Latino filmmakers, actors and directors bring the passion, drama and intensity to the big screen, and many Latino film aficionados are looking forward to see what’s in store for the Sundance Film Festival 2014 lineup.
The Sundance Film Festival announced its selections for their 2014 edition across five categories. Although the the Latino representation isn’t as abundant as it was in the past, more movies are will be soon announced, so the outcome may be different than initially expected.
Which Latino films will be represented this year?
U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
There are 16 world-premiere American documentaries based on the way they “illuminate the ideas, people, and events that shape the present day,” and two of them in this category are Latino.
Cesar’s Last Fast / U.S.A. (Directors: Richard Ray Perez, Lorena Parlee)
Inspired by Catholic social teaching, Cesar Chavez risked his life fighting for America’s poorest workers. The film illuminates the intensity of one man’s devotion and personal sacrifice, the birth of an economic justice movement, and tells an untold chapter in the story of civil rights in America.
Marmato / U.S.A. (Director: Mark Grieco)
Colombia is the center of a new global gold rush, and Marmato, a historic mining town, is the new frontier. Filmed over the course of nearly six years, Marmato chronicles how townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that wants the $20 billion in gold beneath their homes.
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
There are two Latino films out of 12 overall films, which draw from “emerging filmmaking talents around the world who offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.”
Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)/ Argentina (Director and screenwriter: Natalia Smirnoff)
Upon learning that his girlfriend is pregnant, 33-year-old locksmith Sebastian begins to have strange visions about his clients. With the help of an unlikely assistant, he sets out to use his newfound talent for his own good. Cast: Esteban Lamothe, Erica Rivas, Yosiria Huaripata.
To Kill a Man / Chile, France (Director and screenwriter: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras)
When Jorge, a hardworking family man who’s barely making ends meet, gets mugged by Kalule, a neighborhood delinquent, Jorge’s son decides to confront the attacker, only to get himself shot. Even though Jorge’s son nearly dies, Kalule’s sentence is minimal, heightening the friction. Cast: Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo, Alejandra Yañez, Ariel Mateluna.
“Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide,” according to its official website.
“Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, Sundance Institute remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe.”
The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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