Great news for film lovers and those learning Spanish (and Portuguese) who will happen to be in major Australian cities in August.
Palace Cinemas has programmed a new film festival, the Cine Latino Film Festival, which will feature more than 30 films from 11 countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela..
The festival will be held in Sydney (August 9-24), Canberra (August 10-21), Adelaide (August 11-24), Brisbane (August 12-24) and Melbourne (August 17-31).
The opening night film is Neruda, a Chile/Argentina/France/Spain production which looks at the life of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco), in which one of my favourite actors, Gael García Bernal, plays a hapless policeman. There is some stunning scenery in it (foreign film festivals are a great form of armchair travel). There are four other feature films from Chile in the program.
Spanish language dominates, as you would expect given that Brazil is the only South/Latin American country where Portuguese is spoken. There is only one feature film from Brazil, The Violin Teacher (the trailer is below but I could not find a trailer with subtitles). You will also be able to hear that language in a short film Maracanazo: The Football Legend, one of four shorts films in a session entitled Back Four: Four Films About Football.
Argentina supplies the bulk of the films (six features and three short films) but there is also a mini-festival within the festival featuring six Mexican films.
You can see the program and other details on the festival website here.