36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023


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Preceded by the short film Steamboat Willie

In the small town of Santa Cecilia, Mexico, aspiring musician Miguel is unable to accept his family’s ancestral denouncement of music. Idolizing the deceased guitarist and town hero, Ernesto de la Cruz, rebellious Miguel discovers the importance of family and legacy through his efforts to follow his dreams despite the disapproval of loved ones. In an attempt to justify his passion, Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead and winds up on a journey to discover the truth about the generations-old ban on music in his family history.

This is a free, unticketed event. Please arrive fifteen to thirty minutes before the listed start time to find a seat.


Saturday, November 3


1:00 PM


Culbreth Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina.

Runtime: 105 min.

Genre: Family

Year: 2017

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Jamie Camil.