Latino film fest
Here’s a treat for film buffs.
ONCE again, the Latin American Embassies join forces with Golden Screen Cinemas to promote their movies. The Ninth Latin American Film Festival takes place from Oct 14 till 17.
The film fest will be held at GSC cinemas in 1 Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor; Mid Valley Megamall and the Pavilion, in Kuala Lumpur. Here’s the list of the award-winning movies scheduled for screening: The Gift ( El Regalo, Chile): A moving story of three close friends – Francisco, Pacheco and Tito. Francisco, a widowed retiree, is going through a difficult time and, to cheer him up, Tito and Pacheco decide to give him a gift – a holiday trip.
However, things don’t go as planned and the trip brings many surprises that change their lives.
El Regalo won the Award of the Public, Valdivia Festival in Chile (2008) and the Best Film award at the Latino Film Festival in Trieste, Italy (2009). The Camera Obscura (Argentina): It tells the story of a woman who, in the opinion of her family, was born ugly. Years later, a French photographer discovers another side of her.
In 2009, the movie won the Silver Condor for Best Costume Design in the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards, and the Best Costume Design in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina awards. The Pope’s Toilet (Uruguay): A group of men in a poor village combine their resources to build a proper lavatory on the occasion of the first-ever papal visit to Uruguay, as His Holiness is expected to pass through Melo where he may be cheered by hordes of Catholic Brazilians.
In 2007, the movie won several awards, including Golden Kikito Award for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Gramado Film Festival, and the International Jury Award at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Bossa Nova (Brazil): This is a comedy comprising several personal stories, with genuine Brazilian charm. A widow who has given up on love, Mary Ann is an American who teaches English in Rio de Janeiro. Lawyer Pedro is facing a sticky divorce and wants his wife back, but when he sees Mary Ann in the hallway outside her language school, he is instantly smitten with her and decides to sign up for her classes.
The Annunciation (Cuba): Amalia summons her children to read their father’s will. But before they can do it, the grandson tears it up and throws the document out of the window. The movie won the grand prize at the International Festival of Low-Budget Cinema of Gibara, Cuba, in 2009.
My Time Will Come (Ecuador): Revolves around the city morgue’s brooding Dr Arturo Fernandez who is physically and emotionally isolated from the world around him. In 2006, the lead actor won the Best Actor award at Biarritz Festival, France, while the movie won the Augusto San Miguel Award from Ecuador’s Education and Culture Ministry.
Nonna’s Trip (Mexico): La Nonna, grandmother of the Todaro family, has just about forgotten everything – except her wish to go to the village of Todaro in Italy, the birthplace of her beloved deceased husband. This film won the Audience Award at the Latino Film Festival in San Francisco in 2008.
The Trial (Peru): About Miranda and her journey to find her missing father, whose blood can save her brother’s life. The Trial received international awards such as Best Film Award Special Prize of the Jury at Verona Love Screens Film Festival in Italy in 2007. Zamora, Free Land And Men (Venezuela): Ezequiel Zamora, a hero of his time, took it upon himself to fight for the equal rights of peasants and farmers afflicted by the class struggle that was caused by wealthy landowners.
Award winner: TheCameraObscura (Argentina) is one of the movies scheduled for public screening at the Ninth Latin American Film Festival to be held at GSC cinemas in the Klang Valley this month.
In TheAnnunciation (Cuba), a family prepares to read the father’s will.