Our 8th Film Week will take place from Tuesday September 19 to Sunday 24, 2017 at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta. Once again we are bringing to Victoria a sample of the best movies produced today in the Hispanic world. The 2017 line-up will feature movies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru. Thanks to all who attended last year's event. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Check out the synopses and trailers below.

2017 SCHEDULE & TRAILERS

Tuesday 19 — 7 & 9PMWhen Two Worlds Collide
by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel (Peru, 2016) – 103 min

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This documentary offers a vivid depiction of the clash between indigenous Peruvian minorities and government interests bent on "opening up" protected tribal lands to multinational-corporation mining, drilling and clear-cutting in the Amazon. That conflict flared into contentious, highly publicized strikes and violence in 2009, which are depicted here in on-the-ground footage shot by participants on both sides. Winner of a World Cinema documentary competition prize for best first feature at Sundance in 2016(Variety).

Wednesday 20 — 7 & 9PM Chavela
by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi (Mexico, 2017) – 90 min

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Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing Costa Rican-Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, it is guided by the stories in Chavela’s romantic ballads, and the myths and tales others have told about her, as well as those she spread about herself. The documentary weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Thursday 21 — 7 & 9 PM Neon Bull [Boi Neon]
by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, 2015) - 101 min

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Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s second fiction feature unfolds in Northeastern Brazil within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Seen through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events, it features a ragtag band of labourers, a makeshift but close-knit family. While he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar is not your typical cowboy: he has a romantic heart and a penchant for designing outfits for women. Neon Bull premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize in the Horizons section.

Friday 22 — 7 & 9:15 PM No Place Like Home [El patio de mi casa]
by Carlos Hagerman (México, 2015) – 89 min

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Director in attendance! Stay for a Q & A after the first show.
Join director Carlos Hagerman for a talk entitled “Social Themes in Mexican Documentaries” on Friday 22 from 2.30 to 3.20 PM in Clearihue A206 at the UVic campus. The talk is in English and open to the community.

What will become of us when our parents grow old? Carlos Hagerman faces this question by creating a loving portrait of his own parents, Oscar and Doris, who for many years have worked providing education opportunities in rural Mexico. Now, it's the time for the takeover by Enedino and Isabel, two indigenous youngsters that have followed their steps. No Place Like Home is a moving reflection on family, friendship, and the possibilities to transform life through learning and teaching.

Saturday 23 — 7 & 9 PM Rara
by Pepa San Martín (Chile, 2016) – 92 min

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Sara and her younger sister live with their divorced mother, whose new partner is a woman. Everyday life for the four of them is hardly any different than it is for other families. But not everyone sees it that way – Sara’s father in particular has his doubts. As Sara’s 13th birthday approaches, she feels rather overwhelmed: her first crush, a body in the midst of changes and to top it off, conflicts over loyalty with her parents. A bittersweet family drama, Rara captures in endearing ways personal struggles as well as changes in today’s Chilean society.

Sunday 24 — 7 & 9:15 PM The Distinguished Citizen [El ciudadano ilustre]
by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn (Argentina, 2016) – 117 min

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After refusing big and prestigious awards all over the world, Mr. Mantovani, a Nobel Prize winner in Literature, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina, which has been the inspiration for all of his books. It turns out that accepting this invitation is the worst idea of his life. Expect the unexpected when you have used real people as characters in your novels! The Distinguished Citizen was selected as Argentina’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, and selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where Oscar Martínez won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor.

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.

By becoming a Society, the members aim to engage more closely the diverse communities 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)
  • Susan Abrill-Russek (director at large)
  • Katya Gallegos (director at large)
  • Erin Campbell (director at large)
  • Lloyd Howard (2013-2017)
  • Chrissie Forster (2013-2016)
  • Nathan Kelerstein (2014-2016)
  • Zoey Ockenden (director at large - 2013/2014)
  • Dovi Kreger (director at large - 2012/2013)

OUR SPONSORS


The 8th Latin American and Spanish Film Week was organized by the Hispanic Film Society of Victoria and sponsored by the Departments of Hispanic and Italian Studies, and Art History and Visual Studies, the Division of Continuing Studies, the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts, and the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Victoria. It also received support from the CRD Arts Development Service, BC Arts Council, Vancouver Island District Council of CUPE, Mining Justice Action Committee, the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver and Aeroméxico.

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past events

7th Latin American and Spanish Film Week

2016 poster
The 7th Latin American and Spanish Film Week took place from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 of September, 2016. The line-up included films from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Spain. Check out the complete line-up and film synopsis PDF

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Photo Credits: Carina Pogoler (2,3,4) and Dan Russek

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:

2016

» Movies mirror Hispanic culture, Monday Magazine, September 2016, p.10
» Spanish Film Week comes to UVic's Cinecenta, Saanich News , September 16, 2016

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