London Latin american film festival: 17-28 Noviembre

London Latin American Film Festival

The London Latin American Film Festival has been a labour of love, over the past 20 years, without its passion, dedication and vision many films and filmmakers would not have gained the recognition they enjoy today. It is now an umissable fixture in London’s cultural calendar.In the last few years, the Festival has become more relevant than ever, providing the launch pad for many films and filmmakers who have gone on to enjoy g…reat commercial success. The Festival is not only a platform for the hugely diverse Latin American Diaspora, but should also act to expose the powerful cinematic experience of Latin Cinema to a wider audience. Over the years the festival has been a key element in securing commercial distribution in the UK for many Latin American filmmakers. To name just a few:

HOMEWORK by Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
SECRET WEDDING by Alejandro Agresti
NIGHT ON THE TERRACE by Jorge Zima
BELLA by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
O CORPO by Jose Antonio Garcia
ORIANE by Fina Torres
LOLA by Maria Novaro


2010 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME:

Date: Wed 17 Nov – 7.30pm
Film:Chico & Rita
Director: Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba *SPAIN . CUBA*
Venue: Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link:

http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/chico-rita.pdf
Trailer: http://www.chicoandrita.co.uk/#/video/
Synopsis: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.

Date: Fri 19 Nov – 6.30pm
Film: Memories of My Soul
Director: Lourdes de los Santos *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286976244
Synopsis: Lively documentary examining the roots of the radical ‘Nueva Trova’ music movement of Cuba in the 60s and 70s, told through contemporary archive and interviews with artists who were there at the outset.

Date: Fri 19 Nov8.00pm
Film: Felicitas
Director:María Teresa Costantini *ARGENTINA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286976656
Synopsis: Teresa Costantini’s luminous historical extravaganza brings the real life tragedy of Felicitas and Guerrero to the screen. Young lovers torn apart by class, wealth and war in 19th century Buenos Aires. Just as beautiful and modulated as it is heart-rending.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 2.00pm
Film: The Crab, the Crocodile and Love in Cuba
Director:Sylvie Collier *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977052
Synopsis: Documentary about an exuberant Cuban community with world famous ceramics artist, Fuster, at its centre. His great, vivid, Gaudiesque artworks form the visual core of this delightful and inspiring film, encapsulating all the colour and vigour of Cuban society today.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 4.00pm
Film: Maria in No Man’s Land *MEXICO*
Director:Marcela Zamora
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977552
Synopsis:A gripping, terrifying documentary following three women from Central America trying to cross Mexico in their desperation to reach the USA, forced to travel illegally, prey to paramilitary gangsters who systematically rob, rape and kill the poor migrants with impunity.

Date: Sat 20 Nov 6.15pm
Film: The River
Director:Adrian Saba *PERU*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977823
Synopsis:An exquisite piece of cinema encapsulating the conflicting emotions evoked by the end of an affair, and leading to the most painful of conclusions.

Date: Sat 20 Nov 6.25pm
Film: The Second Choice
Director: Albert Belli *USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978101
Synopsis: Ana is trying to raise her son in the right way, but the life of a poor immigrant is often unforgiving. A touching and poignant short drama.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 6.35pm
Film: Revolution
Director:Mayckell Pedrero Mariol *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?p=Revolution+%2820+Nov+10%29
Synopsis: Expect a high octane feast of music and imagery in this powerful documentary on hip-hop group Los Aldeanos whose angry, acidic lyrics have got the Cuban authorities worried. The film was only screened once in Havana: journalists and bloggers were banned!

Date: Sat 20 Nov 7.30pm
Film: The Annunciation
Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet *CUBA*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link:http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
This feature, set in Havana , is an overwhelmingly powerful evocation of a Cuban family’s tumultuous history, centring around the reading of a will by widowed, spiritualist matriarch Amalia. It is a brilliant and visceral cinematic study of inter-generational turmoil as the family members fall victim to the tyranny of memory, tortured by the turmoil which marked their past lives.

Date: Sat 20 Nov8.15pm
Film: Rio Breaks
Director: Justin Mitchell/Vince Medeiros *BRAZIL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978755
Synopsis: There’s a new twist on Rio in this fascinating documentary about the surfer community of Arpoador Beach, where two young boys come to catch big waves, escape the poverty of their favela homes and (just maybe) make the big time.

