Ferdinand
Dec
15
to Jan 18

Ferdinand

Ferdinand tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover. From Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio."

Nationwide: Opening Dec. 15. Check here for a theater near you.

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Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)
Dec
15
to Feb 8

Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy, the Forgotten Children)

There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds.  Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life.  Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors.  But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever. Based on his own graphic novel, Alberto Vázquez's BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN is a darkly comic, mind-bending fantasy.  Gorgeous graphic imagery brings to life a surreal and discordant world populated by adorable (and adorably disturbed) animated critters, searching for hope and love amid the ruin.

Nationwide: Opens Dec. 15. Check here for a theater near you.

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Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer
Jan
3
to Jan 16

Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer

Marcelo Gomes is a danceur noble: a male ballet dancer whose extraordinary technique, charismatic presence, and seemingly effortless strength make him the embodiment of the classical prince. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, the darkly handsome dancer has been called the Pelé of Ballet. When not performing, rehearsing, or travelling the world as a guest artist (at the Royal Ballet in London, at the Mariinsky, Mikhailovsky, and Bolshoi in Russia, at his hometown Theatro Municipal, and elsewhere), Gomes lives in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen with Lua, his dachshund.  The film includes clips of Gomes in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, and La Bayadère, and interviews with ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Kevin McKenzie, Misty Copeland, and David Hallberg. 

New York: Opens Jan. 3 at Film Forum.

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Miami Jewish Film Festival
Jan
11
to Jan 25

Miami Jewish Film Festival

This year's festival offers films from Argentina (Una Historia de Amor) and Spain (La llum d'Elna) amongst other film from the Jewish diaspora.

Una Historia de Amor, Argentina 2016
As a quixotic young man, Tadeusz left behind his entire family and the girl he loved in Poland to fight for the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war was lost and the rise of Fascism made it unsafe for a Jewish communist to return to Europe, he emigrated to Buenos Aires, literally going underground to help build the subway tunnels beneath the city. Now 90, he finds himself lost in reverie, desperate to recapture his mental acuity and sexual libido. Knowing that his next journey will likely be his last, Tadeusz sets about to reconnect to long-lost lovers from his youth with help from an eccentric circle of caring friends and neighbors.

Miami: Jan. 11 - 25. Full lineup and details here.

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Vazante
Jan
12
to Feb 1

Vazante

Forced to marry a slave trader, young Beatriz (Luana Nastas) faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years in this lyrical and nuanced historical mood piece. Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio (Adriano Carvalho) discovers that his wife has died in labor. Confined to a decadent but desolate property in the company of his aging mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his wife’s young niece, Beatriz. Separated from her family and left alone on the rugged farmhouse in the Brazilian mountains, Beatriz finds solace in the displaced and oppressed inhabitants around her. Exploring the fraught intersection of feminism, colonialism and race that has persisted across centuries and continents, Vazante is the haunting and stunning solo directorial debut from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas.

New York: Playing now at IFC Center.
Los Angeles: Opens Jan. 26 at Laemmle Theatres.
San Francisco: Opens Jan. 19 at Opera Plaza Cinema.

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Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)
Jan
12
to Jan 18

Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)

A 1968 film, in a 4K restoration for its 50th anniversary. Post-Bay of Pigs Havana, as bourgeois, would-be writer Sergio Corrieri sees off his parents (they embrace) and wife (they don’t).  Later, his seeming best friend emigrates, too, only after a long harangue. He attempts to write, observes the city through a telescope from his très 60s apartment balcony, and wanders through the streets, book stores, and art galleries, always aware of glances from women, fantasizing about his cleaning lady - then seducing Daisy Granados’ nervous/passionate working class teen. He watches a reel of sexy scenes cut from Hollywood movies by Batista-era censors and attends a literary round table with the likes of Edmundo Desnoes (author of the original novel) and Jack Gelber (author of The Connection).  He sweats his way through an embarrassing trial, and listens to a vintage Castro rant during the Missile Crisis. All filtered through brooding voice-overs, newsreels, and hidden camera treks through the city; a character study of a post-revolution désengagée through the techniques of the New Wave and Antonioni.

New York: Opens Jan. 12 at Film Forum.

