Our 6th Film Week took place from Tuesday September 22 to Sunday 27, 2015 at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta. Once again we brought to Victoria a sample of the best movies produced today in Latin America and Spain. Thanks to all who attended the six-night event.

The 2015 line-up featured a documentary about the Huicholes (an indigenous people in central Mexico who are fighting to keep their ancestral traditions), social dramas from Brazil and Cuba, a crime thriller from Argentina, an urban comedy from Mexico and a road movie from Spain.

Stay tuned for the 7th edition of this cultural event. We will post the line-up, synopses and trailers by August, 2016.

2015 SCHEDULE & TRAILERS

Tuesday 22 — 7 PM only Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians (Huicholes: Los últimos guardianes del peyote)
by Hernán Vilchez (Mexico, 2014) – 125 min

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Director in attendance! Q & A after the show
Sponsored by the Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC) and CUPE/Vancouver Island District Council
Part of the proceeds of the show will support Mosqoy, a registered Canadian charity that promotes educational and cultural rights for Andean communities in Peru (mosqoy.org)

Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a story about the Wixarika People, one of the last living Pre-Hispanic cultures in Latin America, and their struggle to preserve Wirikuta, their sacred territory and the land where the peyote grows, the traditional plant that keeps the knowledge of this iconic culture of Mexico alive. However, this territory is in danger. In 2010 the Mexican government granted concessions to several mining companies to explore and exploit the area, a natural reserve of 140,000 hectares of desert and hills in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, rich in gold, silver and other valuable minerals. This visually stunning documentary explores the struggles and hopes of the Huicholes today.

Wednesday 23 — 7 & 9:15 PM Big House (Casa Grande)
by Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil, 2014) – 115 min

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Exploring issues of class privilege among Rio de Janeiro’s decadent elite, Big House depicts a teenage boy's struggle to escape his overprotective parents as they covertly spiral into bankruptcy. Both a coming-of-age film and a social commentary on Brazil’s social inequalities and uneven development, Big House tells a human story, in realist fashion, that captures dreams and anxieties shared by millions of people in today’s globalized economy.

Thursday 24 — 7 & 9:10 PM Behaviour (Conducta)
by Ernesto Daranas (Cuba, 2014) - 108 min

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One of the most heralded Cuban films of the last decade, Conducta provides a sensitive, unembellished look at contemporary life in Cuba. Life isn’t easy for 11-year-old Chala. When he isn’t getting into trouble at school for his violent behavior, or with the police for raising fighting dogs, he has to contend with an alcoholic mother who spends her nights hustling in Havana’s nightclubs. Chala has one person on his side: his teacher Carmela, who absolutely believes that no child is a lost cause. But when Carmela falls ill, Chala himself is in danger of falling through the cracks of an unforgiving system. Winner of the Best Film Prize at the Málaga Film Festival and the 2014 Cuban submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Friday 25 — 7 & 9:10 PM Blondes (Güeros)
by Alonso Ruizpalacios (México, 2014) – 106 min

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This plucky and effortlessly cool black-and-white film from newcomer Alonso Ruizpalacios follows three restless teens during a student strike in 1999. Federico and Santos are roommates in Mexico City, students ‘on strike from the strike’ now that their university has been shut down, when Federico’s brother Tomás arrives. They hit the streets of the chaotic, exciting city looking for famed rock star Epigmenio Cruz, who once allegedly made Bob Dylan cry.” (AFI Fest) Blondes won Best New Narrative Director at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the Audience Awards at the Morelia and AFI Film Festivals, and Best Film and Best Director prizes at the most recent Ariel competition, Mexico’s most prestigious film awards.

Saturday 26 — 7 & 9 PM Betibú
by Miguel Cohan (Argentina, 2014) – 100 min

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A powerful industrialist is found with his throat cut in his luxury mansion. The famous novelist Betibú agrees to move into the neighbourhood, a posh country club in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, so she can write the chronicles of the case for a prestigious newspaper, but she soon discovers that this killing is just one in a series of murders of powerful men who share a dark past. Betibú is one of the most exciting thrillers coming from Argentina in the last years.

