The Denver Film Festival has put together a special selection of films from Latin America. A couple highlights:
El 5 de Talleres (El Cinco), Argentina
The story of Patón, an aging player in a C-league Buenos Aires soccer team. When he’s suspended for three months for rough play, he does a stint in jail after assaulting a fan then turns to boozing. Realizing he needs to take a different path, he turns to his plucky and adoring wife, Ale, who helps him go back to school. As he attempts (and fails) at a number of projects, she returns from each setback with new encouragement. He struggles to adjust to real life, but Ale is steadfast, and her sense of humor brings them together.
La Mujer de Barro (The Mud Woman), Chile
In need of money to join her brother in Santiago, María, a single mother in her forties, leaves her young daughter Teresa in the care of a friend and returns after a decade-long absence to work as a grape picker in northern Chile. When tragedy strikes, María is pushed to the breaking point and sets out to wage revenge for her own suffering and that of exploited workers.
Denver: Nov. 4 - 15. Full lineup and details on their website.