Latin Line-Up in Providence
Written by D.P. Bettencourt | Posted by: Anonymous
The 10th Providence Festival of New Latin-American Cinema, April 19 – 27, aims to showcase the best of the best in Latin-American Cinema. And the festival’s director, Marcos Antonio, isn’t shy about telling you that.
"It’s going to be the event of the year," says Antonio, who has been with the non-profit organization since 1998. "Everyone is welcome and everyone will have an amazing time."
The festival was founded in 1993, primarily to promote Latin-American culture. Now, every April, contemporary feature-length Latino films are celebrated in Providence with a week-long festival.
This year’s festival is a bit different. "We’ve taken all of the great contemporary films and added them to the festival," says Antonio, "And we’re going to screen feature-length films produced in Latin-America, by Latin-American directors, that have won first place all around the world."
In addition to the feature-length films, Latino short films and a retrospective presentation of Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi’s films will be screened. Caiozzi’s film, "Coronacion," won the award for Best Film last year at the Festival, and the director himself is returning as a member of the jury.
Opening on Friday, April 19th at Hoyt’s Cinema in Providence Place is a screening of Brazilian director Andruchka Waddington’s critically acclaimed "Eu, Tu, Eles." Based on a true story of a woman and her three husbands, the film has won a Special Mention award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Film Award at the Cartagena Film Festival, as well as a number of awards at the Brazilian Film Festival.
Antonio Banderas will be awarded the Anthony Quinn Award for Excellence in Film and the Arts on April 19th for his accomplishments as both actor and director. The award, bequeathed to the festival by Quinn before his death, will be given to Banderas at the Opening Gala event. The Gala also features Latin-American food, drink, music, and dancing, at the Biltmore Hotel.
For more information, visit www.latin-americanfilmfestival.org. For more information on the film 'Eu, Tu, Eles,' visit www.uol.com.br/eutueles.