Road to La Paz *Jury Award Winner* Special Screening

Road to La Paz | Saturday 24 September, 6:30pm

Saturday 24 September, 6:30pm

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We’re thrilled to announce the winner of our inaugural Jury Award for BEST FEATURE FILM is Francisco Varone’s ROAD TO LA PAZ/ Camino a La Paz.

Jury Mathieu Ravier, Juan Francisco Salazar & Blue Lucine said:

“With strong, believable characters, originality and real emotion, the winning film tells a compelling story of friendship, cultural exchange and humanism. It operates in a genre which traditionally yields few surprises yet was able to intrigue and provoke reflection. The performances were convincing and naturalistic, and it was refreshing to see a film tackle issues of faith and multiculturalism that didn’t oversimplify issues or resort to stereotype. The winner of the 2016 Sydney Latin American Film Festival is Francisco Varone’s Camino A La Paz.

Special mention to JULES & DOLORES, which displayed incredible sense of rhythm, a vibrant soundtrack, great comic timing, good production design, and a great sense of time and place.”


Recently married and desperate for money, Sebastian agrees to drive an elderly client from Buenos Aires to La Paz. Constantly at odds and with nothing going to plan, something stronger conquers the two men’s resistance to each other. ROAD TO LA PAZ is an unexpected and endearing encounter between distant cultures, and an odyssey of spiritual initiation.

Feature, Argentina, 2015, Dir. Francisco Varone, 90 min, Spanish with English subtitles


You Are Not Dreaming with Me/ No estás soñando conmigo. A short film by Jorge Y. Leyva Robles, Mexico, 2015. Presented by Cine Las Americas 

After his mother´s death, Tosni, a child of the Seri tribe, must complete the ritual that allows the soul of his mother transit to the afterlife. It’s no easy for him to let go.

Restricted to persons aged 15 and over unless accompanied by an adult.

Director: Francisco Varone

Francisco began his career in 2000 as assistant director. Since then, he has directed more than 100 commercials, with which he won major awards including the Cannes Lions  and the Clio and Sol de Oro in San Sebastian. He has studied playwriting with Mauricio Kartun, Ariel Ignacio Apolo and Barchilón. In 2010 he studied scriptwriting with Juan Jose Campanella and Aida Bortnik and now currently serves as scriptwriter. Road to La Paz, which he wrote and directed, is his first feature film.