Interviews

Love is really all that matters when it comes to relationships, so it is with great ‘Flare’ that the BFI brings a sizzling new selection of movies, including from Latin America, to celebrate Gay, Lesbian and Trans film-making. Corina J Poore talks to Brian Robinson, one of the chief festival...
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In 2016, the world said goodbye to the Buena Vista Social Club in a farewell ‘Adios’ tour that included shows in the White House, where they performed for President Barack Obama. Or so the world thought. Defined as 'the finest guitarist of his generation' Eliades Ochoa is defying...
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The half-Argentine, half-Chilean journalism student turned film-maker is emerging as one of a generation of Latin American directors taking over Hollywood. With his deeply moving film 'A Fantastic Woman' about love, sorrow and the resilience of the human spirit, nominated for an Oscar, we...
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Multi-instrumentalist and owner of a unique voice, Natalia Lafourcade has become one of Latin America’s the most successful artists. Ever since the young Mexican, daughter of a Chilean refugee, first broke into the charts in 2003, she’s established herself as a multi-Grammy winning pop artist. Yet...
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Since the last time we talked to J Balvin (cover of 2016 autumn edition), the Medellin born artist has soared to new heights and become one of a handful of urban Latin artists who have conquered the world. Hits such as 'Mi Gente' have become internet sensations and smashed the charts in...
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Vladimir Brichta’s striking good looks and palpable on-screen energy had already made him a household name Brazilian television, from mini- series to hugely popular novellas (long serials). But now non-Brazilians can enjoy these delights as he stars in Brazil’s latest movie hit and Oscar offering...
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While the whole world (yes even Simon Cowell) seems to have caught the Reggaetón bug and new talents (and not-so talented) are battling for no.1 hits on a weekly basis, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter has been riding on a high since he first broke onto the scene via Myspace back in 2009. Now a...
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Ana Asensio’s award-winning debut film 'Most Beautiful Island' is an unnerving psychological thriller set in the Big Apple that has been receiving rave reviews. I The film is based on Ana's own experiences living in New York as an immigrant, where she became the character in a film...
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What happens when the UK’s most famous music fan and his long time idol, arguably Latin America’s most gifted guitarist, get together? Corina Poore visited Jools Holland and Jose Feliciano to learn about an English presenter’s lifelong love for the Puerto Rican musician that led to their current...
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Celebrating his 40 years in the music industry with a world tour, Gilberto Santa Rosa shows no sign of slowing down. Jose Luis Seijas caught up with the Puerto Rican icon to discover that the rumours were true: he really is ‘The Gentleman of Salsa,’ as often referred to - the nice guy of Latin...
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One wouldn’t normally associate musicians with early mornings, but Kevin Johansen is no normal musician. At 8.30 am Buenos Aires time, the Alaskan-born Argentine is just back from doing the school-run with his charm and warmth intact. But why wouldn’t the country's most unusual musical export...
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Back in 2001, La Cienaga (The Swamp), the first feature film by a 35-year-old Lucrecia Martel, had a profound effect on the film world, earning fans such as Pedro Almadover and launching the young Argentine as a major world class director. Martel’s fourth feature, ZAMA (2017), which impressively...
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The 61st BFI London Film Festival in 2017 has attracted over twenty films from Luxo-Hispanic film directors. Among them are various offerings from Catalonia, including Carla Simón’s delightful SUMMER 1993, which has been awarded a Special Mention. As the judges said ” a beautiful and personal film...
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