El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)
Sep
20
to Mar 31

El Ultimo Traje (The Last Suit)

At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up in a retirement home and are even trying to convince him to amputate his disabled limb. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he’s planned a one-way trip to the other side of the world.

Nationwide: Playing now. Check here for a theater near you.

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Chicago Latino Film Festival
Mar
28
to Apr 11

Chicago Latino Film Festival

One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious Latino film festivals celebrates its 35th birthday in 2019! The Festival promotes Latino culture in the United States by presenting the best and most recent films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. The Festival is non-competitive. However, the most popular feature narrative, documentary and short are given the Audience Choice Award.

Chicago: March 28 - April 11. More info here.

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Cine Las Americas
May
1
to May 5

Cine Las Americas

The 22nd Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival presents world-class narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental, animation, and music video selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinxs in the U.S. and the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about Indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

Austin, TX: May 1 - 5. Full details here.

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Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
May
30
to Jun 2

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) was established in 2012 and has become the Greater Philadelphia region’s only festival showcasing the extraordinary and innovative work of emerging and established Latin American and Latino filmmakers. Each year, the Festival includes screenings of ground-breaking works from all genres. Festival programs attract a diverse audience, developing a new space in the Philadelphia region where filmmakers, actors, and producers can meet with other artists, engage with audiences and present and discuss innovative work.

Philadelphia: May 30 - June 2. Full details here.

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Tivoli
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Tivoli

In Alberto Isaac’s backstage drama about the Tívoli, a run-down burlesque theater, corrupt politicians live by flagrant double standards – despite being regular attendees at its naked karate acts, erotic religious pageants, and other travesties, they publicly bluster about its obscenity as a blight on the community. From 1975.

Seattle: Feb. 17 at the Northwest Film Forum.

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Pájaros de verano
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Pájaros de verano

In 1970s Colombia, a narco-trafficking era known as “la Bonanza Marimbera” pulls an indigenous Wayuu family into the fray as they enter the booming business of selling marijuana to Americans. Led by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayuu way of life. The strong and impulsive women and men must fight to maintain their livelihoods, culture, and traditions.

To be released February 2019.

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Cascabel
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cascabel

A young theater and film director is hired by a governmental institution to make a documentary about the Lacandones. Upon getting more familiar with the indigenous people, he realizes that the script he has been given to work with depicts a false reality, which leaves him with an existential crisis that throws his life into stark perspective. Raúl Araiza’s film is focused on exposing social problems of Chiapas, reflecting on political demagogy, data manipulation, and official censorship. From 1977.

Seattle: Jan. 20 at Northwest Film Forum.

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Antoni Gaudí
Dec
21
to Dec 30

Antoni Gaudí

A cult film by Hiroshi Teshigahara (WOMAN OF THE DUNES), inspired by the wild, undulating, joyously erupting forms of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí.  Teshigahara's eye for texture, shape, and sensual detail meets Gaudí's whimsy in the cinematic exploration of such masterpieces of visionary architecture as the basilica of La Sagrada Família.  The contemporary of artists such as Picasso and Joan Miró, Gaudí drew on Barcelona's medieval Romanesque architecture and ancient Arab culture for his inspiration.  This film reveals the intricacy and hallucinatory richness of his concepts through camerawork alone. Forgoing narration, Teshigahara accompanies his images with a brilliantly eclectic selection of music, ranging from baroque harpsichord to glass orchestra. 

Chicago: Opens Dec. 21 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Feliz Año Tijuana
Dec
14
to Dec 20

Feliz Año Tijuana

The reckless air of a border town gives extra flavor to a Mexican New Year’s Eve when the night urges Latin American Studies professor Alejandro (Deveze) into the waiting arms of temptation. A missed flight to his home in León strands the cautious middle-aged professor in Tijuana, where the town’s seedy air suggests danger, but the energy in the streets issues an irresistible invitation. After an unexpected encounter with pretty blonde former student Ana (Veta), an American, he joins a party of reveling academics. It’s the first course in an evening laced with comic undertones that will evolve into a tangled odyssey of new sights, new emotions, and a dangerous attraction. Director van Baal (LARGO) makes superb use of Tijuana’s colorful panorama of street action as Alejandro mixes with the vendors, mystery characters, sex workers, and would-be friends who will challenge his status quo.

Chicago: Opens Dec. 14 at Siskel Film Center.

