Films Programs

Cine Latino

This striking showcase of new films from Latin America, Spain features guest appearances by the brightest lights in contemporary Latin filmmaking, and screenings of the hottest films emerging from the Spanish-speaking film world.


The 12 Labors   

The 12 Labors
Brazil, 2006, 90 min.
Heracles, a disadvantaged black youth, undertakes 12 tasks to qualify him for a job as a motorcycle delivery boy. Throughout his mission, he faces intolerance, unfairness, desire and temptation in typical situations of a city like São Paulo. An original film transposition... more



The 2 Sides of the Bed   

The 2 Sides of the Bed
Spain, 2006, 108 min.
A thoroughly enjoyable musical comedy, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s sequel to the The Other Side of the Bed sees Javier jilted at the altar by Marta in favor of Raquel. What follows is a fast-paced and highly musical (characters sing versions of Spanish pop hits) entertainment that gently skewers... more



53 Days in Winter   

53 Days in Winter
Spain, 2006, 91 min.
Three people waiting for a bus one winter's night look on as a dog is abandoned. All three set out on journeys that lead each of them to confront their fears and frustrations. 53 Days in Winter delves into the life of each passenger, and interweaves a trio of stories on psychological,... more



Agua   

Agua
Argentina, 2006, 89 min.
Goyo, a former open water swimming champion wrongly accused of doping, is attempting to regain his honor while Chino, a stubborn and disciplined young pool swimmer tries hard to be selected for the national team. Chen is a brilliant child of the Argentinean New Wave.... more



American Visa   

American Visa
Bolivia, 2006, 90 min.
Simple, honest and earthy, American Visa is the story of a Bolivian English teacher trying to get a visa to the US, in post-9/11 Bolivia. Strong dialogue and contemporary visuals, plus refreshing performances by the Mexican actors Demián Bichir and Kate del Castillo make this a riveting Boliv... more



Antonia   

Antonia
Brazil, 2006, 90 min.
Dynamic, vibrant and life-affirming, Tata Amaral’s third feature, Antonia, describes the ups and downs of a group of female rappers living on the outskirts of São Paulo. Their love of performing and creating music together—despite the many obstacles presented by being poor, black and female... more



August Days   

August Days
Spain, 2006, 93 min.
This biographical road trip features two brothers, Marc and David, as they embark on a trip in search of a dead friend’s past. This visually sublime film is a languorous stroll through idyllic nature, a strong experience of cinema, as well as a mysterious biographical portrait.... more



El Benny   

El Benny
Cuba, 2006, 120 min.
Cuba’s Oscar entry El Benny is based on the life of the famous Cuban musician, Benny Moré. The debut feature by writer/director Jorge Luis Sanchez features new versions of Morés songs performed by contemporary musicians including Chucho Valdes, Juan Formell, Haila and Orishas.... more



Black Butterfly   

Black Butterfly
Peru, 2006, 116 min.
A schoolteacher of privilege, Gabriela, and a cynical tabloid journalist, Ángela, join forces to avenge the politically motivated murder of the teacher’s jurist fiancé during Peru’s corrupt Fujimori regime in a taut character study-cum-political thriller. ... more



Chicha Tu Madre   

Chicha Tu Madre
Argentina, 2006, 90 min.
When Julio Cesar, an amateur Tarot reader and cab driver, learns that his daughter is pregnant, he has to revise his sense of fate and chance to find a future for his family. Playing off local literary conventions, the film actually uses the Tarot cards to narrate its tale of fate, free will and cha... more



Chronicle of an Escape   

Chronicle of an Escape
Argentina, 2006, 104 min.
The real-life events surrounding the escape of group of ‘disappeared’ (abducted) prisoners during the 1977 Argentinean Junta is the subject of this gripping political drama. Though rooted in history, the portrayal of torture feels terribly contemporary.The film’s riveting performances will keep audi... more



Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures   

Cinema, Aspirin and Vultures
Brazil, 2006, 99 min.
In 1942, Johann, a young German fleeing the war, and Ranulpho, a Brazilian seeking an escape from the oppressive drought in his home province, join forces. Merrily rolling from village to village, they bring rural folk the magic of cinema as they screen a film advertising a miraculous new patent med... more



