Five Latin American movies to watch at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019

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Five Latin American movies to watch at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019

The full program for the Sydney Film Festival 2019 has officially been released and the line-up is more exciting than ever.

The festival will present 307 films from over 55 countries including 33 World Premieres, bringing together hundreds of international and local stories. There are 112 feature films, including prize-winners from prestigious festivals around the world; and 79 documentaries tackling crucial contemporary issues, from established and upcoming documentarians.

From June 5-15, cinemas across Sydney will showcase the best films the world has to offer, with the Harbour City playing host to an array of special guests as part of the program.

In anticipation of the upcoming Festival, we’ve shortlisted five of the films out of Latin America that we absolutely can’t wait to drop!

Bacurau (Brazil)

In the near future, in the small village of Bacurau, the people are in mourning at the loss of the matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. In its potent combination of political critique and genre mayhem, Bacurau is unique, stunning and a rousing call for solidarity.

When and where to catch it?
Friday June 14, 2019 8:45pm – State Theatre
Saturday June 15, 2019 11:15am – State Theatre

More information HERE


The Edge of Democracy (Brazil)

A brilliantly assembled documentary, simultaneously personal and political, that looks at Brazil’s tumultuous recent history through the lens of the filmmaker’s memory. Filmmaker Petra Costa is roughly the same age as Brazil’s democracy. Costa’s sadness and angry disbelief at the state of her country is palpable in this powerful documentary.

When and where to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Wednesday June 12, 2019 – State Theatre

More information HERE


Marighella (Brazil)

Actor Wagner Moura’s (NarcosPraia do Futuro, SFF 2014) directorial debut is a thrilling biopic of revolutionary Marighella (actor/musician Seu Jorge) who fought Brazil’s military dictatorship. This absorbing thriller is a celebration of Carlos Marighella, played brilliantly by musician and actor Jorge (The Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouCity of God). In 1960s Brazil, ruled by a violent military dictatorship, Marighella leads a small group of guerillas in an armed struggle against the regime.

Where and when to catch it?
Sunday June 9, 2019 1:30pm – State Theatre
Monday June 10, 2019 3:30pm – Event Cinemas George St

More information HERE


Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (Mexico)

The doyenne of Mexican cooking – best-selling author Diana Kennedy – and the cuisine she adores are the subjects of this prize-winning documentary. Known as the grand old lady of Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy, now 95 years old, is still as feisty as a habanero. It’s many years since she left England, met an American journalist based in Mexico City, and fell in love with the country and its food.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 7:10pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Sunday June 16, 2019 2:15pm – Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2

More information HERE


Yuli (Cuba)

Cuban ballet luminary Carlos Acosta is both star and subject of this moving and unusual fusion of biography and dazzling dance, by Spanish director Icíar Bollaín. A visual treat for ballet fans, Yuli is the inspiring true story of the UK Royal Ballet’s first black dancer, combining a loving account of Acosta’s upbringing in his native Havana with glorious dance sequences that flesh out his life story.

Where and when to catch it?
Saturday June 8, 2019 9pm – Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Sunday June 9, 2019 6:15pm – The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Wednesday June 12, 2019 6pm – Event Cinemas George St 4

Anisha Mistry

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