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Ata tu arado a una estrella
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Ata tu arado a una estrella

In 1997 the Argentine filmmaker Fernando Birri returned to his home country to film a documentary on the 30th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara and the relevance of utopias at that time. Carmen Guarini decided to record those moments. A rough edit of this film was hidden away on a fragile VHS tape for twenty years. Today, these images come to life and shed some light on the life of this Latin American poet and master filmmaker, who, at the age of 92, still refused to give up on his own utopias. With Fernando Birri, Eduardo Galeano, Ernesto Sabato, León Ferrari, Tanya Valette.

San Francisco: Dec. 12 at the Roxie. A Q&A via Skype with director Carmen Guarini will follow the screening.

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Roma
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Roma

The most personal project to date from Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También), Roma follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in Mexico City’s middle-class Roma neighborhood. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst Mexico’s political turmoil of the 1970s.

Worldwide: Releases in December. Check the website for details.

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Cocote
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Cocote

Cocote follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act — especially for him, an Evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out. 

Boulder: Nov. 30. More details here.

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Pendular
Nov
30
to Dec 6

Pendular

In an empty loft an unnamed young couple—a sculptor and a dancer—stick orange-colored tape to the floor to demarcate two identically sized areas: one space is to be her dance studio and the other his sculpture workshop. An open plan kitchen and a mattress turn the place into a home and we observe them engage in a sexual relationship, thereby setting the stage for a low-key psychosexual drama centered around the couple's erotic, artistic, and everyday rituals. Afterwards, they always retreat behind their dividing lines as a means to inspire their creativity. Before long, he begins to use her space for his large sculptures, and she uses them for her choreography. This interplay between intimacy and rivalry is designed to empower their mutual goal of constantly exploring themselves anew. However, the man begins to experience a growing desire to have a child with her, as they slowly lose their capacity of distinguishing between their artistic projects, their past and their romantic relationship. Filmmaker Júlia Murat playfully explores their yearning to belong, as they begin to challenge both their artistic identities as well as their identity as a couple.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 30 at Facets.

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La pasión según Berenice
Nov
25
7:30 PM19:30

La pasión según Berenice

What is the passion of Berenice (Martha Navarro)—a widow, teacher, and caretaker of her invalid godmother? “Hate,” she replies. “I know that very well. And I assure you, there’s nothing like it.” The object of her hate, as well as her lust, is Rodrigo (Pedro Armendáriz Jr.), the handsome son of her godmother’s doctor. Berenice is a character driven by contradictions and marked, literally, by mysteries. Writer/director Jaime Humberto Hermosillo is perversely uninterested in reconciling these contradictions: to reconcile them would be to dull them. Instead, via a coolly observational visual style and rigorous characterization, he keeps them disparate yet together. From 1976.

Seattle: Nov. 25 at Northwest Film Forum.

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El libro de Lila
Nov
24
to Dec 8

El libro de Lila

The border that divides storybooks from everyday life dissolves in Colombian writer-director Marcela Rincón González’s marvelous animated adventure about a very special girl trying to find her way home.

Lila is a character from a children’s book who accidentally winds up caught in the world of her readers. The only person who can help Lila return to her rightful place is Ramón, the book’s owner, but he’s grown up now, has stopped reading and, most problematic of all, has lost his sense of wonder. Lila and her new pal Manuela are determined to convince Ramón of Lila’s plight, but in order to retrieve Lila’s book they must traverse the treacherous Desert of Lost Memories.

Miami: Nov. 24, Dec. 2 & 8 at Tower Theater.

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Cielo
Nov
23
to Nov 29

Cielo

Set in Chile’s Atacama Desert, CIELO explores the sublime night sky, employing an elegant, unusual use of time-lapse photography to capture the movements of a breathtaking astronomical tableau. Filmmaker Alison McAlpine’s thoughtful narration and the ambient sounds of the desert are blended with otherworldly music and affecting moments of deep silence. The resulting meditation on the heavens is a mystical paean to the beauty of the sky and an inspiring vision of a universe that we both see and cannot see. The Atacama – with its high-altitude setting (between the Andes and Chilean Coast Mountains), aridity (the driest non-polar place in the world, receiving an average of only .6 inches of rain per year), and near-complete lack of cloud cover and light pollution – is an ideal place to appreciate the firmament. CIELO is a distinctively cinematic reverie on these night skies, as experienced by astronomers at the La Silla, Paranal, and Las Campanas observatories, as well as local farmers, cowboys, and miners.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 23 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Las Sandinistas!
Nov
21
to Dec 4

Las Sandinistas!

