This year's Virginia Film Fest includes El botón de nácar (The Pearl Button) and the following Latin American films in their lineup:
El abrazo de la serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent), Colombia
Ciro Guerra’s previous film, The Wind Journeys (2009), was an international hit. For his new film, Guerra travels deep into the wilds of the Amazon jungle, and into the dangerous territory of the historical past. This is an epic and thrilling journey, capped with velvety, rich black & white cinematography, confirming Guerra’s status as one of Latin America’s most confident talents.
An angel falling from heaven to hell unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village, where his presence affects the villagers in surprising ways. Lucifer is a mesmerizing, moving, and unique experiment in form, presented in director Gust Van den Berghe’s original format, Tondoscope, which features a lens he created for the film that allows it to be projected in a circular format.
Charlottesville, VA: Nov. 5 - 8. Full lineup and details on their website.