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500 Years
Jan
12
to Jan 18

500 Years

500 YEARS tells the epic story that led Guatemala to a tipping point in their history, from the genocide trial of former dictator General Ríos Montt to the popular movement that toppled sitting President Otto Pérez Molina. Focusing on universal themes of justice, racism, power and corruption, 500 YEARS tells the story from the perspective of the majority indigenous Mayan population in Guatemala, and explores their struggles in the country’s growing fight against impunity.

New Orleans: Opens Jan. 12 at Zeitgeist

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Chavela
Jan
14
to Jan 28

Chavela

Through its lyrical structure, Chavela will take viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Centered around never-before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Dayton, OH: Jan. 27 & 28 at the Neon
New York: Jan. 14, 21 & 28 at Symphony Space.

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Elis
Jan
14
to Jan 28

Elis

The life of Elis Regina, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian singer of all time, is told in this biopic film with energetic and pulsating rhythm. Winner of eight awards at the 2017 Brazilian Academy of Cinema Awards, including Best Actress for Andréia Horta as Elis Regina. The film tells the story of the singer from her arrival in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 19 , her rise to success and national and international recognition, until her tragic and early death.

New York: Jan. 14, 21 & 28 at Symphony Space.

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The Impure
Jan
16
1:15 PM13:15

The Impure

Daniel Najenson’s personal and trenchant documentary The Impure investigates the institutionalization of Jewish prostitution in Argentina in the early 20th century. During the wave of Eastern European Jewish emigration, thousands of Jewish women were lured with promises of wealth to Argentinian brothels. The prostitutes and their pimps—in some cases the husbands of the prostitutes—were also newly emigrated Jewish men, who quickly developed an expansive, flourishing underworld in Buenos Aires. They were seen as “the impure,” provoking the shame of the Argentinian Jewish community. But, as Najenson illustrates by digging up revelations of his own family’s history, “the impure” were inextricably woven into the social and political fabric of Argentinian-Jewish life.

New York: Jan. 16 at Walter Reade.

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The Secret Nation
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Secret Nation

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a military coup, this Bolivian film follows Sebastian Maisman (Reynaldo Yujra), who returns to his former Aymara village after life in the city but ultimately disgraces his community by collaborating with the corrupt government and embezzling aid money. As a rite of expiation, he decides to journey to his homeland once more and enact the ancient Jacha Tata Danzanti, a ceremony in which the performer dances himself to death as a sacrificial offering. This series of events is told through a darting, elliptical mode of continuity, inspired by the Aymara’s cyclical notion of time.

New York: Jan. 16 at Light Industry.

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Sundance Film Festival
Jan
18
to Jan 28

Sundance Film Festival

This year's festival has a strong Latino presence in both the international and domestic competitions.  Nearly half the World Cinema Dramatic Competition's films are from Latin America: Brazilian/Uruguayan Loveling, Brazilian Rust, Argentinean Queen of Fear, Mexican Tiempo Compartido and Cuban Traductor.

U.S. Latinos are represented by the dramatic entries Blindspotting by Carlos López Estrada and Monsters and Men by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Brazilian documentary Cleaners is also included.

Park City: Jan. 18 - 28. Full details here.

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Etiqueta No Rigurosa (No Dress Code Required)
Jan
21
to Jan 25

Etiqueta No Rigurosa (No Dress Code Required)

In this up-to-the-minute documentary, Victor and Fernando run a beauty salon in Baja California, Mexico. For many of their customers they were a lovely gay couple, until they decided to marry. They become the first ones in their state to fight for their rights in a place filled with homophobia and inequality, facing down the city council of Mexicali, which defies the Supreme Court ruling that allows gay marriage. Through their struggle, both in the courts and in the community, they manage to open the eyes of Mexican society, and affirm a love that fills every frame of this moving and eye opening new film.

Chicago: Jan. 21 & 25 at Siskel Film Center.

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Holy Mountain
Jan
25
to Mar 17

Holy Mountain

Legendary filmmaker/artist Jodorowsky followed up his famous 1970 cult classic El Topo with this surreal 1973 epic about a powerful alchemist who leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures through an increasingly bizarre journey to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.  The film was also written, produced, co-scored, co-edited by Jodorowsky, and produced and released by Beatles manager Allen Klein of ABKCO Music and Records.  A truly unique and unforgettable cinematic experience.