Heroines of Nicaragua's 1979 Sandinista Revolution get their due in this documentary that underlines for posterity the leading role of women in the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) through present-day encounters with the female leaders who made it happen. First-person accounts by key women, including former commander Dora Maria Téllez, reveal how thousands of sheltered country girls and home-bound wives and mothers answered the call of the nation's struggle for social and economic justice to become warriors who shattered gender barriers and matched or bested the men in combat against the troops of the totalitarian Somosa regime in the U.S.-backed Contra War. Compelling historical interviews and combat footage serve to create then-and-now portraits of the film's featured interview subjects, who ushered in a new era of equality, only to see their place in history gradually diminished and erased under the administration of Nicaragua's current president Daniel Ortega.

Chicago: Opens Nov. 30 at the Siskel Film Center.
New York: Opens Nov. 21 at Film Forum.

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Based in Havana
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Based in Havana

Through a range of differing and subjective perspectives on the complexities of present-day Cuba, a group of documentary filmmakers from the renowned International School of Film and Television (EICTV), craft multiple narratives in collaboration with local production crews and one another. Made within the confines of a specific geographical and temporal frame, the shorts series Based in Havana, marries visions of the outsider looking in with those of the insider looking out, creating nuanced views of contemporary realities, often cast one dimensionally.

Detroit: Nov. 19. Presented by Cinema Lamont.

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Alanis
Nov
16
to Nov 22

Alanis

Sofía Gala stars in ALANIS, a clear-eyed and unsentimental film about  a young Buenos Aires mother who finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her. Winner of Best Actress and Best Director at San Sebastián Film Festival.

San Diego: Opens Nov. 16 at Digital Gym.

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Cortadito
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Cortadito

CORTADITO is the Gene Siskel Film Center's inaugural Panorama Latinx short film showcase, celebrating Latinx and Afro-latinx filmmakers residing in the Chicago area.

Though not limited to these topics, CORTADITO welcomes films relating to contemporary Latin American issues of migration, displacement, cultural celebration, intersectionality, indigeneity, colorism, and brown resilience.

Chicago: Nov. 10 at the Siskel Film Center.

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El Angel
Nov
9
to Dec 14

El Angel

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos (Lorenzo Ferro) is a seventeen-year-old with movie star swagger, blond curls and a baby face. As a young boy, he coveted other people’s things, but it wasn’t until his early adolescence that his true calling—to be a thief—manifested itself. When he meets Ramon (Chino Darín) at his new school, Carlitos is immediately drawn to him and starts showing off to get his attention. Together they will embark on a journey of discovery, love and crime; killing is just a random offshoot  of the violence, which continues  to escalate until Carlitos is finally  apprehended. Because of his angelic appearance,  the press dubs Carlitos "The Angel of Death." Showered  with attention because of his beauty, he becomes an overnight celebrity.

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Cine Latino
Nov
8
to Nov 15

Cine Latino

Cine Latino Minneapolis St. Paul showcases 13 features from across North and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain—five of which are best foreign-language Oscar submissions—along with 13 short films. This year, Cine Latino puts the Spotlight on Women in Film, strong and talented women, both behind and in front of the camera, from around the Spanish-speaking world.

Minneapolis: Nov. 8 - 11. Full lineup and details here.

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Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Coco Fusco: Cuba Portraits

For more than 30 years, interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco has explored notions of race, identity, and power through video and performance. She presents two intimate artist portraits centered on concepts of the body, state control, and expurgation, investigating their effects on artistic production and political discourse in Cuba. LA CONFESIÓN explores the public confession of poet and accused counterrevolutionary Heberto Padilla, while LA BOTELLA AL MAR DE MARÍA ELENA focuses on the state intimidation of political reformer María Elena Cruz Varela. These portraits examine the relationship of art and artists to our contemporary political moment.

Chicago: Nov. 8 at the Siskel Film Center.

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Loft Film Fest
Nov
8
to Nov 15

Loft Film Fest

Several Latin American films are featured in this year’s fest, including the Colombian films Matar a Jesus and Pájaros de verano; Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and The Guardians from Mexico; Chilean Tarde para morir joven; and:

¡Las Sandinistas!, Nicaragua/USA, 2018.

