Lots of great Latin films at this year's Milwaukee Film Festival. In addition to their Passport: Mexico section (eight films, including Purgatorio), Pelo Malo, Vivir es facil con ojos cerrados and Libertador are included.
Los insolitos peces gato (The Amazing Catfish), Mexico
Sept. 27, Oct. 2, Oct. 7
A celebration of family in all of its messy beauty, 'The Amazing Catfish' is a gorgeously shot, female-driven dramedy. Claudia, 22 and completely alone, meets Martha, terminally ill and mother of four. A chance placement of adjoining hospital beds binds these two women together, with Claudia growing as she becomes caretaker for Martha and her tightly knit brood.
Tercera llamada (Last Call), Mexico
Sept. 26, 29, and 30
Opening night fast approaches for a Mexican theater company’s production of Camus’ existential epic 'Caligula', but behind the curtains chaos is unfolding—a director on the verge of a nervous breakdown, her drug-addled failed actress assistant, and a male stripper turned stagehand are just a few of the colorful characters that comprise the comedic ensemble of 'Last Call.' This stage door farce (which pulled off a clean sweep of the Guadalajara Film Festival) allows for multiple stars to shine while also granting moments of genuine pathos amid its comic revelry as actors leave, sets are scrapped and a bona fide stage disaster appears imminent.
Milwaukee: Sept. 25 - Oct. 9. A full lineup and details here.