Cine Latino is the first national program of cinema from a region that is home to more than 600 million people across 20 countries. We sat down with program coordinator Alex Castro to talk about this new festival.
Why now for a Latin American Film Festival?
We’ve always seen great Spanish-language cinema from Latin America in the Spanish Film Festival. But more and more great films were missing out due to limited space in that program. Cine Latino gives Australian audiences the chance to see more from the region, and, importantly, we can include Portuguese language films from Brazil.
What can we expect to see in this festival?
A broad range of genres with more than 30 films from 11 countries. We’ve got some knockouts from established directors, that have come straight from big festivals like Cannes and Berlin, alongside documentaries, comedy, drama and very personal stories. And we have two specially curated programs within the program with a selection of six Mexican films programmed by the Hola Mexico Film Festival; and Back Four: Four Films About Football – that’s soccer.
What advice can give on how to make the most of the festival?
If you want a real feast for the senses, come along to the Special Events: Opening Night, Mexican Fiesta, Centrepiece, Caribbean Brunch and Closing Night. They all have a special gastronomic touch with authentic Latin American food, wine, beer; as well as local Latin American performers that are a perfect compliment to the films. And be adventurous in your film selection. Buy a multi-pass and see a extra films for the same price as seeing just a handful. Mix it up and see a bit of everything from everywhere. They are all great that have been selected because they connect with Australian audiences.
Tickets are now available. Visit www.cinelatinofilmfestival.com.au to book