Welcome to the
Bristol Latino Film Festival!
Welcome to the official non-profit Bristol Latino Film Festival 2010, which brings a vibrant selection of films, shorts and documentaries from Latin America. We are proud to have the Mexican film 'Espiral', the Argentinean film 'No Mires para Abajo', the hilarious comedy from Chile 'El Regalo' (The Gift) and the wonderful Colombian film 'The Wind Journeys'. One of our special guests to the festival will be the writer and filmmaker,Tariq Ali, who will present the documentary 'South of the Border' directed by Oliver Stone and co-written by Tariq Ali.
The festival will be awarding the 'Blue Glass Award' to the best film chosen by the public attending the festival. One of the aims of the Bristol Latino Film Festival is to promote films from Latin America and gain interest from film distributors and television channels in the UK. We also strive to bring awareness of the richness and diversity of the Latin American culture through films to Bristol and other cities in the United Kingdom.
Sergio Leon, Director
Blind Man & Friend On The Roadside
2.00pm / Running Time: 15 Minutes / English Subtitles / Short
Director: Ronald Palatnik
To prove he recognizes cars just by the sound of their engines, a blind man tells a pretty strange story...
2.30pm / Running Time: 8 Minutes / English Subtitles / Short
Director: Eduardo Pfening
"Caito" is the moving story of the director's younger brother who can no longer walk because of muscular dystrophy.
3.00pm / Running Time: 60 Minutes / English Subtitles / Documentary
Director: Cecilia Domeyko
The documentary captures a few weeks in the lives of a Cuban all-woman orchestra called the Camerata Romeu. The film plays out more like a movie than a documentary. The cameras follow the musicians into their homes, offer a glimpse of their family lives, and track them as they commute to and from rehearsals. The film is structured so that all the struggles, the gruelling practice sessions, rehearsals, juggling of families and careers, culminate in a triumphant concert at the Basilica in Old Havana.
5.00pm / Running Time: 30 Minutes / English Subtitles / Documentary
Director: Eduardo Pfening
In the 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a bloody civil war between the socialist-influenced Sandinistas and U.S.- backed Contras ravaged Nicaragua. Despite the danger, thousands of Americans disobeyed White House warnings and descended upon the Central American nation, determined to lend their skills and labor to the revolutionary Sandinista cause. Using an eclectic mixture of rare archival footage, arresting still photography, and contemporary interviews, American/Sandinista tells the story of a small group of controversial U.S. engineers who went further than anyone expected, and paid the ultimate price.
Chaired by the Chairman of the Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign in Bristol, Alix Hughes, a discussion will follow with the public about the making and content of the documentary.
El Regalo (The Gift)
7.00pm / Running Time: 108 Minutes / English Subtitles
Director: Cristian Galaz/Andrea Ugalde
This romantic comedy of hilarious entanglements and refreshing characters takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Widower and recent retiree, Francisco (Nelson Villagra) has two best friends, Pacheco and Tito. In an effort to help Francisco through life's difficult transitions, his friends give him the gift of a trip to the hot springs of Chillan in Chile. To spice things up, they invite Francisco's high school sweetheart, Lucy. But things don't always turn out as planned and this trip will yield unexpected situations, new friends and surprises that will change their lives forever.
No Mires Para Abajo (Don't Look Down)
9.00pm / Running Time: 85 Minutes / English Subtitles
Director: Eliseo Subiela
When his father dies, Eloy abandons the family masonry business to embark on a journey of growth and contemplation in a hostile world. Along the way, he meets Elvira, who initiates him into Tantric practices that open his mind, body and spirit to unexplored realms of reality. Winner of Best Picture at the 2008 Latin American Film Festival, Best Latin American Film at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival.
A special event with the writer Tariq Ali
(A venue will be announced)
(Drinks and canapés will be served)
5.00pm / Running Time: 100 Minutes / English Subtitles
Director: Jorge Perez Solano
Santiago and Macario live in Mixtec, Oaxaca. They decide to migrate north with the desire to improve their lives and economic situation. Santiago tries to raise money in order to marry Diamantina and Macario wants to take his family out of poverty. When the men return to their hometowns years later, nothing is the same and both men try to recover what they left behind.
South of the Border
7.00pm / Running Time: 78 Minutes / English Subtitles / Documentary
Director: Oliver Stone
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. Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the regions.
Chair by Tariq Ali, writer, filmmaker and co-writer of the documentary, a discussion will follow with the public about the making and content of the documentary.
12.00am / Running Time: 77 Minutes / English Subtitles / Cert: PG
Director: Alejandro Rojas
Papelucho, who has always been fascinated by aliens, decides to catch one and sets a trap. Amazingly it succeeds, and the lost Martian child Det ends up living through Papelucho, with hilarious consequences. The two build a spaceship and travel to Mars, only to escape back to Earth again after the Great Leader of Mars threatens to eat them. Det eventually takes over the body of Papelucho's dog, Choclo, but when Choclo's health is put at risk Papelucho has a difficult decision to make.
La Libreria (The Bookshop)
2.00pm / Running Time: 15 Minutes / English Subtitles / Short
Director: Hernan Jabes
A man falls in love with a women working at a bookshop and his life will change forever.
2.30pm / Running Time: 20 Minutes / English Subtitles / Short
Director: Gabriela Yepes
Nina is a 10 year old girl whose life dramatically changes when her dying father and Scissor Dancer master asks her to fulfil his last wish. Inspired by the short story of a Peruvian writer Jose Maria Arguedas, "The Agony of Rasu Ñiti".
Tarjeta Roja (Red Card)
3.30pm / Running Time: 90 Minutes / English Subtitles / Documentary
Director: Rodolfo Muñoz
A documentary that tackles the issues surrounding black football players in Ecuador and the discrimination and racism they suffer. It features Agustín Delgado, one of the country's most famous players, and his reflections on sport, culture and power.
Los Viajes Del Viento (The Wind Journeys)
6.00pm / Running Time: 117 Minutes / English Subtitles
Director: Ciro Guerra
Ignacio Carrillo travelled all his life throughout the villages and regions of northern Colombia, carrying music and traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument that is said to be cursed, because it once belonged to the devil. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town, leaving his nomadic life behind. When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to the Northern edge of the country, to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him, his teacher and mentor, so he will never play it again. On the way, he is joined by Fermín, a teenager who dreams of becoming a "juggler" like Ignacio, and to travel all around playing the accordion like he did.
El Juego De Arcibel (The Arcibel's Game)
8.30pm / Running Time: 115 Minutes / English Subtitles
Director: Alberto Lecci
The year is 1967. In an imaginary Latin American country, ruled by the dictator General Abalorio, a young journalist, Arcibel Alegria, is taken to jail as a political prisoner due to a mistake made by the editor of the newspaper he works for. Arcibel, an apolitical, solitary person, will begin to know a world that was alien to him. Years go by and General Abalorio is elected president after democratic election and all political prisoners are set free except Arcibel who, due to a bureaucratic mess, will be confined to jail amongst common prisoners. He invents a new game of war and strategy, planting the seeds of revolution in his pupil. After Pablo escapes, a revolution is born throughout the country using Arcibel's strategy.
Venue & Tickets
(Tobacco Factory Theatre)
291 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1JP
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