Brisbane Latin American Film Festival

Festival Latinoamericano de Cine en Brisbane

 

El Festival de Cine Latinoamericano es un evento sin fines de lucro creado con el único propósito de promover nuestra cultura y llegar a lugares donde el cine latinoamericano o la cultura latinoamericana en general rara vez está presente.

Es una oportunidad para unir a las comunidades, promover el multiculturalismo y aumentar la comprensión y el aprecio hacia la comunidad latinoamericana.
El evento se encuentra en su 14º año consecutivo y es el evento más grande de su tipo en Australia.

Cada año recorre al menos media docena de ciudades. Este año, LAFF está compuesto por 14 películas diferentes, una para cada país participante: México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala y Chile.

El Festival está organizado por las Embajadas de América Latina en Australia con el apoyo de otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro que comparten la visión de promover la cultura. En esta ocasión, la Comunidad Latinoamericana de Australia (QLD) Incorporada, LACA QLD, está colaborando con nosotros y será la sede del festival de Brisbane.

Cartelera Noviembre 2018

 

 

Un Secreto en la Caja (A secret in the box)

Ecuador

"A SECRET IN THE BOX exploring the life and works of Marcelo Chiriboga (1933-1990), an internationally known Ecuadorian writer and member of the ""boom"" generation, who remains unknown in his country. The film reconstructs the puzzle of Chiriboga and erases the limits between reality and fiction.  The film explores the complex relationships between history and art, art and life. It also explores forgotten aspects of Ecuadorian history, like its military past.

Guten tag, Ramon (Good day, Ramon)

Mexico

The film tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who travels to Germany to find work to support his family and becomes stranded without shelter or money. He struggles to survive on the streets until he meets Ruth, a lonely senior citizen with whom he develops an astonishing and touching friendship that transcends borders and prejudices.

Septiembre, un llanto en silencio (September, a Silent Cry)

Guatemala

In the 1980s, Guatemala suffered a terrorist attack. The memory of the attack is the starting point of this movie. Teresa loses her mother after the explosion. She survives, but loses her ability to hear. Joshua will have to take up the role of both father and mother with a deaf girl whose surroundings are not fit for her condition. The little girl will be forced to leave school because (ironically) she failed her music class. Her father will become her safe haven again. But over the years Teresa grows up, she is almost a woman and starts to seek her own path by bursting the overprotected paternal bubble. The atmosphere of the film is like darkness before dawn. It is that moment in life in which, although it seems that everything is going wrong, you do not know what you can find just around the corner.

Colombia

Victoria receives an unexpected visit. Her daughter Sara, with whom she has not spoken for some time, asks her to take care for a few days of Nicole, her 7 year old granddaughter. Victoria is a reserved and independent woman, who apparently enjoys her loneliness. This favor will alter her life and change her routine. Nicole arrives with a renewing energy. Little by little she will be conquering her love. The girl and her and grandmother enjoy the everyday life of the countryside. After an alarming event and unsuspected news, Sara will return home to be reconciled and receive the love of her mother.

Gonzaga – De Pai pra Filho (Gonzaga: From Father to Son)

Brazil

This drama movie tells the complicated tale of two of Brazil's most popular pop-music icons – Luiz Gonzaga, the King of the Baião, and his son, Gonzaguinha. Determined to change his destiny, the young singer Luiz Gonzaga leaves home and goes to Rio in search of new horizons. There he meets the beautiful Odessa, with whom he falls in love. After their son's birth and having to deal with his wife's health problems, Gonzaga decides to go back to the road to secure a better future for their heir. To do this, he leaves the child under the care of friends and starts touring all over Brazil. He could not wonder this distance between them would prompt a stormy relationship, enhanced by both their strong personalities. The film details the human drama between father and son and the wreckage that their careers make of their family lives.

El Salvador

Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated in 1980 by death squads. Pope Francis, upon his arrival in 2013,  initiated the process of his canonization, a stormy one that had divided the ecclesiastical institutions.  The importance of Romero trascends that of El Salvador. In his honour, United Nations celebrates every 24th of March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims.

Uruguay

60 Km/hr is a documentary about the dream of Mario Sabah and his children: to travel the world in their Mehari (a small SUV car). During  4 years, and without any finantial support or sophisticated equipment, they traveled through 45 countries.  The film is born out of that trip.

Paraguay

The movie takes place almost 60 years after the war of "El Chaco", which confronted Paraguay and Bolivia between 1932 and 1935. A former combatant, José Villabla, discovers he is affected with terminal cancer. At the same time, he received the visit of Marlene, the grandaughter of a man that fought alongside with José Villaba during the Chaco war. Marlene wants to find out the truth about his grandfather and, in spite of the resistance of José, he decides to embark on a trip with her to discover the truth and unearth memories and secrets.

El Dicaprio de Corozopando (The Dicaprio from Corozopando)

Venezuela

To the south of the Guárico state in Venezuela is a little-known town called Corozopando. Gregorio, the mayor, has always wanted to bring world recognition to his tiny town. Although this aspiration seems farfetched, one night the prophecy of a spirit magically convinces both Gregorio and the rest of the inhabitants to place their hopes in a child named Rubén Darío, imposing on him the responsibility of bringing fame to the town, and calling him the ‘DiCaprio of Corozopando.’ For his part, Rubén innocently assumes this responsibility and he insists on doing everything possible to bring the small and remote community fame and fortune. An eccentric, slightly absurdist, and utterly absorbing offbeat tale of the sometimes hilarious limits of local ‘celebrity,’ and the desire to be recognized in that big world beyond.

El peso de la ley (The weight of the Law)

Argentina

Gloria is a lawyer who throughout her career has never been able to defend someone who was not guilty. His new client seems to be not so different: a man accused of rape in a small town where no one believes his story.

Costa Rica

Daniel, an insecure painter that has lost his way in the world, is guided by his subconscious on a surreal journey through madness and illusion to overcome his traumatic childhood and retake control over his life.

Una Sombra al Frente (Crossing a shadow)

Peru

"This movie is inspired by real events. Set in the early twentieth century, tells the story of Enrique Aet, a young Peruvian engineer who seeks to connect the Amazon rainforest with the rest of Peru.

First, Aet is involved in the construction of roads and bridges over the rivers of the Amazon. With the fall of a bridge he has an accident and must return to Lima. There he will meet Doris, a young bourgeois with whom he will initiate a loving relationship. Then he embarks to Europe and becomes a telegraph connoisseur. When he returns to Peru, he struggles to bring to his country the progress that he learned of in the Old Continent."

La Vida de los Peces (The life of fish)

Chile

At a house party, a handsome man wanders around catching up with friends he has not seen for some years. A travel writer now based in Berlin, Andre appears to be living an exciting international life, and yet... something has drawn him back home to Santiago. As the night goes on, we realize that a tragedy binds this group - an event that was also the impetus for Andre's departure from Chile years ago. Moreover, there is someone at the party he goes to great lengths to avoid. But she is the very person he most needs to see.

Cuba

Based on the life of Benny Moré, the film concentrates on a period in the early 1950s when Moré leaves the orchestra of Duany and starts his own 'Banda Gigante'. In a flashback we learn of his success in Mexico. Moré is caught in the events connected to Batista's coup in Cuba. Also, he tours Venezuela, where he suffers the machinations of a vengeful businessman. After collapsing and being hospitalised, Moré swears off alcohol. Some years later, he encounters his old band-mate Monchy, fallen on hard times.