Date: Sun 21 Nov 2.00pm
Film: Memories of My Sou
Director: Lourdes de los Santos *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978958
Synopsis: Lively documentary examining the roots of the radical ‘Nueva Trova’ music movement of Cuba in the 60s and 70s, told through contemporary archive and interviews with artists who were there at the outset.

Date: Sun 21 Nov4.15pm
Film: Vanilla Chip
Director: Erik Knudsen *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979276
Synopsis: A poignant and intimate portrait of life in contemporary Cuba. The film follows Javier Casanova, ice cream maker, through a day of silent toil permeated with the loneliness he feels since the death of his wife.

Date: Sun 21 Nov4.30pm
Film: Chasing Che
Director: Alireza Rofougaran *IRAN*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979575
Synopsis: Fascinated by the legend of Che Guevara, Iranian businessman Alireza Rofougaran spent four years in Latin America following Che’s footsteps, armed with a handicam. What results is a highly entertaining, truly one-off documentary examining an extraordinary and profound cultural cross-fertilisation.

Date: Sun 21 Nov6.30pm
Film: The Day Brazil Was Here
Director: Caito Ortiz/Joao Dornelas *HAITI . BRAZIL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979845
Synopsis: A match between the Brazilian and Haitian national teams is organised. Haiti’s obsession with Brazilian football creates a euphoria which helps the people forget, for a while, the poverty, hunger and civil unrest which surrounds them.

Date: Sun 21 Nov 8.15pm
Film: My Kidnapper
Director: Mark Henderson/Kate Horne *UK . COLOMBIA . GERMANY*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286980044
Synopsis: After being held hostage by guerrillas in Colombia, Mark Henderson began a remarkable five year email correspondence with one of his former captors. This compelling film documents his return to Colombia an in attempt to make sense of his ordeal.

Date: Mon 22 Nov6.30pm
Film: Little Wings
Director: Gabriela Palacios *MEXICO*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985350
Synopsis: A touching short drama portraying the tenderness lavished on two young motherless girls by a community in small town Mexico, in contrast to the harshness of the work they have to do to survive.

Date: Mon 22 Nov6.45pm
Film: Hail Mary
Director: Gustavo Perez *CUBA . PORTUGAL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985529
Synopsis: A community near Santiago de Cuba, built around a now defunct copper mine, today makes a living from pilgrims to the nearby shrine to the Madonna. The paradox of materialism versus spirituality is explored in this beautiful and sensitive documentary.

Date: Mon 22 Nov 7.30pm
Film: City in Red
Director: Rebeca Chavez *CUBA*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Beautifully filmed, “City in Red” perfectly evokes the look and atmosphere of Cuba in the late 1950’s and, especially, the fight for freedom by the people of Santiago de Cuba and the price they had to pay for victory. Springing crisply from the pages of Jose Soler Puig’s novel “Bertillón 166”, the film explores the cost in young lives and the permanent psychological and emotional scars left on ordinary people who are forced to take up arms. It eloquently explores the struggle to return to equanimity and a sense of self- worth after one has stepped over the line to become a killer; a struggle that many Cubans live with to this day. A highlight of the Festival.

Date: Mon 22 Nov8.00pm
Film: Memories of Overdevelopment
Director: Miguel Coyula *CUBA . USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985781
Synopsis: The sequel to Cuban literary and cinematic classic, Memories of Underdevelopment, Coyula’s towering, brooding masterpiece is filled with challenging, open and thought-provoking imagery as it tussles with themes of cynicism and exhaustion (both personal and cultural) in the 21st century.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 6.30pm
Film: The Bridge
Director: Nicolás Ureta *UK*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986179
Synopsis: This thought-provoking film deals with the obstacles faced by Latin American immigrants coming to the UK to make successful careers. Despite the apparent cosmopolitan appeal of London, life is tough for those at the bottom.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 7.00pm
Film: The Burn
Director: Rene Ballesteros *CHILE . FRANCE*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986364
Synopsis: Through intense imagery and a taut soundtrack, Rene Ballesteros tells the story of his own disrupted childhood, abandoned by his mother whose disembodied voice on the phone is the structuring absence at the heart of the film. Powerful human drama.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Synchronicity
Director: Jorge Ivan Morales *MEXICO*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Hugo Catalan Sandra and Arturo, two of the most charming screen lovers you’ll ever meet, live in the same building in Mexico City. We can see they are made for each other but, for months now, neither has made the move towards becoming more than just friends. Just when Sandra’s plan to open a shop is coming to fruition, actor Arturo lands a job abroad and the cat is suddenly among the pigeons. How do you balance a life-changing opportunity against the possibility that you have found your soul mate? Can you even bring yourself to tell them how you feel? The age-old dilemmas of young love are brought to the screen in a film of enormous warmth and wit.

