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Keppel Latin American Film Festival is back this year with many award-winning movies. The festival will be held from 22 November to 25 November 2018 at National Gallery Singapore.
The Movie of My Life (2017) is based A Distant Father by Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta. It depicts the life of a young man (Johnny Massaro) who returned to his hometown in rural Brazil. He struggled to understand why his French-born father (Vincent Cassel) had left.
The Chilean movie Machuca (2011), directed by Andrés Wood, tells the story of two boys: Gonzalo Infante who comes from a rich family with a European background and Pedro Machuca who comes from an indigenous background and lives in the slum. They met at an elite English-language Catholic school led by Father McEnroe who allowed free admission of some less fortunate kids. It was set in Santiago during Salvador Allende's socialist government until shortly after General Augusto Pinochet's military coup in 1973. The film is dedicated to Father Gerardo Whelan, C.S.C., the director of Colegio Saint George (Saint George's College) between 1969 to 1973, the private school in Santiago where the film director attended as a child.
First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform his country, José 'Don Pepe' Figueres. The Costa Rican movie directed by Andrea Kalin depicts the momentous struggle to shape the country's democratic identity, and the portrayal of a courageous woman escaped the confines of a traditional and sheltered existence and lived a life she never imagined.
Seven Seeds (2016) is the new-age comedy about a self-centered manager, Ignacio Rodríguez (Carlos Alcántara), who works for a textile export company founded by his father Manuel (Federico Luppi). He suffered a mild heart-attack then he met a spiritual guide (Javier Cámara), who led him to finding his own path to happiness.
Chance (2010) is centred on two characters who sought revenge to their abusive employers. The Panama film deals with the social inequality in Latin America in a satirical comedy.
The Distinguished Citizen a 2016 Argentine-Spanish drama film directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn tells the story of a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. For the role he played, Oscar Martínez won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at Venice Film Festival. The film won Best Ibero-American Film at the 4th Platino Awards and many more awards.
Upside Down (2011) tells a story about a grandpa who shows the value of solidarity, the value of friendship and respect for other people's views to his six-year-old granddaughter. The film, directed by Alejandro García Wiedemann, is a reminder of the importance of family ties across generations. The film won the Best Movie Award at the Venezuelan Film Festival in 2012.
Esteban (2016) is directed by Jonal Cosculluela and written by by Amilcar Salatti is a Cuban film starring young actor Reinaldo Guanche. It tells the story of a 9 year-old poor boy who dreams of learning piano. This drama features a soundtrack created and performed by Chucho Valdés, renowned Cuban pianist, who had a strong influence on the modern history of Afro-Cuban jazz.
A comedy and family genre Tesoros is directed by María Novaro. It follows the journey of four young children in a fishing community on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The Mexican film's message is about optimism, beauty and wonder. The PG-rated movie won 24th San Diego Latino Film Festival (2017): Best Family Film Award, Chile´s 7th International Film Festival for Children and Youth Ojo de Pescado : Best Feature Film Award, and many more awards.
Keyla (2017), directed by Viviana Gomez, depicts the life of a girl living on the island of Providencia, a former "land of pirates" in the Colombian Caribbean. She is searching for her father who went out to sea and has not returned. Her father's former wife arrives from Spain with her 13-year-old son Francisco, Keyla's half-brother, and changes her life. This is the story of a broken family that, through the loss of one of its members, comes together and works toward reconciliation. The film showed a quintessential Caribbean feel, richly displaying Providencia's natural environment, culture, and music, while dealing with the importance of family.
Tesoros (PG), Keyla (PG13), and Esteban (PG13) are suitable for children. All tickets are free for those who queue 30 minutes prior to each film's screening, subject to availability. For the full schedule, please check here.