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There’s no disputing Latin America’s track record in producing great movies, with quality, not quantity, the watchword. The list includes titles like Argentina’s The Official Story, Central do Brasil and No from Chile – all three of which have been nominated for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
The 8th edition of the Festival de Cinema Latino Americano de São Paulo (São Paulo’s Latin American Film Festival) takes place at CineSESC, Cinemateca Brasileira, CINUSP Paulo Emílio, CINUSP Maria Antônia, and Memorial da América Latina.
Cobrador, In God We Trust
For a pan-Latin American (and European) production, catch Mexican film-maker Paul Leduc’s Cobrador, In God We Trust (2006), which tells the story of a mugger who breaks into a New Year’s Eve party, only to face profound questions about human values and the globalisation of violence. 3pm, 12 July at CineSESC and 7pm, 14 July at Memorial da América Latina (Avenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Barra Funda, 3823 4600, memorial.org.br).
This film by the Cuban director Jorge Perugorría follows the New York-based Cuban singer Cucu Diamantes on a tour of her homeland, intertwining performances with a narrative driven by a fictional love story. 5pm, 13 July at CineSESC.
E Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão
This film from the director of Durval Discos (2002) and Chamada a Cobrar (2012) is a simple narrative of a few pivotal moments in the life of adolescent paulistana Érica, who comes to the realisation that her mother has become an alcoholic, and turns to music as an escape mechanism. 5pm, 17 July at Memorial da América Latina (Avenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Barra Funda, 3823 4600, memorial.org.br) and 5pm, 19 July at CINUSP Paulo Emílio.