Salsa on over to Flinders CBD for free movies at the Latin American Film Festival

Join us at Flinders Victoria Square from this Friday until 20 November for free movie screenings during the Latin American Film Festival in Adelaide.

Flinders, the South Australian partner for the event, is laying on screenings of 12 movies from 6.30pm throughout the festival.

International award winning pieces and some of the most exciting and creative productions from Latin Amerca in recent years will be shown.

The full schedule and movie synopses are below.

Please note that places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

On the opening night of the festival, Flinders University’s Ms. Natalia Sanjuán Bornay will make a presentation about the presence/absence of women in the film industry, both in front and behind the camera.

Ms Bornay has recently finished her PhD thesis on issues of memory, gender and identity in women-authored fiction films and documentaries which reconstruct Spain’s contested past.

She has published several journal articles on the topics of Language Teaching and Strategic Learning as well as chapters in the edited volumes Film, History and Memory and Women Screenwriters: An International Guide.

LAFF schedule













Venezuala: AZÚ/Azu
2013, R, 100 min (Drama/ Adventure)
In 1780, an African woman is forced into slavery and sold at an auction. Don Manuel Aguirre, the sugarcane farmer who buys her, is unaware of the ancestral destiny that will soon disrupt life on his plantation.
Argentina: LAS ACACIAS/ The Acacias
2011, R, 82 min (Drama)
Rubén is a lonely truck driver, who has spent years driving on the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He takes on some unexpected passengers and as kilometres go by, their relationship develops.
Brazil: Reaching for the moon 
2014, R, 129 min (Biography/ Drama/ Romance)
Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her.
Chile: EL REGALO/ The Gift
2008, R, 108 min (Comedy) 
A story of three close friends: Francisco, Pacheco and Tito, who spend a weekend at a hot spring resort in Chillan. As a surprise, they invite Francisco’s school sweetheart, Lucy. But things do not turn out as planned.
Colombia: EL VIAJE DEL ACORDEÓN / The Accordion’s Voyage 
2013, R, 79 min (Feature Documentary) 
For 16 years the Colombian accordion virtuoso Manuel Vega and his group have been trying to win the world’s most important Vallenato music festival in Valledupar. One day they receive an invitation to play with the Hohner accordion orchestra in Germany, and embark on an epic journey that will change their lives forever.
Cuba: Y, SIN EMBARGO/ And, However
2012, R, 86 min
A boy is late for his mathematics exam and makes up a fantasy story to justify his lateness. This story provokes chaos amongst students and worries teachers. Soon everyone faces some difficult choices.
Ecuador: MEJOR NO HABLAR (DE CIERTAS COSAS)/ Porcelain Horse
2012, R, 100 min (Drama) 
Shot in a freewheeling, semi-documentary style, the film centres on two brothers from a wealthy but dysfunctional family. The film follows how the consequences of one fateful night go on to change the direction of the brothers’ lives.
Mexico: EN EL OMBLIGO DEL CIELO/ In the Middle of Heaven
2012, R, 106 min (Comedy)
A young executive, Andrea, gets stuck during a weekend on the roof of the building where she works in the company of Gualberto, a cleaner. True castaways in a sea of concrete and glass, the characters reflect on their lives and their scale of values.
Paraguay: EL TIEMPO NUBLADO/ Cloudy Times 2014, R, 92 min (Documentary)
For as long as Arami can remember, her mother has suffered from epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease and Arami has been her sole carer. Arami leaves to search for her own happiness in Switzerland, but when her mother’s condition worsens, she comes to face some difficult choices.
2013, R, 79 min (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)
To pay the mortgage, Fortunato and his wife turn their house by the beach into a summer hotel. A bitter woman, Mrs Misterfair, and her gang of freaks living in a lighthouse plan to destroy Fortunato, once a childhood sweetheart who has now completely forgotten her. A humorous adventure about fear, evil and unrequited love.
Uruguay: MR. KAPLAN
2014, R, 98 min, (Comedy, Drama, Thriller)
Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America because of World War II. Now turning 76, he begins to question his worth. When he discovers a suspected Nazi living in their midst he investigates, recruiting Contreras, a more loyal than honest former police officer: together, they will try to re-enact the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann.
El Salvador: CUATRO PUNTOS CARDINALES/ The Four Cardinal Points
2014, R, 55 min (Documentary)
A documentary project portraying four moving stories from northern, southern, eastern and western parts of El Salvador, showing the amazing cultural, social and ecological diversity of the region – and distancing itself from Central American discourses so often monopolized by violence.

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