Sunday 27 — 7 & 9:10 PM Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados
by David Trueba (Spain, 2013) - 108 min)

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Beatles fans will recognize the title from the lyrics in “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which John Lennon wrote while in southern Spain playing a minor character in Richard Lester’s anti-war movie How I Won the War. This event forms the backdrop of Trueba’s charming road movie about Antonio, a Spanish schoolteacher who is also an avid Beatles fan. When he learns that Lennon is filming in Almería, in southern Spain, he sets out to meet him. Along the way he makes friends with Belén, a 20-year-old pregnant girl on her way home to her family, and Juanjo, a teenage boy. Lennon’s words take on special significance in a story set in Franco’s Spain. Winner of four Goya Awards, Spain’s top cinematographic prize, including Best Film and Best Director, and the 2014 Spanish submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

HISPANIC FILM SOCIETY OF VICTORIA

The Hispanic Film Society of Victoria was established in 2012 with the aim of promoting Latin American and Spanish Cinema in Victoria through the organization of an annual Film Week at Cinecenta.

The Society continues the work of the organizing committee which has been in charge of setting up the Latin American and Spanish Film Week since 2010. This is a cultural event that has already become an annual tradition in our city.

By becoming a Society, the members aim to engage more closely the diverse communities in Victoria interested in cinema and the cultures of the Hispanic world.

We invite the public to attend the annual Film Week as well as getting in touch with us to learn more about our activities and the possibilities for volunteering.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Dan Russek (President)
  • Isabel Leal (Treasurer)
  • Chrissie Forster (Secretary)
  • Lloyd Howard(director at large)
  • Nathan Kellerstein (director at large)
  • Zoey Ockenden (director at large - 2013/2014)
  • Dovi Kreger (director at large - 2012/2013)

OUR SPONSORS


The 6th Latin American and Spanish Film Week was organized by the Hispanic Film Society of Victoria and sponsored by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Victoria, CRD Arts Development Service, BC Arts Council, the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, the Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC) and CUPE/Vancouver Island District Council.

UvicLogo Hispanic and Italian StudiesUvic Continuing StudiesUvicLogo Social SciencesCapital Regional DistrictBC Arts CouncilMexico ConsulateVancouver Island District CouncilMining Justice Action Committee

We are grateful for the support of the Passion for Tango Society, the CFUV radio program Postales Musicales de Latinoamérica (101.9 FM), and community member Randall Recinos-Drago for the design of the poster.

past events

6th Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2015 poster
The 6th Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from Tuesday 22 to Sunday 27 of September, 2015. The line-up included films from Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain. Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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5th Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2014 poster
The 5th Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 of September, 2014. The line-up included films from Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Uruguay and Spain. Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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4th Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2012 poster
The 4th Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from Tuesday 17 to Sunday 22 of September, 2013. This year’s line-up included films from US/Guatemala, Spain/Cuba, Mexico, Mexico/Argentina, Spain/Switzerland and Spain.Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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3rd Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2012 poster
The 3rd Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 of September, 2012. This year’s line-up included films from Brazil, Chile, Mexico/Spain, Perú, Cuba and Argentina.Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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2nd Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2012 poster
The 2nd Latin American and Spanish Film Week from September 19 to 25, 2011, featured movies from Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Spain. Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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1st Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2012 poster
The 1st Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from September 15 to 19, 2010. It featured movies from Cuba, USA, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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MEDIA RELEASES

Our Film Week has been featured in radio programs and the news media. Check them out:

2015

» Film fest takes us to Mexico Monday Magazine, September 2015

2014

» Reels ready for Hispanic film week by Michael Reid, Times Colonist, September 11, 2014
» Interview with Dr. Russek in the radio program On the Island with Gregor Craigie (CBC 90.5 FM) on Monday September 15, 2014

2013

» Latin American and Spanish Film Week cements its place on Victoria's festival calendar by Michael Reid, Times Colonist, September 12, 2013
» Latin American and Spanish Film Week Monday Magazine, September 19, 2013

2012

» Spanish-Latin fest takes light touch by Michael Reid, Times Colonist, September 13, 2012
» Interview with Dr. Russek in the radio program Post Everything (CFUV 101.9 FM) on September 12, 2012

HOW TO FIND US

If you wish to contact the organizers or get more information about the Film Week email info@hispfilmvic.ca, or use the space below