Since 1995, the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival has been providing one of the most comprehensive platforms for independent Latin media makers from across Canada and around the globe. It’s the longest-running Latin film festival in Canada and returns to venues across Toronto from Wednesday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 6th.
The focus of aluCine is to provide a voice for Latin artists who work outside of mainstream media programming. Voices that would otherwise go unheard are given a forum for cultural representation within an international context.
Whether it’s fiction, documentary, animation or experimental film, aluCine seeks to keep the Latin film culture thriving with a variety of feature-length and short films.
The vision for this year’s edition of the Festival is a reflection on perspective and diversity. How each individual perceives their reality differently and the factors that help to shape that perception; their culture, their customs and their history.
Films will be screened at Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W), CineCycle (129 Spadina Ave.), TMAC (32 Lisgar Street) and Art Square (334 Dundas St. W). All films are presented with English subtitles. All regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years of age or older according to the Ontario Theatres Act.
General Admission tickets for regular screenings are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The Opening and Closing Night Gala screenings with reception are just $20.
Opening Night Gala – Wednesday, Oct 3rd
This year’s Opening Night Gala features the Canadian Premiere of the documentary Ciro and Me / Ciro y yo. This is the remarkable story of Ciro Galindo and the film’s director, Miguel Salazar. Back in 1996, Salazar travelled to Galindo’s small Colombian town to photograph its famous river, Caño Cristales. Ciro’s 14-year-old son was the expedition’s guide. When the boy tragically drowns, the task of informing Ciro fell on Salazar. This unbearable situation formed an unbreakable friendship between the two men. The war and conflict in Colombia in the following years brought even more hardship and tragedy into Ciro’s life. Salazar reunites with his friend and together they journey through the tragic past of Colombia and their own personal life experience. Get tickets now.
The Love & The Fury / El amor y la furia — Thursday, October 4th
The lengths we will go to to protect our loved ones or to follow our dreams and ambitions, is explored in these films. We can be motivated by light or by darkness. Our quest can be noble or absurd. Watch as these protagonists push it to the limit and beyond to try and manifest the reality they want. This film will be presented at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.
#nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America — Friday, October 5th
Check out #nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America on Friday, October 5th at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm until 9 pm. The films screened at this event explore what we do in the darkest moments to preserve a sense of hope. In this collection of films, the characters attempt to transcend their seemingly inescapable situation.
Short for Shorties Special Edition / Cortos para chicos — Saturday, October 6th
Calling all kids and their grown-ups! On the final day of the Festival (Saturday, October 6th,
from 2 pm until 4 pm), it’s time for Shorts for Shorties at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto). This year, all the best shorts from the Festival’s previous editions will be screened in one place! Enjoy all the fantasy, beauty and humanity with these unforgettable stories. These might just be the best-animated shorts from Latin America! Get your tickets, today.
Closing Party and Award Announcement — Saturday, October 6th
The Closing Party and Award Announcements will take place on Saturday, October 6th at
Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W, Toronto) from 9:30 pm until 11 pm. The screenings begin with the short documentary film: Fantasia/Fantasy about Victor Yanqui, a Toronto mechanic by day, and singer in a popular salsa band by night.
The closing feature film for this year is Ruben Blades Is Not My Name / Yo No Me Llamo. This is the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning documentary of the man Garcia Marquez described as “the most famous unknown person.” Ruben Blades, and his socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms, helped bring salsa music to an international audience during the New York Salsa revolution during the 1970’s. He is a 17-time Grammy award-winner, acted in movies, earned a law degree from Harvard, and ran for President of Panama. Enjoy a 50-year journey through Blade’s extraordinary life with director Abner Benaim’s film about this living legend. Get your tickets for the Closing Night Gala, today!
Explore the diversity and wonder of your community with this year’s edition of the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.
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