The best films to see at Iberodocs 2015
The documentary film festival returns for a second edition in Edinburgh and Glasgow
The Salt of the Earth
Latin-American, Spanish and Portuguese filmmakers are on their way to Scotland to show off their best work. Iberodocs, which runs 14-24 May in Edinburgh and Glasgow, has launched its schedule and is presenting 20 films, at least half of which are UK premieres. After the festival, some of the films programmed will be showcased in London, making this second edition now a three-location event.
We've picked out some of the films we think you should be checking out:
Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (dir. Rodrigo H Vila)
Iberodocs opens its curtains with a powerful celebration of Mercedes Sosa’s life. The biggest moments of the Latin American singer's voice, both on and off stage, are remembered through a compilation of unique archive footage and testimonies.
Screens: Thu 14 May, 8.20pm, Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Cloudy Times (dir. Arami Ullón)
Paraguayan director Ullón unveils her own drama and shows how she had to abandon a peaceful life in Switzerland to return home and look after her mother’s deteriorating health, threatened by epilepsy and Parkinsons.
Screens: Sun 17 May, 5.45pm, Filmhouse, Edinburgh
The Salt of the Earth (dir. Wim Wenders)
This Oscar-nominated documentary re-enacts the last 40 years of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado’s life, who crossed continents to witness major global events and capture breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and human stories.
Screens: Sat 16 May, 8.45pm, Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Paradiso (dir. Omar Al Abdul Razzak)
In Madrid, the Duque de Alba is the only adult movie theatre still standing. This is the story of the projectionist Rafael, who struggles to keep the place alive and is faced with the retirement of Luisa, with whom he has worked for more than 30 years.
Screens: Sun 17 May, 3.45pm, Filmhouse, Edinburgh
The Plague (dir. Neus Ballús)
A farmer and his helper, an elderly lady or her way to a retirement home, a nurse from Philippines, and a prostitute: five real-life people whose stories intertwine in this documentary set in Barcelona, exploring different layers of economic crisis-hit Spain.
Screens: Sun 24 May, 8.00pm, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Iberodocs runs 14-24 May, at various venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
…and 2 more dates until 14 May
Showcase for Ibero-American culture in Scotland, featuring the best of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American documentary films. The common theme this year is 'Boundaries', and the films themselves come from 12 different countries.