The Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival 2018: APRIL 16-22

CineLit celebrates the remarkably rich heritage of both literature and film from Spanish-speaking America, and showcases groundbreaking work by Anglophone filmmakers.

From Monday 16 April to Sunday 29 April, you can enjoy a programme of feature films and documentaries, including adaptations of beloved literary classics. Amongst them are award-winning films, and most of them are making their T&T debut. This year we have added a full programme of animated films for children.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain and Venezuela, is proud to host the 2018 CineLit.

All screenings are free and open to the public, screened at UWI St. Augustine! All non-English films are screened with English subtitles.

CITELIT SCHEDULE

Monday, April 16

11 a.m.: Mañana no te olvides

Don’t forget tomorrow
Comedy/Drama · 2017 · 110 mins · Dominican Republic · PG
Director: José Enrique Pintor
Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22-year-old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.
VENUE: CLL Auditorium, UWI

5 p.m.: Guamá:  Entre el mar y la montaña

Guamá: Between the sea and the mountain
Drama · 2015 ·  21 mins · Cuba · All Ages
A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable to the extreme effects of climate change.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

5:30 p.m.: Ferguson, El Trovador de Cahuita

Ferguson, the Troubador of Cahuita
Documentary · 2010 · 25 mins · Costa Rica · All Ages
A documentary on the life and career of the greatest exponent of calypso from Limón, Walter Ferguson, “Calypso King” of Costa Rica’s Caribbean region.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

Tuesday, April 17

11 a.m.: La Matamoros

Matamoros
Documentary · 2016 ·  60 mins · Panamá · PG
Director: Delfina Vidal
A 1940s factory worker Marta Matamoros became a pioneering unionist fighting for the rights of Panamanians. Incorruptible and unbending despite imprisonment, she achieved the minimum wage and maternity leave for workers.  Her former sister-in-arms recounts her inspiring life story with love and admiration.
VENUE: CLL Auditorium, UWI

1 p.m.: La Fiesta del Chivo

The Feast of the Goat
Drama · 2005 · 132 mins · Peru · 17+
Director: Luis Llosa
Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face the ghosts of her earlier life there under the ruthless dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, aka El Chivo (The Goat).
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

5 p.m.: La Novia

The Bride
Drama · 2015 · 94 mins · Spain · 13+
Director: Paula Ortiz
Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). Awards: Goya Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

Wednesday, April 18

11 a.m.: La Fiesta del Chivo

The Feast of the Goat
Drama · 2005 · 132 mins · Peru · 17+
Director: Luis Llosa
Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face the ghosts of her earlier life there under the ruthless dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, aka El Chivo (The Goat).
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

1.30 p.m.: La tierra y la sombra

Land and Shade
Drama · 2015 · 94 mins · Colombia · 13+
Director: César Augusto Acevedo
Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life.  Awards: Cannes Camera d’Or, Best First Feature.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

5 p.m.: La Fórmula del Doctor Funes

Dr. Funes’ Formula
Children’s comedy · 2014 · 82 mins · México · All Ages
Director:  José Buil
Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve eternal youth, and when he tests it on himself he becomes a 12-year-old who embarks on new adventures with his friend Martín Poyo.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

Thursday 19 April

1 p.m.: Los Libros y la Noche

Books and the night
Documentary feature · 2000 · 78 mins · Argentina · PG
Director: Tristán Bauer
A film on the life of one of Argentina’s greatest writers, Jorge Luis Borges, based on his thoughts, ideology and literary works.
VENUE: The UWI Film Unit, 8 Carmody Street, St. Augustine

5 p.m.: El Benny

The Life and Times of Benny Moré
Musical drama· 2006 · 132 mins · Cuba · 16+
Director: Jorge Luis Sánchez
The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell, Haila and Orishas. Awards: Best male actor, Locarno International Film Festival, Santo Domingo International Film Festival and Madrid International Festival; Best First Film, New Latin American Film Festival, Havana.
VENUE: The UWI Film Unit, 8 Carmody Street, St. Augustine

