O Menino e o Mundo (Boy and the World), Brazil
Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Academy Award-nominated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color. Cuca’s cozy rural life is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, Cuca embarks on a journey that unfolds like a tapestry – the film’s stunning visuals becoming more complex as his small world expands. The story of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child, Boy and the World depicts a clash between village and city, nature and industry, the rich and the poor – and despite the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song.
El Clan, Argentina
This tense true-crime thriller recounts the astonishing true story of a seemingly normal Argentine family that secretly ran a deadly kidnapping ring. On the surface the Puccios look like most other families. Steely-eyed patriarch Arquimedes is coolly efficient, his “hits” meticulously planned, but he relies above all on his eldest son, a famed member of the national rugby team. Alex shares in the ransom money; his mother and other siblings are blissfully unaware, or else choose to ignore what is happening right under their noses. Perpetrated in the wake of the 1970s military junta, their crimes are indistinguishable from, and enabled by, political violence
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