Hamtramck, MI: Jan. 25 at Oloman Next Door
New York: March 16 & 17 at IFC Center.

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Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)
Feb
2
to Mar 22

Una mujer fantástica (A Fantastic Woman)

Waitress/singer Marina (Daniela Vega) is planning for the future with her boyfriend Orlando, but her world is shaken when Orlando suddenly falls ill and passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated with suspicion and, as a transgender woman, is met with harsh judgment and discrimination by Orlando's family. The struggles she faces in the aftermath of her lover's death become a microcosm for her life, as she battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting in order to become the woman she is - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Coral Gables: Opens Feb. 9 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.
Dallas: Opens Feb. 23 at Angelika Film Center.
Dayton, OH: Opens March 16 at The Neon.
New York: Opens Feb. 2 at Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Omaha: Opens Feb. 23 at Film Streams.
Plano, TX: Opens Feb. 23 at Angelika Film Center.
San Rafael, CA: Opens Feb. 16 at Rafael Film Center.

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Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raúl Ruiz (Part 2)
Feb
9
to Feb 18

Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raúl Ruiz (Part 2)

Arguably Chile’s most internationally renowned and prolific filmmaker, Raúl Ruiz completed over one hundred films in numerous national cinemas. His mind-bending works are obsessed with questions of theology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literature, and visual expression; wildly experimental and slyly humorous; surrealist, magical realist, gothic, and neo-Baroque. This is the second part of an ongoing retrospective devoted to Ruiz, including a weeklong revival run of a new digital restoration of one of his most beloved films, Time Regained (1999).

New York: Feb. 9 - 18 at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Neighboring Scenes
Feb
28
to Mar 4

Neighboring Scenes

Now in its third year, Neighboring Scenes is the Film Society’s showcase of contemporary Latin American cinema. Highlighting impressive recent productions from across the region, this selective slate of premieres exhibits the breadth of styles, techniques, and approaches employed by Latin American filmmakers today. Neighboring Scenes spans a wide geographic rang, featuring established auteurs as well as fresh talent from the international festival scene. Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical.

New York: Feb. 28 - March 4 at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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El Topo
Mar
2
to Mar 3

El Topo

A classic cult film from Alejandro Jodorowsky. A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, "El Topo" is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away.

New York: March 2 & 3 at IFC Center.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival
Mar
15
to Mar 25

San Diego Latino Film Festival

SDLFF was born out of a desire to take a stand against the status-quo of cinema, to challenge the reigning and ever-present stereotypes about the Latino experience in movies, and to give Latino filmmakers the power of telling and sharing their stories, first-hand, about what it means to be Latino.

San Diego: March 15 - 25. Full details here.

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Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
Mar
19
to Mar 20

Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels explores the little-known story of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe and found a safe haven on the Caribbean island of Cuba. 
After a wave of Jewish refugees to Cuba in the 1920’s and 30’s, the island shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the ship the St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba changed course and took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families who, for a few years, turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers. In the factories, women work beside men, Jews beside Cubans.

Los Angeles: Opens March 19 at Laemmle Theaters.

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Zama
Apr
6
to Apr 19

Zama

This long-awaited adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 classic of Latin American modernism transports us to a remote corner of 18th-century South America, where a servant of the Spanish crown slowly loses his grip on reality. Written and directed by Lucrecia Martel, the Argentine auteur behind The Holy Girl and The Headless Woman, Zama is that rarest of creative feats: a perfect coupling of literary source material and cinematic sensibility. Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) leads a suspended existence as a sort of upper-tier government clerk in what is now Paraguay. He has not seen his wife and children in years. His relationships with his fellow Europeans are strained due to competition and confusion, while his interactions with the settlement’s Black and Indigenous servants are addled by desire and hostility. Zama’s entire sense of purpose is tied up in the promise that he will soon be delivered to his rightful position in faraway Buenos Aires, but the waiting seems endless. As time passes, Zama’s paranoia and capacity for violence burgeons — while his circumstances become only more precarious.

Nationwide: Opens April 2018.

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Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
Apr
13
to Apr 19

Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)

In the summer 1993, following the death of her parents, six years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan province to live with her aunt and uncle, who are now her new legal guardians. The country life is a challenge for Frida – time passes differently in her new home and the nature that surrounds her is mysterious and estranging. She now has a little sister for whom she has to take care of and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Yet, the family does what it can to achieve a fragile new balance and bring normality to their life. Occasional family outings to a local fiesta or a swimming pool, cooking or listening to jazz in the garden bring them moments of happiness. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay and has to adapt to the new environment. Before the season is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.

