Latino flavour for new film festival

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.

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