Vancouver Latin American Film Fest: Queer-interest titles
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival has previously offered intriguing queer-related titles, and this year there are two selections that may interest queer audiences.
One is the Cuban drama Chamaco. (Chamaco means kid in Spanish.)
Director Juan Carlos Cremato Alberti adapted Abel González Melo's stageplay, which delves into the world of male sex workers, homosexuality, and police corruption. The hard-hitting urban drama centers on the death of a young man in Havana's Central Park.
This feature is one of three films that are being presented as part of a retrospective on the work of Juan Carlos Cremato Alberti.
The other two films are Nada+, about a young Havana postal worker who longs to be reunited with her parents in the U.S., and Viva Cuba, about two childhood friends who run away when they are faced with being separated by their families.
Another LGBT–interest film is the Uruguay-Germany coproduction The Bella Vista.
This docudrama by filmmaker Alicia Cano Menoni recreates the circumstances that led to a transgender brothel, a football (soccer, as we know it in Canada) club, and the Jesus of Mercy Catholic chapel to take up residence in the same building (each at different points in time, mind you) in the village of Garbanzo, Uruguay.
For more details on these films and more, visit the VLAFF website.