Sydney Latin American Film Festival 2013

By July 30, 2013 Events

Cinema and Latin lovers are invited to experience the sights, sounds and flavours of Latin America at the 8th Sydney Latin American Film Festival. Tickets are now on sale for the festival which will span 12 days and two Sydney venues, screening a high-calibre selection of new-release feature films, documentaries and short films from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the United States and Australia.

“Latin American cinema is passionate, powerful and moving,” says festival founder Mark Taylor. “The 2013 Sydney Latin American Film Festival is a real opportunity to surf the new wave of Latin American cinema. Argentina and Mexico no longer have the monopoly on innovation in the Latin American film industry – right now some of the best new independent cinema is coming out of Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.”

Launching the festival at Dendy Opera Quays on 4th September will be acclaimed Brazilian film The Clown, a charming comedy-drama about a travelling circus clown who dreams of running away and joining the rat race. The film will be followed by the “Baja Cantina Opening Night Fiesta” at the Festival Hub – Ryan’s Paragon Hotel in Circular Quay – combining Latin drinks and canapés with entertainment by El Orqueston, a 12-piece Afro-Cuban band mixing the sounds of salsa and timba. Highlights of the festival program include Venezuela’s entry for Best Foreign Language film at the 2013 Academy Awards, Rock Paper Scissors – a powerfully intense urban drama about violence, corruption and two families trapped in the middle. The film’s director Hernán Jabes will be in town for a Q&A session after the screening. With a revolutionary fervour and widespread social discontent sweeping through pre-World Cup and pre-Olympics Brazil, Carlos Bolado’s award-winning film Tl atelolco, Summer of 68 couldn’t be more timely. A love story between two student activists from different social classes, this fast-paced historical drama revisits one of Mexico’s darkest hours – the massacre of peaceful protesters at Tlatelolco, just 10 days before the 1968 Olympics opened in Mexico City. 

Documentaries have a strong presence in this year’s program. Our “Latin Hot Docs” sessions include 2013 Oscar-winning short Inocente; the cinematically breathtaking, Mayan-inspired Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth; and foodie favourite Peru Sabe: Cuisine as an Agent of Social Change, which follows top chefs Gastón Acurio and Ferran Adrià on a mouthwatering journey around Peru (the audience will be treated to a feast after the screening).

Award-winning short films from across Latin America will be screened before all features.

On 13th September the festival extends to Western Sydney, when the Bankstown Arts Centre throws open its doors from 13th to 15th September. As well as a diverse selection of feature films, it will host our “Spotlight on Local Filmmakers” session, where emerging local filmmakers will battle it out for our prestigious Local Filmmaker Award.

When: 4th to 15th September 2013

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