The official release is below, but allow me to summarize: The Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival is our city’s newest topic-specific celebration of film. It kicks off on Friday, April 13 at the International House with a screening of the Brazilian film Found Memories with director Julia Murat in attendance. Tickets are $30, which includes a pre-screening reception with live Brazilian music by Minas and an after party featuring dance music by a local DJ; food and alcohol are included. And to avoid confusion, this is the sole event of this year’s “festival”, they’re starting small and will embark on a more traditional event in 2013. And with all of that said, I’d like to officially welcome the FLAFF to the Philadelphia film community, we’re happy to have you.
Philadelphia will host its first Latin American Film Festival on April 13th, aimed at showcasing and nurturing Latin American and Latino filmmakers; celebrating the richness and diversity of Latin American/Latino cultures and experiences; and fostering cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.
“We are a city with a growing and vibrant Latino population, and our hope is to increase the connection between our community and the rich body of Latin American cinema. Through the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, we hope to enrich the cultural offerings that our great city deserves,” says David Acosta, co-founder of the festival.“We are thrilled to kick off the first Festival with Found Memories by Brazilian director Julia Murat,” he said.
Held at International House (3701 Chestnut Street), the evening’s program will include a pre-screening reception, a post-screening discussion with producer Julia Solomonoff, and an after-party.
Found Memories centers on a small, Brazilian village nestled at the foot of a mountain which harbors a lifetime of stories, but it is only with the arrival of Rita, a young photographer, that they will be remembered. The documentary style of the first few minutes gives way to a sense of magic realism, with clear references to Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, the Mexican novel that best exemplifies the genre. Found Memories finds its equivalent in a ghost town populated by a group of elderly people for whom time seems to have come to a standstill. Director Julia Murat walks the line between fiction and reality in a film that boasts photography and a soundtrack that transports us to the shaky ground of the past. Despite her tender years, it seems this young Brazilian director has picked up plenty of tricks of the trade from her mother, the acclaimed Lucía Murat.
The vision for the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival is to expand its screenings in the spring of 2013 and beyond.