Brisbane will welcome a new film festival of Latin American Cinema this August, bringing together the best new films from Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.

Designed to provide audiences with the chance to experience the sights, sounds and stories of Latin America, Cine Latino will showcase over 30 films from Friday 12 to Wednesday 24 August exclusively at Palace Cinemas nationally.

Highlights from this year’s program include opening night with a screening of Neruda by multi-award winning Chilean Director, Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero, No, The Club). Starring Gael García Bernal, the film is a noir-infused reimagining of the Nobel Prize-winning poet and politician Pablo Neruda’s struggle with the Chilean state.

Another highlight all the way from Paraguay and Argentina is Guarani (pronounced wa-ra-nee), an unexpected road trip movie with a deeply moving story about the meaning of traditions and family bonds. Veteran actor Emilio Barreto plays Atilio, a proud indigenous Guarani man who lives on the riverway and insists on maintaining traditional lines despite the ever encroaching modern world.

From official selection at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival comes The Bribe of Heaven by experienced filmmaker Lisandro Duque Naranjo (The Invisible Children).

The black comedy takes place in a small and devoutly Catholic village in the Colombian Andes in the 1970s. It’s Easter when the family of a suicide victim tries to make arrangements for his burial only to find that the new local priest holds fast to the doctrine of denying church burial to suicides.

The festival program will also see screenings of Irene Gutiérrez Torres and Javier Labrador’s poetic documentary Hotel Nueva Isla, Director Gabriel Lichtmann’s (Jews in Space) How to Win Enemies and Fragments of Love, an erotic drama by Fernando Vallejo based on the novel by acclaimed Colombian writer, Héctor Abad Faciolince.

Cine Latino will be on from Friday 12 to Wednesday 24 August at Palace Centre and Barracks. The full program will be announced on Tuesday 12 July. For more info visit