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Presented by Palace, the Cine Latino Film Festival, Australia’s largest festival of Latin American cinema, is thrilled to announce the full 2018 program which features a splendid assortment of the latest films from across Central and South America including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Paraguay.

Cine Latino is delighted to announce that comedian Iván Aristeguieta will be this year’s Festival Ambassador. Iván turned his hand to comedy after a successful career as a brew master and food technologist in his homeland of Venezuela. Since migrating to Australia in 2012, Iván has quickly made a name for himself on the comedy festival circuit here and overseas. In 2017, Iván toured his smash hit show ‘Juithy’ around Australia and his sitcom Lost in Pronunciationaired on ABC TV. Iván will bring his unique brand of Australian-Latin American humour to the Opening Night Events in Melbourne and Sydney.

With 26 features including a spotlight on new films from Argentina, a Cuban retrospective, 3 documentaries and 18 Australian premieres, this year’s Cine Latino Film Festival is a fabulous fiesta of the sights, sounds and stories of Latin America, and opens withwith one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.

The most personal project to date from Academy Award®-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También), ROMA follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighbourhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. Cuarón’s first project since the ground-breaking Gravity in 2013. ROMA won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and has been selected to represent Mexico in the upcoming Oscars® and Spanish Goya awards. The Opening Night gala screening of ROMA will be followed by a Latin American feast of food, drinks and entertainment.

Cuarón will bookend the festival, with his 2001 breakout hit Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (AND YOUR MOTHER TOO!) set to screen on Closing Night. Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN is a perfectly balanced road comedy which launched the careers of stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Sensual, surprising and poignant, Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN will screen in a 2K restoration and is an opportunity to rediscover this gem of Mexican cinema.

Gael García Bernal also appears in THE ACCUSED (Ascusada),an involving and ambiguous Best Film nominee at the 2018 Venice Film Festival from auteur director Gonzalo Tobal (Villegas) about a 21-year-old girl (played by Argentinian singer LalíEsposito) who has to face not only a murder trial but also the scrutiny of an entire nation when she becomes the lead suspect for the murder of her best friend.


Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (WestworldLove, Actually)stars in A TRANSLATOR (Un Traductor), the Sundance-nominated drama based on true events, as a professor ordered to translate for the child victims of Chernobyl, pulling him away from his own young family.

Argentinian cinema is enjoying a resurgence and this year and Cine Latino features 8 new films from Argentina including TEN DAYS WITHOUT MOM, THE ACCUSED and the previously announced AN UNEXPECTED LOVE (El amor menos pensado), a funny and hugely entertaining smash-hit romantic comedy starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán as a long-married couple who begin to question the true meaning of love and desire after becoming empty-nesters.

In the number one Argentinian film of the year, TEN DAYS WITHOUT MOM (Mamá se fue de viaje), an exhausted mother-of-four takes a vacation away from her family, leaving her clueless husband to struggle at home with the kids for ten days with hilarious results!

Also from Argentina comes ALMOST LEGENDS (Casi leyendas), a feel-good buddy movie, in which comedic superstars Diego Peretti, Diego Torres and Santiago Segura play three men in mid-life crisis who rekindle their youthful rock-and-roll dreams in an attempt to save themselves and each other.

Guillermo Francella (The Clan) portrays a man pushed beyond his moral limits when faced with a life-or-death situation; in ANIMAL, one of the most anticipated Argentinian films of the year and from the co-writer of Birdman.

Brimming with energy, the hypnotic 1970s set Argentinian crime drama EL ÁNGEL skyrocketed to number one at the local box office and tells the true story of the beautiful and merciless Angel of Death, Argentina’s current longest-serving prisoner.

Based on the 1949 novel, IN LOVE AND IN HATE (Los que aman, odian) is a breathless romantic crime thriller cast in a classic mould – a luxury hotel, a victim whom everyone has motive to murder – and was seven-time Argentine Academy Award-nominated.

REY’S EDUCATION (La educación del Rey) is an outstanding intergenerational drama, the rise in youth crime in Argentina is explored through a friendship between a retired guard and a teen criminal.

Documentaries include POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD, as Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Wim Wenders embarks on a personal journey with Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, and one of the world’s most remarkable subjects.

NO DRESS CODE REQUIRED (Etiqueta no rigurosa), a rallying cry for equality and a testament to the power of ordinary people, this award-winning documentary follows Víctor and Fernando, an unassuming couple from Mexico who find themselves in the centre of a legal firestorm over their desire to get married.

NOSSA CHAPE: OUR TEAM, following a devastating plane crash in 2016,thisisthe charged story of Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, made with exclusive access to the new team, the families and the three surviving players.

Also from Brazil comes LOVELING (Benzinho), a captivating, wonderfully moving new drama from Gustavo Pizzi, which traces a mother-of-four whose life is turned upside down when her eldest son is offered the chance to pursue his sporting dreams overseas.

Comedy also features with HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR DOUCHEBAG (Cómo cortar a tu patán) the Mexican smash-hit romantic comedy follows a single break-up expert who specialises in devising elaborate ways for women to break up with their douchebags.

While in hilarious Colombian comedy AMALIA, THE SECRETARY (Amalia la secretaria), Amalia, a cranky secretary has unexpected feelings awakened in her by her building’s chaotic maintenance man, and finds herself going to outrageous lengths to keep him around.

Also from Colombia, a highlight from Los Angeles’ Outfest is EVA + CANDELA (¿Cómo te llamas); the evolution of attraction from sensual to intimate to routine between a filmmaker and her lead actress in this nuanced and passionate romance.

From creators of the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent, BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Pájaros de verano) is an astounding, epic, visually exquisite story about the Colombian drug trade, told through the perspective of a proud indigenous family.

In LUIS, a tense drama from one of the Dominican Republic’s biggest directors, a decorated policeman must confront the true meaning of justice when his spoiled teenage son breaks the law.

The Chilean winner of Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, OBLIVION VERSES (Los versos del olvido) centres on an elderly caretaker who discovers the body of an unknown young woman and embarks on an odyssey to give her a proper burial.

From Costa Rica, VIOLETA AT LAST (Violeta al fin), the vibrant and affecting Audience Award nominee at Glasgow, newly divorced 72-year-old Violeta proves that rebelliousness knows no age when finances threaten her newfound freedom.

Winner of Best Film at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival, THE HEIRESSES (Las herederas) is a piercing and emotionally compelling look into the lives of the Paraguayan wealthy through the tribulations of a hesitant woman in quiet crisis.

Cine Latino uncovers modern Cuban cinema with a retrospective trio of films little seen in Australia:

Set against the end of Batista’s dictatorship in 1956 Havana, HELLO HEMINGWAY follows a girl who aspires to a scholarship in America as she reads Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea; Cuba’s 1991 Official Selection for the Academy Awards.

Cuba’s Official Selection for the Academy Awards in 2006, EL BENNY is the musically rich biopic recounts the eventful life of 1950s bandleader Benny Moré, of the greatest Cuban musicians of the 20th century, directed by Jorge Luis Sánchez.

Sánchez also directed CUBA LIBRE (2015). In 1898 Cuba, two young boys experience the defeat of the Spanish Army in their country and the ensuing US Occupation as an intense period in their lives.

The festival takes place nationally from mid-November in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 17thOctober via 


Melbourne: Tue 13 – Wed 28 November Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Astor Theatre

Sydney: Thu 15 – Wed 28 November Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Central Platinum

Brisbane: Wed 21 November – Sun 2 December Palace Centro on James Street

Canberra: Wed 14 – Wed 28 November Palace Electric Cinema

Perth: Thu 6 – Sun 16 December Cinema Paradiso



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