The annual Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival returns in October with a selection of award-winning films from nine countries – only at Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson cinemas in Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Typically characterised as the Portuguese, Spanish and French speaking countries in the Caribbean and Americas, Latin American cinema is carving a unique niche in the film world and enthralling audiences across the globe. From Argentina to Venezuela, the cinematic gems on offer at this year’s festival – now its fourth year – depict a diverse and fascinating range of stories, experiences and landscapes across the region.
Among the films to be screened is Dercho de Familia (Family Law) is a comedy about fatherhood and marriage and was Argentina’s official submission to the 2007 Academy and Golden Globe Awards.
O Auto da Compadecida (The Fog’s Will) from Brazil takes a humorous look at the follies of life – from sex, and marriage to the Catholic priesthood, while Cuba’s romantic comedy Un Paraiso Bajo Las Estrellas (A Paradise Under the Stars) tells the tale of Sissy who is forbidden by her father from following in her mother’s footsteps and performing at a famous Havana nightclub.
The 2007 Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival is on at Brooklyn Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson (Pretoria) from 12 to 18 October, and in Rosebank (Johannesburg) from 19 to 25 October with daily screenings at 17:30 and 20:15. Tickets are free – subject to availability – and are available from the box-office one hour before each screening.