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Written by Aksel Ritenis



CINE LATINO, Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema will descend on Palace Cinemas nationally from 14 November. In its second year, the program of 26 titles represent the best films from Central and South America.

Opening the festival is Mexican director Roberto Sneider’s YOU’RE KILLING ME SUSANA (ME ESTÁS MATANDO SUSANA). The twisty-turny travails of marital tension and infidelity get fleshed out in this comedy starring Gael García Bernal (Neruda) and Verónica Echegui and will have audiences laughing before the opening night party celebrations.

This year the program presents a 9-film spotlight on the best new films from Argentina with Cine Argentina. A special event screening of INSEPARABLE (INSEPARABLES), an Argentinean remake of the French hit The Intouchables, will launch a strong program including:

From the international festival circuit – AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL (AL FINAL DEL TÚNEL) directed by Rodrigo Grande, a super-charged, suspense-laden film starring Leonardo Sbaraglia (Wild Tales) and Clara Lago (Spanish Affair); I’M GILDA (GILDA, NO ME ARREPIENTO DE ESTE AMOR), a grand biopic about the life of the Argentinean superstar singer Gilda; Cannes Camera d’Or winner Pablo Giorgelli’s INVISIBLE, an intimate and stylistic coming-of-age drama; and THE DESERT BRIDE (LA NOVIA DEL DESIERTO), a mesmeric, transporting and affecting drama about a quiet, middle-aged woman (Paulina García, Gloria) searching for fulfilment in the spectacular Argentinean hinterlands.

Other highlights in the Argentinean spotlight include: ONE NIGHT OF LOVE (UNA NOCHE DE AMOR), a Woody Allen style comedy about a couple whose romance is waning after 12 years together; box office hit and cheeky comedy-of-manners THAT’S NOT CHEATING (PERMITIDOS); set in the breathtaking wilderness of rural Patagonia WINTER (EL INVIERNO) recounts an allegory about an old foreman realising his days are numbered; and political thriller THE SUMMIT (LA CORDILLERA) in which Ricardo Darín stars as the President of Argentina who must navigate political strategy without betraying his country, moral principles and family.


The festival continues its partnership with ‘Hola Mexico Film Festival’ this year bringing a selection of the best contemporary Mexican films to Australia.

Launching the Hola Mexico program is TALES OF AN IMMORAL COUPLE (LA VIDA INMORAL DE LA PAREJA IDEAL) which sees former teenage lovers cross paths again after 25 years and invent pretend spouses – to disastrous effect – to prove they have moved on from each other. Enjoy the film, music drinks and Mexican catering at the fiesta after.

Other fun films in the program are JEREMY (EL JEREMÍAS) – hijinks and precocity are abound in this charming and witty story about an eight year-old Mexican boy whose life is turned upside-down when he is recognised as a gifted child; and the life of single women in their 30s gets a humorous reworking through the experiences of a sassy newspaper columnist in THIRTY, SINGLE AND FANTASTIC (TREINTONA, SOLTERAY FANTÁSTICA).


Other Mexican highlights include; THE LOAD (LA CARGA), an epic historical drama set in 16th century Mexico; and TALES OF MEXICO (LA HABITACIÓN)which sees eight award-winning filmmakers weave together a tapestry of Mexican history, told through the various inhabitants of a single house over several decades.


The ‘Contemporary Selection’ rounds out the program with films from Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

Winner of two major prizes at Cannes, and based on true events, Brazilian writer/director Fellipe Barbosa’s spectacular GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN (GABRIEL E A MONTANHA); also from Brazil TWO IRENES (AS DUAS IRENES).


From Venezuela, their official Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Film EL INCA, the controversial boxing biopic about the spectacular rise and fall of World Boxing Champion; and KINGDOMS (REINOS), a gritty romance that highlights the complexities of love on a Chilean university campus, with biting social commentary about culture, politics and society.

Laughs can be found in Cuba’s CANDELARIA, about the taboo subject of sex in one’s golden years; LOST NORTH (Sin Norte) – the Chilean off-beat romantic drama; and Peruvian film CRAZY IN LOVE (LOCOS DE AMOR), from director Frank Pérez-Garland.


For drama and suspense, book in the history-making WOODPECKERS (CARPINTEROS), directed by José María Cabral from the Dominican Republic; Colombia’s nail-biting entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards – GUILTY MEN (PARIENTE) from Iván Gaona; Ecuadorian thriller SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS (SIN MUERTOS NO HAY CARNAVAL); and Manane Rodriguez (The Lost Steps) directed BREADCRUMBS (MIGAS DE PAN), a film centred around the Uruguayan dictatorship of the 70s and 80s staring award-winning Argentine actor Cecilia Roth.


The festival is curated by a Latin American and international film committee including Festival Spokesperson Gina Rubiano (Colombian), National Festival Manager Paulette Arvizu (Mexican), Production Coordinator Laura Emerick (Panamanian) and Curator of the Hola Mexico Film Festival section Samuel Douek (Mexican).


Tickets for CINE LATINO are now on sale via or participating Palace cinemas.


CINE LATINO screens exclusively at Palace Cinemas:

Sydney: 14 to 29 November at Palace Norton St & Palace Verona

Melbourne: 16 to 29 November at Palace Cinema Como and Palace Westgarth

Brisbane: 16 to 29 November at Palace Centro

Canberra: 15 to 29 November at Palace Electric

Adelaide: 16 to 29 November at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Hobart: 23 to 29 November at the State Cinema



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About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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