Cine Latino 2017 will be an opportunity for audience members to view some of the best Latin American and Iberian films being made today, meet and connect with talented visiting filmmakers from those regions, and participate in a variety of engaging film-related events: workshops, panels and parties, with great food and music to round out the experience. In 2017, Cine Latino will focus its celebration on Mexico, whose cinematic traditions are one of the most important in the world. Here's on highlight:
Mala Junta (Bad Influence), Chile, 2016
Arrested after a violent gas station robbery, troubled Santiago youth Tano (Andrew Bargsted) is remanded to the custody of his father, Javier (Francisco Pérez-Bannen), an auto mechanic living in the small mountain community of Wallmapu. Soon the wayward teen befriends shy, awkward Cheo (Eliseo Fernández), whose indigenous Mapuche community fights against the displacement and destruction wrought by a massive local pulp mill. The connection between the two boys quickly deepens against the pressures of schoolyard cruelty and the troubled home lives of each, forcing a reckoning between each young man and the world around him in this extraordinary debut feature from writer/director Claudia Huaiquimilla.
Minneapolis/St. Paul: Nov. 16 - 19 at various venues.