Day School: An Introduction to Latin American Cinema + Las Acacias

Las Acacias 2Dir. Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina, 2011, 82mins, 12A
Germán de Silva, Hebe Duarte, Nayra Calle Mamani

Book Tickets:

Mechanics Institute, Bradford, 20 February, 10.30 – 16.30

(Please book online as places are limited)



This Day School will follow the screenings of The Second Mother and Güeros earlier in the Spring Film programme. The day will explore themes and approaches to filmmaking across Latin America and will include a full screening of Las Acacias.

These three films from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina represent the output of the three biggest film industries in the region but there has also been an upsurge in the smaller industries of Chile, Columbia and Venezuela in the last few years as well as films from Ecuador and Uruguay. Cuba remains important as the home of the principal Film Festival in the region in Havana as well as a possible training and education centre for Latin American filmmakers. In many cases, local productions are made as part of co-production deals with Spain. The existence of a large and growing Hispanic market in the United States is also an important factor for many productions.

Latin America, alongside East Asia is one of the parts of the world where film audiences as well as the number of local productions are growing. The day will try to distinguish some of the main genres and themes of recent Latin American Cinema as well as discussing Las acaciasin detail as an example of a film from a first time filmmaker that impressed festival audiences all around the world.

LAS ACACIAS tells the story of a lorry driver (carrying wood from acacia trees) who finds himself giving a lift to a woman and her baby on the long journey from Paraguay to Buenos Aires.

The Day School will be led by Roy Stafford and will run 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Tickets cost £12 (Concessions £8). Tea and coffee will be provided and there are places nearby to buy lunch, although people are welcome to bring their own lunches.




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