Along with an increasing number of national film festivals playing here, most recently the Japanese Film Festival, the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival (LASFF) has opted to screen this year;s crop of titles for free.
One of the more challenging of the national festivals to organise with government agencies from a dozen nations contributing titles, the LASFF is also taking on one of the larger tiki tours. This year’s edition plays Auckland (Art Gallery and Birkenhead Gallery), Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wanganui (sic) and Wellington (Te Papa and Expressions). Screening dates for the various centres are here.
The oldest title in the line-up are Juan Carlos Cremata and Iraida Malberti’s The Booby Prize (Cuba, 2009) and Edmon Roch’s Garbo the Spy (Spain, 2009), one of two documentaries in the programme.
The most recent titles named are both from 2014: Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ Chilean drama To Kill a Man and Peruvian Alvaro Velarde’s comedy That Thing You Love.
The one animated title in the mix is Jorge Estrada’s Mexican comedy The Revolution of Juan Escopeta (pictured).
After playing the Hutt Valley this week, the Latin American & Spanish Film Festival runs in various centres between 26 September and 14 October. All films screen in their original language(s) with English subtitles.