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Latin American Film Fest Hits Montreal

Cinema du Parc hosts the international event.

The Latin American Film Fest will celebrate achievements in Latin American produced movies for almost an entire month at Montreal’s Cinema du Parc. Running from April 1-24, the region’s best works rewarded at the most prestigious film festivals from around the world will be showcased, while their Box Office Selection features the highest grossing comedies along with some of the more popular films.

Additionally, Latin America’s cutting-edge new cinema, its best documentaries and some of the industry’s brightest new talents in the short films section, will be presented. Countries like Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, and Uruguay will be represented at the three-week festival, which is being sponsored by Scotia Bank and is already in full swing. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend.

“It’s very eclectic,” Yrui Berger, programmer of the Latin American Film Festival of Montreal, said to The Gazette of the line-up of films. “But there is one thing: Most of these films are made by young directors – in their 20s and 30s.”

The fest opened last Friday night with a crime thriller called “Carancho,” and other flicks include “Cinco Dias sin Nora,” “La Mujer sin Cabeza” from Argentina, “Parque Via” (from Mexico), and “La Nana” from Chile. All of the movies that are being shown have English subtitles while one of them also has French.

Tickets are $11 or $40 for a passport for five viewings. For more info or to buy tickets, visit the event’s official website www.fclm.ca.