Vancouver film fans will have a new opportunity, next Saturday November 21st, to take a glance at the broad spectrum of New Venezuelan Cinema during the second edition of the yearly cinematic event hosted by the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Canada’s West Coast. Venezuela in Motion 2015 will feature two documentaries and a similar number of animated shorts. All the screenings are family-friendly and completely FREE!
We are proud to present in partnership with the 34th Vancouver International Film Festival the film Embrace of the Serpent. In Ciro Guerra’s vibrant and wildly original feature, two explorers (Borgman’s Jan Bijvoet and Brionne Davis) embark on parallel journeys—albeit 40 years apart—down the Colombian Amazon in search of a sacred flower with mythical healing powers. Both encounter an Amazonian shaman who shares with them his tales of colonialism’s devastating toll on his people. As unlikely friendships take root, this drama cuts between timelines and enwraps viewers in seductive visuals and alluring ethnographic details.
This compeling documentary tells the story of the forced disappearence of the 43 Normalista students. It is testimonial and well documented and uncovers the criminal involvement between the police and military authorities, as well as between the political and economic elite of Mexico in this massacre. The voices of the interviewees -who survived the massacre of Iguala- reconstructed the climate of impunity, corruption, and criminality that exists, not only in the state of Guerrero but in the entire country.
Una noche de música cubana is an invitation to experience the cultural wealth of the island of Cuba through all the senses. If you have ever been curious about Cuban culture, this is your opportunity to explore and engage with an excellent movie, traditional food and live music from Afro – Cuban Dimensions, all in just one night. The evening will begin with a special screening of the classic Cuban documentary We Are the Music (Nosotros La Musica), a vivid panorama of the island's music and dance legends from the early 1960s.
For the first time, Vancouver film fans will have the chance to enjoy two days of New Venezuelan Cinema. Five shows over two days presented by the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the city, including four feature films, one documentary, five shorts and a Gala – an excellent opportunity to discover the booming cinematic industry of this dynamic Latin American nation, while celebrating Venezuela's Independence Day (July 5th) and the Birthday of Simón Bolívar “El Libertador” (July 24th). All the functions are open to the public and completely FREE!
The Beautiful Game is an unironic nickname for the swiftly flowing soccer played, followed, and very much loved in Latin America, and especially in Brazil. Vancity Theatre will celebrate the original football in June and July with a series of movies spanning different genres and approaches to the subject in soccer's unique relationship with Latin America. Through documentaries, biopics, and dramas look at the sport in its social and political contexts, and its still-growing influence of the game in the world.
North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary Spanish film returns to Vancouver for second consecutive year with four premieres, featuring the latest, most exciting films and allowing you to discover and share your love of Spanish cinema. The Festival of New Spanish Cinema in North America is six years old and it remains as young and fresh as ever, with a bevy of new talents that, against considerable economic odds, still manages to produce sharply-observed engaging works that stretch across every cinematic genre. This year’s selection represents the diverse current trends of filmmaking in Spain and offers something for everybody.
The Berlin competition was lacking any consensus favourites until Gloria, a splendidly written comedy-drama from Chile’s Sebastián Lelio, which sent everyone out with a cheery grin and prompted instant awards speculation. It’s a movie about self-worth, and introduces us to… a lonely divorcée living in Santiago who decides to hit the senior singles scene, with decidedly mixed success. The 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival and Iberoamerican Images are dedicating the screening of the film Gloria to pay tribute to Waldo Brino for his outstanding commitment as cultural ambassador of Chilean Arts and Film in Canada.
We are proud to present in partnership with the 32th Vancouver International Film Festival the film Nosotros los Nobles, the biggest box office in the history of Mexican Cinema. Influenced by Luis Buñuel’s 1949 Mexican screwball comedy El gran calavera, but loaded with topical references to today’s millennial party kids—a breed much the same no matter where you are in the world—We Are the Nobles is a slick, stylish and very funny comeuppance comedy. A sequel is already in the works, and don’t be surprised if you see a Hollywood remake down the pike.
This selection of four films sheds light on the contemporary crop of Brazilian documentaries, in which music has been a favourite subject. One portrays the grand dame Maria Bethânia on the occasion of her 60th birthday, and three docs cover the late-’60s scene—especially the Tropicalia movement, with some of its principal leaders, as seen in popular music festivals captured live on TV.
Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family return to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are Montoneros guerrillas who are fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant.
In its fifth consecutive year, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema consolidates itself as the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish Cinema in North America. The Festival, which will take place at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver from February 22 to 28 2013 is copresented by PRAGDA and the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa. It will screen some of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year.
The Cultural Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Iberoamerican Images and Metro Cinema at the Garneau are proud to present “Cine Chile – Alberta Series, A Festival of Contemporary Chilean Cinema in Canada”. Cine Chile – Alberta Series is the continuation of previous efforts in 2006, 2008 and 2012 made by members of the community in Vancouver to showcase in Canada some of the most relevant films from Chile.
The Cultural Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, the Consulate General of Chile in Vancouver and Iberoamerican Images are proud to present "Cine Chile 2012, A Festival of Contemporary Chilean Cinema in Canada". Cine Chile 2012 is the continuation of previous efforts (2006 and 2008) made by the different participants in this endeavour to bring to Canada recent releases from Chile.