Elis - Sydney Latin American Film Festival - image supplied by Cardinal Spin
This is an opportunity to see eight feature films, two documentaries, and seven shorts, along with enjoying a spectacular opening and closing night party.
Experience the blood sweat and tears in the stories of human resilience, political turmoil and redemption. The 2017 program focusses on diversity and representation, providing engaging insight into the vast cross-section of Latin American cultures.
"Fifty percent of this year's program comprises of female directors, and showcases who we are as a whole continent, with representation from Central and South America, and a special Caribbean spotlight. The program highlights the wonderful kaleidoscope that is the Latin world, bringing films from Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic to Sydney," said Festival Programmer Lidia Luna.
On the Roof - Sydney Latin American Festival - image supplied by Cardinal Spin
The Festival opens on Thursday 7 September with the Australian premiere of On the Roof.Arrive at 6.30pm for you to enjoy pre-screening drinks and Pablo's Kitchen empanadas. On the Roof is an inspirational film following three young dreamers who share their aspirations together on the rooftops of Havana.
You won't want to miss the after party of this spectacular Opening Night. A full on Latino Fiesta kicks on after the screening, with Armandito and Trovason bringing their exuberant blend of Cuban rhythms, from Mambo to Rumba to Buena Vista Social Club, to the intimate space of The Basement.
Friday 8 September - 7pm Everything Else is a thought-provoking examination of solitude starring Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza (Babel, Amores Perros) as a reclusive bureaucrat spending her nights watching romance films with her beloved cat Manuelito. When her only companion dies, she is forced to reach out for any kind of human connection.
The debut feature film from Claudia Huaiquimilla (San Juan, La Noche Más Larga – SLAFF 2013) tackles the issues and struggles of the Indigenous Chilean Mapuche people. An outsider story set in the margins of society, the film follows a troubled petty criminal from Santiago, and a shy outsider from the indigenous community who band together after the strange death of a Mapuche leader.
Saturday 9 September - 5pm Adriana's Pact is Lissette Orozco's extremely personal documentary on her aunt Adriana Rivas, and her involvement with the terrifying secret police of the Chilean Pinochet military dictatorship. Accused of the kidnapping, torture and murder of political opponents, Rivas is currently considered a fugitive by the Chilean Supreme Court and currently resides in Sydney and the NSW government facing mounting community pressure for Rivas' extradition. The film follows Orozco's journey as she unearths harsh truths about her beloved aunt.
Sunday 10 September - 6pm Sambá, nominated for Best International Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival, is a gritty Dominican sports drama following the stoic-faced hero Cisco, who resorts to street fighting for cash after returning home to the Dominican Republic after 15 years in US prison. Teaming up with washed up former pro boxer Nichi, the two set off to fight their way to personal redemption.
Sunday 10 September - 8pm Koblic, the blood-pumping story of a Navy pilot who must make an agonizing decision upon discovering his aircraft will be used to execute political prisoners; When the Guns Go Silent, a gripping documentary following Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the world's oldest guerilla army, as they negotiate peace with the Colombian government after a 50 year struggle; and El Amparo.
Elis is a captivating biopic of the life of iconic Brazilian singer Elis Regina. A must-see for music lovers.
Monday 11 September: Closing night performance: 7.45pm -A special performance by Errol H Renaud, bringing his exotic Caribbean beats spiced with soca, reggae and conscious lyricism, will wrap the Festival for another great year.
Film screening - 8.30pm Bad Lucky Goat - the hilarious story of two incompatible siblings who accidentally kill a bearded goat with their father's truck. Set against the lush green backdrop of the Colombian Caribbean, the squabbling duo must embark on a journey around the island together, visiting rastafari drum makers, pawn shops, and witch doctors along the way, as they search for a way to hide the accident.
Bad Lucky Goat - Sydney Latin American Film Festival,
Everything Else, Bad Influence, El Amparo, and Sambá will be competing for the Jury Award for Best Feature Film cash prize, presided over by film programmer Paul Struthers, producer Jonathan Page and filmmaker Daz Chandler.
Tickets:www.sydneylatinofilmFestival.org/ 50.00 Full Price Opening Night Film & Party – Conc $45.00 30.00 Full Price Closing Night Pre-screening drinks and performance – Conc $25.00
51.00 3 Session Pass (excluding opening and closing night)
$19.90* Full Price (excludes opening night)
$17.00* Concession (excludes opening night)
The 12th Sydney Latin American Film Festival will take place at Dendy Opera Quays cinemas from Thursday 7 September – Monday 11 September 2017 and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on Sunday 24 September, screening the very best in award-winning Latin American cinema.
Where:Dendy Opera Quays Cinema - 9/2 East Circular Quay, Sydney
Cost:$50.00 Full Price Opening Night Film & Party – Conc $45.00 $30.00 Full Price Closing Night Pre-screening drinks and performance – Conc $25.00 $51.00 3 Session Pass (excluding opening and closing night) $19.90* Full Price (excludes opening night)