Catch the Latin American Film Festival 2017 this November
Writer: Florey DM
Argentinian ambassador to Malaysia Manuel Balaguer Salas at the launch of the
Latin American Film Festival 2017.
27 Oct – The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) 2017 yesterday held its launch ahead of its official screenings from 1 November onwards.
Welcoming guests to the event was H.E. Manuel Balaguer Salas, Ambassador of Argentina to Malaysia, who said in his opening speech, "Cinema in Latin America has been changing and evolving throughout the years to become today a strong and powerful industry."
"We have an extraordinary selection of movies for this year that include 12 different films with a wide range of genres," he added. "Giving the general public and cinephiles a perfect opportunity not only to have a wonderful time but also to get to know more about the culture, richness and diversity of the Latin American countries."
GSC CEO Ms. Koh Mei Lee echoed the ambassador's sentiment in her speech, calling film "the easiest and most powerful medium to provide a window into the exotic Latin American culture", which is able to give Malaysians a glimpse beyond what we are familiar with without having to leave our shores.
GSC CEO Ms. Koh Mei Lee calls film a "powerful medium".
At the launch of Latin American Film Festival held at JW Marriott yesterday evening.
This year, aside from the 10 traditional Latin American countries that have been organising the LAFF for the last 16 years, Costa Rica is also participating in the film festival.
Along with guest country South Africa, LAFF 2017 will present the following titles: "Inseparables" (Argentina), "The Man from the Future" (Brazil), "Alma" (Chile), "The Good People" (Colombia), "Cuba Libre" (Cuba), "Modern Nature" (Ecuador), "Illusions S.A." (Mexico), "Margarita" (Peru), "Anina" (Uruguay), "Eyes Closed" (Costa Rica), "The House at the end of Time" (Venezuela), and "U-Carmen" (South Africa).
Minister of Tourism and Culture Nazri Aziz hopes that Malaysians will appreciate what the Latin American
countries have to offer by having a closer insight on the cultural aspirations of the countries.
Organised by the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) and supported by Cinema Online as the official media partner, the Latin American Film Festival 2017 will be screened free of charge from 1 to 8 November at GSC Pavilion KL.
Cinema Online, 27 October 2017