Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary with U.S. Premiere of Ricardo Darín’s AN UNEXPECTED LOVE and World Premiere of DAYS OF LIGHT at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
AFI released the full slate of films for the 2019 AFI Latin American Film Festival, which will take place September 12–October 2 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. The festival is one of the largest and long-running showcases of Latin America cinema in the U.S., presenting Latin America’s prolific and versatile talent and honoring Ibero-American cultural connections during National Hispanic Heritage Month.
This year’s wide-ranging selection of 53 films from 23 countries spans international festival favorites and award winners, local box-office hits and dynamic debuts from a new generation of Latin American filmmakers. The festival includes 12 U.S., North American and World Premieres with nearly 40% of the festival lineup directed by women.
The festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Argentinian box office sensation AN UNEXPECTED LOVE, directed by Juan Vera (THE LAST SUIT, THE QUEEN OF FEAR) and starring Ricardo Darín and Mercedes Morán (EL ANGEL, LA CIÉNAGA). The festival closes with the world premiere of DAYS OF LIGHT, a groundbreaking omnibus film directed by six emerging filmmakers from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Other festival highlights include the following screenings:
- U.S. premiere of Gael García Bernal’s CHICUAROTES
- U.S. premiere of HOLY BEASTS, directed by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas and starring Geraldine Chaplin and Udo Kier
- Documentary DIEGO MARADONA directed by Academy Award®-winning director Asif Kapadia (AMY), which premiered at Cannes
- MARIGHELLA, the directorial debut of Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (NARCOS), starring Seu Jorge (CITY OF GOD)
- MONOS, from Colombian-Ecuadorian director Alejandro Landes, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance
- North American Premiere of Melina León’s SONG WITHOUT A NAME, the first film by a female director from Peru to screen at Cannes
The festival also features several highly anticipated new works from established and emerging Latin American auteurs, which include:
- TEMBLORES, director Jayro Bustamante’s follow-up to IXCANUL
- I MISS YOU, directed by Bolivia’s Rodrigo Bellott (SEXUAL DEPENDENCY) and starring Argentine actor Oscar Martinez (WILD TALES) and Pedro Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma
- THE GOOD GIRLS, a whip-smart satire from Mexican actress-turned-director Alejandra Márquez Abella (SEMANA SANTA)
- THE QUIETUDE, Pablo Trapero’s follow-up to THE CLAN
- Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro’s (NEON BULL) DIVINE LOVE
- THE PROJECTIONIST, Dominican director José María Cabral’s follow-up to WOODPECKERS
Documentary selections that explore both the personal and the political include:
- U.S. premiere of Juan Solanas’ Cannes-debuted LET IT BE LAW about Argentina’s growing pro-choice movement
- U.S. premiere of LEMEBEL, an intimate portrait of Chilean activist, poet and performance artist Pedro Lemebel, which won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Berlinale
- Sneak preview of Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán’s THE CORDILLERA OF DREAMS, winner of the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
- Sundance NEXT Audience Award winner THE INFILTRATORS, directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
- SXSW Audience Award winner CACHADA: THE OPPORTUNITY about five Salvadoran women who take to the stage to explore personal trauma
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