Latin American Film Festival
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.