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Films in Progress will present six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Paraguay
Six films have be selected to participate in Films in Progress 20, to take place on September 20 and 21 within the framework of San Sebastian Festival’s 59th edition.
This year, for first time at Films in Progress, we will present the following titles: Era uma vez Verônica (Brazil), by Marcelo Gomes, who already participated in the Horizontes Latinos section at San Sebastian Festival with his Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (2005); Infancia Clandestina (Argentina), by Benjamín Ávila, who previously presented the documentary Nietos (Identidad y memoria) in Zabaltegi Specials in 2004; Joven & Alocada (Chile), by Marialy Rivas; Un Mundo Secreto (México), by Gabriel Mariño; La Playa (Colombia), by (more…)
One of our favorite foreign films at Sundance was All Your Dead Ones, directed by Colombia’s Carlos Moreno. It’s a slightly absurdist fable in which a poor farmer finds a pile of dead bodies dumped in his field on election day. The story is slow-moving but powerful, the acting is wonderful (especially by lead Alvaro Rodriguez and by Jorge Herrema as the mayor), and the cinematography is marvelous (the film won a Special Jury award for cinematography). Moreno sat (more…)
The Margarita 2010 Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival concluded on Thursday after a week of exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with filmmakers from Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Venezuela.
The VISTAS Film Festival shows great Latino films year-round. Each fall, VISTAS hosts a four-day festival at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station in Dallas, attracting directors, producers and stars from around the globe. Thousands of film lovers from across North Texas attend the festival to watch movies, have coffee with the filmmakers and mingle at the after-parties. This year we expand the festival to include an outdoor block party on the last day, October 31st. We invite you to attend the 11th Annual VISTAS Film Festival from October 28- 31, 2010 at the Angelika Film Center. (more…)
Paraiso/Paradise (Peru, 2009)
Starring Yiliana Chong, Gabriela Tello and Joaquín Ventura
Directed by Hector Galvez
In the dry, dusty slums just outside of Lima, Peru, five friends attempt to make a future for themselves after the murder of one of their own by a rival gang. Their options, the military, university or a job with a traveling circus, all come with an obstacle that’s difficult to overcome.
Although the story could be anybody’s story in any town’s slum, Galvez introduces the audience to the harsh reality of the Peruvian condition, and how its poorer residents have dealt with the aftermath of terrorist invasions that plague the region. Galvez has the viewers focus on a twisted tree that grows in the midst of the arid terrain where these kids live; an obvious metaphor for the kids themselves. “How can it still grow?” asks one of the friends. How, indeed.
I can’t say that I was moved by the film or the performances, but the saving grace was that (more…)
El Vuelco del Cangrejo/Crab Trap (Columbia, 2009)
Starring Arnobio Salazar Rivas and Rodrigo Vélez
Directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia
What can only be called as a cinematographer’s wet dream, “Crab Trap” (described as a weaving of documentary and fiction) is certainly a feast for the eyes. Each shot is like a still life portrait that hangs in your favorite art museum. The light is caught just right. The subjects of the photographs emote for the camera. The viewer thinks, “I want to be there, in that picture.”
But “Crab Trap” isn’t a portrait hanging in the Met, it’s supposed to be a film, ‘moving pictures’ that tell a compelling story about characters you love or love to hate. Unfortunately Navia directs the cinematic equivalent of a really pretty girl with no smarts- so nice to look at but you’d rather she didn’t speak. The film claims to be about the everyday life of the jungle village in La Barra, Columbia, and that it is. But I was left wondering, “What about La Barra? What are you trying to tell me? What is the point of your story?” (more…)
An independent film company is developing a movie about Gloria Trevi, the fallen pop singer dubbed “Mexico’s Madonna.”
Swiss-born Christian Keller will make his directorial debut on “Trevi,” which is to be produced by New York-based Braven Films. Company head Frida Torresblanco, who once ran Alfonso Cuaron’s production company, will produce with Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” producer Barrie Osborne. (more…)