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Latin American Film Festival

Food, friendship and fishing among themes at 12th Latin American Film Festival.

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This popular annual festival of  back with an exciting line up showcasing ten Spanish language films as a window into Latin American countries and cultures. The 12th Latin American Film Festival will be held at the Palmerston North City Library from November 8-23.

Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela selected a film from their country to screen for the festival, which also runs in Wellington, Dunedin, Auckland, Tauranga and New Plymouth.

Massey University, the Palmerston North City Library and the embassies worked together to bring the festival to Palmerston North.

Dr Leonel Alvarado, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Language at Massey’s Manawatu campus, says the festival will showcase fascinating and critically acclaimed Latin American films.

“It’s next to impossible to catch these movies in commercial cinemas, and that’s why events such as this offer a unique opportunity not to be missed,” he says.

This year’s selection includes Habanastation, a Cuban story of family, social and political issues; The Grandfather, a moving Spanish tale of exile and return to the homeland; The Way I Like it, a delicious Venezuelan story of Latin food and transatlantic love; Bad Day to go Fishing, a heartfelt drama based on a classic Uruguayan short story; the critically acclaimed Argentinean film Sidewalls; the moving and entertaining Chilean story My Best Enemy; from Ecuador and Colombia; Fisherman, based on real events; Gods, a dramatic portrayal of Peruvian upper class;  Recipes to Stay Together, a lively journey into Mexican cuisine; wrapping up with award-winning Brazilian story, Buddies.

Cuban Ambassador Mrs Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro will be at the opening night screening of Habanastation and will treat the audience to a Cuban cocktail. Brazilian Ambassador, Mr Eduardo Gradilone, will host a closing night event, with a talk about Buddies (Colegas) and sharing the delights of Brazilian food and drinks.

The Festival runs from 8 to 23 November, showing the following films:

  • Opening Night – Friday 8 November at 6.30pm. Entry – Gold coin donation.
  • Friday 8: Habanastation (Cuba);
  • Saturday 9: The Grandfather (Spain);
  • Monday 11: The Way I like it (Venezuela);
  • Wednesday 13: Bad Day to go Fishing (Uruguay);
  • Friday 15: Sidewalls (Argentina);
  • Saturday 16: My Best Enemy (Chile);
  • Monday 18: Fisherman (Ecuador/Colombia);
  • Wednesday 20: Gods (Peru);
  • Friday 22: Recipes to Stay Together (Mexico);
  • Saturday 23: Buddies (Brazil).

All movies have English subtitles and will screen at 7pm in the Central Library’s Sound & Vision Zone (George Street entrance),

For more info contact the Palmerston North City Library on 06-3514100, or the School of Humanities, Massey University, on 06-3569099 ext 81143, l.alvarado@massey.ac.nz.

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