Films Programs

Cine Latino

At year three, it would seem timely to reflect on the “why” and “how” of our Cine Latino Showcase. It has been our intention all along to open a window in Palm Springs to the plurality of cinemas that make up Ibero-American cinema. The numbers bear this accomplishment: Close to 50 films from the region, placed in different sections, make up a presence unparalleled in quality and scope than any other major international film festival in the U.S. We wish to entertain, to open cultural dialogue with the region, to celebrate cinematic excellence and diversity, and above all to contribute in significant ways to breaking the bottleneck in the distribution and marketing of these films. Toward these lofty goals we invite audiences from Palm Springs and beyond, sponsors and industry to help us welcome this year’s diverse and exciting group of films and filmmakers from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Brazil inaugurates this year’s Cine Latino Showcase with the Gala screening of 2 Filhos do Francisco, the rag to riches universal story of the sons of a sharecropper’s family who become big country music stars, Brazil’s Oscar entry and a huge box office success back at home. Mexico’s films this year are notable for their toughness and film language experimentation. The film powerhouses of the region, Brazil, Argentina and Spain are fully represented. From Cuba, the great filmmaker Humberto Solas brings Barrio Cuba, the second part of his trilogy looking at the marginalized people of his country. Smaller countries without a film industry per se, but featuring significant cinematic traditions, are unusually represented in this year’s program: Colombia Venezuela, Bolivia, Costa Rica and even Puerto Rico. Portugal is not left behind with four films, among them Espelho Magico from legendary filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, now an incredible 96-years old! Nearly half of the program is made up of 1st and 2nd features – an extraordinary affirmation of the emerging talent coming from throughout the region.


Caribe   

Caribe
Costa Rica, 2005, 91 min.
This debut feature depicts environmental strife in the paradise-like Caribbean tropical coast of Costa Rica through the story of an altruistic ecologist who compromises his ideals.... more



Days of Santiago   

Days of Santiago
Peru, 2003, 84 min.
Think Taxi Driver in Peru. A 23-year-old war veteran returns to Lima after spending six years fighting terrorists, the Peruvian drug mafia, and a nationalist war against Ecuador. Unable to smoothly transition back home, his life starts to spin out of control…... more



Elsa & Fred   

Elsa & Fred
Spain, 2005, 107 min.
Two mainstays of Spanish language cinema, China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre, play aging widowers who rekindle their passions for love with a visit to the Trevi Fountain in Rome, a landmark from Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in this touching romantic comedy.... more



Estamira   

Estamira
Brazil, 2005, 116 min.
Estamira, a 63-year-old schizophrenic, has toiled for over two decades at the waste disposal site in Rio de Janeiro. This sensitive documentary deals with the global problem of human waste and the subterfuges that the mind creates in order to overcome a reality sometimes too arduous to endure. Best ... more



The Grönholm Method   

The Grönholm Method
Spain, 2005, 116 min.
A group of corporate types are assembled to compete for one position using something called the Grönholm Method, a system meant to separate the weak from the strong. But the weak may be wilier than they appear... This tale of executive überdogs from the director of Kamchatka possesses a tru... more



Iberia   

Iberia
Spain, 2005, 100 min.
In his latest tribute film, celebrated filmmaker Carlos Saura engages Spain's most celebrated actors, dancers and singers to interpret Isaac Albéniz's “Iberia” suite on its one hundredth anniversary. The freshness and spontaneity is heightened by Saura's focus on the evolution of the piece from init... more



Idiot Love   

Idiot Love
Spain, 2005, 94 min.
Catalan director Ventura Pons returns with an erotically transgressive, occasionally tender and frequently very funny tale of sexual obsession that focuses on a sad-sack 30-something teacher who falls hard for an upwardly mobile woman. Refreshing and quirky in equal measures. ... more



In Bed   

In Bed
Chile, 2005, 86 min.
A sexy two-hander set in a motel room in Santiago de Chile. The director displays an intelligence and understanding of the fragility of sexual relationships that belies his youth. Daniela and Bruno meet at a party, end up in bed, and slowly reveal themselves to one another over the course of one nig... more



