The Canning Cultural Lecture 2019: A Celebration of Latin American Cinema

  • Dartmouth House, 37 Charles St, Mayfair, W1J 5ED
  • 18.00 - 21.30

Latin American cinema is on the rise. To celebrate this trend, Canning House - in collaboration with Raindance Film Festival, Instituto Cervantes and CASA - invites three Latin American filmmakers to discuss how the region can sustain this momentum, and present their films to a UK audience.

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. 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, Instituto Cervantes and CASA – 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. Links to the screenings of each film can be found below.

Gonzalo Maza

Gonzalo Maza is an award-winning 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.

Buy tickets to screening: https://casafestival.org.uk/events/afantasticwoman

Laura Plancarte

Laura Plancarte lives and works in London making films and visual arts. Her work has been exhibited in Museums and cultural spaces in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Barcelona 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 and UNAM. In 2015 she presented her first feature film TIERRA CALIENTE at Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara, Raindance, Docs Against Gravity and won best feature film at World of Film International Festival in Glasgow. HERMANOS is her second feature documentary that won the Audience Award to Best Documentary at San Antonio Film Festival 2018, best film at Indie & Foreign Film Festival NY, best Doc at WoFF and an IMPACT award in the USA.

Buy tickets to screening: https://casafestival.org.uk/events/siblings

Tuki Jencquel

Born and raised in Venezuela, from a German father, French mother, and Russian grandparents. He holds a bachelor's degree in Film and TV from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Business Administration from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA).
After film school he directed and produced several short films and one medium-length documentary that have won several awards at international film festivals. He worked as Assistant Director in film and advertising in Venezuela and in Europe and later worked as director of tv commercials. After winning the Grand Prix of Venezuelan advertising awards he retired from filmmaking and worked in a traditional family business.
After eight years without shooting and with a sense of urgency to document the drama that was unfolding in Venezuela, he decided to get back to filmmaking. His first feature-length documentary Está Todo Bien (2018) premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest, was included in the Best of Fests category at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and has since won numerous awards at international film festivals.
He relocated to Berlin in 2018 and has since been working on several documentaries for Deutsche Welle and is currently directing a personal project on his mother who has a controversial reputation in France because of her battle to legalize assisted suicide.

Buy tickets to screening: https://casafestival.org.uk/events/itsallgood

The Speakers

Gonzalo Maza

Writer: A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)

Laura Plancarte

Director/Writer: Siblings (Hermanos)

Tuki Jencquel

Director / Producer / Camera: It's All Good (Está Todo Bien)

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Raindance Film Festival

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world.

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Instituto Cervantes

The Instituto Cervantes is the official Spanish Language and Cultural centre. It's a non-profit organization founded by the Government of Spain in 1991.

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CASA is an arts organisation whose central goal is to facilitate cultural exchanges between Latin America and the U.K., and showcase progressive and unique work.

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