Date: Tue 23 Nov8.30pm
Film: El Puesto
Director: Aurélien Lévêque *FRANCE*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986443
Synopsis: Marin lives alone in a hut in the wide expanse of Argentina’s heartland plateau. A few visitors sometimes break the solitude of this gruelling life. A meeting with a foal gives a human dimension to this wild tale. A western without bullets or fisticuffs.

Date: Wed 24 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Requecho. A thousand years later
Director: Humberto Saco *PERU*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
A thousand years later, Humberto Saco tells us the story of Los Uros, the pre-Inca people who for centuries have been living on the floating islands over lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia and who are almost about to disappear. María is a centenary woman and the oldest settler of the community, who lives isolated from the coast and surrounded by the cold waters of the lake and flourishing landscape of totora reeds. She represents the part of the Uros that refuses contact with outsiders and prefers living with the customs of its ancient heritage. On the other hand Maria’s relatives have become part of those who have settled closer to the coast, established contact with the tourists and generally are more comfortable adapting to the outside world. Both are engaged in a bitter fight against the Peruvian State which doesn’t recognize them as owners of their land. The sound of the oar moving the water blends with the impressive images of the landscape and the bright colours of the Uros’ fabrics and crafts. The portrayal of religious syncretism and people’s spiritual relationship with nature brings up the issue of identity and the importance of its preservation.

Date: Wed 24 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Ultramar
Director: Piero Mancini *CHILE*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link:http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Through a series of random happenings, Tomas is thrown together with Lisa and, at her bidding, they set off together across country to Curanipe and the (then) still pristine Pacific coastline which marks the end of continent and the start of the vast blue emptiness of the ocean. He does not know why they are travelling: she, perhaps, does: but it proves to be as much a passage through time as through space, a journey briging to mind the memory of Chile’s recent past.

Date: Thu 25 Nov6.30pm
Film: Revolution
Director: Mayckell Pedrero Mariol *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286987120
Synopsis: Expect a high octane feast of music and imagery in this powerful documentary on hip-hop group Los Aldeanos whose angry, acidic lyrics have got the Cuban authorities worried. The film was only screened once in Havana: journalists and bloggers were banned!

Date: Thu 25 Nov8.00pm
Film: Neuralgia
Director: Magdiel Aspillaga *USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286987347
Synopsis: Sumptuous, neon, neo-Noir feature in which a disparate cast of characters is drawn together from their own isolation by forces at work on a stormy night in the city. Brilliant cinematography and direction make this an unnerving visual treat.

Date: Fri 26 Nov 6.00pm
Film: La Chirola + Claudia
Director: Diego Mondaca, Marcela Gonnet
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858338
Double bill screening: La Chirola – This is an outstanding reflection on the value of freedom and the human condition, presented through the captivating character of ‘Pedro’ on his release from prison in Bolivia.
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Claudia – This film is about Claudia Sobrero, a woman who has spent 26 years in prison, longer than any other woman in Argentina. In 1984 she was convicted for her part in the killing of Lino Palacio, a well known Argentine artist, and his wife. During periods of freedom ‘on licence’, she attempts to rebuild family relationships and the film questions whether the penitentiary system in general and the re-integration of ex-convicts into society is successful.

