Latin American Film Festival
Curated by: The Consulate General and Promotion Center of Argentina, the Consulate General of Brazil & the Consulate of Ecuador & Pro Ecuador and the G5A Film Society

The Consulate General and Promotion Center of Argentina, the Consulate General of Brazil, the Consulate of Ecuador & Pro Ecuador and the G5A Film Society invite you to discover contemporary Latin American cinema.


There was a time in Latin America when the stories that were narrated on screen seemed very far away from the stories of ordinary people in the streets of big cities. But slowly, with the approval of new laws, new forms of production and a new generation of filmmakers who renewed the aesthetic and narrative, moviegoers started to see themselves on the screen, and suddenly reconciled with their own cinema.


It has been twenty years since this shift that continues to promote unity as well as distances between the countries. 

Over time, other cinemas are also coming up little by little; such is the case of Ecuador. Although there are still many challenges to establish an industry in the country, there is also a precious advantage for both, filmmakers and moviegoers: Ecuador is a place that has many stories to tell and which have not been told yet.



The Latin American Film Festival brings some of these stories to Mumbai, and also brings an overview of contemporary cinema from Argentina and Brazil. Although these are examples of the diversity of Latin American cinema, the films gathered here bring up two questions: how can we talk about cultural difference in a world without borders? And what answers do these films give to the question of how to live together in the world?



1. Entry free and open to all. [18 years and above] Please carry a valid ID card


2. Please note: this film schedule is subject to change, so do watch this space for any updates


3. Please note, entry is on first come first serve basis. Please arrive atleast 15 minutes prior to interest program. 


We look forward to seeing you there. Register before 11:00 PM on June 21 and get 10% off your total bill at our home-style kitchen and bar PORT. Also enjoy some special Latin American dishes and drinks!


About the artist

Festival Schedule is below (updated):



Saturday, June 23, 2018



O Auto da Compadecida (A Dog’s Will, Filmmaker: Guel Arraes, Brazil, 2000, 1h 44 min)


The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by Christ, the Devil and the Virgin Mary, before they are taken to paradise.



Las Acacias (Filmmaker: Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina, 2011, 1h 22min)


Reluctantly, a dour long-distance truck driver agrees to give a lift to a Paraguayan single mother and her five-month-old daughter to Buenos Aires. Can the palpable silence soften up the taciturn trucker's sullen heart?


Winner of the Sutherland Trophy at British Film Institute Awards (2011); the ACID Award, Golden Camera, Grand Golden Rail and Young Critics Award at Cannes Film Festival (2011); the Horizon Award at San Sebastian Film Festival.


20:00: Discussion with Latin and Indian cinema experts about contemporary Latin American cinema




Sunday, June 24, 2018



Qué tan Lejos (How much further, Filmmaker: Tania Hermida, Ecuador, 2006, 1h 36 min) 


Esperanza and Tristeza both have to get to Cuenca. However, by an unlucky turn of events, the bus they are on gets delayed due to a worker strike. Taking their journey into their own hands, they decide to hitchhike to Cuenca. Along the way they meet interesting characters who help them re-evaluate the purpose of their journey.

Winner of Gran Coral for Opera Prima at Havana Film Festival (2006), Winner of Silver Zenith for Best Director at Montréal World Film Festival (2006)



Elefante Blanco (White Elephant, Filmmaker: Pablo Trapero, Argentina, 2012, 1h 45 min) 


While working alongside his long-time friend and colleague in building a hospital for the residents of a Buenos Aries shantytown, a troubled priest finds solace in a young, atheist social worker.

Nominated to Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival (2012)


17:45: Discussion on 'living together beyond urban violence'.



Chico Xavier (Daniel Filho, Brasil, 2010, 2h 04min)


A biography of spiritual medium and author Francisco Candido Xavier.






The Black Box:


  • We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
  • Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
  • Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee
    ​, a drink​
    ​ or a snack​
     at PORT
  • No Late Entries will be allowed
  • Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers
  • ​Age limit: 1​