¡Las Sandinistas! reveals the untold stories of Nicaraguan women warriors and social revolutionaries who shattered barriers to lead combat and social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista Revolution, the ensuing US-backed Contra War, and documents their leadership in the continuing struggle for justice today. The film reveals a magical moment in world history when thousands of female rebel fighters transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership. Nicaraguan women from every social class fought on the front lines on an unprecedented scale in the Sandinista rebel army, and after the defeat of the brutal Somoza dictatorship, these same women pioneered groundbreaking nationwide medical, social, and education programs. Today, as the current Sandinista government is erasing these women’s stories of heroism, social reform, and military accomplishments from history books, these same women are fighting to reclaim history – and are once again leading inspiring popular movements for equality and democracy.

Tucson: Nov. 8 - 15. Full lineup and details here.

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DOC NYC
Nov
8
to Nov 15

DOC NYC

This year’s edition features several films from U.S.-based Latinos. Here’s one highlight:

Harvest Season, US, 2018
Lush and luxurious, California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys are known for their top-notch wine making. The unsung heroes of the industry are the vineyard workers and small producers, who lovingly oversee all aspects of the wine-making process, from vine to vintage. Unfolding over the course of one of the most dramatic harvests in history, Bernardo Ruiz’s film follows three people whose lives are rooted in wine making, immersing the audience in the challenging and unpredictable process.

New York: Nov. 8 - 15. Full lineup and details here.

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Mi Querida Cofradía (Hopelessly Devout)
Nov
2
to Nov 21

Mi Querida Cofradía (Hopelessly Devout)

When Ignacio manages to secure a highly-respectable position at the local religious guild, Carmen, a devout Catholic woman who was confidently pursuing the same title, refuses to concede gracefully. Her scheme to overthrow him, however, ultimately leads to chain of hysterical and comically inconvenient events that often include an eccentric mix of characters. Marta Diaz De Lope Diaz’s first feature film playfully challenges conventional norms in this screwball comedy where chaos ensues in every corner.

Miami: Playing now at Tower Theater Miami.

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Virginia Film Festival
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Virginia Film Festival

This year’s festival includes several Latin American films: Argentina’s El Angel, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Paraguay’s Las Herederas and:

Pájaros de verano, Colombia, 2018.
In 1970s Colombia, a narco-trafficking era known as “la Bonanza Marimbera” pulls an indigenous Wayuu family into the fray as they enter the booming business of selling marijuana to Americans. Led by matriarch Ursula Pushaina, the “Birds of Passage”—drug runners—face the constant risk of violence and incarceration from the outsiders in Northern Colombia. The cultural differences between the native population and the newcomers begin a brutal war that threatens to destroy the Wayuu way of life. The strong and impulsive women and men must fight to maintain their livelihoods, culture, and traditions.

Charlottesville: Nov. 1 - 4. Full lineup and details here.

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As Boas Maneiras
Oct
26
to Dec 19

As Boas Maneiras

Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans. With powerful visuals and an impecable cinematography (by Zama’s Rui Poças), Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

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Georgia Latino Film Festival
Oct
26
to Oct 28

Georgia Latino Film Festival

A place in Georgia where Latino film executives, directors and artists at the forefront of the Latino Film, TV, new media and animation industry can come together to discuss the future of our industry and create a vehicle to develop the next generation of Georgia Latino filmmakers. Includes films, workshops, and panels.

Atlanta: Oct. 26 - 28. Full lineup and details here.

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NewFest
Oct
24
to Oct 30

NewFest

NewFest, an international LGBT film festival, has films from Peru (Retablo), Colombia (Eva + Candela), Paraguay (Las Herederas), Brazil (Hard Paint), and many more.

Here’s one highlight:

Bixa Travesty, Brazil
Black Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada weaponizes the trans body and music for political protest. Linn and childhood friend Jup do Bairro use extravagantly costumed music performances to dazzle audiences while opposing their country’s white heteronormative order. Figuring her embodied existence as resistance, Linn eschews the role of cis woman, choosing a fluid gender identity instead. Full of funny and intimate moments, the film advocates for personal choice against a society that imposes static gender identity.

New York: Oct. 24 - 30. Full lineup and details here.

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Hola Mexico Film Festival Tour
Oct
19
to Oct 25

Hola Mexico Film Festival Tour

The Hola Mexico Film Festival is the largest festival of Mexican cinema outside Mexico. The Hola Mexico Tour 2018 brings 8 of the best Mexican films that appeared during the 2018 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles, including Me Gusta pero Me Asusta, Camino a Marte, Vuelven, Los Adioses, and more.

San Diego: October 19 - 25. Full lineup and details here.

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