Date: Fri 26 Nov 8.30pm
Film: Altiplano
Director: Peter Brosens
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858339
Built upon moments of trauma and loss, this film is, fundamentally, an expression of faith in the possibility of redemption. The main protagonist, Grace, is a war photographer who has lost her soul in Baghdad. She suffers further grief at the loss of her husband and is forced to evaluate her perception of reality, her conscience and her sense of worth.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 6.00pm
Film: South of the Border and Q&A with Dr Francisco Dominguez
Director: Oliver Stone
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858340
If you haven’t seen South of the Border it’s a must: there’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 8.30pm
Film: Cruzando
Director: Escamilla & Mando Alvarado *MEXICO*
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858341
This clever, funny and atmospheric feature is set in La Valle, on the Mexico/US border. A young man, Manuel, heads for the USA. However, his reasons are not typical: he is seeking his estranged father, and his friend, Diego, comes along to video the journey. With its cool, knowing soundtrack and brilliant cinematography, Cruzando avoids all the usual clichés and presents a heartfelt account of a personal quest.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 7.30pm
Film: APRIL 31ST
Director: Victor Cubillos *CHILE*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
A fiendishly clever cinematic fugue, skipping a light-footed dance around the conventions of both documentary and drama. Seemingly, it is the story of a young filmmaker who tries to deal with the death of his older brother by making a film about the reactions of his family and friends. Inspired by his own home movies from his adolescent years, Víctor Cubillos weaves a narrative which requires close attention and an open mind as you are led into territory where you may longer be able to tell what’s up and what’s down! Cubillos is a Chilean journalist who studied film in Berlin .

Date: Sun 28 Nov 5.30pm
Film: El Bosque
Director: Pablo Siciliano
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858342
Superb cinematography and sound design combine to create a dark and eerie film following a modern day Hansel and Gretel marooned in the wild forest of northern Argentina and prey to sinister, ancient forces. On another level, it’s is a wry reflection on the Argentinean division between city and country.

Date: Sun 28 Nov 7.30pm
Film: The Belle of the Alhambra followed by closing night reception
Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858346
A young and beautiful woman is single-minded in her determination to become a singer at the Alhambra, Cuba’s most notorious cabaret. Set in the 1920s, when being a cabaret star was synonymous with prostitution, Rachel is well aware that she is expected to entertain influential men with more than her stage performance. A fascinating portrait of women cabaret performers of the time.
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Followed by closing night reception with cocktails from Havana Club and Cusqueña beer.

http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/chico-rita.pdf
Trailer: http://www.chicoandrita.co.uk/#/video/
Synopsis: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.

Date: Fri 19 Nov – 6.30pm
Film: Memories of My Soul
Director: Lourdes de los Santos *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286976244
Synopsis: Lively documentary examining the roots of the radical ‘Nueva Trova’ music movement of Cuba in the 60s and 70s, told through contemporary archive and interviews with artists who were there at the outset.

Date: Fri 19 Nov8.00pm
Film: Felicitas
Director:María Teresa Costantini *ARGENTINA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286976656
Synopsis: Teresa Costantini’s luminous historical extravaganza brings the real life tragedy of Felicitas and Guerrero to the screen. Young lovers torn apart by class, wealth and war in 19th century Buenos Aires. Just as beautiful and modulated as it is heart-rending.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 2.00pm
Film: The Crab, the Crocodile and Love in Cuba
Director:Sylvie Collier *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977052
Synopsis: Documentary about an exuberant Cuban community with world famous ceramics artist, Fuster, at its centre. His great, vivid, Gaudiesque artworks form the visual core of this delightful and inspiring film, encapsulating all the colour and vigour of Cuban society today.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 4.00pm
Film: Maria in No Man’s Land *MEXICO*
Director:Marcela Zamora
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977552
Synopsis:A gripping, terrifying documentary following three women from Central America trying to cross Mexico in their desperation to reach the USA, forced to travel illegally, prey to paramilitary gangsters who systematically rob, rape and kill the poor migrants with impunity.

Date: Sat 20 Nov 6.15pm
Film: The River
Director:Adrian Saba *PERU*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286977823
Synopsis:An exquisite piece of cinema encapsulating the conflicting emotions evoked by the end of an affair, and leading to the most painful of conclusions.

