With a phenomenal use of music, minimal dialogue, and beautifully textured black and white cinematography, Transeunte follows the story of Expedito, a retiree who has lost all ties with life. As he wanders through the bustling centre of Rio de Janeiro amongst so many other anonymous faces, he plays witness to the dramas of others that he observes in the streets. And yet, he passes by unnoticed, as though he has become an extra in his own life story. The routine of his days leads to a profound alienation that seems immovable.
Everyone in the town of San Miguel Nenepilco knows that since being a boy, Agent Jesus Juárez (aka Chucho) has always represented the Devil in their traditional Pastorela (Shepherds’ Play). Hence, this Christmas all hell breaks loose when the new parish priest, the exorcist Father Mundo, gives the role to someone else. Chucho must stage an epic battle between good and evil to recover what by tradition belongs solely to him. Pastorela is a rollicking comedy that pokes fun at some of Mexico’s most time-honoured religious institutions and customs.
Winter in Québec. Blinding snow. Freezing fingers. Endless complaining. Why endure wind chill factors and six hours of daylight when you can escape to a dream vacation in the sun at an all-inclusive resort? The warm, turquoise ocean of Cuba is just a plane ride away. By putting to the test the tenacious paradigm of salutary tourism, Playa Coloniale is a grinding look at an industry that, along with its users, rarely questions itself.
Closing Night Reception
8:30 - 11:30pm | Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | Film & Reception: $20
Celebrate the close of VLAFF 2013 with wine and hors d'oeuvres following the screening of Post Tenebras Lux. Featuring live music from MEZCLA.
At a table in a small town bar, a strange visitor offers a man an unusual deal: one million dollars in exchange for reliving ten years of his past from whichever time period he chooses. And, when he returns to the present, it will be as though no time has passed at all. At sixty years of age, ernesto Zambrana is feeling fed up with the humdrum nature of his life. Without thinking twice about the consequences, he embarks on this extraordinary adventure which, independent of the outcome, will change his life forever. A darkly comic gem of a thriller with genius performances.
This film portrays the incredible estela de Carlotto from her life as a contented school teacher, wife, and mother to her devastation at the disappearance of her daughter and subsequent abduction of her grandson by the Argentine military, to her political awakening as a leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. A profoundly emotional portrait of a woman who transformed her pain into a force for human rights and whose struggle became a symbol in Argentina and around the world.
Described by writer-director Pablo Fendrik as a “Mesopotamian Western,” El Ardor stars Gael García Bernal as Kaí, a mysterious shaman who emerges from the Río Paraná to defend a clan of tobacco farmers against a band of cold-blooded land-grabbers. But this is no ordinary Western. Filmed on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, near the border of Brazil and Argentina, the lush, claustrophobic jungle with its birds, insects and prowling animals becomes as much a part of the story as the misfortunes of its characters.
In this stylized, surrealistic melodrama, a circus dwarf named Sadourni is jailed for a crime of passion. Serving a twenty-year prison sentence, he is faced with a dilemma: to escape and endure life as a fugitive, or to adjust to society's expectations through an extreme physical metamorphosis. The result is utterly captivating.
Ana is going to a wedding party with two friends and hopes to meet someone. However, her expectations change when one of her friends reveals that her ex-boyfriend might be coming too.
Best friends Martin and Tomaz set out for a weekend together to southern Brazil that will change their relationship forever. For both of them, the brief excursion back to this coastal town where Martin’s family is from becomes a journey into themselves. Seashore is a wander through the borderlands between love and friendship, exploring sexual orientation and personal identity. The outstanding camerawork picks up on the protagonists’ complex emotional states in the same way as the soundtrack captures the roaring of the sea: gentle and powerful in equal measure.