DarkBlueAlmostBlack   

DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Spain, 2006, 105 min.
Sporting visual flair to burn and a plot that unfurls in unexpected ways, Daniel Sánchez Arévalo’s tragicomic debut chronicles twenty-somethings Jorge and Israel’s attempts to form their identities, both personal and sexual, while posing questions about love and morality in these complex times. Arév... more



Devil’s Point   

Devil’s Point
Argentina, 2006, 90 min.
Marcelo Pavan’s impressive Devil's Point is a moody tale of a brain surgeon's confrontation with his own mortality. The film is an exceptional experience in sight and sound set on a remote, windswept Uruguayan peninsula that serves as a physical representation of the doctor’s well-concealed e... more



The Education of the Fairies   

The Education of the Fairies
Spain, 2006, 103 min.
When the fairy tale existence of Nicolas and his new bride and her son, Raul, comes to an end, he makes up stories of fairies to guard his stepson from the harsh reality of life. What’s he to do when a real fairy shows up?... more



Family Law   

Family Law
Argentina, 2006, 102 min.
From Argentinean director Daniel Burman, the ‘Latin Woody Allen,’ comes this witty comedy in which a successful law professor with a beautiful wife and adorable son suddenly finds himself unsure what it means to be either a husband or a father in this tender-hearted comedy of delusion and self disco... more



The Greatest Love of All   

The Greatest Love of All
Brazil, 2006, 105 min.
Antonio, a famous Astrophysicist and Professor in an American University, learns that he suffers of an incurable illness. Upon returning to Brazil, he discovers the identity of his true parents and of the amazing love story that united them. This discovery will change his life. Awarded Best Film at ... more



In Bed   

In Bed
Chile, 2006, 85 min.
Matías Bize’s sexually comedic, occasionally dramatic and notably risqué two-hander is set completely within the four walls of a déclassé motel room where newly formed couple Daniela (Blanca Lewin) and Bruno (Gonzalo Valenzuela) have sex and discuss their lives. A fresh take on the gulf between the ... more



In the Pit   

In the Pit
Mexico, 2006, 80 min.
In the chaos of Mexico City, a crew of construction works toil away to rebuild the city’s highway. Like Shakespearean characters, they react to the work with a full range of emotions in this award-winning documentary on the nature of work and workers. ... more



I Remember   

I Remember
Brazil, 2006, 110 min.
Edgard Navarro’s magical portrait of boy growing up in Brazil from the ’50s to ’70s captures his changing times, from Catholic repression and teen lust, to civil rights and the hippie movement, through the eyes of its mischievous anti-hero.... more



Las Manos   

Las Manos
Argentina, 2006, 119 min.
Alejandro Doria’s latest film, winner of Best Film in Huelva ’06, tells the real-life story of Father Mario Pantaleo, an Italian healing priest, who was able to heal by the touch of his hands. The great Argentine diva Graciela Borges is subdued and mysterious in her supporting role.... more



The Last Gaze   

The Last Gaze
Mexico, 2006, 123 min.
In her debut film, Patricia Arriaga chronicles two different but parallel lives. A painter on the verge of blindness meets by chance a young girl hired as a maid in a remote brothel in the Mexican desert. They intertwine with surprising twists and turns in this beautiful film chronicling the surviva... more



The Legend of Time   

The Legend of Time
Spain, 2006, 113 min.
An intriguing and compelling blend of documentary and fiction, The Legend of Time is inspired by flamenco-music legend 'Camaron.’ The lives of a young gypsy teenager on the island of Camaron’s home and a twenty-something Japanese woman who has impulsively moved to the same place are intertwin... more



Maroa   

Maroa
Venezuela, 2006, 102 min.
Great performances from the young cast highlight this hard-hitting melodrama. 11-year-old Maroa struggles with the lure of the Caracas streets and a fractious life at home with her violent granny. When arrested and sent to reform school, the youth orchestra teacher brings her out of her shell.... more



My Quick Way Out   

My Quick Way Out
Spain, 2006, 115 min.
Spanish director Miguel Albaladejo (Bear Cub) entertainingly recounts the strange tale of one of Spain’s most prolific juvenile delinquents, a young rogue who’d managed to be arrested over 150 times by the age of ten.... more



