VLAFF's 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION

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

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

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

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SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!