Friday, April 1, 2011

Festival du Cinéma Latino-Américain, April 1 - 24

Tonight is the opening screening for the Festival du Cinéma Latino-Américain de Montréal (Latin American Film Festival of Montreal). The crime thriller Carancho was Argentina's submission to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It stars Ricardo Darín who also starred in last year's Argentinian Best Foreign Film Oscar winner El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes).

The festival will screen 9 short films and 38 feature films. Most are fiction films but some are documentaries. 10 of the feature selections are from Argentina, six each are from Mexico and Peru, five from Colombia, three each from Chile, two from Uruguay and one each from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Cuba.

Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance including Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Patricia Perez who will present her food documentary Mistura, El poder de la cocina (Mistura, The Power of Food) where free food will be served to those in the audience to enhance the experience.

The festival continues until April 24. All films screen at the Cinéma du Parc, 3575, avenue du Parc – 514-281-1900 –



In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa (Ricardo Darín) is a lawyer who haunts hospital waiting rooms and police stations in search of potential clients. When he falls in love with ambulance medic Luján, he tries to leave this dark business, but the shady law firm that he works for won’t let him off that easily.

Argentina 2010 Dir.: Pablo Trapero 107 min With: Ricardo Darín
Original Spanish version with French subtitles

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