Having opened last week in Hamilton, the Latin American & Spanish Film Festival (LASFF) tours the country until late November, concluding its run in Wellington in late November.
The festival offers one title each from 10 South American countries, plus Enrique Urbizu’s No Rest for the Wicked (pictured, top) from Spain. The Spanish Embassy has taken on organising duties for the festival’s 15th edition.
Not all films screen in all centres but, as is becoming increasingly common for national film festival tours, non-theatre venues are the norm and entry to screenings is free.
The oldest title in the mix is Ecuadorian Sebastián Cordero’s drama Rabia (Rage); the most recent release is 2013 documentary El viaje del acordeón (The accordion´s voyage) by Colombian Rey Sagbini and Aussie director Andrew Tucker.
Other titles arrive from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The festival hits Auckland 19 October, Wellington 19 November.