Over the course of a week, 15 must-see Latino films will premiere, curated by the San Diego Latino Film Festival. A couple highlights:
Cien Años de Perdón (One Hundred Years of Forgiveness), Argentina/Spain
On a torrentially rainy morning in Valencia, six men enter a bank shortly after it opens and commence a hold-up. They don plastic masks that do not completely obscure their faces yet strip them of all distinguishing characteristics, giving the proceedings a frightening twist of perversity. These thieves are clearly human, yet they are acting monstrously.
When theatre actor Julián (Ricardo Darín) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara), the encounter is bittersweet. This reunion is their first meeting in many years, triggered by Julián’s diagnosis with a serious illness. Tomás is baffled by his friend’s decision to forgo continued treatment and instead focus on putting his affairs in order: distributing possessions, reconciling past disputes, and, most importantly, finding a home for his beloved Staffordshire terrier, Truman. Over four days, as the two men walk the streets of Madrid visiting bookshops, restaurants, doctors, and veterinarians, they examine their lives, speculating on what the future holds.
San Diego: August 26 - Sept. 1. Full lineup and details here.