The 2nd Latin American Film Festival will be held at K.U. Cinema Trap in Seoul from October 31 to November 4 under the joint organization of the 12 embassies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, in collaboration with the Department of Spanish Language & Literature and the Institute of Hispanic Studies of Korea University (KU).
The festival is expected to offer an excellent opportunity for the Korean audience to approach the imaginary of Latin America and its diversity, and to discover different aspects from the creativeness of its contemporary societies through the magnificent platform of cinema.
The film samples chosen include twelve movies with a wide range of genders, some with historic content, documentaries, comedies, and dramas, which show different points of view to the complex social and cultural structure of the identity of Latin American peoples. Argentina brings a biographic film “Francis: Father George,” which shows the steps undertaken by Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his way to becoming Pope Francis, the first Latin American who leads the global catholic church. Ecuador shows “In the Name of the Daughter,” a story of an eleven year old girl who determined to defend her convictions in a region affected by ideological conflict in the decade of the 70s.
In the gender of comedies, there are films, including; “The Gift” from Chile, which persuades in a funny way people to believe that age is not an obstacle to get involved in unusual adventures and “Old Friends” from Peru, which narrates the funny day of a group of octogenarians who will get in trouble for celebrating the life of “Quique” who were their recently passed-away friend. In the same gender, “Whatever” from Honduras will describe, also in a funny way, the tenacity and spiritual determination that are features of many Latin Americans who have faced difficult situations.
Music and soccer could not be absent as a phenomena of wide popular scope in the region. In the musical part, Colombia presents a documentary “The Trip of the Accordion,” which describes the story of Manuel Vega and his effort to become the “King of Vallenato,” and “Two Waters” from Costa Rica, which features the story of “Nató” and his dream to enter a soccer school, strongly supported by his brother.
Latin American cinema is also known for being a useful platform for the analysis and manifestation of social realities. In this gender, Bolivia will show “American Visa,” which addresses the migration phenomena in the region, and Brazil will show “Two Lost in a Dirty Night” depicting the story of “Tonho and Paco,” two Brazilians who arrived in New York in search of the “American Dream.”
On the other hand, Mexico will come in with “Spielberg Generation,” which offers us five tales of a group of “Millennials” united by Pop Culture with a contemporary view or life, love and loneliness while Uruguay presents “A Bad Day to Fish,” a parody on the story of a swindler man and a former wrestling champion, who travel around different Latin American cities.
In the gender of drama, Venezuela will present “The Blue Apple Tree,” which features the story of “Diego,” an eleven year old boy affected by a serious lack of affection, who spends some vacations with his grandfather in the Venezuelan “Andes.”
The inauguration of the festival will take place at 2:00 p.m. on October 31 (Monday) at KU Cinema Trap, located on the 5th Floor of the Media Center at Anam Campus of KU in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. From that day on, the twelve movies which constitute the listing of the festival will be displayed, at the below attached schedules. The entry is free. More information at: http://www.kucinetrap.kr/ Press Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / (2)798-1694 ext. 305.