Showcasing the largest selection of Latin American films in Australia, the 2009 festival will take place in two locations – the Dendy Opera Quays overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Casula Powerhouse, near Liverpool in Sydney’s west.
The festivals programme features a number of Australian premiers including the multi-award winning Brazilian drama Praça Saens Peńa and a political thriller from Uruguay titled Matar a Todos.
It wouldn’t be a Latin American festival without a fiesta, and the organisers have made sure no one misses out.
To celebrate opening night in the city, the festivals biggest fiesta will take place at Vivaz Restaurant and Nightclub in the Rocks, and will feature entertainment by Sydney Latin band, Son Veneno, delicious food and drinks. The closing night fiesta will be Brazilian themed, so it’s time to brush up on your Samba. And just because they can, organisers will be hosting a mid-festival fiesta as well.
Western Sydney will not miss out either with an opening night fiesta taking place at the Casula Powerhouse after the first screening.
If that isn’t enough to have you cancelling dinner invitations and finding excuses for birthday drinks you really should attend, perhaps knowing your helping the less fortunate will be the inspiration you need. The Sydney Latin American Film Festival is a not for profit event, and money raised from ticket sales will be used in development projects across Latin America.
Screenings will take place at the Dendy Quays from the 2 – 8 September, and at the Casula Powerhouse from the 10th – 13th September.
Single Session Tickets at the Dendy Quays are $15 Adults and $12 Concession, Casula Powerhouse $12 Adults and $8 Concession. Opening night including entry to the Fiesta costs extra.