August is the month for exploring the diverse and exciting Latin American cinema of now, without leaving the country. Experience the sights and sounds and the stories of Latina America exclusively at Palace Cinemas nationally, who are screening over 30 films at this year's Cine Latino Film Festival 2016. There's a special school group screening of Guarani, complete with study guide for Year 9-12 teachers and their students. Selected for its relevance to young adult audiences, one teacher is admitted free for every 20 students.
There's a colourful palette of choices, so start booking and immerse yourself in films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Find the world's greatest sporting passion with four films about football, along with a selection of comedy, drama, documentary, horror and of course the eroticism of modern love. Be sure to check out the 'Special Events' and the venues it's held at in your particular city for a special night out.
On opening night we have Neruda, directed by Pablo Larrain and an official selection of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Director's Fortnight. It's a 108min long drama set in 1948 during the cold war. It's a reimagining of the Nobel Prize winning poet Neruda who accuses the left-wing government of betraying the Communist Party. Bumbling Police prefect Oscar Peluchonneau sets out to arrest the fleeing Neruda and his wife who have been forced into hiding. Inspired instead of afraid of his new predicament, Neruda raises the stakes in this game of cat and mouse, making it more dangerous and intimate. Ingeniously crafted, funny, yet gripping, it's been touted as Larrain's finest accomplishment to date.
The Violin Teacher by Sérgio Machado is a 100min long drama from Brazil. Inspired by the true story of the Baccarelli Insitute and the play Acorda Brasi, the story of Laerte, a former child prodigy violinist with an immense promise of talent that has not been fulfilled. Failing an important audition, Laerte finds himself filled with life's struggles. Reluctantly he takes a job teaching children in one of the biggest slums in Latin America - Heliopolis. They're a challenge; unruly, ill-disciplined and chaotic, he is shocked. But somehow, amidst the chaos, he sees raw potential in some and gets drawn into their world, until his former life threatens to pull them all apart. This film is a moving tribute to the power of music, so let it sing to your soul.
Closing night film Argentina by Carlos Saura is an 85min long documentary, largely filmed in a converted warehouse in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. It showcases the past, present and future of Argentina's rich folk music and dance heritage. Lyrical and moving, watch the staggering performances of traditional Argentine folk styles including zamba, malambo and copla with performances by celebrated figures alongside newer artists along with a moving tribute to the legendary Mercedes Sosa and Atahualpa Yupanqui. An official selection at the 2015 Venice International Film Festival, come along to experience this project of passion.