The Last Moon   

The Last Moon
Chile, 2005, 106 min.
Miguel Littin, a descendant of Palestinian Christian immigrants to Chile, tells the dynamic story of two friends, the Jew Jacob and the Christian Palestinian Soliman, caught up in the beginnings of the Middle East conflict after the First World War.... more



Lost and Found   

Lost and Found
Brazil, 2005, 101 min.
José Joffily, best known for his rugged New York melodrama, Two Lost Souls in a Dirty Night, now tackles the underworld of Copacabana with this dark thriller based on the novel by Alfredo Garcia-Roza. It offers mystery, crime, dirty money, betrayals and an unexpected ending.... more



Magic Mirror   

Magic Mirror
Portugal, 2005, 138 min.
Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira assembles a cast of his favorite players in Magic Mirror, based on Agustina Bessa-Luis's novel “The Soul of the Rich”. The story finds a wealthy woman desperate for a visit from the Virgin Mary. Eager to help, her employee Luciano hires a girl to fake the ... more



Malas Temporadas   

Malas Temporadas
Spain, 2005, 116 min.
Malas Temporadas places us in the heart of contemporary Madrid and the existential dilemmas of its three characters searching for their place in the world. Beautifully crafted as a choral piece, the film deftly explores the emotional barriers and walls its anguished characters must overcome.... more



My Best Enemy   

My Best Enemy
Chile, 2005, 108 min.
Set in 1978, this humanistic film about the futility of war, follows a Chilean border patrol unit that gets lost on their march to the Argentinian border. After days of wandering the pampas, they become disillusioned… until they meet an Argentine patrol also lost in the pampas and war turns into fr... more



News From Afar   

News From Afar
Mexico, 2005, 121 min.
This impressively crafted and moving first feature tells the story of a young man who sets off from a small village in the Mexican highlands to Mexico City in hope of saving his mother and father from marginalization and poverty. A visceral and emotional debut that marks the filmmaker as one to watc... more



Nordeste   

Nordeste
Argentina, 2005, 105 min.
This arresting debut feature and Cannes favorite follows Hélène (Carole Bouquet) a successful, 40-something French businesswoman who desperately wants to adopt a child from Argentina. She meets a loving mother struggling to support herself, her 13 year-old son and soon to-be-born baby. Subsequently,... more



Odete   

Odete
Portugal, 2005, 102 min.
This highly eccentric, gender-bending melodrama tells the story of a supermarket worker who becomes obsessed with becoming impregnated by a deceased gay man, much to the displeasure of the corpse's grieving lover. Shot with a dreamy romanticism and "Moon River" like you've never heard it before.... more



Play   

Play
Chile, 2005, 106 min.
In a contemporary city, which could be anywhere, a couple search for love but never quite seem to meet. The film's pop visual style is unique, and it succeeds in helping us search for clues in a world that denies they exist. Best New Director, Tribeca Film Festival.... more



Queens   

Queens
Spain, 2005, 108 min.
A touching ensemble comedy about five headstrong mothers coping with the conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gays sons. As these five very different women deal with their own desires, prejudices and histories, they attempt to survive the weekend as sex, anger, bigotry and love cla... more



Salvador Allende   

Salvador Allende
Chile, 2005, 101 min.
Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile) offers this personal reflection on General Pinochet's violent coup d'etat that overthrew President Allende on September 11, 1973. Guzmán conveys the significance of Allende's thwarted socialist vision for himself and many Chileans.... more



Sangre   

Sangre
Mexico, 2005, 91 min.
After work, Diego and Blanca lie down on their couch and watch "télé novellas" or make love on the kitchen table. This minimalist and astounding first feature, presented at Cannes in Un Certain Regard, draws a rather disturbing portrait of unglamorous conjugal rutting, complete with full-frontal nud... more



Say Good Morning to Dad   

Say Good Morning to Dad
Bolivia, 2005, 111 min.
On October 9th, 1967, the revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara was killed by Bolivian soldiers. "Dí Buen Día a Papá" is both the code phrase used to order Che's execution and the Spanish title of this fascinating film. It depicts the lives of three women from Che's death to the exhumation of his rema... more