Date: Sat 20 Nov 6.25pm
Film: The Second Choice
Director: Albert Belli *USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978101
Synopsis: Ana is trying to raise her son in the right way, but the life of a poor immigrant is often unforgiving. A touching and poignant short drama.

Date: Sat 20 Nov – 6.35pm
Film: Revolution
Director:Mayckell Pedrero Mariol *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?p=Revolution+%2820+Nov+10%29
Synopsis: Expect a high octane feast of music and imagery in this powerful documentary on hip-hop group Los Aldeanos whose angry, acidic lyrics have got the Cuban authorities worried. The film was only screened once in Havana: journalists and bloggers were banned!

Date: Sat 20 Nov 7.30pm
Film: The Annunciation
Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet *CUBA*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link:http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
This feature, set in Havana , is an overwhelmingly powerful evocation of a Cuban family’s tumultuous history, centring around the reading of a will by widowed, spiritualist matriarch Amalia. It is a brilliant and visceral cinematic study of inter-generational turmoil as the family members fall victim to the tyranny of memory, tortured by the turmoil which marked their past lives.

Date: Sat 20 Nov8.15pm
Film: Rio Breaks
Director: Justin Mitchell/Vince Medeiros *BRAZIL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978755
Synopsis: There’s a new twist on Rio in this fascinating documentary about the surfer community of Arpoador Beach, where two young boys come to catch big waves, escape the poverty of their favela homes and (just maybe) make the big time.

Date: Sun 21 Nov 2.00pm
Film: Memories of My Sou
Director: Lourdes de los Santos *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286978958
Synopsis: Lively documentary examining the roots of the radical ‘Nueva Trova’ music movement of Cuba in the 60s and 70s, told through contemporary archive and interviews with artists who were there at the outset.

Date: Sun 21 Nov4.15pm
Film: Vanilla Chip
Director: Erik Knudsen *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979276
Synopsis: A poignant and intimate portrait of life in contemporary Cuba. The film follows Javier Casanova, ice cream maker, through a day of silent toil permeated with the loneliness he feels since the death of his wife.

Date: Sun 21 Nov4.30pm
Film: Chasing Che
Director: Alireza Rofougaran *IRAN*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979575
Synopsis: Fascinated by the legend of Che Guevara, Iranian businessman Alireza Rofougaran spent four years in Latin America following Che’s footsteps, armed with a handicam. What results is a highly entertaining, truly one-off documentary examining an extraordinary and profound cultural cross-fertilisation.

Date: Sun 21 Nov6.30pm
Film: The Day Brazil Was Here
Director: Caito Ortiz/Joao Dornelas *HAITI . BRAZIL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286979845
Synopsis: A match between the Brazilian and Haitian national teams is organised. Haiti’s obsession with Brazilian football creates a euphoria which helps the people forget, for a while, the poverty, hunger and civil unrest which surrounds them.

Date: Sun 21 Nov 8.15pm
Film: My Kidnapper
Director: Mark Henderson/Kate Horne *UK . COLOMBIA . GERMANY*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286980044
Synopsis: After being held hostage by guerrillas in Colombia, Mark Henderson began a remarkable five year email correspondence with one of his former captors. This compelling film documents his return to Colombia an in attempt to make sense of his ordeal.

Date: Mon 22 Nov6.30pm
Film: Little Wings
Director: Gabriela Palacios *MEXICO*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985350
Synopsis: A touching short drama portraying the tenderness lavished on two young motherless girls by a community in small town Mexico, in contrast to the harshness of the work they have to do to survive.

Date: Mon 22 Nov6.45pm
Film: Hail Mary
Director: Gustavo Perez *CUBA . PORTUGAL*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985529
Synopsis: A community near Santiago de Cuba, built around a now defunct copper mine, today makes a living from pilgrims to the nearby shrine to the Madonna. The paradox of materialism versus spirituality is explored in this beautiful and sensitive documentary.