Opening spring 2018. Check here for more information.

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Landfill Harmonic
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Landfill Harmonic

The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. 100% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Coral Gables: April 14 & 15 at Coral Gables Art Cinema.

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El Futuro Perfecto (Future Perfect)
Jan
13
to Jan 14

El Futuro Perfecto (Future Perfect)

Weaving documentary fragments into a fiction narrative, Nele Wohlatz intimately describes the culture-shock experience of Xiaobin, a seventeen-year-old Chinese girl attempting to make her way in Buenos Aires, finding shelter in a furtive romance with Vijay, a young Indian man who she meets in her language class. Winner of the Best First Feature prize at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, Wohlatz’s sui generis debut finds a startling, innovative, fluid form, while announcing a new filmmaking talent.

Seattle: Jan. 13 & 14 at Northwest Film Forum.

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Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)
Jan
5
to Jan 11

Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language)

University researcher Martin (Fernando Alvarez Rebeil) turns up in a small jungle settlement in Mexico’s Vera Cruz province in search of the two remaining speakers of the Zikril language. They are two elderly men, Isauro (Manuel Poncelis) and cantankerous Evaristo (Eligio Melendez), living with his granddaughter Lluvia (Fatima Molina). Martin wants to record Isauro and Evaristo in conversation, but unfortunately for him, the old men haven’t spoken to each other for 50 years, and aren't about to start now.

Santa Fe: Playing now at Jean Cocteau Cinema

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Hermia & Helena
Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Hermia & Helena

Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York City to attend an artists’ residency to develop her new project: a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon her arrival, Camila quickly realizes that her work doesn’t compensate for the absence of her friends and boyfriend she left behind. When she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle, a former participant in the same residency, Camila second-guesses her studies altogether. The English-language debut by Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro.

New York: Dec. 30 at Museum of the Moving Image.

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Pólvora y Gloria (Brimstone & Glory)
Dec
29
to Jan 10

Pólvora y Gloria (Brimstone & Glory)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Artisans show off their technical virtuosity, up-and-comers create their own rowdy, lo-fi combustibles, and dozens of teams build larger-than-life papier-mâché bulls to parade into the town square, adorned with fireworks that blow up in all directions. More than three quarters of Tultepec’s residents work in pyrotechnics, making the festival more than revelry for revelry’s sake. It is a celebration that anchors a way of life built around a generations-old, homegrown business of making fireworks by hand. 

Austin: Jan. 7 & 10 at AFS Cinema
Hartford, CT: Opens Dec. 29 at Real Art Ways.

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 La región salvaje (The Untamed)
Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

La región salvaje (The Untamed)

Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city. Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath.

Larkspur, CA: Dec. 27 at The Lark.

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La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis)
Dec
15
to Dec 21

La larga noche de Francisco Sanctis (The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis)

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires under Argentina’s military regime, this low-key but suspenseful thriller makes a middle-aged apolitical office worker the reluctant messenger in a precarious plot to prevent the political kidnapping of two strangers. Francisco (Velázquez), a sad-faced family man, receives a call from a woman he knew in college, with a seemingly benign request to publish his student poem. Directors Márquez and Testa keep the story simmering just below the surface, floating subtle suggestions of humor even as they trigger unease and launch the threat that forces Francisco into a life-and-death odyssey that evolves in the dark empty streets just blocks from his home. 

Los Angeles: Opens Dec. 15 at Laemmle NoHo.

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Oro
Dec
15
to Dec 21

Oro

A bold group of Spanish explorers embarks on a dangerous expedition through the thick rainforests of South America in search of a fabled city of gold. At every turn, their lives are threatened by the unforgiving elements, by indigenous tribes protecting their territory, and by venomous snakes and ferocious caimans. But the biggest danger comes from within the expedition, as a toxic mix of greed, lust, and envy threatens to derail the mission. Based on the book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and starring Raul Arevalo.

Miami: Opens Dec. 15 at Tower Theater.

