Alternativo Latino, a one week celebration of Latin American cinema, returns from October 11-17 at Cinema Akil, and will explore the physical, emotional and socio-political landscapes across Central and South America.
This year, the programme kicks off with award-winning director Jayro Bustamante’s latest film, The Weeping Woman (La Llorona), a dramatic thriller reckoning Guatemala’s bloody civil war inspired by the famous Latin American folktale of 'La Llorona'. The programme will continue with the Colombian drama Litigante by Director Franco Lolli. The film opened the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. In Litigante, we see how Silvia balances being a single mom, her mother’s fight with cancer and a corruption scandal.
This year, the programne will also include two Latin American contemporary classics: Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles’ award-winning City of God and The Motorcycle Diaries, starring a young Gael Garcia Bernal.
Finally, the programme closes with the critically acclaimed Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light, where director Patricio Guzman travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. While astronomers examine the most distant galaxies, art the foot of the mountains there are women, surviving relatives of the disappeared, searching for the remains of their loved ones in a stunning and moving odyssey.
All screenings taking place at Cinema Akil will be ticketed. Tickets will be available for sale at Cinema Akil’s box office and www.cinemaakil.com. Tickets are AED 52.5 (VAT included).