The Latin experience
as in years past, this year’s Latin american Film Festival offers you a taste of something different.
Viva México! viva Ecuador! viva venezuela! viva Chile! viva the other six countries that are contributing to this year’s Latin american Film Festival at three GSC cinemas in the Klang valley! viva, you may have guessed, is how we say our celebratory “Long live!” in Spanish. and the correct response is to echo viva! in response.
See, now you know something awesome about Latin american culture. Come to the Latin american Film Festival (LaFF) for more.
Film festivals are a glorious yearly event and here is one that has been around for a while. it also stands apart for two reasons. One is personal – this reviewer deeply loves Latin america, its countries, its peoples and its cultures. The second is in the choice of films.
While the trend with some festivals has been to show more modern and crowd-pleasing selec- tions, this festival will be a delight to traditionalists. instead of trying to accommodate the viewers’ tastes, these films invite you to sample new flavours.
it’s the difference between a few days in a five-star hotel and a couple weeks in a homestay. Perhaps not for everyone, but very special to those who give it a go.
Unfortunately there is a limited time to sample this bufetdelicioso – only four days in which to watch 12 films from 10 countries, but do try to get at least one bite. and for aficionados, the challenge is great but, say it with me: Sípodemos! (Yes, we can!)
Some select films to get you in the groove:
A Paper Tiger (Colombia)
Winner of the Colombian National award for Documentary, Luis Ospina investigates the life and work of legendary Colombian collage artist Pedro Manrique Figuerora from 1934 to his mysterious disappearance in 1981. The artist’s elusive and contradictory story serves as a pretext for a documentary about the 1960s and 70s, a period so often idealised and mystified, which examines the relationship between art and politics, between truth and lies, and between documentary and fiction.
The Old House (Cuba)
Based on the classic Cuban play The Old House by abelardo Estorino, it does its own asking and answering of that age-old question: Can you ever go back home again? Esteban, who left 14 years ago, returns when he learns that his father is dying and finds that little has changed. The family’s joy at see- ing him again cannot cover for long the bitterness and resentment over Esteban’s long absence. Trapped together in the family’s old house, grudges, misunderstandings and intolerance bubble to the surface.
Welcome To Your Family (Ecuador)
at the age of 14, Yandri has already spent half of her life away from her father who immigrated to Spain in hopes of finding a better future for his family. Jessica emigrates too, leaving her children to be raised by their loving grandmother. Jorge’s youngest daughter was only nine months old when he emigrated, so she has no memory of him. Welcome To Your Family is a documentary that follows the lives of three families trying to reunite after hard decisions and long separation.