Screens remain a pale pink for the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival


The Cuban urban drama Chamaco reveals the troubled underbelly of Cuban society.

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The Queer Film Festival may be over for another year, but Vancouver’s film screens will remain a pale pink as the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival presents two LGBTQ movies.

First up is the Uruguay/German co-production of The Bella Vista.  Director Alicia Cano Menoni re-stages the happenings that led rather distinct tenants (a football club, a transvestite brothel, and the Jesus of Mercy Catholic chapel) to occupy the same building at different points in time in the small Uruguayan village of Garbanzo.

Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, truth and acting, The Bella Vista offers audiences a candid and good-humoured story that dives into the lives of a few specific characters while at the same time, playing with the medium of documentary film-making.

The Bella Vista will screen at The Cinematheque on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 5:30pm.

Next up is the Cuban urban drama Chamaco which has been adapted from a play by Abel González Melo, and reveals the troubled underbelly of Cuban society.

The plot revolves around the death of a young man in Havana’s Central Park. Using dimly lit shots that accentuate the atmosphere, director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti investigates a disturbing world of male prostitution and police corruption. Chamaco was filmed in just ten days in the deserted early morning hours on the streets of Havana.

“It’s not a movie that pleases viewers the way US films do,” says Cremata. “It’s bitter, hard, without any sugar-coating, a tough movie to swallow. It speaks of the dark side of human nature.”

The director will be in attendance at the screening on September 5, 2013 at 9:30pm at The Cinematheque.

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