Cine Latino is Minnesota’s largest showcase of Spanish-language cinema from around the world. Here's a couple highlights:
La Ciénaga - Entre el Mar y la Tierra (Between the Land and the Sea), Colombia 2016
Afflicted with dystonia, a rare condition that degrades the body’s muscles, Alberto (Manolo Cruz in a fearless performance) has lain bedridden for most of his 28 years, cared for by his doting, protective mother Rosa (Vicky Hernandez) in their small shack perched above Colombia’s Caribbean coast, his few connections to the world being a small mirror used to look outside and cherished visits from his beautiful childhood friend Giselle (Viviana Serna). When Giselle’s efforts to get Alberto medical attention through her job at a local NGO threaten Rosa’s caretaker role, the mother’s fiercely protective instincts take over, leading to a desperate and devastating resolution.
Como funcionan casi todas las cosas (How Most Things Work), Argentina 2015
Stuck in a dead-end job as a tollbooth operator in the middle of the Argentinian desert, Celina (Veronica Gerez) quietly yearns for connection with the world outside as well as with the mother who left her as a child. When her father dies unexpectedly, Celina quickly takes over his job as a traveling encyclopedia salesperson, falling under the wing of veteran saleswoman Raquel (Pilar Gamboa, The Fire) and setting out on her first trip away from home, a journey of facing the mysteries of adulthood, of the beauty of unexpected graces and of perhaps even finding what was once lost.
Minneapolis/St. Paul: Nov. 11 - 17. More details on their website.