Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the classic noir Mexican film

Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles presents the classic noir Mexican film



Sunday, February 23, at 3:00PM at the Downtown Independent 

Co-presented by the USC School of Cinematic Arts & The Film Noir Foundation 

Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. February 2020.  The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) presents a special screening of the renowned Mexican film En la palma de tu mano (In the palm of your hand) on Sunday, February 23 at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, CA. Directed by Roberto Gavaldón and starring Arturo de Córdova, the 1951 film is considered by many critics to be one of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

En la palma de tu mano was nominated for 11 Ariel Awards and won 8, including Best Picture and Best Director. Featuring a memorable score by Gavaldón’s regular collaborator Raúl Lavista and crisp black and white cinematography, the film remains as alluring as when it hit the theaters in 1951.

The screening of En la palma de tu mano is co-presented by The Division of Cinema and Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, and Alan K. Rode Writer, Director of The Film Noir Foundation.

About En la palma de tu mano

This captivating film noir features Arturo de Córdova as an unscrupulous clairvoyant who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife Clara, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him. His life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail the beautiful widow Ada Romano, played by Leticia Palma, and falls in love. As the fraudulent fortune teller Professor Karin, Córdova uses the secrets of his female clientele to blackmail them, while at the same time he is a pawn in the higher game being played by a treacherous widow (Palma). Televisa S.A. de C.V. All Rights Reserved. We appreciate the support of Fundación Televisa.

Special Q&A session hosted by Guido Segal- Screenwriter, Film Critic, and LACLA Program Manager with special guests speakers Alan K. Rode, Writer, Director of the Film Noir Foundation and Laura Serna, Writer and Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC.

Attendees will be offered a courtesy mini-card reading by the intuitive psychic reader Lola Fierros (Justiana McMurray). Fierros has the ability to perceive messages and energy channeled through divination tools such as tarot cards.

Director: Roberto Gavaldón

Cast: Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, Ramón Gay

Year: 1951

Duration: 113 minutes

About Arturo de Córdova

Among the many talented personalities in Mexican cinematic history, perhaps none is as predictable as Arturo de Córdova, who acted in over one hundred films. Graced with a movie star’s handsome looks and a sonorous voice, he might have been an accomplished romantic lead or action hero. Instead, he shined as a complex, sophisticated character, capable of turning generic character types inside out. His flair for fractured, ambivalent, ironic and inscrutable characters flew in the face of traditional machismo, shedding a feminine light on the figure of the Mexican man. Born in Mérida, Mexico, Córdova had a relatively short tenure in Hollywood, during which he portrayed romantic leads, adventurous heroes and rascals. His return to Mexico led to some of the most astonishing films of his prolific career, including En la palma de tu mano (In the palm of your hand) and El esqueleto de la señora Morales (The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales).

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Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St. Los Angeles CA 90012

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Sunday, February 23, at 3:00PM

Special FREE – ‘Mini Tarot’ card reading by ‘Lola Fierros’ (IG: justianalove) so get there early.

Ticket prices:

General Admission                   $12.00

Senior (over 65)                       $10.00

Student (with valid ID)             $ 8.00

All ages welcome



Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA) is a California non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange through film by screening classic and contemporary films from Latin America and by USA Latinas and Latinos. LACLA also supports the film and media efforts of Los Angeles inner-city middle and high school students with its annual student film festival.

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