Hefty Latin American Presence at the LA Film Fest


The Los Angeles Film Festival just announced their 2012 line-up. With a total of over 62 feature length films and documentaries, 79 shorts, and 40 music videos of US and international selections, many of these selections include various Latin American films from Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba.

This year La brújula la lleva el muerto / The Compass is Carried by the Dead Man (Arturo Pons, Mexico) and De domingo a jueves / Thursday till Sunday (Dominga Sotomayor, Chile) will be screening their US Premiere as part of the Narrative Competition, whilst Cuates de Australia / Drought (Everado González, Mexico) will be screening its US Premiere at the festival in the Documentary Competition.

The International Showcase of the festival will be screening four Latin American films: Canícula (José Álvarez, Mexico), El último Elvis / The Last Elvis (Armando Bo, Argentina, pictured), O som ao redor / Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendoça Filho, Brazil), and El árbol de las fresas / The Strawberry Tree (Simone Rapisarda Casanova, Canada/Cuba/ Italy). The Summer Showcase section will feature the Latino docs Reportero (Bernardo Ruiz, USA/Mexico), and La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (Mark Kendall, USA/ Guatemala) and Searching for Sugar Man (Malik Bendjelloul, USA). And finally, the Cuban zombie flick Juan of the Dead (Alejandro Brugués, Cuba, pictured left) will also be show in The Beyond section of the film.

The 18th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival will run form June 14 through June 24. Click here for the complete lineup.