Darling Harbour Fiesta

Beats. Dance. Olé.

Australia’s BIGGEST and FREE celebration of Latin American music, dance and culture will pump-up the fun to GRANDE volumes when the annual Darling Harbour FIESTA Festival kicks-off this October 2014.
Sydney’s answer to the Brazilian Carnival, Darling Harbour FIESTA 2014 will showcase some of the hottest local and international Latin American bands, DJs and dance-acts from 11-12 October, after screenings from ‘The Best of’ the Sydney Latin American Film Festival from 4-6 October.
Ideal public holiday family entertainment, Darling Harbour 2014 will present FREE alfresco cinema at Darling Quarter Village Green North, where two Latin American feature films will be broadcast on the big-screen every night of the Labour Day long-weekend, from 7.00pm-10.30pm.
From multi award-winning Uruguayan animations to Venezuelan comedy and a feature-length documentary about the Kallawayas of Bolivia, the three-night program of Spanish-language films with English subtitles spans a spectrum of genres to suit all ages and tastes.
‘THE BEST OF’ THE SYDNEY LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Sat 4 – Mon 6 Oct, 7pm – 10.30pm
FREE
Village Green, Darling Quarter
FIESTA FESTIVAL
Sat 11 Oct, 12 noon – 9pm
Sun 12 Oct, 12 noon – 6pm
FREE
Palm Grove, Harbourside Amphitheatre, Darling Quarter, Cockle Bay Wharf, Pier 26 Forecourt (opposite SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium)
For more info visit http://darlingharbour.com/whats-on/fiesta.aspx
FILMS
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SELKIRK, THE REAL ROBINSON CRUSOE (URUGUAY)

SAT 4 OCT | 7.15PM
Alexander Selkirk is an unruly pirate who inspired the famous novel, Robinson Crusoe. He has a map that marks the location of the lost El Manila treasure and goes in search of it. But his disorderly gambling behaviour gets him into trouble and the crew maroon him on an uninhabited island. It’s here that he begins to take a new outlook on the world. This movie was selected in the competition for 24èmes Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine de Toulouse, France. Sail the high seas with this fun and multi-award winning animated family feature film.
Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=fHrGoluiK44
Rated: G
A DIOS MOMO (URUGUAY)
SAT 4 OCT | 8.45PM
Eleven-year-old Obdulio lives with his loving grandmother and sisters. As the only “man” in the family, his grandmother encourages him to go to school, but he insists on being a “working man”, and sells newspapers on the street. Ironically, Obdulio is illiterate. One evening, he meets a night watchman with magical powers. He introduces Obdulio to the beauty of the Murgas song, sung during Carnival processions. As Obdulio begins to understand the lyrics, he starts to write his own Murgas, which is later performed by the mysterious Carnival band. Reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and Fellini films and suitable for all ages, this movie celebrates life, friendship, and the magic of knowledge.
Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=AloT-nXOL1c
Rated: G
THE GIFT OF THE PACHAMAMA (BOLIVIA)
SUN 5 OCT | 7.15PM
Screened at the Montreal, Vancouver and Cleveland International Film Festivals, this feature length film by director, Toshifumi Matsushita, is a charming coming of age story in the Quechua language. Thirteen year old Kunturi lived a traditional life with his family near a salt lake, Uyuni. One spring, he goes on a salt trail with his father, in their caravan. When it arrives in the town on Macha, where the ‘Tinku’ festival takes place, Kunturi’s life changes forever. It’s here that he falls in love for the first time with Ulala as they share a simple but profound dream: to run across the immense white sea that is the Salar de Uyuni, until they reach the end of the horizon.
Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=SnIix8U3L6s
Rated: G
TOPSY TURVY (VENEZUELA)
SUN 5 OCT | 9.05PM
This feature length, gentle comedy about family ties across generations, won multiple awards in the 2012 Venezuelan Film Festival. Ailing Renato knows his time is running out. His three devoted children, Montserrat, Anita and Salvador, make the difficult decision to send him to hospital. But with Carlota his loving granddaughter as a willing accomplice, he plots to escape and sail from Venezuela to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, as he once promised his deceased wife. Director Alejandro García Wiedemann guides this movie with great warmth and delicacy.
Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=DCmK2eBf7h4
Rated: PG
ANINA (URUGUAY/COLOMBIA)
MON 6 OCT | 7.15PM
Anina has a big problem. Her name is spelt the same backwards and forwards and she is often teased at school because of it. When Anina gets into a fight with a girl named Yisel, their punishment is sealed in envelopes which they’re forbidden to open. Unable to look at hers, she steals Yisel’s and discovers something she doesn’t like. This beautifully animated film won Best Film in the 2013 La Habana International Film Festival and is Uruguay’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar Academy Awards 2014.
Watch the trailer here: vimeo.com/61178369
Rated: G
THE CLOWN (BRAZIL)
MON 6 OCT | 8.45PM
Circo Esperança wanders through southwestern Brazil, charming townsfolk with their outrageous acts and sideshow freaks. Among the troupe are father-and-son clown duo, Valdemar and Benjamin. They keep their audiences laughing but when the show is over, Benjamin ponders his existence and his lack of a real home. One day he runs away to lead a normal life with a wife, a stable job and a place to call home. The Clown is a touching comedy-drama that explores the beauty of following our dreams and the road to self-acceptance. This multi-award winner, including Winner of the 2012 Huelva Latin American Film Festival is also Brazil’s entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2013 Academy Awards.
Watch the trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=ucsqAD_cINw%2F
Rated: PG