The Cultural Lecture 2019: A Celebration of Latin American Cinema

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Location: Dartmouth House, 37 Charles St, Mayfair, , W1J 5ED

Date: 10/07/2019 Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Latin American cinema is on the rise. Though there has never been a shortage of creative talent in the region, international audiences are increasingly regarding Latin America as a pioneer of cinematography. With Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning film Roma, this year’s Academy Awards marked the first time a Latin American film has been nominated for Best Picture. There is greater appetite for films produced outside the well-established parameters of Hollywood, and more openness to foreign language film.

To celebrate the gains made by Latin American filmmakers, Canning House – in collaboration with Raindance Film Festival and Instituto Cervantes – invites Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic Woman), Laura Plancarte (Siblings) and Tuki Jencquel (It’s All Good) to discuss how this momentum can be sustained, and present their acclaimed films to a UK audience.  The discussion will be chaired by David Martínez, Raindance Film Festival Producer.

The conversation will be followed by a summer drinks reception on the terrace.

Please note: Ticket price includes canapes and drinks. Tickets will be on sale from May.

More information about the dates and times of the screenings of each film to follow.

About the speakers:

Gonzalo Maza

Gonzalo Maza is an award-winner Chilean screenwriter, director and producer. He wrote with director Sebastián Lelio four of his films: Navidad (2009, premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight); El Año del Tigre (2011, Official Competition at the Locarno Film Festival); Gloria (2013) and A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica, 2017), both in Official Competition at the Berlin Film Festival. A Fantastic Woman won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2018. As a screenwriter, Gonzalo Maza was awarded with a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay for A Fantastic Woman and also has received two Platino Awards (Ibero-American Academy Awards) for the writing of this film and Gloria. Currently, Gonzalo is finishing post-production on his first feature as director.

Laura Plancarte

Laura Plancarte has worked in a diverse range of mediums including; film, performance and video installation creating interdisciplinary live projects displayed in Museums and cultural spaces in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Barcelona, Florence and London. In 2006 and 2007 she was awarded a grant from BNP Paribas and she has also been sponsored by the Mexican cultural institutions: La Colección Jumex, La Fundación del Centro Histórico, UNAM and Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de Jalisco. Tierra Caliente was her first feature film and Hermanos/Siblings is her second feature documentary.

Tuki Jencquel

Born in Caracas, Tuki Jencquel holds a bachelor’s degree in Film and TV from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and an MBA from IESA, Venezuela. He is director of two short films and one medium-length documentary, Sin Ti Contigo, which won the “Premio Feisal“ at Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara in 2011. He worked as 1st AD on Secrets of the Tribe by Jose Padilha, and for many years worked as Assistant Director in film and advertising. His first feature documentary Esta Todo Bien premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and was part of IDFA Best of Fests section in 2018. He’s currently working on his next documentary, an intimate portrait of his mother, who is famous in France for her fight to legalise assisted suicide.

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