Top 4 must-see movies at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Aug 31-Sept 9

Are you ready for a chance to see the first Cuban zombie film in history?

Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead) is the opening film at the 10th annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.  Held in theatres throughout the city, the festival brings the best in cutting-edge Latino cinema to Canada.  Feature films and documentaries come from leading and emerging directors in countries as diverse as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Guatemala.

This year’s lineup, which has a special spotlight on Argentine cinema, is packed with exceptional films.  Here are four movies to look for:

Juan de los muertos (Juan of the Dead):  Flesh-eating zombies run amok in Cuba on the anniversary of the Cuban revolution.  The media blames it on the U.S., but Juan and his friends know better.  This political, hilarious zombie thriller should be one of the hits of the festival.  Friday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. at the Granville 7 Cinemas

El Ultimo Elvis (The Last Elvis): “Elvis” Gutierrez is a big celebrity in the competitive Buenos Aires celebrity impersonator scene.  But in real life he works at a dead-end factory job and is letting his obsession with Elvis cloud reality.  Saturday, Sept.  1, 4 p.m. at Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts; Friday, Sept. 7, 9:30 p.m. at Pacific Cinematheque

Tropa de elite 2 (Elite Squad: The enemy within): This action film has all the elements of the classic Hollywood police thriller – corrupt cops, gunfights, extortion and murder – except it’s set in the favelas (slums) that surround Rio de Janeiro.  One loyal captain must battle shady judges, politicians and militias for the soul of the city.  This film has won 22 awards on the festival circuit.  Saturday, Sept. 1, 6:15 p.m. at Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts;Friday, Sept. 7, 5 p.m. at Granville 7 Cinemas

El Pescador (Fisherman): In a tiny fishing village on the Ecuadorian coast, packets of cocaine keep washing up on the beach.  Locals scramble to collect them and make a fortune when some men arrive looking for the drugs.  But 30-year-old Blanquito, who lives with his mother in the village, has a plan to make even more money.  Sunday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. at Pacific Cinematheque; Saturday, Sept. 8, 9:15 p.m. at Pacific Cinematheque

Any other can’t-miss films at the Latina American Film Festival? Let us know below. 

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