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Cine Latino Film Festival, Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema returns to Palace Cinemas this November. Cine Latino brings together the most exciting new films from across Latin America and organisers are thrilled to announce that the 2018 festival will open with one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mama También), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighbourhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the ground-breaking Gravity in 2013.

ROMA won the Golden Lion at the recent Venice Film Festival and has been selected to represent Mexico in the upcoming Oscars and Spanish Goya awards.

Beginning in Mexico, this year’s Cine Latino Film Festival features films from across the region, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Paraguay.

Winner of Best Film at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, Marcelo Martinessi’s debut drama THE HEIRESSES is a piercing and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the Paraguayan wealthy through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis, which won Ana Brun the Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin for her performance.

Direct from opening the San Sebastian Film Festival, AN UNEXPECTED LOVE is a funny and hugely entertaining smash-hit romantic comedy starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán as a long-married couple who begin to question the true meaning of love and desire after becoming empty-nesters.

A favourite on the international festival circuit since opening Directors’ Fortnight at Cannesin May, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the SerpentBIRDS OF PASSAGE is an astounding, epic, visually exquisite story about the Colombian drug trade, told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family.

While in the hilarious Colombian comedy, AMALIA, THE SECRETARY, a cranky middle-aged secretary Amalia (Marcela Benjumea) has unexpected feelings awakened in her by her building’s chaotic maintenance worker and finds herself going to outrageous lengths to keep him around.

These are just a few of the films on offer at the 2018 Cine Latino Film Festival.

The festival takes place nationally from mid-November in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.


Sydney: Tue 13 – Wed 28 November Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona

Melbourne: Thu 15 – Wed 28 November Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth

Brisbane: Wed 21 November – Sun 2 December Palace Centro on James Street

Canberra: Wed 14 – Wed 28 November Palace Electric Cinema

Perth: Thu 6 – Sun 16 December Cinema Paradiso, Palace Raine Square

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 17th October via  

Full program has been announced and can be viewed on the website too.


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