Latin American Film Festival: Sept 1-11

According to the 2006 census, there are a mere 28,575 people of Latin, Central and South American origins living in the Vancouver metropolitan area – or just a tiny 1.36 percent of the population.   I find that pretty amazing, considering that Vancouver hosts one of the best Latin America film festivals in all of Canada.

The ninth installment of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival runs from Sept.1-11.  More than 50 films from throughout the Spanish-speaking world will be showcased.  These are the best of the best – brilliant, poignant, award-winning movies and documentaries from Mexico to Argentina and everywhere in-between.  If you’re a film lover, or have any interest in Latino culture, this is something you don’t want to miss.

Films featured in the festival range from introspective intellectual dramas to raucous comedies.  In the former category is El hombre de al lado (The Man Next Door), an Argentine film that took home an award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for World Cinema-Dramatic Best Cinematography.   The film explores one man’s descent into obsession and paranoia when his next door neighbor decides to construct a window that looks right into his own home.

In the latter category is a musical mockumentary titled Marimbas del infierno (Xylophones from Hell).  This film explores what happens when an out-of-work street xylophone player in Guatemala City decides to join forces with a heavy metal guitarist in an effort to resurrect his career.  The result is a Spinal-Tap-inspired farce – a thoughtful, funny film with no shortage of headbanging fun.

Films are shown at a variety of independent, arthouse and commerical theatres around downtown Vancouver and Burnaby, including Granville 7 Cinemas on Granville Street, Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street and Pacific Cinémathèque on Howe Street.  Admission is $10, and a $2 film festival membership is required to get into screenings.

For more information on the festival, and a complete line-up of films, check out the Latin American Film Festival website.


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