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La Playa D.C.


VLAFF 2013 Opening Night Party - SOLD OUT!!!

($15 Film Only tickets still available.)

Friday, August 30 • 9:30pm - late
Following the screening of La Playa D.C.

Featuring live music by Brisas del Palmar, direct from Santiago de Cuba. www.elgrupocubano.com

Film and Party: $25 (includes one free drink).
Limited number of tickets available.

The ANZA Club
3 West 8th Avenue (corner of Ontario Street, two blocks west of Main)

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Jonathas’ Forest

A Floresta de Jonathas

A family lives off the land, selling fruit to tourists at a humble roadside stall by a motorway that crosses a rural community in the Brazilian Amazon. Unlike his carefree older brother Juliano, Jonathas is an exemplary son, dedicated to his studies and to helping his parents make a living. Lured into a camping trip by his brother and by the sensuality of a Ukrainian girl, his life poignantly changes as he enters the realm of the powerful and deceiving rainforest. A beautifully shot drama of faith and nature, tradition and youth. - Vitor Borba.

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A chinese Tale

Un cuento chino

For over 20 years, introverted hardware store owner Roberto (Ricardo Darín of the Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) has lived virtually shut off from the outside world. Roberto’s orderly yet lonely existence is disrupted when Jun, a young man from China stumbles into his path. Jun has just landed in Buenos Aires in search of his uncle, his only living relative, but does not speak a word of Spanish. Roberto suddenly finds himself the custodian of this stranger as he is unwillingly caught up in Jun’s predicament.

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Fat, bald, short man

Gordo, calvo y bajito

This highly innovative, animated film tells the story of Antonio Farfán, a middle-aged man who works in a notary office. He believes that his dull personal and professional life is the result of his looks: being fat, bald and short. One day his new boss arrives: a fatter, balder and shorter man who, unlike Antonio, is both successful in his career and happily married. In spite of Antonio’s deep-seated shyness and insecurity, he can’t help but see that it is time for things to change. The question is: How is he going to do it?

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Juan of the death

Juan de los muertos

When hungry, flesh-eating zombies begin to take over the island of Cuba on the anniversary of the revolution, the official media refers to the reports as isolated incidents provoked by dissidents paid by the US government. Fortunately for the future of the nation and before widespread panic fully sets in, Juan and his friends come to the rescue. Once they figure out that the only way to beat the zombies is to destroy their brains, Juan realizes there is an upside to this situation: they can confront the zombies and make some money out of it at the same time.

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Passerby

Transeunte

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.

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We all have sinned

Todos hemos pecado

No one could ever have imagined that one day La Chingada Vieja would fall in love. Why? Because she’s always alone; because no one looks her way; because when they feel her approaching they cross themselves; but above all, because no one falls in love with Death. That is until El Hombre sin Nombre appears in her life. Only the confusion of an avenging town and the longing of four men to reach heaven could wrinkle the course of this True Love.

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Querida voy a comprar cigarrillos y vuelvo

Darling, I’m going out for cigarettes and will be right back

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.

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