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11th LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL - 29 & 30 AUGUST 2015, Dubbo Regional Theatre

 
 

 

 SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2015

Porcelain Horse (Ecuador)   9.30am

Shot in a freewheeling, semi-documentary style, the film centres on two brothers from a wealthy but dysfunctional family. Both brothers are drug addicts; the older brother, Paco, is a playboy slacker who narrates the story and the younger brother, Luis, is a hot-tempered singer with an amateurish rock band. After stealing a valuable family horse statuette from their parent’s home to fuel their drug habit, the film follows how consequences of that night change the direction of the brothers’ lives. (Drama)

That Thing You Love (Peru)    11.35am

In order to pay the mortgage, Fortunato and his wife turned 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 the life of her childhood sweetheart, Fortunato, who has now completely forgotten her. Mrs Misterfair rents a room with the intention of scaring the other hotel guests and replacing them with members of her gang, thus ruining Fortunato’s chance to save his house. That Thing You Love is an aesthetic and humorous adventure that portrays evil as a consequence of unrequited love and the incapacity of understanding reality beyond one's fears. (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy)

The Accordion’s Voyage (Colombia)   1.20pm

For sixteen 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. For sixteen years, success eludes them. One day a letter arrives: an invitation to play with the Hohner accordion orchestra in Germany. Manuel and his group embark on an epic journey that takes them to the origins of his accordion, a journey that will change their lives forever.After their return to Colombia, Manuel and his group will participate one last time at the Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata. (Feature Documentary)  

The Gift (Chile)   3.05pm 

The Gift is the story of three close friends: Francisco, Pacheco and Tito. Francisco, a recently retired widower is going through a difficult time. To cheer him up, his two friends decide to give him a gift: they invite him to spend a weekend at a hot spring resort in Chillan. As a surprise, they invite Francisco’s school sweetheart, Lucy. But things do not always turn out as planned. The trip will hold many surprises. They will meet Carmen, Nicolas and Martin and this will change everyone’s plans, along with their lives. (Comedy) 

The Acacias (Argentina)   5.05pm

Rubén is a lonely truck driver, who has been covering for years the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yet this time is different. He has a passenger, Jacinta, whom he is taking as a favour for a friend. To his dismay, 8 months old Anahí, Jacinta’s daughter, will also travel with them. It’s not the best beginning. As kilometres go by, the relationship between Rubén and Jacinta will grow. They will slowly seep into each other's soul. None of them talks much about their lives. None asks much either. It’s a journey of few words, but it’s not a silent one. (Drama) 

FESTIVAL WELCOME SOCIAL  6.30PM - DRTCC FOYER

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL BY Ambassador of Argentina  H.E. Mr Pedro Villagra Delgado, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps - 7.30 in the auditorium. 

 

Mr Kaplan (Uruguay)   8.00pm

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. One beach bar may, however, provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community: its owner, a quiet, elderly German, is suspected of being a runaway Nazi. Jacob secretly recruits Contreras, a more loyal than honest former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they will try to repeat

 

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2015

 

The Four Cardinal Points (El Salvador)   9.30am

The Four Cardinal Points is a documentary project that aspires to portray four moving stories from northern, southern, eastern and western parts of this Central American country. The objective is to show the cultural, social and ecological diversity of the region – and to create a film that distances itself from media discourses characteristic of Central America often monopolized by violence. From communities near the sea where surf is practiced up to coffee fields, from former guerrilla zones all the way to crafts towns. There are lots to see and tell in such a small country! (Documentary)

Azu (Venezuela)   10.50am

 

In 1780, an African woman is forced into slavery and sold at an auction. Don Manuel Aguirre, the sugarcane farmer who buys her, becomes obsessed and has no idea her ancestral destiny will disrupt his plantation. A group of slaves flee the sugar plantation and they are now seeking refuge. Action, mysticism and the struggle for identity join in this story with a feminine edge filled with magic and the density of the forests. (Drama, Adventure)

 

And, However Nevertheless (Cuba)   12.50pm

A boy is late for his Math exam and makes up a fantasy story to justify his lateness. This story provokes chaos amongst students and worries teachers. In order to stop his leadership in the strict school, the Principal forces him into an agreement that suits her: this will be the boy’s only option or else he faces expulsion. The development of events generates doubts over the veracity of his story. (Fiction)

Cloudy Times (Paraguay)   2.45pm

For as long as Arami can remember, her mother suffers from epilepsy and Pakinson’s disease. As the only child of an absent father, Arami had to be responsible for herself and her mother at a very young age. Then, several years ago, she could somehow cut the cord, as she found her own happiness in Switzerland. However, her mother’s health is deteriorating. Will she be able to find a solution for her mother in a country where the caretaking of the elderly is mainly up to their relatives? And if so, should she give up her happiness in Europe and go back to her mother? (Documentary)

In The Middle of Heaven (Mexico)   5.00pm

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. The film sets out to show us that we are human beings with emotions and sensibilities that are common to us all, independent of social class. These feelings bring us closer to each other and allow us to grow. (Comedy)

Reaching For The Moon (Brazil)  7.15pm

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. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Gloria Pires, Reaching for the Moon is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it. (Biography/ Drama/ Romance)

 

NOTE:  DUE TO ROADWORKS OCCURRING IN DARLING STREET ON SUNDAY 30TH AUGUST, ACCESS TO THE COUNCIL CARPARK NEXT TO THE DRTCC WILL BE VIA CARRINGTON AVENUE AT THE REAR OF THE DRTCC AND WILL BE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. PLEASE TAKE CARE IF ACCESSING THIS CARPARK. OTHERWISE PLENTY OF PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE IN  SURROUNDING STREETS  INCLUDING CHURCH STREET, CARRINGTON AVENUE AND TALBRAGAR STREET NEXT TO VICTORIA PARK. THE POOL CARPARK WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

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