Sydney Latin American Film Festival 2010 starts TODAY!

Once again, the guys in the non-for-profit organisation have put together a great set of films “for and about the Latin American Region”.

The festival launches today at 6:30 in Dendy Opera Quays, with Argentinian film A Matter Of Principles (Cuestión de Principios), which will be presented by its director Rodrigo Grande, who will also there after the screening for a Q&A session. The after party will be in Vivaz with the “Afro Colombian rock and roots” band Watussi.

A Matter Of Principles

Source: Sydney Latin American Film Festival

The highlight of the festival (for me and perhaps other Peruvians and foodies) will be on Sunday, with the screening of the 2009 documentary Cooking Up Dreams (De Ollas Y Sueños). From the festival’s website:

“Ernesto Cabellos’ delightful foodie film questions whether an entire nation can be represented through its cuisine.

This documentary journeys to the kitchens of Peru’s coast, highlands and jungle, as well as Peruvian expat communities in Paris, London, Amsterdam and New York for answers.

From the most humble family kitchens to the most expensive restaurants, from stories of pioneering Peruvian chefs abroad to those unsung chefs who preserve ancient recipes at home, we find that Peru’s cuisine transcends ethnic and economic differences.

Renowned chefs such as Gastón Acurio*, Ferran Adrià, Juan Mari Arzak and Bernardo Roca Rey share their views on Peru’s cuisine alongside those unsung chefs, who also dream of Peru’s cuisine as a motor of development.

Source: Sydney Latin American Film Festival

The movie will be followed by a tasting experience prepared by Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia. Looking forward to it!

The festival program can be found here.

* FYI, Gastón Acurio is the most influencial Peruvian chef, who not only owns a number of restaurants (with different concepts) in the country and overseas, but is the true ambassador of Peruvian cuisine, again both in the country and overseas. He has managed to raise the status of traditional cuisine and cooks, making us Peruvians go back to our roots and be proud about them. He is creating schools in poor areas of the country to educate hundreds of skilled young people in the art of cookery.

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