Sydney Indie Film Festival – Tierra Caliente – Showing Monday 19th October 6PM –True Story – Mexico

Sydney Indie Film Festival – Tierra Caliente – Showing  Monday 19th October 6PM –True Story – Mexico + Short Films (Comedy, Thriller, Mini Doco)


Feature Film:

Tierra Caliente (Mexico)

This is the story of a family from the state of Guerrero, Mexico. As they go about their normal lives, they are caught in the crossfire between the Narco and the military. The film portrays how one hundred taxi drivers go on a search to find the missing husband of Daughter 2 and how the tragedy affects her and the rest of her family. The screenplay is transcript of conversations from the family recorded over a period of two years. Actors play the members of the family to protect their identity, but we are able to hear the actual recordings throughout the film, to remind the audience that these people are real.

Director: Laura Plancarte
Cast: Dimitri Andreas, Claudia Coulter, Anais, Alvarado, Christianne Oliveira




tierra caliente poster

Short Films:

Janne of Love (Bulgaria)

“Janne of love” is a humorous investigation of the communicational problems, cultural differences and prejudices of contemporary Europeans. Bulgarian, Finnish and English language “get along, hide real intentions and clash” just like the characters, pointing out the invisible borders in a globalized world.

The wild journey starts in Bulgaria, where Millitsa and Anni meet two Finnish boys – Timo and Ilkka. Beer is flowing, the temperatures are getting high, so as the passions. After getting intoxicated and recklessly breaking the law, the feelings of the main characters evolve and culminate in a shameless love confession on the dance floor.

Finland, Timo and Millitsa are already married. When alone they are the perfect match, but in public the joyful and noisy Millitsa gives Timo a hard time. Soon the stereotypical views cause their love language to fall apart. They start speaking their native tongues and their mind. Clichés and the bias that Eastern and Western Europeans have against each other burst out in a hilarious argument.

Will there be a solution in this never-ending conflict? And who, for God’s sake, is Janne!?

Director: Vilma Kartalska
Key Cast: Millitsa Gladnishka, Juha Hippi, Vilma Kartalska
Miska Kajanus


Janne of Love - Film Still Image

Janne of Love – Film Still Image



Forever (Australia)

A confessional romance where nothing is what it seems.

Director: James Walker
Cast: Jacqueline Whiting, Callum Harrington

FOREVER - Film Still Image

FOREVER – Film Still Image




See Me Now (UK/Fiji/India/Nigeria/Australia)

See Me Now is a fashion film inspired by the quote – “The darker the skin, the uglier they’re considered”. Upon hearing that, I called upon models and designers of colour to showcase the beauty of dark skin. And to send a message, that beauty comes from being comfortable in your skin.

Director: Glen MacKay
Cast: Paula Santos, Paula Souza, Leila Gurruwiwi, Veniana Natekuru, Adjoa Mensah, Kolpona Begum, Nana Afua Antwi, Ruby Brobey, Gayle (NG) Thompson, Kerrie Newton, Jaina Wilson, Leslie Louis-Jean

See Me Now - Film Still Image

See Me Now – Film Still Image