OLA’s 13th Latino Film Festival: A Celebration of Culture, Cinematography and Storytelling

The film poster from "Our Last Tango"
The film poster from “Our Last Tango”

Thirteen years ago, Organización Latino-Americana of the East End founders began developing a Latino Film Festival as a cultural conduit through which Latinos from different countries here on the East End would find new perspectives on a varied and rich mix of cultures.

The organizers also envisioned sharing these perspectives via English subtitles with English speaking audiences to help expand their understanding of Latino culture.

Over the last twelve years, this festival has offered compelling and sometimes edgy storytelling along with breathtaking cinematography, and this year’s festival, which begins next Friday, Nov. 11 at the Parrish Art Museum, is no exception.

In addition to curating lavish Spanish language films from countries such as Argentina, this year OLA will be showing the work of new Latino filmmakers on the rise. The festival features four Spanish language films with English subtitles from Argentina, Ecuador, the United States, and Venezuela.

Details of the weekend’s events are below:

Friday, November 11 at Parrish Art Museum

The opening night screening will be “Our Last Tango”/”Un Tango Más”, directed by German Kral.

“Our Last Tango” tells the turbulent and sexy love story of Argentina’s most famous tango couple, in documentary format, with dancing by some of the country’s best tango dancers. Doña Sarita Mezcal Tasting Reception, 6 p.m.; Film at 7 p.m. Tickets are free with paid $10 admission to museum.

Saturday, November 12 at Guild Hall
Vengo Volviendo
Vengo Volviendo

The directing and producing team of Isabel Rodas and Gabriel Páez will introduce the Long Island premiere of their film, “Vengo Volviendo (Here There).” The film has won accolades from New York City to Ecuador, and tells the story of 22-year-old Ishmael, who dreams of migrating to the United States, but at what cost? The film features beautiful vistas and a narrative entwined with allegory. Reception at 5 p.m. Film at 6 p.m. $10

Serious Shorts: will begin at 8:30 p.m. and be followed by discussion.

$10 Not for viewers under 13 years of age.

The Shorts Include:

From Mexican American filmmaker, Natalie Camou, “Tereza” tells the story of a mother and daughter navigating mental illness. Runs 13 min.

“Normal” from Venezuela, by filmmaker Vadim Lasca, man and woman brought together by violent political protests.

A combination ticket for all three Guild Hall films is $15

Tickets for the opening night film at the Parrish Art Museum are online here.

Tickets for the Guild Hall screenings can be purchased on Eventbrite here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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