From today don’t miss out @EastEndFilmFest – Latin American Film playing in London #EEFF2013
The East End Film Festival (EEFF) is one of the UK’s largest film festivals, taking place from 25 June – 10 July and celebrating first and second time directors, as well as bold new cinematic voices from around the world. A festival that champions discovery, and which takes place in what represents London’s most vibrant arts quarter, the EEFF is well known for supplementing its award winning line up of international cinema with industry training, cross-arts events, live music and explorations of digital technology.
This year’s East End Film Festival offers a host of Latin American films, including a special focus on Argentine cinema featuring a panel on Argentine cinema hosted by the London Argentine Film Festival, Matias Piñeiro’s playful take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola, Alejandro Fadel’s The Wild Ones, Armando’s Bo’s tale of a delusional Buenos Aires Elvis impersonator El Ultimo Elvis, and a free outdoor screening of La Antena with a world premiere live score from Esben and the Witch in Spitalfields Market. Other Latin American films include Sebastian Hofmann’s award winning zombie drama Halley, Brazilian films Cores and Beyond The Grave, and Peruvian post-apocalyptic relationship drama The Cleaner.
Latin American Films playing at East End Film Festival:
Viola + Panel (dir. Matias Piñeiro, Argentina, 2012, 65 mins, London Premiere)
The emotive, tense and lustful nature of Piñeiro’s brilliant romantic drama is a snappy tale of a woman living and working with her boyfriend in Buenos Aires. Whilst helping her other half run his video piracy business, Viola comes into contact with the work of an all-girl theatre company that creates drama out of fragments of Shakespeare’s plays.
Viola screens at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 June at the Barbican Centre. The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion on Argentine Cinema including Armando Bo (El Ultimo Elvis), Alejandro Fadel (The Wild Ones) Matias Piñeiro (Viola) and Sofia de Skalon (London Argentine Film Festival).
The Wild Ones + Q&A (dir. Alejandro Fadel, Argentina, 2012, 119 mins, UK Premiere)
A major debut by a major new director. Having made his name as a regular collaborator with Pablo Trapero, co-writing Carancho and White Elephant, Alejandro Fadel eschews the political thriller for something altogether more mythical. Five teenagers escape from a juvenile detention centre on the border between Córdoba and San Luis, killing a guard and escaping into the wilderness. The Wild Ones is a tale of youthful misadventure – complete with murder – before transforming into a mystical search for freedom.
The Wild Ones screens at 6pm on Saturday 29 June at the Rich Mix Cinema
El último Elvis + Q&A (The Last Elvis, dir. Armando Bo, Argentina, 2012, 91 mins)
Armando Bo’s phenomenal debut tells of a divorced singer (real life Elvis impersonator John McInerney) who lives as if he were the reincarnation of The King. Forced to care for his daughter, a bond develops, but the dream of being Elvis remains all too powerful in this tale of obsession, delusion and brilliant musical performance.
El Ultimo Elvis screens at 8.45pm on Friday 28 June at Hackney Picturehouse
Extraordinary Stories (dir. Mariano Llinás, Argentina, 2008, 245 mins, UK Premiere)
An adventure in storytelling, secret identities, missing persons, lost treasures, exotic beasts and desperate criminals, Extraordinary Stories is a playful and enchanting riff on cinema and memory. Director Mariano Llinás flits between three separate plotlines, following characters X, Z and H, who alternately steal a murdered man’s briefcase and go on the lam; begin to follow the cryptic clues, maps and legends of their former employer; and embark on a mysterious mission downriver in a hunt for monoliths from a defunct dystopian dream. A film unlike any other.
Extraordinary Stories screens at 1pm on Saturday 6 July at the Rich Mix Cinema.
A City Without A Voice: La Antena + Live Score by Esben and the Witch (Esteban Sapir, Argentina, 2007, 99 mins, World Premiere) FREE
Argentinean director Esteban Sapir’s dystopian sci-fi tale, in which an evil media tycoon known as Mr.TV has stolen the voices of an entire city. His brainwashing has left the people unable to oppose his dastardly will. A marvellous pastiche of classic silent film, La Antena looks astonishing on the big screen, and will be soundtracked using a specially commissioned score by British group Esben and the Witch, providing the perfect sonic accompaniment to a stunning film experience in one of London’s most iconic locations.
La Antena screens at 8.30pm on Saturday 6 July at Spitalfields Market
Leones (dir. Jazmín López, Argentina, 2012, 83 mins, UK Premiere)
Jazmín López’s captivating debut feature is an elliptical meditation on social frameworks, human nature and the desperation to escape a mapped-out future. Five young friends descend into the forest. They immerse themselves in word games, play and seduction. Mysterious and elemental, López’s debut owes much to Borges and earns her comparisons with Terrence Malick and Gus Van Sant.
Leones screens at 9pm on Thursday 4 July at the Rich Mix Cinema.
Lakino: Argentine Shorts (dir. Various, Argentina 2012, 100 mins, UK Premiere)
The Lakino Latin American Film Festival invites you to discover the comedy, suspense, and social satire of this fantastic selection of Argentine shorts. From an Argentine Ping Pong phenomenon to the largest tin mine in Bolivia, having fun and falling in love, these films show the future of cinema in Argentina is very bright indeed.
Lakino Argentine Shorts screen at 7pm on Friday 5 July at the Genesis Cinema, and will be followed by special Argentine live music in Bar Paragon.
Cores (dir. Francsico Garcia, Brazil, 2012, 95 mins, London premiere)
A lively and convincing evocation of Brazil’s down and out hipster community. Jim Jarmusch’s Cores (or Colours) is a depiction of modern Sao Paulo that is a far cry from the economic development touted in the lead up to the Olympics and the World Cup. Tatoo artist, Luca, petty drug dealer, Luiz and Laura, his ornamental fish shop employee girlfriend are stuck in a rut and dreaming of escape. Francisco Garcia’s cool and stylish debut is an important new voice in Latin American cinema, best summed up by one character’s
assertion: “Look around us: No-one is on track.”
Colors screens at 8.30pm on Wednesday 3 July at Rich Mix.
Halley (dir. Sebastian Hofmann, Mexico, 95 mins, Special Preview)
A tale of urban loneliness with a dash of David Cronenberg, Sebastian Hofmann’s staggering debut portrays Beto (Alberto Trujillo) a security guard in a Mexico City gym, whose physical state contrasts wildly with the healthy bodies around him. Retreating to his apartment, Beto sews himself up and injects himself with embalming fluid to hold off his physical deterioration. Wrestling with the notion that he may no longer be alive, Beto’s desire for life is rekindled by his boss’ advances. Halley is a far cry from social realism, but in its surreal depiction of total isolation, achieves something even more truthful.
Halley screens at 8.30pm on Tuesday 9 July at the Genesis Cinema.
The Cleaner (dir. Adrian Saba, Peru, 95 mins, UK Premiere)
This stylish and affecting debut is a love story set to an apocalyptic background. A fatal plague is gripping Lima as Eusebio travels from home to home, disinfecting the dwellings of the latest victims. At one housecall, he finds an eight year old boy in the closet. The boy needs protection, but the state is uncaring and his plight forces Eusebio to open up for the first time.
The Cleaner screens at 6.30pm on Friday 5 July at the RichMix Cinema.
Source: Latam Film