Our 9th Film Week took place from Tuesday September 18 to Sunday 23, 2018 at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta. Once again we brought to Victoria a sample of the best movies produced today in the Hispanic world. The 2018 line-up featured movies from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Panama and Spain. Our thanks to guest director Natalia Beristián and Prof. Susan Lord for their presentations and Q & A sessions. Thanks as well to all who attended the event and our volunteers. We look forward to seeing you again in September 2019.
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Charco is a documentary about the thriving musical scene of the Río de la Plata region and the capital cities of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. The film is more than a showcase of performers and songs: it is an endearing, at times philosophical, exploration of a powerful hub of musical creativity. The film features interviews and performances by iconic figures such as Gustavo Santaolalla, Jorge Drexler and Fito Páez, and songs from a variety of genres, including rock, candombe, murga, cumbia, tango, milonga and capping it all a payada, an improvised folk song. This is a voyage down south to the heart of music.
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The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. The film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking "Argentine Lawsuit" and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity in a country still divided four decades into democracy. The Silence of Others had its world premiere at the 2018 Berlinale in the Panorama section, where it won both the Panorama Audience Award for Best Documentary and the Berlinale Peace Prize.
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Director in attendance! Stay for a Q & A in English after the show.
Join director Natalia Beristáin for a talk about the achievements and challenges of women filmmakers in Mexico on Thursday 20 from 1.30 to 2.20 PM in Clearihue B315 on the UVic campus. This talk is in Spanish and open to the community.
Rosario Castellanos was an introverted university student who didn’t seem to belong to her time. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she fought to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She was about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra was to manifest her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she ignited a discussion that marked a turning point in her life. The film won the Audience Award for Mexican Fiction Feature Film and Special Mention for an Actress in a Mexican Feature Film at the most recent Morelia Film Festival.
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Stay after the screening for a Q&A session with Prof. Susan Lord (Queen’s U.), a specialist on Cuban media and society.
Join Prof. Susan Lord (Queen’s U.) for a talk entitled "Cinemas of the City: Remediating Spaces in the New Havana" on Friday 21 from 2.30 to 3.20 PM in Cornett B129 on the UVic campus. This talk is in English and open to the community.
It is 1991, the USSR is gone and the Cold War is over, but one man has yet to realize this: from the space station Mir, Sergei, the last Soviet cosmonaut, can see the entire planet, but his own country has disappeared. With no funds to bring him back, he’s now circling the Earth 16 times a day, cut adrift from his land and home. Meanwhile in a crumbling Cuba, the Communist dream is also coming to an end for Sergio, a Marxism philosophy professor and radio enthusiast. One fateful night, an exchange of radio frequencies accidentally connects Sergio and Sergei. The two men quickly form an unusual friendship in a world of political uncertainty. From award winning Cuban director Ernesto Daranas (Behavior) comes this political satire inspired by true events.
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Dissatisfied with a complicated relationship, an actor in Buenos Aires moves to New York City for a promised film role and a new start. When the project stalls, he chooses menial work over giving up on his acting dreams, a decision that puts him on the level of any other struggling undocumented immigrant despite his whiteness and connections to the privileged. When he loses the trust of a generous friend, his life unravels, ultimately leading him to reconcile his imperfect situation back home with the harsh reality of an uncertain future in the U.S. The movie features Guillermo Pfening, recipient of the Best Actor prize at the Tribeca Film Festival.
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Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even ran for President of his native Panama. In New York, where he lives, he granted exclusive access to his life to critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim, who takes us on a journey through Blades’s 50 year career, revealing that the singer might still have both musical and political ambitions. The film is a fascinating portrait, both intimate and informative, about a living legend.
The Hispanic Film Society of Victoria was established in 2013 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.
The 9th 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, Art History and Visual Studies, and Gender Studies, the Division of Continuing Studies, the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts, the Business School, the Center for Global Studies, and Latin American Studies at the University of Victoria. It also received support from the CRD Arts Development Service, BC Arts Council, Vancouver Island District Council of CUPE, the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel and Aeromexico.
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