June 29, 2017



EQUINOCCIO Ecuadorian Film Exhibition

The Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre, Ecuadorian Association of British Columbia and Iberoamerican Images, proudly presents EQUINOCCIO, Vancouver’s first Ecuadorian Film Exhibition. We are pleased to invite you to discover and explore the young and fast growing Ecuadorian Cinema movement.

Ecuadorian Cinema has evolved significantly in the last 15 years, hence our particular emphasis on productions from the past 18 years. Ecuadorian filmmakers have been extremely active producing work in a wide range of genres like: documentaries, history, fiction, thrillers, comedy, and more. With 4 carefully chosen films, we will share some of our history, reflect our culture and values and most importantly give visibility to Ecuadorian talent. We would like to take this opportunity to create a multicultural space with Vancouver’s local community and together, share an enriching experience.

Films Selection:


Ratas, ratones y rateros

Directed by Sebastián Cordero
Ecuador | 1999 | 107 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Screening Info
Thursday June 29 6:00 PM

The world of Salvador, a young and naive delinquent is changed with the arrival of his ex-convict cousin in search of easy money and a hideout. In an attempt to escape from his poverty-stricken town and overwhelming family matters, Salvador gets caught up in his cousins’ dangerous criminal path. This is the story about a young man’s loss of innocence and sense of direction amidst the harsh realities of delinquency in a Latin-American country.
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Prometeo Deportado

Directed by Fernando Mieles
Ecuador | 2009 | 112 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Screening Info
Thursday June 29 8:15 PM

In an unidentified first world airport, all European Union travelers gain entry into the country unhindered, while Ecuadorian travelers are singled out and arrested at customs. They are then taken to a holding cell to await deportation where it becomes clear that everyone has something to hide. As there are no immediate return flights, the detainees quickly fill up the waiting room which soon becomes a ‘mini-nation’ reflecting a sense of Ecuadorian law and order.

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Preceded by short film: Stagnant by Xavier Colamarco



Directed by Xavier Colamarco
Canada | 2016 | 10 min

Screening Info
Thursday June 29 8:00 PM

Zoey, a bright, vivacious young girl flirts with the limits of death in the midst of a deathless society. Along her best friend, Bernadette, they’ll search for a creative way to achieve death while Zoey’s dad, Adam, tries to teach them the importance of the precious gift of life. 


La muerte de Jaime Roldós

Directed by Manolo Sarmiento, Lisandra I. Rivera
Ecuador | 2013 | 125 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Screening Info
Friday June 30 6:00 PM

This documentary shows the context of the events surrounding May 24, 1981, when Ecuador’s first democratically elected president, Jaime Roldós died with his wife in a mysterious plane crash. The film examines his “two deaths”: the possible political-military conspiracy in response to his Human Rights defence policy of which he might have been a victim, and the manipulation of his image by a populist party created by members of his own family.

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Sin otoño sin primavera

Directed by Iván Mora Manzano
Ecuador | 2012 | 115 min
Spanish with English subtitles

Screening Info
Friday June 30 8:15 PM

Described as a “punk ballad,” this film consists of a series of non-linear, interconnected stories of middle class youth in the city of Guayaquil. Confronting difficult themes of love, death, ideology, and addiction, these disparate stories are ultimately connected by deeper themes that unite them. As the film progresses, it becomes clear the common thread of these non-linear stories is social oppression and alienation.

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Preceded by short film: Reinventing Leonard by Christian Mejía-Acosta


Reinventing Leonard

Directed by Christian Mejía-Acosta
Canada | 2013 | 9 min

Screening Info
Friday June 30 8:00 PM

In a downtown apartment building, Leonard lives by himself with the only idea that the world around him is changing too fast. He loves books and his daughter Jesse who has given him an e-reader to travel. Will he be able?  

Director/Producer: Peter Rodríguez-Pontón
Videographer: Xavier Colamarco
Films selection (Ecuador): Ricardo Bohórquez Gilbert
Design (Ecuador): Luis “ Chino” Flores
Text and translations: Karina Muenala


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