Latin American Film Festival to hit Hanoi

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A Latin American Film Festival will be hosted by Hanoi Cinematheque on May 15 through June 5.


According to a press release from the organizer, the event is aimed at showcasing and promoting Latin American filmmakers while celebrating the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures and experiences and fostering cross-cultural understanding and dialogue with Vietnamese audience.


"The Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela in Vietnam have worked together on this project to provide a space in Hanoi for Latin American images, sounds and stories, featuring films that portray the complexities and rhythms of everyday life in each country," says the release.


Two films will be presented every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.during the event . Each evening's program will include a reception between the two films, attendants of which will enjoy traditional Latin American appetizers and drinks.


The festival opens on Tuesday, May 15 with "The Student", a film by Mexican director Roberto Girault that concerns a man in his seventies in Guanajuato, Mexico who enrolls at a university to follow his long-deferred dream of studying literature.


On the same evening, "Live Cuba" by Cuban director Juan Carlos Cremata tells a Romeo and Juliet style story in which the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences.


On Tuesday, May 22 "Noel: The Samba Poet" by Brazilian Ricardo Van Steen will be followed by Chile's "The Gift", a co-production by Cristián Galaz and Andrea Ugalde.


The series continues on Tuesday, May 29 with "The Pope's Toilet", by Uruguayan César Charlone. On the same night, war and espionage will set the stage for a star-crossed romance in "Venezzia", a historical drama from Venezuelan director Haik Gazarian.


"The Chance" on Tuesday June 5 by Panamanian director Abner Benaim will be followed by the series' conclusion: the Argentinean "A Chinese Tale", by Sebastian Borensztein.


The Film Festival is open to the public and the entrance is free, except for the opening day, which will be reserved for guests with invitations.


All films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles and a Vietnamese audio option. Bring your ID card to borrow headsets if necessary.


For more information, contact Hanoi Cinematheque at (04) 3936 2648, 22A Hai Ba Trung Street.


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