Latin American Cinema Invasion

Londoners have never had so many options of Latin American films on the big screen than they have this November.

The 9th edition of the Discovering Latin American Film Festival – opened on Thursday 18th and running until December 2nd – and the 20th London Latin American Film Festival – 19th to 28th November – bring to the city some of the best contemporary productions from countries like Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

With an eclectic programme and including features, documentaries and shorts, both events make it possible for an English audience to watch great productions that, unfortunately, most likely won’t find distribution in the UK.

Discovering Latin American Film Festival
In every edition, the DLAFF chooses a charity organisation from a different country to support. This year, all profits made though the ticket sales will go to the Village of San Carlos, in El Salvador. They hope to be able to provide a better drainage and sewage system for the community who constantly suffers with natural disasters.

Some of the titles in this year’s programme you should not miss are the funny and touching “Tear This Heart Out” (Mexico, 2008), directed by Roberto Snieder, “Between Us” (Colombia, 2009), the story of a family struggling to survive in America, and Daniel Burman’s almost autobiographical “Waiting for the Messiah” (Argentina, 2000).

Brazilian Cinema
Brazil is really well represented. José Alvarenga Jr.’s “In Therapy” and “The famous and the Dead”, by Esmir Filho, are two of the features being screened at DLAFF. The documentaries “Rio Breaks”, about the surf community in Rio, and “The Day Brazil Was Here”, about Haiti’s obsession with Brazilian football, are two of LLAFF highlights.

Film Marathon
Another option is to buy tickets that allow you to see two or sometimes even more films. The DLAFF session “Best of Latin American Short Film” includes the Brazilian’s “Ivan’s Distraction” and “The Chance and the Butterfly”, whereas the LLAFF “Saturday Triple Bill” includes the shorts “The River” (Peru, 2009) and “The Second Choice” (USA, 2009) and the documentary “Revolution” (Cuba, 2010).

For more details about programmes and screenings dates and times simply check out the details below…

18th Nov – 2nd Dec
9th DLA Film Festival

Showcasing a broad selection of films from Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Various times and prices
Odeon, Tate Modern, Shortwave & Birkbeck Cinemas

19th – 28th Nov
LLAFF 2010
Poignantly so, the London Latin American Film Festival returns this year for its 20th edition, also marking 200 years of Latin American Independence, with films from all across the continent.
Various times and prices
Various venues, dates and times

By Zaira Brilhante

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