"For the 9th year, from April 6 to 15, we’ll be featuring a selection of Latin-American and Spanish films. All ten films are in Spanish, five of which are sub-titled in English.

Opening the festival is CHAVELA, a biopic about Chavela Vargas, an inspired and inspiring artist, and one of the most famous Mexican singers of all time. Unseen in Québec, this film contains rare images, from Frida Kahlo to Pedro Almodovar, and reveals an iconoclastic and strikingly modern woman. The face of Mexican Ranchera music, Chavela will forever be known for her storied life.

Another great Latin-American singer is MERCEDES SOSA. She originally hails from Argentina, but was the voice of Latin America, the film’s sub-title. Known and beloved throughout the world, she’s returning for one show only on Friday, April 13.

There’s something for all tastes: an homage to Guillermo del Toro, with PAN’S LABYRINTH; the best foreign language film at the Oscars, A FANTASTIC WOMAN; a gem of Spanish cinema, EL PASTOR; a second Spanish film, KIKI EL AMOR SE HACE, a bizarre and thoroughly original comedy; the film Venezuelans can’t watch, about boxer Edwin EL INCA Valero; the Mexican political film RECUPERANDO EL PARAISO, to be presented by its director José Arteaga; the return of VOLVER A CUBA, the Cuban-Quebecois film from David Fabrega; and to close out the festival, a film making its North American debut and whose subject could not be more timely, CANNABIS IN URUGUAY. This tiny country, located to the east of Argentina, was the first to legalize cannabis in 2013. We have a lot to learn from Uruguay’s experience—guidance and pointers for all Canadians—in view of the upcoming legalization. We saw the film in Buenos Aires in November 2015, and requested it for our festival in 2016 and 2017, but to no avail. However, the international sales agent dropped the ball, and the film is now controlled by the producer/director, who granted us distribution rights in Canada. An absolute must-see, this film is more significant than ever in 2018! In addition to the festival screenings, it’s going to become part of Cinema du Parc’s regular programming very soon, before the sale of marijuana becomes legal." –Roland Smith

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The programme

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