Uruguay 2002. Amidst nationwide strikes, Ariel, a student activist in Montevideo is informed of his father’s death. He returns to his hometown of Salto to attend the funeral. His father’s notary soon informs Ariel of his inheritance: an old dog, a house taken over by his father’s lover and a cattle ranch where the workers haven’t been paid in six months. Ariel is thrust into an unwelcome adulthood, and to escape becomes involved with the local student activist group. One of the great strengths of the film is the mesmerizing performance by Felipe Dieste.
Raimundo, an old man living alone in an over-crowded Havana apartment block, is only too happy to look after his neighbour’s baby for the afternoon. But as time passes and the mother does not return, an unexpected visit forces him to reconsider his position and threatens to destabilize his world.
Every day, eloy delivers a hundred judicial notifications and is put in contact with 100 stories. Now far from the promise of his youth, he has become an alienated and desensitized civil servant trapped in an eternally repeating present. That is until a series of events leads him into the depths of the city, towards some extravagant and timeless characters, and the most profound experiences of his life. each notification becomes a domino piece that will fall with the same force as his own convictions.
Based on a true story that occurred in 1974, The Quispe Girls is the tale of three Coya sisters, Justa, Lucía and Luciana Quispe, who live on the rugged, isolated slopes of the Chilean Altiplano. They live an intimate and solitary existence as goatherders, with minimal contact with the outside world. The recent death of a fourth sister and hushed whisperings from the south of a brutal new political regime, force the sisters into an existential quest that will threaten their entire way of life. An exquisite and haunting meditation on the profundity of loss.
In the remote village of Greytown, Nicaragua, surrounded by the jungle and the ocean, Maicol and Bryan are nearing adolescence. Soon, instead of swimming in the river and making slingshots to kill birds, they will be shark hunting in the sea with the older men of the village. The Shark’s Eye captures their daily lives and quietly leads the viewer into the local reality, partly masked by the humour and innocence of late childhood.
In a small town in Córdoba, Argentina, three childhood friends, Malena, Pablo, and Tomás, rock out on a makeshift stage to a roomful of screaming, enthusiastic fans. However, the chemistry that fires their music has a depth and perplexity to it that none of them is quite ready to face. In the next few hours, the friends will part and a new day will begin, but the angst-laden emotion of teenage desire is not so predictable nor so easily contained.
Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba just weeks before a hurricane swept the site off the face of the earth, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary, and reverie. The villagers’ ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, transform a sensitive portrait of the unique Taíno-Spanish culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking itself and on humanity at the edge of time.
Having dropped out of college twice before, the charming but directionless Roque arrives in Buenos Aires to resume his studies. He is soon drawn into a divisive political militancy that sweeps the campus. His amorous pursuit of Paula, who is a radical party spokesperson, leads him to start working under the tutelage of the mercurial leftist professor Acevedo. Roque unwittingly gets involved in a campaign that will teach him that student politics, for all its idealism, may be no less vulnerable to corruption and disillusionment than those of the larger society.
Colombian Gala Reception - SOLD OUT!
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | Film & Reception: $20
Please join us after the screening for a reception hosted by the Consulate General of Colombia.
In the city of Santiago, the socially reserved 30-year-old Jerónimo rents rooms to foreigners and lives vicariously through them. When 23-year-old Sanna, a stunningly beautiful woman from Norway, arrives one day, she brings a new purpose to his life. Jerónimo tries to woo her, but just as he believes he may be successful, his suspicions get the best of him; he finds out that she is hiding something at the house, awakening his worst fears.