Friday, April 20

1 p.m.: Mutum Mutum

Drama · 2007 · 90 mins · Brazil · 13+
Director: Sanda Kogut
This adaptation of the novella General Field by celebrated writer João Guimarāes Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.
VENUE: CLL Auditorium, UWI

5 p.m.: Cenizas eternas

Eternal Ashes
Drama · 2011 · 113 mins · Venezuela · 17+
Director: Margarita Cadenas
An accident in the 1950s on the mythical Orinoco River in Venezuela destines Ana to live with the Yanomami tribe. Her daughter Elena cannot accept her disappearance and ventures into the jungle in search of her.  A touching story of loss, love and survival, inspired by real events.
VENUE: AV Room, The Alma Jordan Library, UWI

Saturday, April 21

10:30 a.m.: La Tropa y el Trapo

The Happets
Children’s Animation  · 2013 · 76 mins · Spain · All Ages
Director: Álex Colls
Based on a popular Spanish cartoon, a merry band of stuffed animals set out to defeat the effects of pollution and save the rainforest, restoring its vibrant colours.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

12 p.m.: El Regalo de Anancy

Anancy’s Gift
Animation · 2010 · 50 mins · Costa Rica · All Ages
Director: César Augusto Acevedo
Anancy is the legendary mischievous spider known for tricking others to get his way. Four short stories explore the historical and cultural significance within the Afro-Caribbean community in Costa Rica of this important character in West African and Caribbean folklore.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

1 p.m.: Lluvia en los ojos/ El regreso del vampiro/ ¿Qué es la guerra?/ Un día en familia

The Rain in Your Eyes/ The Vampire Returns/ What is War?/ A Family Day
Children’s animation / Shorts · México · All Ages
Lluvia en los ojos · 2012 · 7 mins · dir. Rita Basulto / El regreso del vampiro · 2011 · 7 mins  · dir. Christian Vázquez Carrasco/ ¿Qué es la guerra? · 2013 · 10 mins  · dir. Luis Beltrán / Un día en familia· 2012 · 7 mins  · dir. Pedro “Zulu” González
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

1:30 p.m.: Selkirk, El Verdadero Robinson Crusoe

Selkirk, The real Robinson Crusoe
Children’s Animation · 2012 · 80 mins · Chile, Uruguay, Argentina · All Ages
Director:  Walter Tournier
Selkirk, a selfish and unruly pirate, is abandoned by his ship’s captain on an uninhabited island in the South Seas and has to learn how to survive alone, becoming the real Robinson Crusoe in the process.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

3 p.m.: La tierra y la sombra

Land and Shade
Drama · 2015 · 94 mins · Colombia · 13+
Director: César Augusto Acevedo
Battling illness, poverty and family breakdown, Alfonso and his family reunite to face one of their worst struggles to survive the drudgery and hardship of the sugarcane workers’ daily life. Awards: Cannes Camera d’Or, Best First Feature.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

4:30 p.m.: El Benny

The Life and Times of Benny Moré
Musical drama · 2006 · 132 mins · Cuba · 16+
Director: Jorge Luis Sánchez
The dramatic life of Cuba’s great musician Benny Moré during the 1950s is captured in this fictional account that includes new versions of his songs performed by Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell, Haila and Orishas. Awards: Best male actor, Locarno International Film Festival, Santo Domingo International Film Festival and Madrid International Festival; Best First Film, New Latin American Film Festival, Havana.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

6:45 p.m.: Guamá:  Entre el mar y la montaña

Guamá: Between the sea and the mountain
Drama · 2015 ·  21 mins · Cuba · All Ages
A film about a multi-layered community project designed to protect the special Guamá coastal region in southern Cuba, vulnerable to the extreme effects of climate change. Panel Discussion: “An Island State of Mind,” Thursday 26 April, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Old Fire Station.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

