Keppel Latin American Film Festival 2018

Keppel Latin American Film Festival 2018

The Keppel Latin American Film Festival (KLAFF), is an exciting annual film festival organized by the Resident Embassies in Singapore of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Peru & Venezuela.


​"Come and join our yearly journey to Latin American to celebrate life trough the lenses of emerging and acclaimed film Directors".​


Free admission - Complimentary tickets will be given half an hour before each screening.

22nd - 25th of November at the National Gallery of Singapore.

Thursday, 22 Nov, 2018


​Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "colegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.

Director: Andrés Wood
Year: 2011
Running Time: 116 mins
Genre: Drama

UPSIDE DOWN - patas arriba
8:45 PM

In a town located in a mountain between the sea and the city, Renato shows Carlota, his six-year-old granddaughter, the value of solidarity, the value of friendship and respect towards other people's views decisions. Renato has three grown up children; Montserrat, who by taking care of him has left aside her own needs and wants to resume her life. Anita, the second daughter, accidentally pregnant at 45, disillusioned and in full marriage crisis; and Salvador, the youngest of his children, the only man, the light of his eyes, but engaged to evasion due to a tragic memory, Renato’s health is delicate so his daughters decide to send him to a hospital, against his will and that of Salvador, who despite not agreeing, is ordered by his sisters to approve, for the sake of his father. But Renato has other plans. In complicity with his "partner" Carlota, this dreamer grandfather plans to escape and travel on his sailboat from Venezuela to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, as he once promised his deceased wife. Witness two days in the life of a family that is Upside Down.

​Director: Alejandro García Wiedemann​
Year: 2011
Running Time: 90 mins
Genre: Drama/Comedy

Friday, 23 Nov, 2018

SEVEN SEEDS - siete semillas
​​6:45 PM

Ignacio (Carlos Alcántara) is a self-centered businessman in conflict with himself and others. After suffering a mild heart-attack, he meets a spiritual guide (Javier Cámara), who will lead him to find his own path to happiness.

Director: Daniel Rodríguez Risco
Year: 2016
Running Time: 95 minutos
Genre:  Dramedy

​​8:45 PM

​A young woman living on a Caribbean island is searching for her father who is lost at sea. When her estranged family come to help, she must confront their dark past and this new family she never expected to embrace.​

​Director: Viviana Gomez
Year: 2017
Running Time: 90 minutos
Genre: Drama, Adventure

Saturday, 24 Nov, 2018

CHANCE - los trapos sucios se lavan en casa
3:00 PM

Toña and Paquita work as live-in housemaids at the Gonzales-Dubois, an aristocratic family in Panama. For a long time they have been mistreated and poorly paid. They’re now fed up with the abuse and lack of respect they get from their employers. While the family plans to leave for a shopping weekend in Miami, Toña and Paquita have different plans: They kidnap the Gonzales Dubois’ in their own home and ask for a large ransom. After sessions of interrogation and ridicule, the family secret is revealed: The Gonzales Dubois household, despite appearances, is bankrupt. All they have to their name is debt.

But Toña and Paquita have gone past the point of no return…
CHANCE deals with the hard issues of class differences in Latin America in a satirical, witty comedy, the first one coming from Panama.

​Director: Abner Benaim
Year: 2010
Running Time: 90 minutos
Genre: Comedy

THE DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN el-ciudadano-ilustre
5:00 PM

A recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who has been living in Europe for decades, accepts an invitation to receive a prize. In Argentina he finds both similarities and irreconcilable differences with the people of his hometown.

Director: Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn
Year: 2016
Running Time: 118 minutes
Genre: Drama

THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE O filme da minhavida

A young man (Johnny Massaro) returns to his hometown in rural Brazil, only to find that his French-born father (Vincent Cassel) has gone back to his old country. He works as a teacher and dabbles in romance while struggling to understand why his father left. Based on the novel A Distant Father by Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, same author of "Il

Postino: The Postman"
Director: Selton Mello
Year: 2017
Running Time: 113 minutes
Genre: Drama

Sunday, Nov 25, 2018


Jonal Cosculluela's first work written by Amilcar Salatti and starring young actor Reinaldo Guanche.
'Esteban' tells the story of a little 9 year-old Cuban boy who discovers in music a source of satisfaction and happiness. After accidentally showing an innate talent to playing the piano, the young Esteban will fight with all his strength to reach his greatest dream: to become a renowned musician. All this in spite of his very young age and great obstacles he will encounter along the way.
'Esteban' is a story of hope, illusion and personal transformation. This drama features a soundtrack created and performed by Chucho Valdés, renowned Cuban pianist whose creations have had a powerful influence on the modern history of Afro-Cuban jazz.

Director: Jonal Cosculluela
Year: 2016
Running Time: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama


Jacinta (6) guides us through the story of siblings Dylan (6), Andrea (11) and Lucas (2 and a half) who arrive in a fishing community on Mexico’s Pacific coast to set off with their new local friends on a journey of discovery in search of a long-lost pirate loot left back by Francis Drake, centuries ago.

In sunny and lively images, a story of children confidently indulging their lust for life and curiosity.

Armed with their intelligence, a tablet and some maps, these children are given freedom to go their own ways and together find something much more valuable than a buried treasure. Transporting us to a place of optimism, beauty and wonder.

Director: María Novaro
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 minutes
Genre: Comedy/Family

Costa Rica
7:15 PM

While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a local charismatic farmer -- a ride that would propel her down narrow mountain roads and into history.

First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Her marriage to José ‘Don Pepe’ Figueres in 1941 led to a decade long journey through activism, exile, political upheaval and, ultimately, lasting progressive reforms.

First Lady of the Revolution is not only a depiction of the momentous struggle to shape Costa Rica’s democratic identity; it’s also a portrayal of how a courageous woman escaped the confines of a traditional, sheltered existence to expand her horizons into a new world, and live a life she never imagined.

Director: Andrea Kalin
Year: 2016
Running Time: 70 minutes
Genre: Documentary , Adventure , Biography



How to get there

Nearest MRT station: City Hall
130 stops at the Gallery’s Coleman Street entrance.
195 and 961 stop at Parliament Place. Walk round the corner to the front of the building to get to the Padang Atrium entrance.
61, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197 stop opposite The Treasury Building on North Bridge Road. The Padang Atrium entrance is approximately a 7-minute walk away.
75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167 stop in front of Victoria Concert Hall. The Gallery is approximately a 5-minute walk away.

Location Map

National Gallery Singapore

Saint Andrew's Road, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore

Nearest station: City Hall MRT

130 stops at the Gallery’s Coleman Street entrance.
195 and 961 stop at Parliament Place. Walk round the corner to the front of the building to get to the Padang Atrium entrance.
61, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197 stop opposite The Treasury Building on North Bridge Road. The Padang Atrium entrance is approximately a 7-minute walk away.
75, 100, 107, 130, 131, 167 stop in front of Victoria Concert Hall. The Gallery is approximately a 5-minute walk away.

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