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:: Spotlight :: Cine Latino: A New Festival of Latin American Cinema

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

CINE LATINO: A New Festival of Latin American Cinema is pleased to launch its inaugural 2016 program, bringing the sights, sounds and stories of Latin America to Australia in August. Screening at Palace Cinemas across Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, the Festival features films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“With more than 30 films from across Latin America, Cine Latino is the biggest and brightest selection ever to hit Australian shores,” said Program Coordinator Alex Castro. “It’s a vibrant filmmaking region that has given us some of the greats of world cinema. This festival provides an opportunity to see emerging talents and revered masters alike, as well as giving us a window into the many faces and places of a unique part of the world.”

Alongside Opening Night film NERUDA the Festival’s gala events include Sérgio Machado’s THE VIOLIN TEACHER, which follows the story of a former prodigal child violinist, as its Centrepiece while the stunning music and dance performance film ARGENTINA by master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Raise Ravens, Carmen) will close the Festival.

The Festival puts a sporting focus on the region with Back Four: Four films about Football. This mini spotlight begins with BACK FOUR, a buddy story directed by Nicolás Diodovich and Diego Bliffeld about four school friends reunited over the 2014 World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, Jorge Leandro Colás’ THE FOOTBALL BOYS, which follows a year in the life of the talent scouts who travel the country looking for the next megastar to join Argentina’s Boca Juniors, Sebastián Bednarik and Andrés Varela’s MARACANZO: THE FOOTBALL LEGEND, a documentary account of the historic 1950 World Cup Final, and Juan Taratuto’s comedy drama PAPERS IN THE WIND, about friendship and family ties bonded by the game.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival has collaborated with Cine Latino to present six Australian premieres including Christian Keller’s bold bio-pic GLORIA, which chronicles the life of the scandalous ‘Mexican Madonna’ and Julio Hernández Cordón’s gripping I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY, about two young skateboarding lovers who sell human blood on the black market.

Other program highlights include the latest work from cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, ENDLESS POETRY, a phantasmagorical memoir that played in official selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, veteran Colombian director and Gabriel Garcia Marquez collaborator Lisandro Duque Naranjo’s THE BRIBE OF HEAVEN and Daniel Rodríguez Risco’s THE WOMB, Peru’s first bona fide horror film and box office smash hit.

There are also several films that broach the complexities, humour and eroticism of modern love. From Puerto Rico comes Fernando Vallejo’s erotic drama FRAGMENTS OF LOVE, Gladys Lizarazu’s AMOR ETC. examines the road to ‘grown up’ love, and Sebastian Brahm’s tragic and moving SEX LIFE OF PLANTS questions whether love is ‘enough’.

Full program details and tickets here

It also includes:
3 Beauties
Francis Pray for Me
How to Win Enemies
Hotel Nueva Isla
Happy Times
The Kid
Leaf Blower
A Moonless Night
Panamerican Machinery
Parallel Roads
Red Earth
The Silence of the River
Voice Over

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The festival screens exclusively at Palace Cinemas in these cities:
Sydney: Tues 9 - Wed 24 August. Palace Norton St and Palace Verona.
Canberra: Wed 10 - Sun 21 August. Palace Electric.
Adelaide: Thur 11 - Wed 24 August. Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas.
Brisbane: Fri 12 - Wed 24 August. Palace Barracks.
Melbourne: Wed 17 - Wed 31 August. Palace Cinema Como and Palace Westgarth.

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