Latin American Showcase
The Latin American films selected this year perhaps may bring a feeling of strangeness; subverted traditional approaches and unusual themes surprised the selection committee and present a challenging scenario for the viewer.
Most comedy and humor movies for example come from Argentina, whose clinical and cerebral cinema is presented here through a funny, cynical view about the human behavior. Not surprisingly, some of the most gloomy shorts of the selection are also Argentinean, flirting with atypical subjects like taxidermy and the supernatural.
The world of men is also present in several works from north to south; sharp visions of the implicit rules of male friendships create power, drama and conquer games that redistribute roles and reframe human relations.
Another curious aspect is the sense of displacement generated by films of filmmakers abroad: a Bolivian in Belgium, an Argentine in China and a Mexican in Germany show works somehow affectionate but quite sober, always geared up to their countries of origin.
The strong Chilean cinema affirms a social criticism while exploring the crushing of the individual in the face of big corporations and the economic scenario of our times. Violence sparked by drug cartels in many Latin boundaries is also represented in a tragic drama and an animated documentary.
It is worth noting the creativity of these documentaries that challenge conventional concepts and explore their subjects under visceral, playful or affectionate points of view, through the mixing of genres and multiplicity of registers. Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and Cuba complete the tour around the continent.
9 VACUNAS / 9 VACCINES , de Iair Said - Argentina
ANQAS, de Sebastián Ayala - Chile
ASESINATO EN JUNÍN / MURDER IN JUNÍN, de Andrew Sala - Argentina
ASUNCIÓN, de Camila Luna Toledo - Chile
CARNE / FLESH , de Carlos Gomez Salamanca - Colombia
CONTRAFÁBULA DE UNA NIÑA DISECADA / A BLOOD-DRAINED GIRL’S FABLE, de Alejandro Iglesias - Mexico
DE CARA AL CEMENTO / FACE FLAT ON THE CEMENT, de Ignacio Pavéz - Chile
EL PAPEL / THE PAPER, de Fermín Pedrós - Argentina
EL PASITO DE ONDA / THE TRENDY STEP, de Guillermina Pico - Argentina
EL PRISIONERO / THE PRISONER, de Juan Chappa,Martin Deus,Omar Zambrano - Venezuela
EL ÚLTIMO ASADO / THE LAST BARBECUE, de Julen Laburu - Argentina
FELICIDAD / HAPPINESS, de Jorge De León Amador - Cuba
LA BANQUETA / THE SIDEWALK, de Anaïs Pareto - Mexico, Spain
LA MASAJISTA / THE MASSEUSE, de Emilia Carlevaro - Uruguay
LA MUJER ROTA / THE BROKEN WOMAN, de Jeremias Segovia - Uruguay
LAGUNA / LAGOON, de Alejo Fraile,Sebastián Bravo Almonacid - Argentina
LLUVIA EN LOS OJOS / RAIN IN THE EYES, de Rita Basulto - Mexico
LOS ANIMALES / THE ANIMALS, de Paola Buontempo - Argentina
MEMENTO MORI, de Daniela Wayllace - Bolivia, Belgium
NO HAY PAN / NO BREAD, de Macarena Monrós - Chile
PARRILLA / GRILL, de Gerardo Ruiz-Miñán - Peru
REALITY 2.0, de Victor Orozco - Mexico, Germany
SOLECITO, de Oscar Ruiz Navia - Colombia
TIERRA ESCARLATA / RED LAND, de Jesús Reyes - Colombia
TODAVIA TRABAJANDO / STILL WORKING, de Esteban Argüello - Argentina, China
UN MUNDO PARA RAÚL / A WORLD FOR RAÚL, de Mauro Mueller - Mexico, United States, Switzerland
UN SUEÑO RECURRENTE / GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, de Santiago Esteves - Argentina