Juan Jose Campanella's Oscar nominated Son Of The Bride from Argentina will open Warsaw 's 4th Latin American Film Festival, the largest showcase of Latino cinema in Eastern Europe. Brazilian hit City Of God by Fernando Meirelles, is set to close the event which runs from June 18 to 29.
Both films are among the 16 titles in the official competition that also includes Red Bear (Argentina), animated film Mercano The Martian (Argentina), The Trespasser (Brazil), Days Of Nietzsche In Turin (Brazil), Cab For Three (Chile), Real Time (Mexico) and Bedtime Fairy Tales For Crocodiles (Mexico).
They will compete for an Audience Prize, decided by popular vote and a Critic's Prize chosen by the accredited press. The festival has served as a launch-pad for Latino cinema in Poland. Last year, 15 films presented in the previous editions of the festival were later aired on Polish television.
A retrospective sidebar will focus on cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky (Argentina) which will include some of his works such as Fando and Lis, TheMole, Holy Mountain, Holy Blood and Louis Mouchet's documentary Constellation Jodorowsky.
Another sidebar, Independent Latin Cinema in the USA, presents four films made in New York by Dominican filmmakers: Sundance award winner Manito, La Cinema Fe Public's Prize winner Red Passport, Washington Heights and Viciouscircle.
A special screening will feature legendary Argentine silent film Nobleza Gaucha (1915) accompanied by live music composed exclusively for this occasion.
Organised by Promotion Agency Manana and Gutek Film, the festival will screen a total of 41 films in three cinemas and estimates an attendance of eight thousand.