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Las Plantas (Plants)
Dec
14
7:15 PM19:15

Las Plantas (Plants)

Roberto Doveris’s debut feature film revolves around Florencia, a 17-year-old girl responsible for the care of her comatose older brother during the summer. Trying to survive with limited means and no assistance, she becomes obsessed with a comic book called “Las Plantas,” which depicts an invasion of earth by sentient plants who take possession of human bodies every full moon. At the same time, Florencia is going through her own sexual awakening, meeting strangers through the internet, and her monotonous daily routine begins to merge with the fantasy world of the comics and her own burgeoning desires. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film at the Berlinale and associate-produced by Alicia Scherson (The Future, Family Life), Plants is “a sexually souped-up teen psycho-thriller…an original coming-of-age tale laced with pop culture” (Variety).

New York: Dec. 15 at Anthology Film Archives.

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Señor, dame Paciencia (Lord, Give Me Patience)
Dec
8
to Dec 21

Señor, dame Paciencia (Lord, Give Me Patience)

Gregorio, an ultraconservative and uptight father is about to live out his worst nightmare on the road trip from hell. After his wife’s sudden death, he has to take her ashes to Cadiz for what he hopes will be a quiet, dignified farewell. But when his estranged gay son and his son’s black Basque fiancé  join the trip, along with his youngest daughter’s new boyfriend (a radical hippie) and oldest daughter’s husband (most upsetting of all to Gregorio…a Catalan!), all bets are off. A hilarious and heart-warming comedy that set Spain’s box offices on fire!

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater.

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Tiempo de morir (Time to Die)
Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Tiempo de morir (Time to Die)

From 1966. Back from an 18-year stretch in the pen for murder – or was it? – Jorge Martinez de Hoyos (chief villager in the original Magnificent Seven) returns to his native village to reclaim his mother’s home – the door falls off – and saddle; for the job and horse he was promised once released; and to seek out old flame Marga López (star of Buñuel’s Nazarin and Mexican acting legend) – did she wait for him? But the two sons of the man he killed, one increasingly almost reasonable, the other eaten alive by dreams of vengeance, have been counting the days. From an original story by Colombian expat and former film critic – and later Nobel laureate – Gabriel García Márquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude), and co-written with iconic Mexican novelist/essayist Carlos Fuentes (The Death of Artemio Cruz, The Old Gringo), who “Mexican-ized” Márquez’s dialogue, this was the directing debut for then-21-year-old Ripstein, future director of Deep Crimson and Hell Without Limits.

Chicago: Dec. 4 as part of Siskel Film Center's On Location series.

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Rosa Chumbe
Dec
1
to Dec 7

Rosa Chumbe

Rosa Chumbe is set in the middle of October, in the city of Lima, Peru. This is “the purple month”: the time to commemorate the Lord of Miracles, the most widely venerated image of Christ in the city, with many processions going on around downtown.  Rosa Chumbe, an indigenous, mature police officer with both a gambling and a drinking problem lives with her daughter Sheila, who has a little baby. One day, after a big fight between them, Sheila steals her mother’s savings and storms out of the house leaving her baby behind. Rosa is forced to spend some time with her grandson. Something changes inside her heart of stone. However, everything takes a wrong turn one night. Only a miracle can save her.

New York: Now playing at Cinema Village.

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The Shape of Water
Dec
1
to Jan 11

The Shape of Water

From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an other-worldly fairytale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963 topping the shortlist for Academy Awards Best Picture contenders. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation, but her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Nationwide: Opens Dec. 1. Check here for a theater near you.

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Mama se fue de Viaje (Ten Days Without Mom)
Dec
1
to Dec 21

Mama se fue de Viaje (Ten Days Without Mom)

According to Victor (Diego Peretti), his wife Vera (Carla Peterson) has it easy: she just has to drop the kids off at school, then she has the whole day to herself while he slaves away at work.  When Vera’s friend invites her on a trip to Peru, she decides to take her up on it, telling Victor if her workload is so light, surely he can handle it while she’s away. The rip-roaring disaster that ensues is the subject of this delightful comedy that beat out every film in Argentina’s box office in 2017!

Miami: Opens Dec. 1 at Tower Theater Miami.