Date: Mon 22 Nov 7.30pm
Film: City in Red
Director: Rebeca Chavez *CUBA*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Beautifully filmed, “City in Red” perfectly evokes the look and atmosphere of Cuba in the late 1950’s and, especially, the fight for freedom by the people of Santiago de Cuba and the price they had to pay for victory. Springing crisply from the pages of Jose Soler Puig’s novel “Bertillón 166”, the film explores the cost in young lives and the permanent psychological and emotional scars left on ordinary people who are forced to take up arms. It eloquently explores the struggle to return to equanimity and a sense of self- worth after one has stepped over the line to become a killer; a struggle that many Cubans live with to this day. A highlight of the Festival.

Date: Mon 22 Nov8.00pm
Film: Memories of Overdevelopment
Director: Miguel Coyula *CUBA . USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286985781
Synopsis: The sequel to Cuban literary and cinematic classic, Memories of Underdevelopment, Coyula’s towering, brooding masterpiece is filled with challenging, open and thought-provoking imagery as it tussles with themes of cynicism and exhaustion (both personal and cultural) in the 21st century.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 6.30pm
Film: The Bridge
Director: Nicolás Ureta *UK*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986179
Synopsis: This thought-provoking film deals with the obstacles faced by Latin American immigrants coming to the UK to make successful careers. Despite the apparent cosmopolitan appeal of London, life is tough for those at the bottom.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 7.00pm
Film: The Burn
Director: Rene Ballesteros *CHILE . FRANCE*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986364
Synopsis: Through intense imagery and a taut soundtrack, Rene Ballesteros tells the story of his own disrupted childhood, abandoned by his mother whose disembodied voice on the phone is the structuring absence at the heart of the film. Powerful human drama.

Date: Tue 23 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Synchronicity
Director: Jorge Ivan Morales *MEXICO*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Hugo Catalan Sandra and Arturo, two of the most charming screen lovers you’ll ever meet, live in the same building in Mexico City. We can see they are made for each other but, for months now, neither has made the move towards becoming more than just friends. Just when Sandra’s plan to open a shop is coming to fruition, actor Arturo lands a job abroad and the cat is suddenly among the pigeons. How do you balance a life-changing opportunity against the possibility that you have found your soul mate? Can you even bring yourself to tell them how you feel? The age-old dilemmas of young love are brought to the screen in a film of enormous warmth and wit.

Date: Tue 23 Nov8.30pm
Film: El Puesto
Director: Aurélien Lévêque *FRANCE*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286986443
Synopsis: Marin lives alone in a hut in the wide expanse of Argentina’s heartland plateau. A few visitors sometimes break the solitude of this gruelling life. A meeting with a foal gives a human dimension to this wild tale. A western without bullets or fisticuffs.

Date: Wed 24 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Requecho. A thousand years later
Director: Humberto Saco *PERU*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
A thousand years later, Humberto Saco tells us the story of Los Uros, the pre-Inca people who for centuries have been living on the floating islands over lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia and who are almost about to disappear. María is a centenary woman and the oldest settler of the community, who lives isolated from the coast and surrounded by the cold waters of the lake and flourishing landscape of totora reeds. She represents the part of the Uros that refuses contact with outsiders and prefers living with the customs of its ancient heritage. On the other hand Maria’s relatives have become part of those who have settled closer to the coast, established contact with the tourists and generally are more comfortable adapting to the outside world. Both are engaged in a bitter fight against the Peruvian State which doesn’t recognize them as owners of their land. The sound of the oar moving the water blends with the impressive images of the landscape and the bright colours of the Uros’ fabrics and crafts. The portrayal of religious syncretism and people’s spiritual relationship with nature brings up the issue of identity and the importance of its preservation.

Date: Wed 24 Nov 7.30pm
Film: Ultramar
Director: Piero Mancini *CHILE*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link:http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
Through a series of random happenings, Tomas is thrown together with Lisa and, at her bidding, they set off together across country to Curanipe and the (then) still pristine Pacific coastline which marks the end of continent and the start of the vast blue emptiness of the ocean. He does not know why they are travelling: she, perhaps, does: but it proves to be as much a passage through time as through space, a journey briging to mind the memory of Chile’s recent past.

Date: Thu 25 Nov6.30pm
Film: Revolution
Director: Mayckell Pedrero Mariol *CUBA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286987120
Synopsis: Expect a high octane feast of music and imagery in this powerful documentary on hip-hop group Los Aldeanos whose angry, acidic lyrics have got the Cuban authorities worried. The film was only screened once in Havana: journalists and bloggers were banned!

