Vancouver Latin American Film Festival Announces 2016 Lineup


Brazil to be Guest Country at the 14th Annual Festival

The 14th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF)the largest festival of Latin American cinema in Canada, is proud to announce its 2016 lineup featuring Brazil as the guest country. The festival will be taking place from August 25 to September 4 across three main venues in downtown Vancouver: The Cinematheque, Vancity Theatre and SFU Woodward’s.

Opening Film - I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (Te prometo anarquía) Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón
Opening Film – I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (Te prometo anarquía) Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón

The team at VLAFF has carefully curated a lineup of films that showcases a healthy mix of Latin American auteur cinema and a cinema that is more accessible for all audiences. This year, festivalgoers can look forward to 60 films from 14 countries, including 33 feature-length films and 27 short films.

DESIERTO (México) – Dir. Jonás Cuarón
DESIERTO (México) – Dir. Jonás Cuarón

Due to high demand for films that discuss activism and current events in Latin America, VLAFF has added a new category to the festival called ¡Activismo!. In addition, the festival screenings have been organized in 7 feature sections, which include International Hits, New DirectorsShort Film Competition, Canada Looks South and Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond, among others.

This year’s opening film, I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (Te prometo anarquía), a film by director Julio Hernández Cordón, is one of the most awarded and widely screened Mexican films at festivals around the world in the last year.

As part of this year’s guest country programming, VLAFF will be presenting a retrospective on Anna Muylaert, in honour of her work as one of Brazil’s best contemporary directors. Her films take an intimate look into Brazil’s middle-class society; they all have very strong screenplays and are laced with dark comedy and subversive social commentary. Her award-winning film SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (É proibido fumar) will be part of the retrospective as this year’s Closing Film.

Closing Film - SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (É proibido fumar) Dir. Anna Muylaert
Closing Film – SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (É proibido fumar) Dir. Anna Muylaert

“Having Brazil as a guest country this year is very significant – Brazil is very much in the spotlight as a result of the political moment that the country is living, as well as with the Olympics happening, and being put on the map due to cinematic talent is no exception,” said Festival Director Christian Sida-Valenzuela. “There is great support from the Brazilian government towards the local film industry and there have been great films directed and produced in the last decade.”

The VLAFF program includes the sixth year of the New Directors Competition, with seven films in competition, and 15 short films in competition for Best Short Film. For the sixth year, the program Canada Looks South will highlight films from Latin-Canadian filmmakers. Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond will showcase films by BC First Nations filmmakers alongside Indigenous filmmakers from Brazil.

Within the Brazil programming, VLAFF will also showcase two classic films by director Glauber Rocha: BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL and ENCHANTED EARTH. These films embody the spirit of the1960s Cinema Novo movement, which put Brazilian cinema on the international map.

VLAFF is proud to continue its partnership with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs (SFUW) for the sixth year. And is very grateful for all the support the organization has received from the Consulate General of Brazil in the name of having them be the guest country at this year’s festival.

VLAFF provides a unique opportunity for film lovers to experience the talent of Latin American filmmakers, as 98% of these films will not be commercially released in Canada. All films are subtitled in English and are open to the general public. Tickets will go on sale online on Wednesday, August 10 at



VLAFF 2016 Complete Film Listings:


I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (Te prometo anarquía) (Mexico) – Dir. Julio Hernández Cordón


CLOSING NIGHT FILM (Part of retrospective)

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES  (É proibido fumar) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert


DON’T CALL ME SON (Brazil Special Presentation) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert


THE SECOND MOTHER (Que horas ela volta?) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES  (É proibido fumar) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert

DURVAL RECORDS (Durval discos) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert

THE ORGIN OF BABIES (short film plays with Durval Records) (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert

WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS (Brazil) – Dir. Anna Muylaert


EL CLUB (Chile) – Dir. Pablo Larraín

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Aquí no ha pasado nada) (Chile) – Dir. Alejandro Fernández Almendras