7:30 p.m.: Mutum Mutum

Drama · 2007 · 90 mins · Brazil · 13+
Director: Sanda Kogut
This adaptation of the novella General Fiel es Rosa is a moving story of loss and innocence told through Thiago, a sensitive and hopeful boy growing up in Brazil’s rugged and arid sertão region of Minas Gerais in the 1930s.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

Sunday, April 22

11 a.m.: Atrapa la bandera

Capture the flag
Children’s animation · 2015 · 91 mins · Spain · All Ages
Director: Enrique Gato
Mike Goldwing stows away on a rocket bound for the moon to fulfill his grandfather’s lost dream of being an astronaut; meanwhile, a Texas billionaire is also racing to the moon to destroy the Apollo XI flag and rewrite history in his favor.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

1 p.m.: La Fórmula del Doctor Funes

Dr. Funes’ Formula
Children’s comedy · 2014 · 82 mins · México · All Ages
Director:  José Buil
Film version of Francisco Hinojosa’s novel about Dr. Funes, who discovers a formula to achieve eternal youth, and when he tests it on himself he becomes a 12-year-old who embarks on new adventures with his friend Martín Poyo.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

2 p.m.: Lluvia en los ojos/ El regreso del vampiro/ ¿Qué es la guerra?/ Un día en familia

The Rain in Your Eyes/ The Vampire Returns/ What is War?/ A Family Day
Children’s animation / Shorts · México · All Ages
Lluvia en los ojos · 2012 · 7 mins · dir. Rita Basulto / El regreso del vampiro · 2011 · 7 mins  · dir. Christian Vázquez Carrasco/ ¿Qué es la guerra? · 2013 · 10 mins  · dir. Luis Beltrán / Un día en familia· 2012 · 7 mins  · dir. Pedro “Zulu” González
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

2:30 p.m.: Mañana no te olvides

Don’t forget tomorrow
Comedy/Drama · 2017 · 110 mins · Dominican Republic · PG
Director: José Enrique Pintor
Widowed Roberto, suffering from Alzheimer’s, goes to live with his daughter’s family and unexpectedly he and his grandson, 22 year old Jan who has Downs Syndrome, find a new closeness and solace in each other.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

4:30 p.m.: La Fiesta del Chivo

The Feast of the Goat
Drama · 2005 · 132 mins · Peru · 17+
Director: Luis Llosa
Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face the ghosts of her earlier life there under the ruthless dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, aka El Chivo (The Goat).
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

7 p.m.: La Novia

The Bride
Drama · 2015 · 94 mins · Spain · 13+
Director: Paula Ortiz
Two men, one woman, one wedding and one desire. The story of a passion that destroys the lives of those who suffer the tragedy of a forbidden love. A film full of poetry and cinematic beauty based on Federico García Lorca’s famous drama, Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding). Awards: Goya Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography.
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

7 p.m.: La Fiesta del Chivo

The Feast of the Goat
Drama · 2005 · 132 mins · Peru · 17+
Director: Luis Llosa
Film version of Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s best-selling novel, telling the story of Urania Cabral an independent-minded Manhattan lawyer who, after 30 years, returns to the Dominican Republic to face the ghosts of her earlier life there under the ruthless dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, aka El Chivo (The Goat).
VENUE: AV Room, NALIS, Port of Spain

T&T PREMIERE

Thursday 26 April, 6:30 p.m.

Unfinished Sentences

Documentary · 2017 · 95 mins · Trinidad and Tobago
Director: Mariel Brown
A filmmaker daughter and her writer father navigate conflicting issues of their relationship: race and art; adoration and disappointment; success and failure.  Until he dies and in her grief she discovers that his poetry and prose transcend death, allowing her to hear his voice again and find ways back to herself.
VENUE: Central Bank Auditorium, St.Vincent St., Port of Spain

$175 CBA Box Office on the evening [special concessions $150]. Reception to follow.

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