Cine Vivo Latino Film Festival is an annual film festival dedicated to showcasing innovative, independent cinema from Latin America. The festival represents and promotes films that have a unique voice and message, with the aim to inspire, motivate and entertain.
You can get a taste of the line-up below or find out more at www.cinevivo.com.au. View the festival magazine here.
Colombia – Sat 10 June, 6pm
This week’s feature, When the Guns Go Silent, a documentary by Nathalia Orozco, takes us on a journey into the complexity of humankind in its most extreme form. Throughout an extraordinary period of time, two enemies decide to put an end to a war and start a political negotiation for peace. There’ll be plenty of traditional Columbian food to sample and, to lighten the mood, some vibrant rhythms from Rumba y Café, who’ll perform a mixture of cumbias, merengues, rancheras and vallenatos.
Chile – Sat 17 June, 6pm
Join us this Saturday for Chilean food, film and festivities! Our film, Los Niños (The Grown-Ups), a documentary by director Maite Alberdi, invites us into the microcosmic world of Anita, Rita, Ricardo and Andrés, four middle-aged students at a school for Down syndrome children. The film explores their lives and their frustrations with a society not equipped for them to live as independent adults. Following on from Los Niños, join Australian/Chilean singer/songwriter Constanza Herrero, Hugo Alvarez and Patricio Garcia as they pay a musical tribute to the much loved Chilean composer, songwriter and singer, Violeta Parra.
Ecuador – Sat 24 June, 6pm
It’s an Ecuadorian extravaganza tonight at the festival! Come and sample our traditional Peruvian dishes and watch our feature film, Alba from director Ana Cristina Barragán. When her mother becomes too ill to look after her, eleven year old Alba is sent to live with her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was three. Alba portrays the awkward but tender efforts of a girl and her father to reconnect and deal with what life has thrown at them. The night’s entertainment will be from Huaira, who have been bringing the traditional music from the Andean region to audiences all over the world for over 30 years!
Brazil – Sat 1 July, 6pm
Prepare yourselves for a Brazilian feast and settle in for the multi-award winning Aquarius – a thrilling and uplifting story about one woman’s fight to save the iconic apartment building she calls home from redevelopment. Critics have called it “a marvelous and surprising act of portraiture”, “vibrant and bursting with life" And “a densely observed and superbly acted portrait of a woman of a certain age". Afterwards, Juliana Areias (Bossa Nova Baby) and Australian guitarist Mike Bevan, come together to bring you an enchanting repertoire of Brazilian music.
Guatemala – Sat 8 July, 6pm
Get your tastebuds geared up for a night of Guatemalan gastronomical goodness, as we bring you La Casa Mas Grande Del Mundo (The Greatest House in the World), a film by Ana V. Bojorquez and Lucía Carreras. Set in the Guatemalan highlands, the story follows the journey of a shepherd girl as she navigates her way through the complexities of growing up. After the film, enjoy the fresh folk sounds of Andy Rigby and Hugo Alvarez as they capture the kaleidoscopic styles of Latin America on Paraguayan harp and Spanish guitar.
Venezuela - Fri, Sat and Sun 14, 15 and 16 July, 6pm.
Film, music and food extravaganza.
Mexico – Sat 22 July, 6pm
Sip on a cerveza and experience our lively Mexican fiesta of film, food and fun. Our film, Tempestad (Storm), from director Tatiana Huezo, explores the parallel journey of two women, Miriam and Adela, and the profound effects that fear, corruption and loss have had on their lives. After the screening, sample our Mexican menu and let Marco Quiroz and his family trio entertain you with a tribute to the great Chavela Vargas.
Cuba – Sat 29 July, 6pm
Fill up on delicious traditional Cuban delicacies and, after the film which is to be announced, experience the contagious Cuban rhythms of Son Montuno.
Uruguay – Sat 5 Aug, 6pm
Former guerrilla fighter and flower grower Pepe Mujica has become famous for being “the world’s poorest president“. Pepe Mujica - Lessons From the Flowerbed, directed by Heidi Specogna, chronicles the humble lifestyle and unconventional political visions of this fascinating man, as well as the struggles that made him the man he is. Follow this inspiring feature with a feast of empanadas and a memorable dance performance by Cuerazo, as they mesmerize with their beauty, movements and energy.
Argentina – Sat 12 Aug, 6pm
Film is to be announced. Accompanying this multi award winning comedy/drama will be an array of Argentinian delicacies as well as entertainment from Trio Apasionado, an energetic trio of tango-loving musicians.
Peru - Sat 19 August, 6pm
Film, music and food extravaganza.
Closing Party and Short Film Competition – Sat 26 July, 6pm
The Cine Vivo Latino Short Film Competition and closing party is the culmination of the festival. Join as they celebrate with a mix of short films and lively entertainment. Get out on the dancefloor and cha-cha, salsa and merengue the night away with Band Son Montuno and the fabulous Cuerazo dancers.
Throughout the festival a collection of works from acclaimed Argentinian photographer Andrés Salinero’s will be featured in either a printed exhibition at Cine Vivo's venue and on a digital exhibition on the big screen – a world premiere at Piazza and Perth Cultural Centre. Curated by Perth Independent Latino Film Festival CINE VIVO, the exhibition is to run alongside the program as part of the City of Perth’s Winter Arts Season. The screen exhibition features excerpts from Terra Incognita, the ‘summa cum laude’ of Salinero’s works, a reflection of South America’s cultural and natural heritage. The printed exhibition will include other self-assigned photographic essays created by the independent photographer throughout his career.
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