Vancouver Latin American Film Festival Announces 2014 Film Lineup
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, running from August 28 to Sept 7, is proud to announce its 2014 film lineup. For 12 years VLAFF has been one of the principal windows for Latin American cinema in Canada. Our film selection is recognized internationally for its curatorial vision that honours new Latin American filmmakers alongside more established ones.
Festival goers can look forward to 73 films, including 36 feature-length films, exhibited in three venues in downtown Vancouver. The program includes the third year of our New Directors Competition (7 films compete for this award) as well as the fourth year of the Al Jazeera Documentary Competition (7 films in competition), which is given in partnership with the Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. Sixteen short films are also in competition for Best Short Film. The festival will award $5,000 in cash prizes for its different sections in competition. For the first time this year, we will also present an Audience Award.
Our Panorama section offers a view of some of the most recent and exciting new Latin American films. To honour the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), we will screen the classic Cuban film Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) by
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, considered by many as one of the top 100 films of the 20th century. We will also be screening No One Writes to the Colonel (1999), the film adaptation of the novella by the late writer and Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez.
Now in its fourth edition, the program Canada Looks South will highlight films from Latin-Canadian filmmakers. This year we focus on works by Chilean-Canadian filmmakers. In our section Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond, we are partnering with the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival to screen films by BC First Nations filmmakers alongside works by Indigenous filmmakers from Oaxaca, Mexico.
This year we partner with the Museum of Anthropology at UBC to present a series of Afro-Cuban films as part of their exhibition "Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art." We also welcome a new partnership with the Etxepare Basque Institute in Spain to introduce to Vancouver audiences films spoken in Basque, one of the oldest languages in Europe.
Chile is the guest country at VLAFF 2014, and we will have the pleasure of welcoming six Chilean filmmakers. Within the activities, we will have a retrospective on the Chilean actor Manuela Martelli, one of the most recognized Chilean film actors. She will be in attendance at the festival.
The film schedule will be posted online in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale August 12 at www.vlaff.org.
The complete lineup of the 12th edition of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is here!
OPENING NIGHT FILM
LION'S HEART / CORAZÓN DE LEÓN (Argentina) Dir: Marcos Carnevale
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
ANINA (Uruguay) Dir: Alfredo Soderguit
NEW DIRECTORS Films in competition.
HABI, THE FOREIGNER / HABI, LA EXTRANJERA (Argentina) Dir: María Florencia Álvarez
THE QUISPE GIRLS / LAS NIÑAS QUISPE (Chile) Dir: Sebastián Sepúlveda
ILLITERATE / LAS ANALFABETAS (Chile) Dir: Moisés Sepúlveda
DUST ON THE TONGUE / TIERRA EN LA LENGUA (Colombia) Dir: Rubén Mendoza
WORKERS (Mexico) Dir: José Luis Valle
WE ARE MARI PEPA / SOMOS MARI PEPA (Mexico) Dir: Samuel Isamu Kishi
THE MILITANT / EL LUGAR DEL HIJO (Uruguay) Dir: Manolo Nieto
AL JAZEERA DOCUMENTARY AWARD Films in competition.
ICAROS (Argentina/Peru) Dir: Georgina Barreiro
REFUGEES IN THEIR OWN LAND / REFUGIADOS EN SU TIERRA (Argentina/Chile) Dirs: Fernando Molina & Nicolás Bietti
THE LAST STATION / LA ÚLTIMA ESTACIÓN (Chile) Dirs: Cristian Soto & Catalina Vergara
GORGONA, STORIES ON THE RUN / LA GORGONA, HISTORIAS FUGADAS (Colombia) Dir: Camilo Botero
DISRUPTED / QUEBRANTO (Mexico) Dir: Roberto Fiesco
THE NAKED ROOM / EL CUARTO DESNUDO (Mexico) Dir: Nuria Ibáñez
BLANCO (Dominican Republic) Dir: Melvin Durán
PANORAMA Films out of competition.