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Los Nadie (The Nobodies)
Dec
1
to Dec 7

Los Nadie (The Nobodies)

Meet Camilo, Mechas, Manu, Ana and Pipa. Tattooed, pierced, and styled with wild hair and grunge clothing, they perform circus tricks at traffic lights, saving up money to go traveling. Overbearing parents, religious austerity and a distinct lack of prospects are forcing these kids out of the city, chasing freedom. Shot in softly focused black-and-white, the film displays a clean monochromatic aesthetic that contradicts the anarchic attitude of our central characters.

San Francisco: Opens Dec. 1 at the Roxie Theater.

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Gurumbé
Dec
1
to Dec 7

Gurumbé

Flamenco is synonymous with Spanish culture. Since its inception, theorists have sidelined the fundamental contribution of Afro-Andalusians. Commercial exploitation of the American colonies brought hundreds of Africans to Spain to be sold as slaves, forming a population who over time managed to gain space in a society wrought with racial prejudices. Music and dance were a fundamental part of their expression and the most important affirmation of their identity. As the black population began to disappear from Spain in the late 19th century, so too did their contribution to this extraordinary art form. In Gurumbé, their story is finally told.

New York: Now playing at Cinema Village.

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Santa y Andrés
Dec
1
to Dec 7

Santa y Andrés

Set in 1983, the second feature from Cuban writer-director Carlos Lechuga (Melaza) chronicles the human encounter between Andrés, a novelist ostracized for his “ideological problems” and his sexuality, and Santa, a woman charged with keeping this ostensibly dangerous dissident from disrupting a political event and gaining the attention of the foreign press. Santa & Andrés is at once intimate and expansive, a chamber drama whose central action is a dialogue between two souls on either side of a profound cultural divide. Proximity inevitably prompts captive and warden to realize how much they have in common—and how completely the last six decades have affected the Cuban psyche. 

New York: Playing now at Cinema Village.

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Uma Loucura de Mulher (Mad About Her)
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Uma Loucura de Mulher (Mad About Her)

Gero is a local politician dazzled by the chance to become state governor. But when his wife Lucia slaps an influential politician at a party after he takes some liberties with her and the photo lands on the front pages, Gero, following the advice of his closest associate, decides to send her to a mental asylum. Lucia flees to Rio de Janeiro where she runs into childhood sweetheart Raposo and soon the embers of that old romance are rekindled. Fearing another political scandal, Gero goes after Lucia hoping to win her back.

Chicago: Nov. 28 as part of Reel Film Club.

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Cuba and the Cameraman
Nov
24
to Nov 30

Cuba and the Cameraman

For the past 42 years director Jon Alpert (Alive Day Memories, Baghdad ER) has been following Fidel Castro and three Cuban families affected by his policies. Their lives put us right in the roller coaster of the Cuban Revolution. Because of Alpert's unique access to the island, and the trust and friendships earned over decades, this film is a candid and revealing never-before-seen portrait of Cuba.

Los Angeles: Playing now at Monica Film Center. 
New York: Playing now at IFC Center.

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O Filme da Minha Vida (The Movie of My Life)
Nov
24
to Nov 30

O Filme da Minha Vida (The Movie of My Life)

Based on the novel "A Distant Father" by novelist and playwright Antonio Skármeta (IL POSTINO and NO), THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE is set in beautiful southern Brazil. Tony, the son of a Frenchman and a Brazilian woman, is a young man with a profound love of cinema and poetry. After graduating from college he returns to his small town in rural Brazil to find out that his father had left for good. Tony then turns to the company of his father's friends in search of information and references of a lost male role model. He becomes a school teacher and a male role model to the children in an attempt to provide them with something he lacks himself. A series of developments lead him to a surprising lead on his father’s whereabouts and reasons for leaving.

Los Angeles: Playing now at Laemmle Music Hall.

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Abracadabra
Nov
24
to Dec 7

Abracadabra

Carmen (Maribel Verdú) lives on the outskirts of Madrid with her husband Carlos (Antonio de la Torre). She's an ordinary housewife who's devoted to her family and he's a construction worker and soccer fan who lives and breathes for Real Madrid. One day their routine lives change forever. At a wedding reception, Carmen’s cousin Pepe (José Mota), an amateur hypnotist, gives a demonstration. He asks for a volunteer from the audience and a skeptical Carlos agrees. The next morning Carlos starts behaving strangely - something went wrong and now he's possessed by a spirit. Together the cousins begin a surreal, comical investigation to bring him back, while Carmen starts to feel curiously attracted to her “new” husband.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Como Cortar a Tu Patan (How To Break Up With Your Douchebag)
Nov
24
to Nov 30

Como Cortar a Tu Patan (How To Break Up With Your Douchebag)

The romantic comedy stars Mariana Treviño (“Club de Cuervos”) as a therapist who’s single and focused on her job –  helping women end bad relationships with douchebags. When she discovers that her sister (Camila Sodi, “Amor de mis amores”) is in enamored of a womanizing jerk, she embarks on a plan that brings her face-to-face her greatest fear … love.

