Oct 10 2013, 1:00am CDT | by IANS
Tokyo, Oct 10 (IANS/EFE) The 10th edition of Japan's Latin Beat Film Festival began here with a screening of "Los amantes pasajeros" (I'm So Excited), the latest from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.
"It's like a metaphor: just as in Almodovar's film, in which the plane travels to Mexico, it's the time to look toward Latin America. There, interesting things are being done," Latin Beat organizer Alberto Calero told EFE.
Two of the stars of "Los amantes pasajeros", Javier Camara and Blanca Suarez, traveled to Tokyo for Wednesday's screening of the film, which won't reach Japanese theaters until January.
Also on hand for the festival is Spanish director Fernando Trueba, who will present two of his films, "El artista y la modelo" and "Chico y Rita".
Since its birth in 2003, Latin Beat - the only festival of its kind in Asia - has enjoyed steady growth in films, sponsors and attendance to become an essential event for Japanese cinephiles.
"It's an accomplishment to reach 10 years," Calero said. "And the interesting thing is that in this time we have seen how film in Spanish has begun - here in Japan and around the world - to awaken a lot of interest."
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