Films

Collections: New Latin American Cinema

Blood and Rain

Director: Jorge Navas

Cast Summary: Gloria Montoya, Quique Mendoza


A Venice Film Festival hit, Jorge Navas’ highly acclaimed directorial debut has been described by industry bible Variety as “a cracking slice of genre filmmaking that nods to vintage Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese”.

Blue Eyelids

Director: Ernesto Contreras

Cast Summary: Cecilia Suárez, Enrique Arreola, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Tiare Scanda, Luisa Huertas


BLUE EYELIDS (PARPADOS AZULES) is the critically acclaimed account of the developing relationship between two people in the vast metropolis of Mexico City. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it has earned director Ernesto Contreras a place alongside Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, Babel) and Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Silent Light) as a major new force in world cinema.

Born and Bred

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast Summary:

Guillermo Pfening, Martina Gusman, Federico Esquerro


The fourth film from one of the most interesting and successful of the young directors forming the so-called "New Wave" in Argentine Cinema, PABLO TRAPERO follows on from the startling EL BONAERENSE and the acclaimed road movie FAMILIA RODANTE with BORN AND BRED (NACIDO Y CRIADO), a typically intimate story from an artist fascinated by interior states of mind and exterior realities. With stunning widescreen cinematography, an exquisite soundtrack and excellent performances from Guillermo Pfening and Federico Esquerro, it is Pablo Trapero's most striking and personal film to date.

Buena Vista Social Club

Director: Wim Wenders

Cast Summary: Ry Cooder, Joaquim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén Gonzáles, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo, Juan de Marcos Gonzales


Cuba's rich and colourful past comes vividly to life in this legendary, Oscar-nominated documentary from director Wim Wenders (PARIS, TEXAS, WINGS OF DESIRE).

Carancho (The Vulture)

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast Summary:

Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Carlos Weber


Ricardo Darín (star of the Oscar®-winning The Secret in Their Eyes) and Martina Gusman (Lion's Den) give unforgettable performances in the gripping and highly acclaimed thriller CARANCHO (The Vulture), an exhilarating journey into the darker side of Buenos Aires life from leading Argentinean director Pablo Trapero (Familia Rodante, Born and Bred).

Destiny

Director: Miguel Pereira

Cast Summary: Tristan Ulloa, Carolina Roman, Mimi Ardu


On the border of Bolivia and Argentina, where stunning scenery contrasts with the hopeless poverty of the inhabitants in their remote villages, a plane lands carrying a young man dressed as a priest and bringing luggage apparently stuffed with bibles for the salvation of souls. But in these parts people need a different kind of salvation.

Don't Look Down

Director: Eliseo Subiela

Cast Summary: Antonella Costa, Leandro Stivelman


Tantalising, bold and intensely erotic, cult director Eliseo Subiela's latest film explores the tantric possibilities of sexual imaginations and awakenings.

Familia Rodante

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast Summary: Ruth Dobel, Federico Esquerro, Carlos Resta, Graciana Chironi


Official Selection at Venice Film Festival, FAMILIA RODANTE (Rolling Family) is a moving road movie about family relationships, the third film from acclaimed Argentinean director Pablo Trapero, based on his own experiences and the anecdotes of family and close friends.

Leap Year

Director: Michael Rowe

Cast Summary: Monica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Marco Zapata


Official Selection at the 2010 London Film Festival and Winner of the prestigious Camera D’Or prize for Best First Feature at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival, LEAP YEAR from Mexico, is the shocking debut feature film of Australian director Michael Rowe, a character study on loneliness, featuring an extraordinary leading performance by Monica Del Carmen (‘Babel’), supported by Gustavo Sánchez Parra (‘Man on Fire’).

Lion's Den

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast Summary:

Martina Gusman, Elli Medeiros, Rodrigo Santoro


One of the most acclaimed films at the Cannes Film Festival, LION'S DEN is the fifth feature by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Trapero (FAMILIA RODANTE, EL BONAERENSE).

Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

Director: Mariana Rondón

Cast Summary:

Samuel Lange, Samantha Castillo, Nelly Ramos


Winner of the prestigious Golden Shell at the San Sebastián Film Festival and numerous awards internationally, PELO MALO (“Bad Hair”) is a nuanced, wonderfully spirited and touching coming-of-age story from writer-director Mariana Rondón (“Postcards from Leningrad”), featuring exceptional lead performances by Samuel Lange and Samantha Castillo.

Southern District

Director: Juan Carlos Valdivia

Cast Summary:

Ninon del Castillo, Pascual Loayza, Nicolas Fernandez, Juan Pablo Koria, Mariana Vargas, Viviana Condori


Winner of Best Director and Best Screenplay awards in the World Cinema Competition at Sundance and Official Selection at the 2010 London Film Festival, Juan Carlos Valdivia’s retelling of the last crumbling days of Bolivian apartheid, is vividly captured through the portrait of an upper class family, as their lives slowly begin to turn upside down in its wake.

Undertow

Director: Javier Fuentes-León

Cast Summary: Cristian Mercado, Tatiana Astengo, Manolo Cardona


Winner of multiple audience awards internationally, including this year's Sundance World Cinema Audience Award, UNDERTOW (CONTRACORRIENTE) is the impressive debut feature film of Javier Fuentes-León, continuing Latin-America's exploration of 'magical realism' in modern cinema.

White Elephant

Director: Pablo Trapero

Cast Summary:

Ricardo Darín, Martina Gusman, Jérémie Renier


A powerful and gripping story from Argentina, WHITE ELEPHANT follows the lives of two maverick Catholic priests, a community worker and their desperate attempts to save the poverty stricken and warring factions of Buenos Aires’ infamous slum community from certain destruction. Inspired by (and dedicated to) the work of the late Father Carlos Mugica, WHITE ELEPHANT examines the fine line between good and evil and how, in the final analysis, what we choose to fight for in life will ultimately define us.

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