The 17th Latin American Film Festival features 16 films, all of which are Ottawa premieres. Included in the line-up is a pair of submissions for the past Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Brazil’s entry, The Clown (O palhaco), opens the festival, while Argentina’s Clandestine Childhood (Infancia clandestina) plays in April. The Colombian offering The Colours of the Mountain (Los colores de la montaña) represented its nation in the previous year’s Oscar race. Also included among the festival entries are films that struck the programmers with their vitality and originality at festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, and Montreal.
The CFI is also excited to welcome two filmmakers to this year’s festivities. Mexico’s Andrea Martínez Crowther will attend the screening of her film Cycle (Ciclo) on March 23rd, while Toronto-based Guatemalan director Julio Ponce Palmieri will be in Ottawa on April 3rd to present his short dramas Crossroads (Encrucijada) and Been a While.
All films will screen in their native language with English subtitles. Cash admission per film is $12 for General Admission, and $8 for CFI members, seniors, and students. CFI members can also take advantage of a 5-film passport for only $35. The Latin American Film Festival is just a week away and, as a nod to upcoming Latin heat coming to Ottawa’s movie screens, McSorley ended the conference teasing, “The sun is on the way!”
The programme for the 17th Latin American Film Festival is as follows:
Dir. Selton Mello | Brazil | 88 min.
Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Óscar Cádenas | Bolivia | 100 min.
Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 pm
Dir. Carlos César Arbeláez | Colombia | 93 min.
Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Rudy Mora | Cuba | 84 min.
Friday, March 22 at 9:00 pm
Dir. Diego Rougier | Chile | 115 min.
Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Andrea Martínez Crowther | Mexico | 93 min.
Saturday, March 23 at 9:00 pm
*Filmmaker in attendance!
Dir. Oscar Castillo | Costa Rica | 95 min.
Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm
Dir. Andrea Rios | Venezuela | 95 min.
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Julio Ponce Palmieri | Guatemala | 13 min. and 9 min.
Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm
Dir. Leticia Tonos | Dominican Republic | 95 min.
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Eduardo Mendoza | Peru | 97 min.
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Dir. Álvaro Brechner | Uruguay | 110 min.
Thursday, April 4, 9:00 pm
Dir. Benjamín Ávila | Argentina | 110 min.
Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm
Dir. Sebastián Cordero | Ecuador | 97 min.
Saturday, April 6 at 9:15 pm
Dir. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori | Paraguay | 105 min.
Sunday, April 7 at 4:00 pm.
All screenings are in the Auditorium at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.
Please visit www.cfi-icf.ca for more info on this year’s Latin American Film Festival.