Date: Thu 25 Nov8.00pm
Film: Neuralgia
Director: Magdiel Aspillaga *USA*
Price: £7.50 (£6.50 concessions.)
Venue: Riverside Studios (Cinema) Crisp Road, London W6 9RL
Link: http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/page.pl?l=1286987347
Synopsis: Sumptuous, neon, neo-Noir feature in which a disparate cast of characters is drawn together from their own isolation by forces at work on a stormy night in the city. Brilliant cinematography and direction make this an unnerving visual treat.

Date: Fri 26 Nov 6.00pm
Film: La Chirola + Claudia
Director: Diego Mondaca, Marcela Gonnet
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858338
Double bill screening: La Chirola – This is an outstanding reflection on the value of freedom and the human condition, presented through the captivating character of ‘Pedro’ on his release from prison in Bolivia.
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Claudia – This film is about Claudia Sobrero, a woman who has spent 26 years in prison, longer than any other woman in Argentina. In 1984 she was convicted for her part in the killing of Lino Palacio, a well known Argentine artist, and his wife. During periods of freedom ‘on licence’, she attempts to rebuild family relationships and the film questions whether the penitentiary system in general and the re-integration of ex-convicts into society is successful.

Date: Fri 26 Nov 8.30pm
Film: Altiplano
Director: Peter Brosens
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858339
Built upon moments of trauma and loss, this film is, fundamentally, an expression of faith in the possibility of redemption. The main protagonist, Grace, is a war photographer who has lost her soul in Baghdad. She suffers further grief at the loss of her husband and is forced to evaluate her perception of reality, her conscience and her sense of worth.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 6.00pm
Film: South of the Border and Q&A with Dr Francisco Dominguez
Director: Oliver Stone
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858340
If you haven’t seen South of the Border it’s a must: there’s a revolution underway in South America, but most of the world doesn’t know it. Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media’s misperception of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 8.30pm
Film: Cruzando
Director: Escamilla & Mando Alvarado *MEXICO*
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858341
This clever, funny and atmospheric feature is set in La Valle, on the Mexico/US border. A young man, Manuel, heads for the USA. However, his reasons are not typical: he is seeking his estranged father, and his friend, Diego, comes along to video the journey. With its cool, knowing soundtrack and brilliant cinematography, Cruzando avoids all the usual clichés and presents a heartfelt account of a personal quest.

Date: Sat 27 Nov 7.30pm
Film: APRIL 31ST
Director: Victor Cubillos *CHILE*
Venue:Bolivar Hall – Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL
Link: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/
A fiendishly clever cinematic fugue, skipping a light-footed dance around the conventions of both documentary and drama. Seemingly, it is the story of a young filmmaker who tries to deal with the death of his older brother by making a film about the reactions of his family and friends. Inspired by his own home movies from his adolescent years, Víctor Cubillos weaves a narrative which requires close attention and an open mind as you are led into territory where you may longer be able to tell what’s up and what’s down! Cubillos is a Chilean journalist who studied film in Berlin .

Date: Sun 28 Nov 5.30pm
Film: El Bosque
Director: Pablo Siciliano
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858342
Superb cinematography and sound design combine to create a dark and eerie film following a modern day Hansel and Gretel marooned in the wild forest of northern Argentina and prey to sinister, ancient forces. On another level, it’s is a wry reflection on the Argentinean division between city and country.

Date: Sun 28 Nov 7.30pm
Film: The Belle of the Alhambra followed by closing night reception
Director: Enrique Pineda Barnet
Venue: Phoenix Cinema – 52 High Road, East Finchley N2 9PJ
Link: http://www.phoenixcinema.co.uk/whatson/?progid=858346
A young and beautiful woman is single-minded in her determination to become a singer at the Alhambra, Cuba’s most notorious cabaret. Set in the 1920s, when being a cabaret star was synonymous with prostitution, Rachel is well aware that she is expected to entertain influential men with more than her stage performance. A fascinating portrait of women cabaret performers of the time.
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Followed by closing night reception with cocktails from Havana Club and Cusqueña beer.

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