aluCine Film Festival, 12 years in the making.

It began in 1993 when a group of young Latin American film and video makers (Ramiro Perta, Ricardo Acosta, Jorge Lozano, Sinara Perdomo and Maria Teresa Larrain) got together and formed the first national encounter of Latin American Filmmakers, screening over 30 independent films and videos.

Although the organisation has gone through a process of transformation over the years, it has never lost sight of its purpose assembling a spread of thought-provoking dramas, docs and experimental work from Latinos from Canada, the Americas and beyond. Making it one of the most important short film festivals in Toronto.

This year, marks the 12th anniversary of the organisation, and it aims to take the viewer through an exquisite visual journey exploring the past and reconnecting it with the present realities of the Americas. “Our 12th annual festival is a homage to the idea of seeing things differently… this year’s festival promises to be an exceptional one that will bring people together to laugh, cry and reflect on our cultural and artistic differences” says Sinara Rozo, Alucine’s Executive Director.

From the film IVAN by Fernando Rick

From November 15, to November 19, 2001. Alucine will capture the audience showcasing gripping, thought-provoking films and art from around Latin America.

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One key aspect of this year film festival, it is the introduction of 30’s  “Moving Postcards” as a way to explore and “rediscover the city in which we live, the city that feeds our dreams … thriving with its multicultural vibrant arts ecology”.

Toronto plays the hosts to these exquisite silent pieces, depicting a different gaze, the inner movements and rhythms of Toronto’s public spaces.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Opening Night Premier: The North American Premier of renowned artist, sculptor and filmmaker Carlos Santa’s “The Mysterious Presages of Leon Prozak” This experimental film took roughly 10 years to create and is a stunning collage of animation techniques as well as an allegory of recent Latin American Socio-Political Issues.

A BRAZILIAN RETROSPECTIVE? Brazil has consistently used film to delve deeper into this mystery that we call life. The diversity in subject matter and form is thrilling and capturing. LOVE, LIFE & DEATH IN THE STREET OF BRAZIL is dedicated to a few of these fascinating films pushing the boundaries of art and story telling. Films like Pétala, by filmmaker Vitor Dourado Clarice, a pregnant photographer tired of her life, decides to make some changes the night of her birthday.

The Film TOPO GIGIO IS DEAD,  is part of the “TO RECORD, TO RETEEL AND TO REACT” programme.  A program dedicated to demonstrate inherited conflicts in the Americas after the disappearance of dictatorships and reintroduction of democracy.

For more information, complete schedule and ticket info visit http://www.alucinefestival.com

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