Latin American Film Festival
2016

The Latin American Embassies in Australia are proud to present the 12th Latin American Film Festival at the National Gallery of Australia. The festival will present a selection of 13 films from all over Latin America, including international award-winning pieces and featuring some of the most exciting and creative productions to reach the big screen in recent years.

Friday 19 August to Wednesday 31 August
2.30pm and repeated 6.30pm daily

James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600

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All films are subtitled in English and unclassified. Entry is classed as Restricted (R18+) and therefore not suitable for under 18s.

Friday 19 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
MEXICO: Burros (Donkeys)
Director: Odín Salazar
2011, 93 minutes
The story of Lautaro, a ten-year-old kid who lives in the so-called Tierra Caliente in south Mexico in the 1940s. When his father is murdered, he is sent to live with an aunt in a town far away. Lautaro makes a decision to run away, and during his long journey he comes across many people, living and dead, who help him get back home.

Saturday 20 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
PARAGUAY: Mangoré, Por amor al arte (Mangoré)
Director: Luís R Vera
2015, 93 minutes
Inspired by the life of the influential Paraguayan classical guitarist and composer, Agustín Pío Barrios (1885-1944). The film creatively portrays 50 years of this important Guaraní artist, better known by his pseudonym Mangoré (the name of a Guaraní Indian chief of the sixteenth century), from the perspective of the Chilean scriptwriter and director, Luís R Vera. From 1930, Barrios, as Mangoré, revealed to his audiences an exotic and confronting image from Paraguay's colonial history, clothed in the mythology of his ancestors, in which he presented the guitar as the authentic instrument of Paraguayan music, and himself as his divine messenger.

Sunday 21 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
PERU: Sigo Siendo (I am still)
Director: Javier Corcuera
2012, 110 minutes
The cultural diversity of Peru is reflected in its great variety of musical genres like Huayno, Yaravi and Creole Waltz. This documentary by Javier Corcuera presents several Peruvian musicians, who tell their personal stories and their effort to keep alive their culture and native language through the traditional songs of their people. This movie is a musical tour of the three regions of Peru: Coast, Highlands and Amazon Rainforest.

Monday 22 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
URUGUAY: Tanta agua (So much water)
Director: Leticia Jorge y Ana Guevara
2013, 102 minutes
14-year-old teenager Lucia and her brother live with their mother. Their father, Alberto, is a chiropractor and doesn't see his children very often. He has rented a cabin at Arapey hot springs at Salto, Uruguay, for a short holiday. When they arrive to the hot springs, the cloudy skies menace with rain. Alberto tries to distract his kids to fix the fiasco that the family trip has become, but the more he tries, the more he fails.

Tuesday 23 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
VENEZUELA: El Manzano Azul (The blue apple tree)
Director: Olegario Barrera
2012, 92 minutes
An 11-year-old boy named Diego is forced to spend a vacation in a small country house in the Venezuelan Andes with his grandfather, Francisco, who he hardly knows. In the midst of an environment he finds hostile, with no television, mobile phone or internet, Diego has an experience involving a blue apple tree that guards a secret under its roots, an event that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

Wednesday 24 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
ARGENTINA: Dormir al Sol (Asleep in the sun)
Director: Alejandro Chomski
2012, 84 minutes
A man commits his troubled wife to a mental hospital but notices some bizarre changes in her behaviour after her release. The film is based on the homonymous novel by the Argentine master Adolfo Bioy Casares.

Thursday 25 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
BRASIL: Que Horas Ela Volta? (The second mother)
Director: Anna Muylaert
2015, 112 minutes
This fresh take on family relationships centres around Val (Brazilian star Regina Casé), a hardworking live-in housekeeper in modern day São Paulo. Val is perfectly content to take care of every one of her wealthy employer's needs, from cooking and cleaning to taking care of their teenage son, who she has raised since he was a toddler. But when Val's estranged daughter Jessica shows up, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown in disarray. Jessica is smart and ambitious, and refuses to accept the upstairs/downstairs dynamic, testing relationships and forcing everyone to reconsider what family really means.

Friday 26 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
CHILE: Vacaciones en Familia (Family holidays)
Director: Ricardo Carrasco
2015, 90 minutes
The Kellys are a family who like to show off and pretend to be wealthy. With no money for vacations, they tell their friends they are going on a family trip to Brazil, while in reality they hide in their house for a month, just so everyone believes they are truly enjoying summer abroad. 

Saturday 27 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
COLOMBIA: Del Amor y Otros Demonios (Of love and other demons)
Director: Hilda Hidalgo (Costa Rica)
2010, 97 minutes
During a time of inquisition and slavery, Sierva María wants to know what kisses taste like. She is 13 years old, daughter of aristocrats but raised by their African slaves living in colonial Cartagena de Indias. When a rabid dog bites her, the bishop declares she is possessed and entrusts his pupil Cayetano with her exorcism. The priest and the girl find themselves seduced by a demon more powerful than faith and reason. With an intimate, personal narrative and a visual language reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, Of love and other demons is based on one of Gabriel García Márquez's (Nobel Literature Prize 1982) most harrowing love stories.

Sunday 28 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
CUBA: La película de Ana (Ana)
Director: Eduardo del Llano and Daniel Díaz Torres
2013, 157 minutes
A professional actress without much luck impersonates a prostitute in order to land a role in a documentary about prostitution in Cuba. Complications arise when she learns that the film will be shot from her point of view.

Monday 29 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
ECUADOR: Rabia (Rage)
Director: Sebastián Cordero
2009, 89 minutes
Based on a novel by Sergio Bizzio, a suspenseful story of a pair of Latin American immigrants who fall in love. José María, a hot-headed builder, and Rosa, a housekeeper, embark on a passionate relationship. When a violent confrontation with José María's foreman results in the other man's death, José María flees to the mansion where Rosa works, telling no one. Hidden even from her, he watches the mistreatment she suffers as he yearns for the day they can be together.

Tuesday 30 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
EL SALVADOR: Malacrianza
2014, 70 minutes
Director: Arturo Menéndez
Malacrianza tells the story of a humble piñata salesman in the city of San Salvador, Don Cleo, who receives a blackmail note for $500 USD. Don Cleo has to get the money in less than 72 hours. When he reflects on his situation and lack of resources, he chooses to challenge the blackmailers who sent the note.

Wednesday 31 August 2.30pm, repeated at 6.30pm
GUATEMALA: La Bodega
Director: Ray Figueroa
2009, 75 Minutes
A young woman is brutally assaulted by gang members in the middle of Guatemala City. As usual, the authorities have no suspects or leads, leaving the girl to become one more victim in a society where thousands of women are assaulted every year. Jacobo, the victim's brother, along with Antonio, his best friend, decide in their frustration to extract revenge. They kidnap a random gang member from the streets and drive him to an abandoned warehouse, where they torture and beat him. But the consequences of their acts will soon become evident and they will have to make a decision that will affect their lives forever.