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[Film] Cine Latino, Latin American Film Festival

November 24, 2017

Ten full length films and six short films will capture Filipino movie enthusiast to know more about Latin America and get closer to its culture and arts.

The first CINE LATINO – Latin American Film Festival brings together a mix of drama, comedy, romance and relevant flicks from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. Screenings are scheduled on December 6-10, 2017 at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.

1st Latin American Film Festival movie line up

El hijo de la novia / Son of the Bride

2001 | Argentina | Drama, Comedy | 124 min

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a crisis. He’s overwhelmed by his responsibilities. He has achieved success, but continues to live in his father’s shadow. Just when Rafael feels most alone, a series of unexpected events lead him to reevaluate his life. A minor heart attack forces him to slow down and a reunion with Juan Carlos, a childhood friend, helps Rafael to reconstruct his past and look at the present in new ways.

Esperando la Carroza / Waiting for the Hearse

1985| Argentina| Dark Comedy | 87 min

This tells a story about Mama Cora, a woman in her eighties. Her son’s wife wants her out of the house as she is driving her mad. Mama Cora tries to help, unfortunately everything she does, she does it wrong. The family goes through lf troubles trying to solve what to do with Mama Cora. While this all happens, a confusion makes the family believe she dies.

Cidade de Deus / City of God

2002 | Brazil | Drama | 129 min

Cidade de Deus is a housing project built in the 1960’s. During the early 80’s it became one of the most dangerous places in Rio de Janeiro. The tale tells the stories of many characters whose lives sometimes intersect. However, all is seen through the eyes of Busca-Pe, a poor black youth too frail and scared to become an outlaw but also too smart to be content with underpaid, menial jobs. He grows up in a very violent environment but Busca-Pe soon discovers that he can see reality differently than others. His redemption is that he’s been given an artist’s point of view as a keen-eyed photography.

Dois filhos de Francisco / 2 Sons of Francisco

2005 | Brazil | Drama | 115 min

Rags-to-riches story of two poor rural boys who grew up to become one of Brazil’s biggest sertanejo (the national “country” music) singers, Zeze di Camargo & Luciano.


2003 | Chile | Drama | 108 min

A story of a worker’s uprising that took place in what was, at the time, the largest coal mine in the world. The quest to improve conditions both spiritual and material begins in the heart of one courageous man. But while the bosses plan the expansion of their vast empire, the workers experience an awakening, and begin to demand change.

Sofía y el Terco / Sofia and the stubborn

2012 | Colombia | Comedy, Drama | 74 min

Sofia and her husband live in a small village in the Colombian countryside. Their life has just been a long repetition of facts for years. They grew and married here, and they know everybody in the village. She has an old dream: she wants to go to the sea whereas she has always known nothing but mountains. But Gustavo always has good reasons to delay the trip. He cannot let his grocery; his employee cannot get by himself.

El comienzo del tiempo / The beginning of time

2014 | Mexico | Drama | 110 min

Antonio and Bertha are an elderly couple in their 90’s who find themselves in deep trouble when pensions are suspended due to a social and financial crisis in their country. Given they haven’t seen their two children for many years, the couple is confronted with the need to survive on their own and must face the hard reality of selling their belongings and peddling tamales on the street or turn to crime. The lives of the elderly couple change when their son Jonas and grandson Paco, absent for more than ten years, unexpectedly reappear in their lives.

El chance / The chance

2009 | Panama | Comedy, Drama | 90 min

This hilarious comedy tells the story of Tona and Paquita, the housekeepers for the aristocratic Gonzalez-Dubois family. These domestic employees have been mistreated for quire some times and they are tired of their situation. So when the family plans a shopping trip to Miami, the maids have a plan of their own; to take control of the mansion. Unexpectedly, they will also discover a family secret.

Hermano / Brother

2010 | Venezuela | Drama | 96 min

Daniel is an exceptional striker and Julio is the captain of his team. Both are brothers of parenting and play soccer in their small barrio “La Ceniza”. Daniel wishes with all his strength to play at the professional level while keeping the family in Julio with dirty money. The opportunity of their lives comes when a talent scout invites to a test in the famous team of the city, the “Caracas FC”. Then a tragedy shakes and they must decide, and kicked a field of land, which is more important: the union of the family, the taste of revenge or the dream of their lives.

Patas Arriba

2011 | Venezuela | Drama | 96 min

Grandfather Renato, who is running out of time and knows it, teachers his six year old granddaughter Carlota the importance of simple things, the value of friendship and respect towards the views of other people. His daughters decided td him in a hospital, against his will and his youngest son. But with the help of his granddaughter, he plans to escape and sail from Venezuela to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, as he once promised his deceased wife.

6 Cortos Mexicanos (6 Mexican Short Films)

Porcelana (Porcelain | 2013 | Drama | 12 min) – a struggle between childhood fantasy and reality

Carreteras (Roads | 2013 | Drama | 10 min) – a two-day romance between Abril and Carmela

Mirar atras (Looking Back | 2013 | Drama | 10 min) – a confrontation of a ghost of Cecilia’s aunt and the tragic memories that shaped her life

O ser in elefante (Being an Elephant | 2013 | Drama | 8 min) – a short film where Ivan becomes obsessed with the personality of elephants, who they say, never forgets

Papalotes rosas (2013 | Drama | 13 min) – narrative of two small girls in a pink world see a little more of reality while their father figure falls apart

Aun non queda el recuerdo (We still remember | 2013 | 18 min) – a spoken portrait of the world of cinema in a Morelia of the past



Free admission on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Screening Schedule

Shang Cineplex

Dec 6 / WedPatas arriba (Venezuela)1:00 PM
Sofía y el Terco (Colombia)3:30 PM
El hijo de la Novia (Argentina)7:00 PM
Dec 7 / ThursDois filhos de Francisco (Brazil)1:00 PM
Shortfilms (Mexico)3:30 PM
Hermano (Venezuela)5:30 PM
Cidade de Deus (Brazil)8:00 PM
Dec 8 / FriEl comienzo del tiempo (Mexico)1:00 PM
Subterra (Chile)3:30 PM
El chance (Panama)6:00 PM
El hijo de la Novia (Argentina)8:00 PM
Dec 9 / SatEsperando la carroza (Argentina)1:00 PM
Dois filhos de Francisco (Brazil)3:00 PM
El comienzo del tiempo (Mexico)5:30 PM
Sofía y el Terco (Colombia)8:00 PM
Dec 10 / SunEl chance (Panama)1:00 PM
Cidade de Deus (Brazil)3:00 PM
Patas arriba (Venezuela)6:00 PM
Subterra (Chile) 8:00 PM


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