Sundance Channel returns to the world of Latin American cinema with its Arte Latino FilmFest from September 15 to 22, 2002. The third edition of Arte Latino™ finds Latin American cinema hotter than ever, with an ever-increasing number of lively, entertaining films finding appreciative audiences worldwide. This year’s series brings viewers the television premiere of eight recent feature films and eleven short films from all over Latin America, with works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba and Venezuela. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Arte Latino™ kicks off on September 15th with Marcelo Piñeyro’s film Burn Money at 9:00pm ET/PT.
Each of the eight feature films in the Arte LatinoTM lineup has received wide acclaim in their home countries and at festivals worldwide. They include: Luis R. Vera’s tale of exile and ostracism, Bastards in Paradise (Bastardos en el paraiso) (Chile); Gustavo Balza’s urban drama Caracas Love Unto Death (Caracas amor a muerte aka Le Valle) (Venezuela); Humberto Sólas road movie Honey for Oshun (Miel para Oshun) (Cuba); Fernando Meirelles and Nando Olival’s ensemble comedy Maids (Domésticas) (Brazil); Alberto Lecchi’s romantic drama Nuts for Love (Nueces para el amor) (Argentina) and Victor Gaviria’s contemporary adaptation of “The Little Mathch Girl” The Rose Seller (Columbia). In addition, the series presents two films that played to wide acclaim in limited U.S. theatrical runs: Argentine director Marcelo Piñeyro’s erotic crime thriller Burnt Money (Plata quemada) (Argentina), and Pablo Trapero’s neo-realist drama Crane World (Mundo grúa) (Argentina).
Arte LatinoTM also showcases a diverse selection of eleven short films from Latin American nations including Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador and Mexico. Not to be missed in You Owe Me One (Me la debes), a sly peek into the secret lives of a conservative Mexican family by filmmaker Carlos Cuarón. One of Mex-ico’s brightest talents, Cuarón co-wrote the current, critically acclaimed hit film Y tu mamá también, directed by his brother and co-writer, Alfonso Cuarón. The film airs September 16th at 10:30 pm.
Sundance Channel will also air two special Arte Latino TM editions of the Sunday night series “Shorts Stop: An Hour of Short Films” on Sunday, September 15 and 22 at 8:00pm. These include two award-winning shorts from Brazil, Golden Gate (Palace II) and Palíndromo (Palíndromo). In Golden Gate (Palace II), directors Fernando Meirelles (of the Arte LatinoTM feature premiere Maids) and Kátia Lund tell the story of two Rio de Janeiro street kids who conceive the perfect crime to get money for concert tickets. In the clever Palíndrome, director Philippe Barcinski moves backward in time to piece together how a man lost his job, house, and all his worldly possessions in a single day.