The Latin American embassies in Canberra are proud to present:
The 11th Latin American Film Festival
Dates + times
Thursday 20 - Monday 31 August
2.30pm and repeated 6.30pm daily
FREE. Limited numbers, no bookings required.
- All films will be screened at 2.30pm and 6.30pm daily. Entry to all screenings is free of charge and all films are subtitled in English.
- All films are unclassified; therefore entry is classed as Restricted (R18+) as we cannot guarantee films are suitable for under 18s.
James O Fairfax Theatre
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600
Latin American Film Festival 2015
The festival will present a selection of 12 films from all over Latin America, including international award winning pieces and featuring some of the most exciting and creative productions to reach the big screen in recent years.
Thursday 20 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
2013, R, 100 min (Drama/ Adventure)
In 1780, an African woman is forced into slavery and sold at an auction. Don Manuel Aguirre, the sugarcane farmer who buys her, is unaware of the ancestral destiny that will soon disrupt life on his plantation.
Friday 21 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Argentina: LAS ACACIAS/ The Acacias
2011, R, 82 min (Drama)
Rubén is a lonely truck driver, who has spent years driving on the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He takes on some unexpected passengers and as kilometres go by, their relationship develops.
Saturday 22 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Brazil: Reaching for the moon
2014, R, 129 min (Biography/ Drama/ Romance)
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop's relationship to the world around her.
Sunday 23 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Chile: EL REGALO/ The Gift
2008, R, 108 min (Comedy)
A story of three close friends: Francisco, Pacheco and Tito, who spend a weekend at a hot spring resort in Chillan. As a surprise, they invite Francisco's school sweetheart, Lucy. But things do not turn out as planned.
Monday 24 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Colombia: EL VIAJE DEL ACORDEÓN / The Accordion's Voyage
2013, R, 79 min (Feature Documentary)
For 16 years the Colombian accordion virtuoso Manuel Vega and his group have been trying to win the world's most important Vallenato music festival in Valledupar. One day they receive an invitation to play with the Hohner accordion orchestra in Germany, and embark on an epic journey that will change their lives forever.
Tuesday 25 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Cuba: Y, SIN EMBARGO/And, However
2012, R, 86 min
A boy is late for his mathematics exam and makes up a fantasy story to justify his lateness. This story provokes chaos amongst students and worries teachers. Soon everyone faces some difficult choices.
Wednesday 26 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Ecuador: MEJOR NO HABLAR (DE CIERTAS COSAS)/ Porcelain Horse
2012, R, 100 min (Drama)
Shot in a freewheeling, semi-documentary style, the film centres on two brothers from a wealthy but dysfunctional family. The film follows how the consequences of one fateful night go on to change the direction of the brothers' lives.
Thursday 27 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Mexico: EN EL OMBLIGO DEL CIELO/ In the Middle of Heaven
2012, R, 106 min (Comedy)
A young executive, Andrea, gets stuck during a weekend on the roof of the building where she works in the company of Gualberto, a cleaner. True castaways in a sea of concrete and glass, the characters reflect on their lives and their scale of values.
Friday 28 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Paraguay: EL TIEMPO NUBLADO/ Cloudy Times
2014, R, 92 min (Documentary)
For as long as Arami can remember, her mother has suffered from epilepsy and Parkinson's disease and Arami has been her sole carer. Arami leaves to search for her own happiness in Switzerland, but when her mother's condition worsens, she comes to face some difficult choices.
Saturday 29 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
Peru: COMO QUIEN NO QUIERE LA COSA/ That Thing You Love
2013, R, 79 min (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)
To pay the mortgage, Fortunato and his wife turn their house by the beach into a summer hotel. A bitter woman, Mrs Misterfair, and her gang of freaks living in a lighthouse plan to destroy Fortunato, once a childhood sweetheart who has now completely forgotten her. A humorous adventure about fear, evil and unrequited love.
Monday 31 August 2.30pm, repeated 6.30pm
El Salvador: CUATRO PUNTOS CARDINALES/ The Four Cardinal Points
2014, R, 55 min (Documentary)
A documentary project portraying four moving stories from northern, southern, eastern and western parts of El Salvador, showing the amazing cultural, social and ecological diversity of the region – and distancing itself from Central American discourses so often monopolized by violence.