San Diego: Playing now at Digital Gym.

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African Diaspora International Film Festival
Nov
24
to Dec 10

African Diaspora International Film Festival

ADIFF-NY 2017 has a selection of films about the Black/Afro-Latino/Indigenous and Hispanic Experience that speaks to the reality of people of color in those parts of the world. These films explore race relations and other issues Latin/Hispanic people of color confront on a daily basis. Films from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and the USA are included. That's too many to list here, but one highlight is:

La Playa D.C., Colombia 2012
Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager, grows up surrounded by exclusion and racism. When his younger brother and closest friend disappears, Thomas hits the streets to finds his brother. 

New York: Nov. 24 - Dec. 10. Full lineup and details here.

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Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)
Nov
17
to Nov 23

Poesía sin fin (Endless Poetry)

Through Alejandro Jodorowsky's autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile where he met Enrique Lihn, Stella Díaz Varín, Nicanor Parra... at the time promising young but unknown artists who would later become the titans of twentieth-century Hispanic literature. He grew inspired by the beauty of existence alongside these beings, exploring life together, authentically and freely. A tribute to Chile's artistic heritage, Endless Poetry is also an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one's life forever.

Amherst, MA: Nov. 17 at Amherst Cinema.

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Cine Latino
Nov
16
to Nov 19

Cine Latino

Cine Latino 2017 will be an opportunity for audience members to view some of the best Latin American and Iberian films being made today, meet and connect with talented visiting filmmakers from those regions, and participate in a variety of engaging film-related events: workshops, panels and parties, with great food and music to round out the experience. In 2017, Cine Latino will focus its celebration on Mexico, whose cinematic traditions are one of the most important in the world. Here's on highlight:

Mala Junta (Bad Influence), Chile, 2016
Arrested after a violent gas station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano (Andrew Bargsted) is remanded to the custody of his father, Javier (Francisco Pérez-Bannen), an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward Cheo (Eliseo Fernández), whose indigenous Mapuche community fights against the displacement and destruction wrought by a massive local pulp mill. The connection between the two boys quickly deepens against the pressures of schoolyard cruelty and the troubled home lives of each, forcing a reckoning between each young man and the world around him in this extraordinary debut feature from writer/director Claudia Huaiquimilla.

Minneapolis/St. Paul: Nov. 16 - 19 at various venues.

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The Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale
Nov
15
to Nov 19

The Latino & Iberian Film Festival at Yale

The Latino and Iberian Film Festival (LIFFY) at Yale strives to promote cultural awareness and understanding by presenting films from diverse countries where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. LIFFY audiences will enjoy post-screening conversations with filmmakers, actors, and film producers from many of the films featured in the Festival.

New Haven: Nov. 15 - 19. Full lineup here. All films have English subtitles and are free and open to the public.

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Born in East L.A.
Nov
13
to Nov 14

Born in East L.A.

Cheech Marin writes, directs and stars in Born in East L.A., a hip, outrageous comedy that’s based on his best-selling record parody. The story follows Rudy (Marin), an American of Hispanic descent, whose south-of-the-border looks show him no mercy during an immigration raid in a migrant worker factory. As his luck goes, he is caught with neither money nor his ID and is deported to Mexico – without speaking a word of Spanish! Unable to contact his vacationing family or his newly immigrated cousin (played by comedian Paul Rodriguez), Rudy is in for a crazy ride as he tries every legal – and illegal – scheme he can think of to get back home to the States. He finds himself in jail, in love, and practically in-sane! Trouble follows him everywhere as he runs from la migra in this case of mistaken – or rather misplaced – identity.

Santa Ana: Nov. 13 & 14 at The Frida Cinema.

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