Never on a Sunday   

Never on a Sunday
Mexico, 2006, 125 min.
In trying to bury his uncle who dies on the unluckiest of Sundays, a young man becomes embroiled in a series of gruesome adventures in today’s Mexico City. This biting dark comedy with poignant dialogues and characters is one of the revelations of this year’s program.... more



Pages From Mauricio’s Diary   

Pages From Mauricio’s Diary
Cuba, 2006, 135 min.
Few if any recent Cuban films have tackled with such emotion and courage Cuba after the fall of the Soviet Union and the Special Period. Thus, what Gutierrez Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment was to the early years of the Cuban revolution, Pérez Paredes’ film may do as a historical balance of the ... more



Paraguayan Hammock   

Paraguayan Hammock
Paraguay, 2006, 78 min.
This sublimely minimalist film from Paraguay—its first in three decades—offers a striking meditation on time, memory, loss, and love as an elderly couple sits in the jungle and waits for an impending rainstorm.... more



The Passenger: Adult Secrets   

The Passenger: Adult Secrets
Brazil, 2006, 105 min.
In his second feature as director, Tambellini reveals himself as a fine chronicler of urban life in today’s Rio de Janeiro. The film tells the story of a dreamy and inexperienced teenager, Antonio, who is brutally confronted with his father’s murder. Disastrously in love, the shy young man has to de... more



Quixotic   

Quixotic
Spain, 2006, 110 min.
Albert Serra’s Quixotic is a remarkable debut feature based on Cervantes’s classic. It’s less an adaptation of Don Quixote than a riff on its two principal characters. Serra provocatively chose to shoot the footage in a way that seemingly gives the perception that this could be a kind of Quixote hom... more



The Railroad All-Stars   

The Railroad All-Stars
Spain, 2006, 90 min.
Valeria, Vilma and Mercy are two-dollar-a-pop prostitutes in a destitute neighborhood of Guatemala City. In order to publicize their plight (and also as a way of having fun), they decide to found a soccer team. Rodriguez's documentary is an exhilarating story about perseverance in the face of prejud... more



Resisting Life   

Resisting Life
Mexico, 2006, 105 min.
Three teenage daughters and a mother who is not completely sane make of this fatherless family at the center in this story of lost dreams and lost faith. In a fine, moving portrait of Mexico City, debut filmmaker Ramon Cervantes portrays the city as much as the characters.... more



Salvador   

Salvador
Spain, 2006, 138 min.
Nominated in eight different categories for the Premios Barcelona de Cine Awards, this is the gripping profile of Catalan anarchist and bank-robber Salvador Puig Antich (Daniel Brühl, Goodbye Lenin), who struggled to avoid his 1974 execution for the assassination of Franco’s designated succes... more



Thieves and Liars   

Thieves and Liars
Puerto Rico, 2006, 114 min.
Corruption has exploded in Puerto Rico over the last 15 years. In compelling parallel stories, Thieves and Liars follows three families as the older generations helplessly watch the deterioration of truth and justice in their society’s youth.... more



A Ton of Luck   

A Ton of Luck
Colombia, 2006, 96 min.
Based on a true story, this black comedy recounts the antics of a battalion of underpaid, overworked Columbian soldiers who come upon a cache of $40 million. But what they take as a gift from God ultimately turns out to be the devil’s work. ... more



Velocity Begets Oblivion   

Velocity Begets Oblivion
Argentina, 2006, 110 min.
This unusual political and dream-like road movie features Olmo, a young Argentinian looking for his mother while nagged by the ghost of his father. Olmo, a disturbed soul, learned a lot on how to resist a now defunct dictatorship, but missed out the joys of real life.... more



Volver   

Volver
Spain, 2006, 120 min.
Three generations of women collide in Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s latest masterpiece of comic melodrama. Penélope Cruz (Best Actress, Cannes) plays a janitor whose life is turned upside down when, first her daughter suddenly becomes a killer, and then her supposedly dead mother shows up in M... more



Zuzu Angel   

Zuzu Angel
Brazil, 2006, 108 min.
The emotional and riveting true story of Zuzu Angel, a Brazilian fashion designer who became a political activist in the ’70s Brazil. Her activism’s impetus was the search for her missing son. Apart from other mothers with a similar plight, Zuzu’s search received international recognition by using h... more



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