BAD HAIR / PELO MALO (Venezuela) Dir: Mariana Rondón
LIVING STARS (Argentina) Dirs: Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat
YVY MARAEY: LAND WITHOUT EVIL / YVY MARAEY: TIERRA SIN MAL (Bolivia) Dir: Juan Carlos Valdivia
THE WAY HE LOOKS / HOJE EU QUERO VOLTAR SOZINHO (Brazil) Dir: Daniel Ribeiro
ESTHER SOMEWHERE / ESTHER EN ALGUNA PARTE (Cuba) Dir: Gerardo Chijona
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (Mexico/UK) Dir: Marc Silver
THE DANCE OF REALITY / LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (Chile) Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky
SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION
FATHER / PADRE (Argentina) Dir: Santiago Bou Grasso
SURFACES / SUPERFICIES (Argentina) Dir: Martín Aliaga
FORGOTTEN / EL OLVIDO (Argentina) Dir: Fermín Rivera
BACKWARDS / (Argentina) Dirs: Ana Apontes & Sol Muñoz
AFTER / DESPUÉS (Argentina) Dir: Valeria Pérez Delgado
SHARK / TUBARAO (Brazil) Dir: Leo Tabosa
A CUP OF COFFEE AND WAIT / TOMOU CAFÉ E ESPEROU (Brazil) Dir: Emiliano Cunha
THE DIRTY LINEN / LOS TRAPOS AL SOL (Chile) Dir: Ramiro Zamorano
THE CHILEAN ELVIS (Chile) Dir: Marcelo Kiwi
THE BRIDGE / EL PUENTE (Chile) Dirs: Macarena Saquel & Ingrid Isensee
ORANGES / NARANJAS (Colombia) Dir: Iván Gaona
BRANQUIA / GILL (Mexico) Dir: Fabián Archondo
BALLAD OF THE LIVING DEAD (Mexico) Dir: César Augusto Villareal Montemayor
CARINA (Mexico) Dir: Sandra Reynoso
THE ABSENCE / LA AUSENCIA (Mexico) Dir: Saulo Corona
ZAFO (Mexico) Dir: Pablo Orta
MANUELA MARTELLI IN PERSON Retrospective of films featuring Chilean actor Manuela Martelli.
THE FUTURE / IL FUTURO (Chile/Italy) Dir: Alicia Scherson
MACHUCA (Chile) Dir: Andrés Wood
CHRISTMAS / NAVIDAD (Chile) Director: Sebastián Lelio
MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT / MEMORIAS DEL SUBDESARROLLO (Cuba) Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. In celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute).
NO ONE WRITES TO THE COLONEL / EL CORONEL NO TIENE QUIEN LE ESCRIBA (Mexico) Dir: Arturo Ripstein. In honour of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez.
CANADA LOOKS SOUTH Latin-Canadian Filmmakers.
IMAGES OF A DICTATORSHIP / IMÁGENES DE UNA DICTADURA Dir: Patricio Henríquez
THE PALACE / EL PALACIO Dir: Nicolás Pereda
WE WERE THERE / SUR NOS TRACES Dir: Sandra Rodríguez
DOUBLE EXPOSURE / DOBLE EXPOSICIÓN Dir: Edgardo Moreno
THE INTERRUPTED CHILEAN / EL CHILENO INTERRUMPIDO Dir: Camilo Martín-Flórez
WHAT COMES BETWEEN Dir: Cecilia Araneda
ALMOST SEEN / PRESQUE VU Dir: Cecilia Araneda
INDIGENOUS FILM FROM BC & BEYOND Films from Indigenous filmmakers from the west coast of Canada and Oaxaca, Mexico.
Films from Oaxaca, Mexico. Curated by Luna Marán.
THIS SONG IS FOR FATIMA / ESTA CANCIÓN ES PARA FÁTIMA Dir: Acelo Ruíz
MUSIC FOR AFTER SLEEPING / MÚSICA PARA DESPUÉS DE DORMIR Dir: Nicolás Rojas Sánchez
TIRICIA, OR HOW TO DEAL WITH SADNESS / LA TIRICIA O CÓMO CURAR LA TRISTEZA Dir: Ángeles Cruz
THE LAST ADVICE / EL ÚLTIMO CONSEJO Dir: Itandehui Jansen
Films from British Columbia. Curated by the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF)
THE LETTER R Dir: Hannah Leona
BREAKING THE SILENCE Dir: Community Action Research Team
HAIDA RAID 2: A MESSAGE TO STEPHEN HARPER Dir: Haidawood studio
HAIDA RAID 3: SAVE OUR WATERS Dir: Haidawood studio
LOOKING AT THE DEVIL Dir: Aspects
GA WAABMIN GAYE / NEMOLNEK ELT NI'NEN Dir: Melody McKiver
HONEY FOR SALE Dir: Amanda Strong
LET'S TALK IN BASQUE! A program of Basque Cinema. In collaboration with the Etxepare Basque Institute.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, GRANDMA! / URTEBERRI ON, AMONA! Dir: Telmo Esnal
Short films from the Kimuak program:
A POLITICAL STORY Dir: Lander Camarero
CHOLERA / CÓLERA Dir: Aritz Moreno
HOTZANAK, FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY Dir: Izibene Oñederra
DEMOCRACY / DEMOCRACIA Dir: Borja Cobeaga
MINERITA Dir: Raúl de la Fuente
ONE HOUR, ONE STEP / UNA HORA, UN PASO Dir: Aitor Iturriza, Bernat Gual
CUTTING GRASS / ZELA TROVKE Dir: Asier Altuna
AFRO-CUBAN CINEMA In partnership with the Museum of Anthropology at UBC (as part of their exhibition "Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art")
EL BENNY Dir: Jorge Luis Sánchez
THE LAST SUPPER / LA ÚLTIMA CENA Dir: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
MALUALA Dir: Sergio Giral
ALABBÁ Dir: Eliezer Pérez Angueira
CENTELLA IS COMING / CENTELLA VA VENIR Dir: Agustín Peralta Lemes
SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!