Opening Night of the Latin American Film Festival 2010
It was a privilege being the MC for the opening night of the inaugural Singapore Latin-American Film Festival (LAFF) 2010 hosted at Golden Village Vivocity. Well-attended by members of the Latin American community in Singapore as well as their friends from around the world and Singapore, it was a marvelous gathering of people not just from different nations but diverse industries.
The opening film was the highly acclaimed movie ‘Like Water for Chocolate‘. Although nearly twenty years since it’s making, the film was entertaining, evocative and loved by the audience who erupted in highly appreciative applause when the film ended. A highlight of the evening was the Q&A session with the movie’s line producer, Mrs Emilia Arau, who had flown in to be Guest-of-Honour for the occasion.
An emotional Mrs Arau confessed she cried when watching the movie again, despite the numerous times she had viewed it; having been based on family history, it was very close to her heart. Humourously, she went on to share that one of the key challenges in making the film was in keeping the roses fresh in the middle of the desert during filming, whilst it took hours alone to get them from the nearest town.
The festival will run from 1-7 September 2010 at Golden Village VivoCity, and will bring together the best of contemporary Latin American films from Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela. Festival details and movie synopses may be found here, and tickets may be purchased from the Golden Village website.
Now, to search for the recipe for ‘Quail in Rose Petal Sauce‘, the dish that created such an eruption of arousal in the movie… …