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Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2015: Schedule, Films, Tickets & Everything You Need to Know

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In 1936 to 1959, the Mexican movie business was booming. However, in the decades that followed, with Latin America in a tumultuous setting, the industry saw steep declines.

And then there was a resurgence of Mexican directors making a name of themselves in Hollywood, including Oscar-Nominated directors Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, with actors and actresses like Salma Hayek and Gael Garcia Bernal.

With that, website The Province announced that the 2015 Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is focusing on Mexico.

The VLAFF, according to the organization's official website, is a festival that represents the entire region of Latin America and is a charitable organization that provides a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American films in Vancouver, encouraging dialogue among cultures and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin-American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.

LAFF Director Christian Sida-Valenzuela said about this decision, "There was a huge decline in Mexican cinema from the 1970s to 90s and now we are back to the production levels of the so-called "golden era" of the 50s with over 120 films a year being made in Mexico."

He continued, "Almost the same increase has occurred in other major Latin American markets because of the presence of a film institute in almost all of them as well as the decreasing costs of the technology. This year, with the help of the cultural ministry and the sheer volume of films, we have a great program."

The focus is on new Mexican directors and LAFF opens with the film "Guerros" from director Alonso Ruizpalacios. The black and white feature plays on family dynamics and racial slang and attitudes. It was been hailed as the best Mexican feature of 2015 by many critics at major festivals earlier this year.

To make a link between Vancouver and Mexico, LAFF will also be showing films by Canadian cinematographer Alex Phillips, who lived for forty years in Mexico, and director Louis Bunuel. Then there was also another, called "Perfect Obedience" which was directed by Mexican director Luis Uruquiza, who just moved to Vancouver.

There are also films from retrospective directors, such as one from Juan Antonio de la Riva, a past president of the Mexican Film Academy of Motion Pictures.

Check out the full schedule of the event that boasts of the best movies from Mexico. The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival will last for eleven days beginning September 3 on the official VLAFF website.

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