Latin American Gems at Fringe!
Posted on Thu 03 Nov by AlexK / Brazil, Latin America, Cuba, Chile, gender, homophobia, LGBT rights, QTIPOC, Film
Last year we embraced a Brazilian focus, screening documentary Favela Gay and hybrid-porn-fiction-doc Nova Dubai alongside a dynamic shorts programme. We celebrated the vivacity and fearlessness of Brazilian queer people boldly living their truths amongst threats of violence and inequality. This year, our programme showcases films from the wider Central and Latin American region, with many other titles foregrounding the stories of QTIPOC and Latinx people. It’s important work to facilitate marginalised and distinct voices and foster global connections within our big queer family!
Opening Film: Viva - Tuesday 15 November - Rio Cinema
Viva represents Cuba’s struggle with shifting identities: from an environment of restrictions on queer and non-traditional expressions, to a nation assimilating its bold queer communities, Viva chronicles the journey of Cuba.
The Nest - Friday 18 November - Hackney Showroom
Handsome young soldier Bruno deserts from the Brazilian army to go on a search for his long-lost brother in Porto Alegre. While his brother remains elusive Bruno quickly falls in with a gang of genderqueer bohemians and befriends Stella, one of his brother’s acquaintances. Through these unconventional new friendships Bruno begins to discover himself and explore his sexuality.
Filipe Matzembacher & Marcio Reolon’s film unravels over an episodic structure highlighting atmosphere, emotion and interpersonal dynamics and resulting in an intriguing examination of how we find and create our queer families.
You’ll Never Be Alone - Sunday 20 November - Rio Cinema
Dance student Pablo lives with his father Juan, a manager at a mannequin factory, in their drab, homophobic suburb of Santiago. He has a secret affair with a member of the neighbourhood's street gang and dreams of starring in his favourite reality TV show with his best friend Mari, while his father struggles to become partner in the company he worked at for the last 25 years. One night, Juan and Pablo's lives change forever, and for the first time, Juan faces the harsh reality his son experiences on a daily basis.
Inspired by true events, Alex Anwandter's impressive debut feature skilfully tells a distinctly South American story with a naturalistic approach and great sensitivity, reminiscent of Dolan and Fassbinder.
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There are also plenty of Latin American shorts from Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico sprinkled through our FREE shorts programme.