• Lisa Hickey and Cathy Bryson

    Lisa Hickey and Cathy Bryson

  • Cherie Graham and Georgina Hickey

    Cherie Graham and Georgina Hickey

  • Maria Cacho with Esteban and Ibelise Bedoya

    Maria Cacho with Esteban and Ibelise Bedoya

  • Diana Streak and Deborah Kingsland

    Diana Streak and Deborah Kingsland

  • Elias Lopez, Natalie Ross-Lapointe and Charges d'Affaires Embassy of Venezuela Daniel Gasparri-Rey

    Elias Lopez, Natalie Ross-Lapointe and Charges d'Affaires Embassy of Venezuela Daniel Gasparri-Rey

  • Siddhartha Chakrabarti, Benjamin Zeccola and Paul Zeccola

    Siddhartha Chakrabarti, Benjamin Zeccola and Paul Zeccola

  • Lottie Bull, Shannon Beckwith and Caroline Foley

    Lottie Bull, Shannon Beckwith and Caroline Foley

  • Alexandra Dollman, Daniela Segovia, Alexandra Sanchez and Anna Bachmann

    Alexandra Dollman, Daniela Segovia, Alexandra Sanchez and Anna Bachmann

  • Anna Evans, Matt Brown and Jess Noack

    Anna Evans, Matt Brown and Jess Noack

Cine Latino Film Festival 2016

10 August 2016

Just when you thought the plethora of film festivals that entice us out of our cosy homes into the mega movie complex during Canberra’s winter were over, along comes another one. Cine Latino Film Festival has an eclectic mix of the “sights, sounds and stories of Latin America” sourced from Argentina to Venezuela with plenty of surprises in between including a timely peek into the Cuba of today on the verge of monumental change for a population who’ve stoically coped with deprivation in a documentary called Hotel Nueva Isla. Once a luxurious hotel on Havana’s iconic esplanade its demise is an insight into the Cuba you must see before some idiot puts a fast food joint there.

The movie chosen for opening night was Neruda, a reimagining of the story of the Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda. Chilean born poet, diplomat and politician his life without the reimagining was fascinating, and in the intrigue that is South American politics his death even more so. But not knowing his story makes this cinematic creation by director Pablo Larrain the stuff that begets legends.

The closing night will be a happy mix of of folk music and Argentina’s dance heritage. It’s Zonda: Folclore Argentino filmed by Carlos Saura in a wharehouse in La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires where everyone goes to eat, drink and dance while soaking up the history of the traditions and the passion of the dance now realised in this documentary style film with performances by the celebrated stars of Argentina’s dance culture.  

There’s plenty to choose from and all offer an insight into the diversity of Latin America, the history with the current pope’s story in Francis:Pray For Me with the land of the Beauty Queens, Venezuela’s contribution Tres Bellezas an insight into the plight and the obsession that is the beauty business of Venezuela.

For more information www.cinelatinofilm festival.com.au, or call into Palace Cinemas for a booklet to help with your choice.