UQâ€™s Latin American Film Festival: Free and For Adults Only
Faerlie Eldred | On 06, Oct 2016
This week foreign film lovers can enjoy five days of free fun at the University of Queenslandâ€™s 10thÂ Annual Latin American Film Festival.
The festival will be screening thirteen films, originating from thirteen different South American countries. Opening night, Wednesday 5th October, screenedÂ Malacrianza (The Crowâ€™s Nest). The 70-minute drama by Arturo MenÃ©ndez follows a humble piÃ±ata salesmanâ€™s brush with blackmail in El Salvador.
This festival of Latin American cinema is hosted by UQâ€™s School of Languages and Cultures, and is for adults only, as all films are rated R18+.
Each year a Latin American Embassy in Canberra supports the event by selecting the films to be screened. The El Salvadoran Embassy has made the selection for this yearâ€™s film festival.
UQâ€™s event coordinator, Kellie Colahan said, â€œIt is a great opportunity to bring together the UQ and wider Brisbane community to viewÂ a sample of the creative best of Latin American cinema.â€
â€œThis year we are also proud to be able to host the world premiere of a short film created by a group of international students from Latin America,â€ Ms Colahan said.
On Saturday you can catch Anna Muylaertâ€™s The Second Mother – winner of last year’s Special Jury Prize for dramatic acting at the Sundance Film Festival. The Second Mother explores the family dynamic and social class when a live-in housekeeperâ€™s daughter comes to stay, upsetting the status quo.
The Guatemalan film La Bodega will close the film festival on Sunday afternoon. The film is a gripping tale of the ricocheting consequences of violence. After gang members sexually assault his sister, Jacobo and his friend try to get some kind of revenge by kidnapping and torturing a random gang member.
With plenty more films to see at UQâ€™s Latin American Festival, be sure to check out the festival overview for more details. All films screened will be either in Spanish or Portuguese, with English subtitles.
What: UQâ€™s Latin American Film Festival
Where: Abel Smith Theatre, University of Queensland, St Lucia
When: 5th October â€“ 9th October 2016
More Information: For more information go to UQâ€™s website here
Image credit: languages-cultures.uq.edu.au