CINE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
Screening in Sydney at the Palace Norton Street and Palace Verona cinemas, this year’s Cine Latino Film Festival transports its audience to the sights, sounds and stories of Latin America. In addition to Sydney, the festival also runs from 14 to 29 November in Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart. There are 24 feature films from Mexico, Uruguay, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.
The opening night film is Roberto Sneider’s charming You’re Killing Me Susana. Gael García Bernal and Verónica Echegui star in this perceptive comedy about the twists and turns of marriage and infidelity. Other highlights include a special reception presented by the Embassy and the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic for Inseparable, Marcos Carnevale’s film about a wealthy man who employs an unlikely friend as his carer (it’s a remake of the popular French film The Untouchables) and a Mexican Fiesta night celebrating the screening of Manolo Caro’s Tales Of An Immoral Couple, a romantic comedy with a twist. Both these events herald the start of two festival sidebars focussing on the national cinemas of Argentina and Mexico.
Other films not-to-be-missed include Iván Gaona’s Guilty Men, Colombia’s thrilling Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film, and Fellipe Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain, which takes its audience on a journey through East Africa and is based on a true story about a Brazilian traveller who attempts to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The film won two of the top prizes in the Critics’ Week section of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival.
The Cine Latino Film Festival is a great opportunity to experience the ethos of countries that may not be as familiar to us as our neighbours in Asia and the Pacific; so dive in to this broad array of genres and cultures and don’t miss the chance to create your own fiesta (and head for the bar for a mojito or tequila between films). Diviertete!