Vidas/Lives (Feature Films)

Saturday, October 6th
9:30 pm
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*ALL FILMS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES*

Regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years of age or older according to the Ontario Theatres  Act.

Following the film, there will be a reception with filmmakers, food, drinks, and music for all to enjoy. Come join us for an exciting closing night and party with us! 

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Life surprises you, life brings you surprises, oh God…

The famous phrase by Ruben Blades synthesizes, with wisdom, life in Latin America: a rich and vibrant culture where the unexpected is one of its many wonders. Another one of its great wonders is, undoubtedly, the music - music by Ruben Blades and music by many other composers. In this program we present two films in which music is the central theme.

We dive into the everyday life of two musicians with very different lives. We start with a short film about a musician from Toronto who divides his time between his job as an electrician and his salsa band. To close, the award winning film on the fascinating life of - as Garcia Marquez said - “the most famous unknown person”: Ruben Blades.

La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida, ay, Dios...

La famosa frase de Rubén Blades sintetiza con sabiduría la vida en Latinoamérica: una cultura rica y vibrante donde lo inesperado es una de sus tantas maravillas. Otra de sus grandes maravillas es, sin duda, la música - la de Rubén Blades y la de tantos otros compositores. En este programa de cierre presentamos dos filmes donde la música es la protagonista.

Nos metemos en la cotidianeidad de dos músicos con vidas muy diferentes. Arrancamos con un cortometraje sobre un músico de Toronto que reparte su tiempo entre su oficio de electricista y su banda de salsa. Para finalizar, el galardonado film sobre la apasionante biografía del gran Rubén Blades es una oportunidad única para echar una mirada sobre a la vida de - como dijo García Márquez - “el desconocido más famoso”.

Co-Presented by:

Fantasía/Fantasy
Jorge Victoria
2017 - Canada - 5’ - Documentary
*International Premiere*

A mechanic by day and a singer by night for one of the most popular salsa bands in Toronto, Victor Yanqui is an interesting personality to say the least. He might lead two very contrasting lives but his passion, dedication and devotion to doing a great job comes through in everything he does - whether it's fixing automotive components or making great music.

Fantasía sigue la vida y obra de Víctor Yanqui, un electricista automotriz durante el día y apasionado cantante de salsa en la noche. Originario de Ecuador, Víctor adoptó el estilo de vida canadiense en su adolescencia y ahora hace un esfuerzo adicional para promover la cultura latina a través de su música. Él no sólo representa a la energética comunidad artística en Toronto, sino que también es un subproducto del floreciente multiculturalismo en nuestra ciudad.

Ruben Blades Is Not My Name/Yo No Me Llamo Ruben Blades

Abner Benaim  
2018 - Panama, Argentina, Colombia - 84’ - Documentary
SXSW Audience Award for 24 beats per second

*Canadian Premiere*

Latin American icon Ruben Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. Blades has won 17 Grammys, acted in Hollywood, earned a law degree from Harvard and even run for President of his native Panama. He lives in NY, where he granted us exclusive access to his life at home and on tour. Critically acclaimed director Abner Benaim takes us on a journey through Ruben’s 50 year career, revealing that Ruben might still have both musical and political ambitions. This is a film about a living legend and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy.

Rubén Blades, un ícono de la música latinoamericana, estuvo en el centro de la revolución de la Salsa de los años 70. Sus letras cargadas de temática social y ritmo explosivo llevaron la salsa a una audiencia internacional. Blades ha sido premiado con 17 Grammys, actúa en Hollywood, se recibió como abogado en Harvard y corrió para la presidencia de su país natal, Panamá. Blades da acceso exclusivo a su hogar al cineasta Abner Benaim, que también lo acompaña en su gira de conciertos. Este documental nos lleva a un viaje por los 50 años de carrera de Rubén Blades y revela que el músico aún tiene ambiciones, tanto musicales como políticas. Un film sobre una leyenda viva y su lucha para enfrentarse a su propio legado.