THE PEARL BUTTON (El botón de nácar) (Chile) – Dir. Patricio Guzmán


EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia) – Dir. Ciro Guerra


LIVEFOREVER (¡Qué viva la música!) (Colombia) – Dir. Carlos Moreno


VIVA (Cuba/Ireland) – Dir. Paddy Breathnach


DESIERTO (México) – Dir. Jonás Cuarón




MAGALLANES (Perú) – Dir. Salvador del Solar


TRUMAN (Spain/Canada/Argentina) – Dir. Cesc Gay



TIME SUSPENDED (El tiempo suspendido) (Argentina/México) – Dir. Natalia Bruschtein


A DAY IN AYOTZINAPA 43 (Un día en Ayotzinapa 43) (México) – Dir. Rafael Rangel


PEPE MUJICA: LESSONS FROM THE FLOWERBED (Uruguay/Germany) – Dir. Heidi Specogna




DITCHES (Zanjas) (Argentina) – Dir. Francisco Joaquín Paparella


ROAD TO LA PAZ (Camino a La Paz) (Argentina) – Dir. Francisco Varone


HOPEFULS (Aspirantes) (Brazil) – Dir. Ives Rosenfeld


NEON BULL (Boi neon) (Brazil) – Dir. Gabriel Mascaro


VIOLENCIA (Colombia) – Dir. Jorge Forero


IXCANUL (Guatemala) – Dir. Jayro Bustamante


THE GREATEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD (México) – Dirs. Ana V. Bojorquez, Lucía Carreras




BLACK GOD, WHITE DEVIL (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol) (Brazil, 1964) – Dir. Glauber Rocha


ENCHANTED EARTH (Terra em transe) (Brazil, 1967) – Dir. Glauber Rocha




THE BALLAD OF OPPENHEIMER PARK (Canada) – Dir. Juan Manuel Sepúlveda


THE DNA OF CEVICHE (Canada/Perú) – Dir. Orlando Arriagada


HE HATED PIGEONS (with live score by Morning Show) (Canada/Chile) – Dir. Ingrid Veninger


ABYSS (Canada) – Dir. Pablo Diconca


51 MALECÓN (Canada/Cuba) – Dir. Francis Delfour


ACÁ ELSEWHERE / Acá Nada (Canada) – Dir. Sarah Shamash


OUR FOREST MOON (Nuestro Monte Luna) (Canada/Colombia) – Dir. Pablo Alvarez-Mesa




ASSINI – Dir. Gail Maurice


THE BLACK CASE (La mallette noire) – Dirs. Caroline Monnet & Daniel Watchorn


CLOUDS OF AUTUMN – Dirs. Trevor Mack & Matthew Taylor Blais


MIA’ – Dirs. Amanda Strong & Bracken Hanuse Corlett


PEARL – Dirs. Elisa Moar & Meky Ottawa


WITHOUT WORDS – Dir. Jules Koostachin




THE HYPERWOMEN – Dirs. Carlos Fausto, Leonardo Sette, Takumã Kuikuro



MBYA MIRIM – Dirs. Patrícia Ferreira, Ariel Duarte Ortega





BESTBOY (Argentina) – Dir. David Nazareno


MILA (México) – Dir. Óscar Enríquez


FRANK THE INDOMITABLE (México) – Dir. Andrés Eichelmann Kaiser


DAY OF ASHES (Ecuador) – Dir. Daniel Romero


ABSENT (Chile) – Dir. Joaquín Baus


SEEING YOU AGAIN (México) – Dir. Abraham Escobedo Salas


SO AS NOT TO FORGET (Brazil) – Dir. Rafael de Almeida
BULLETPROOF (México) – Dir. Héctor Bustamante


NEW MOON (Brazil) – Dir. Andrea Prado


FANTASTIC (Argentina) – Dir. Tomás Sposato


NORMAL (Venezuela) – Dir. Vadim Lasca


AMPHIBIAN (Venezuela) – Dir. Héctor Silva Núñez


ATOTÔ (Brazil) – Dir. Bruno Laet


VOLVER (Colombia) – Dir. Iván Luna


FIRE-WATER (It Yagutp) (Argentina) – Dir. Tomás Faiman

About the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival:

VLAFF is a registered charitable organization and the largest annual festival of Latin American film in Canada. The festival promotes dialogue among cultures and explores the art of contemporary Latin American cinema through the eyes of its filmmakers. Since 2003, VLAFF has provided audiences with the unique opportunity to watch inspiring films and interact with guest filmmakers from across Latin America and the diaspora. For more information please visit:


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