TORONTO INTERNATIONAL LATIN FILM FESTIVAL
Festival head Raul Galvez has dropped the cute Si-Si Cine title of the past six years and launched a new event with a more sober name and more ambitious programming.
There's a focus on Toronto premieres of international art films as compared with the more experimental slant of next month's AluCine Latin American film and video fest. Galvez also returns to the roots of Latin, featuring Italy this year and promising to highlight Portugal and France in coming years.
Suzana Amaral's A Hidden Life (Saturday, October 11, 7 pm) is set in the upstairs-downstairs world of a Brazilian coffee plantation, so it has some of the hallmarks of a juicy telenovela. But Amaral is an austere, penetrating director who made her mark with The Hour Of The Star. She goes beyond the broad strokes of melodrama.
About Buñuel (Friday, October 10, 9 pm) is all about broad strokes. José Luis López-Linares and Javier Rioyo set out to chart the life of muckraking gentleman filmmaker Luis Buñuel, in a style to suit the man. (October 10-14, Royal)