Argentinean Cinema Celebration

 We are pleased and excited to invite you to join us in a celebration of Argentinean cinema this final weekend at La Mirada. We hope you have enjoyed this year’s selection of Argentinean films and are delighted that you still have the chance to enjoy two of these wonderful films this weekend.

 THE LAST ELVIS, the debut feature of Armando Bo, who has had a successful career as a screenwriter (you may be familiar with one of his latest works, Alejandro González Iñarritu’s BIUTIFUL, starring Javier Bardem) will be presented by our guest John Mc Inerny, the star of the film, who has arrived in Melbourne directly from Mar de Plata. John will also perform as Elvis at our closing night party, backed by a star-studded band of Australian rock and roll musicians from You Am I and The Bowers.

Saturday 24 November 8:45pm, ACMI

Sunday 25 November 2:00pm, ACMI

 The other Argentinean film to see this weekend is THE CAT VANISHES, a stylish and intelligent homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940s thrillers of intrigue, suspense and tension, by iconic director Carlos Sorin.

Saturday 24 November 8:30pm, Cinema Nova

 The Argentinean film industry is one of the strongest and most prolific on the American continent. The New Argentinean Cinema has produced some of the most unique and interesting contemporary filmmakers, such as Lucrecia Martel and Celina Murga. The works of young Argentinean filmmakers like Pablo Trapero are consistently present at the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It has been a pleasure for us to screen films as memorable and beautiful as LAS ACACIAS by Pablo Giorgelli and IN THE OPEN by Hernán Belón at this year’s La Mirada and we will continue to celebrate Argentinean cinema and its influence each year at our festival. We look forward to showcasing the best of this film industry, one that has produced such an extraordinary amount of talented artists in the last few years.


To further pay homage to these filmmakers we are celebrating our closing night with a very special party, including a tango performance by the internationally acclaimed dancers Belen Silva and Matias Conca, accompanied by the band Colectivo 29. There will be the usual culinary delights and thirst-quenching beverages, plus a special performance by John Mc Inerny, in character as ‘70s-era Elvis, backed by an all-star band led by Tim Rogers, Davey Lane (You Am I) and Phil Gionfriddo (The Bowers) who will also be spinning great platters into the wee hours after the show.

Closing Night Party

Sunday 25 November, after the 7:00pm screening of GAME OF WEREWOLVES


The lavish Opening Night Gala of La Mirada is already legendary and this year, to celebrate our sixth anniversary, it will feature the unmissable comedic gemExtraterrestrial. After the film we invite you to join us for a range of delicious Spanish and Argentinean tapas, wines and beer. DJ Emma Peel, Melbourne’s first lady of Latin, will provide the soundtrack with an exciting mix of Latin Jazz, Boogaloo, Salsa, Bossa Nova and more.

Tickets $55 full price, $44 concession

Ticket price includes the finest quality food, wines, beers and music


International guests will attend La Mirada throughout the festival. We invite you to gain an insight into their work at the question and answer sessions, and to meet them personally at our events.

La Mirada has the great pleasure of welcoming back our guest from 2009, one of the most transcendent Spanish actresses of the decade, Verónica Echegui, winner of the 2012 Gaudí Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for this year’s La Mirada-featured Kathmandu Lullaby. Also starring Verónica in this year’s program are the wonderful Half of Oscar and the multi-awarded Six Points About Emma.

Alex García, the protagonist of Six Points About Emma along with Verónica Echegui, will be our guest to present this film. He will also be available for a Q&A session afterwards to share with the audience his insight into his wonderful work in this leading role.

We are also thrilled to present John Mc Inerny, star of the film The Last Elvis. An Argentinean architect, Mc Inerney formed the band Elvis Vive (Elvis Lives) a project that led to their being named the best Elvis tribute band in Latin America by BBC London. He will present his film, participate in a Q&A session with the audience and also perform at the Closing Night party with an all-star band of Australian rock musicians including Tim Rogers and Davey Lane from You Am Iand Phil Gionfriddo of The Bowers.


Prior to the screening of the delightful film Mugaritz BSO enjoy La Mirada’s extremely popular Spanish feast at La Mirada Lounge. Don’t miss delectable tapas and traditional dishes accompanied by premium Spanish wines.

Presented by Ce Soir Wine Importers


La Mirada invites you to celebrate Mexican culture with a fanfare of food and tequila, lime and tonic cocktails that will give you a zing!

Following the screening of Miss Bala, the film specially chosen by this year’s guest curator Gael Garcia Bernal, La Mirada invites you to a Mexican feast in Cinema Nova´s bar and foyer, with tequila cocktails and traditional Mexican cuisine. Friday 16 at 8:45pm.

$26 Full Price $22 Concession

Ticket price includes Mexican delicacies and tequila cocktails

Presented by Los Amates Mexican Kitchen, Q Tonic, Q Ginger and Tequila Tromba.


Enter your shorts! La Mirada is holding a short film competition in Victoria to honour and celebrate the amazing art-form of cinema and give the opportunity to all Victorian filmmakers to be judged by industry professionals and international guests. Any film made in the last 5 years and under 15 minutes is eligible to enter. There is no entry fee. Contact for more information.


Don’t miss the Best of the Festival screenings on Monday November 26. Vote for your favourite film and register for La Mirada updates to win fantastic prizes including: 12 month subscriptions to Clubink, Filmink Magazines Essential Movie Club, DVDs, vouchers to some of the finest restaurants and bars in Melbourne, courses, gifts, free tickets and more.

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