in the process, is faced with a huge moral dilemma. Did we mention the film stars Hollywood’s most recent rumored couple – part-Boricua, part-Puerto Rican actress Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper? We can’t wait to see their chemistry on the film fest screen.

5. Sundance: Mosquita y Mari

Mosquita y Mari

This story of friendship is the world premiere for Aurora Guerrero. Mosquita y Mari centers on two 15-year-old Californian Latina teenagers and follows them as they become more complex with age. Cast members include up-and-comers Venecia Troncoso, Laura Patalano, Dulce Maria Solis, and Fenessa Pineda.

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