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Through the Labyrinth: New Latin American Cinema

“The seven films present a rich, vivid and pointedly non-stereotypical view of the energetic and diverse culture of the Cuban capital.” - The List ... Seven directors - Julio Medem (Earth, MIFF 98), Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void, MIFF 10), Laurent Cantet (Heading South, MIFF 06), Pablo Trapero ... Read more
An intimate study of sisterly dynamics in a time of transition. ... Drawing on memories from her own life as a young girl, Milagros Mumenthaler's debut feature is set in Buenos Aires at the end of a summer and against a soundtrack of soft folk music from the 60 and 70s. Three sisters must adjust to ... Read more
“One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.” - Variety ... United through a shared passion for the written word, college students Julio, an inveterate liar, and Emilia, a punky rebel, embark on an incandescent, unsustainable love affair ... Read more
“It's really not at all hard to be swept along by [Girimunho]'s manifold visual and aural pleasures.” - Hollywood Reporter ... At 81, Bastu (playing herself) enjoys partying with friends ‘til the wee hours. One morning, she wakes to find her husband dead and is forced to rethink her life ... Read more
“A little masterpiece of understated resonance and humility.” - The Independent ... Middle-aged lumber trucker Rubén is tasked with driving country-woman Jacinta from Paraguay to Buenos Aires. Gruff and unchivalrous, Rubén is dismayed to discover she has a baby in tow. Jacinta's attempts to ... Read more
A virtuosic action/thriller set in the world of Mexican beauty queens and drug cartels. ... Laura, a young woman with aspirations of becoming Miss Baja California, gets caught up in a vicious nightclub attack on the eve of the competition. Over three terrifying days her fate becomes inexorably ... Read more
“Superbly constructed, skillfully acted and beautifully lensed... That Filho can juggle so many important issues without being heavyhanded or dropping even one speaks volumes about his strengths as scripter, helmer and co-editor.” - Variety ... A multitude of lives intersect, collide and ... Read more
“An absorbing account of one country's unlikely route from oppression to democracy.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Revolving around Chile's 1988 referendum on the Pinochet regime, this brilliant behind-the-scenes drama tracks with engaging detail the unfolding of a political marketing campaign that ... Read more
“Filmmaker Celina Murga applies her sensitive, observant perspective on young people's behavior and thoughts to her superb foray into nonfiction.” - Variety ... This Wiseman-esque portrait of a typical public - normal - school in its run up to student council elections is an assured first ... Read more
“A moving social study of penury at work destroying the fabric of a family.” - Screen Daily ... Maria, a worn-out single mother to three children, is tipped over the edge one day when it becomes clear she alone is responsible for the care of her elderly father. The action she subsequently takes ... Read more
"The Student announces Santiago Mitre as a South American Aaron Sorkin.” - Indiewire ... Roque is a directionless, two-time college dropout. Lacking anything better to do with his life he re-enrols at a Buenos Aires university but once there he focuses more on the ladies than on his studies. In ... Read more
Escape is not always the easiest option. ... Screenwriter Alejandro Fadel, best known for thrillers Lion's Den (MIFF 2008) and Carancho, makes his directorial debut in this striking saga of juvenile delinquency. Offering a rhythmic contrast of scenic landscapes and shadowy violence, this stark ... Read more
“The intense, remarkable life of Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra is explored with sensitivity and exquisite lightness of touch in Andres Wood's Violeta Went to Heaven." - Variety ... In the mid-60s Violeta Parra was the Edith Piaf of Chile: a beloved singer and visual artist who became a ... Read more
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