Sisters   

Sisters
Argentina, 2005, 89 min.
Sisters focuses on the relationship between two Argentine siblings, a radical journalist and her conservative sister, who reunite after Argentina's military dictatorship beginning in the late 1970s; their unanswered questions generate tensions in this thoughtful drama exposing the nation's recent pa... more



The Sky Turns   

The Sky Turns
Spain, 2005, 116 min.
Winner of the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film festival, this is a lyrical meditation on the passage of time in a dying community, where the last birth took place some 30 years ago. A poignant documentation of the life of 14 remaining villagers and the landscape they inhabit.... more



Sud Express   

Sud Express
Spain, 2005, 104 min.
This remarkable film tells six interconnected stories dealing with the Sud Express, the celebrated bullet train that runs between Paris and Lisbon, serving as a kind of cultural bridge between the nations of France, Spain and Portugal. Europe may be united politically, but cultural diversity (for be... more



Swindled   

Swindled
Spain, 2005, 111 min.
This fast-paced and witty heist film focuses on the relationship between a small time crook and an aging swindler who devise the ultimate scheme with a first-rate schemer; nothing is what it seems in this serpentine thriller featuring charismatic performances by Federico Luppi and Victoria Abril.... more



Tattooed   

Tattooed
Argentina, 2005, 85 min.
One of the latest films of the New Argentine Cinema is this observant family drama about a teenaged boy who embarks on a journey with his father to discover the fate of his barely-remembered mother, whose only legacy is the tattoo she left on the boy's arm.... more



This is Bossa Nova-The Histories and Stories   

This is Bossa Nova-The Histories and Stories
Brazil, 2005, 130 min.
This documentary focuses on the Brazilian musical form born in the early 1950s and uses the anecdotes and musings of two of the greatest living composers from this unforgettable era: Roberto Menescal (composer of the classical "O Barquinho") and Carlos Lyra (of the timeless "Lobo Bobo, Coisa Mais Li... more



To the Other Side   

To the Other Side
Mexico, 2005, 81 min.
Writer/director Gustavo Loza's visually stimulating, hauntingly timely film punctures the surface of immigration with a distinctive and unconventional storytelling style. Three countries, three cultures, three different realities serve as background for the stories of three children with absent fath... more



Two Sons of Francisco   

Two Sons of Francisco
Brazil, 2005, 120 min.
Winner - John Schlessinger Award This blockbuster debut feature revolves around the family of poor sharecropper Francisco, who dreamed of turning two of his nine children into a famous country music duo. The moving story of Zezé Di Camargo and Luciano (who have sold more than 22 million re... more



Underground Game   

Underground Game
Brazil, 2005, 109 min.
Winner - Special Jury Prize, New Voices/New Visions Based on a beguiling story by Julio Cortazar, Underground Game offers a playful and romantic vision of a young man who follows attractive women in the Sao Paulo metro hoping they'll take a preordained path of his choosing through t... more



The Wandering Shadows   

The Wandering Shadows
Colombia, 2005, 90 min.
Contemplative, sober, sometimes hopeful look at today's Colombia through the strange relationship of two physically and spiritually crippled men. Through poetry and metaphor, this black and white feature debut expresses conflict without bullets and redemption without religion. In the journey, a new ... more



The Wind   

The Wind
Spain, 2005, 101 min.
After the death of his daughter, sheep farmer Frank is determined to meet his granddaughter and tell her the truth about himself and his family. This thriller with the tone of an Eric Rohmer movie pulls the audience into the intimate reality of the two characters and the peculiar personalities congr... more



A Year Without Love   

A Year Without Love
Argentina, 2005, 101 min.
An audacious film that dares to place its HIV+ protagonist in the S&M leather scene of Buenos Aires, in defiance of his deteriorating health. He continues to cruise the city where his encounters reveal an ambitious, gifted man forced to come to terms with his mortality.... more



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