PIFF has a good selection of Latin American films. Here are a couple highlights - check out their website for more.
El Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen), Argentina
Daniel (Oscar Martinez), a Nobel Prize-winning author, accepts an invitation to visit his hometown in Argentina for the first time in 40 years. The small town of Salas and its residents have been the inspiration for all of his books and now they want to extend him their “Distinguished Citizen” award. After a hero’s welcome, he soon learns to expect the unexpected from the real people whose lives he used to create the characters in his novels. Duprat’s sharp, witty film is this year’s Argentine submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Eldorardo XXI, Portugal/France
Set at 18,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes and focused on a community of exploited miners in the small village of La Rinconada, Lamas’s probing and uniquely-structured film questions both the means and the ends of material extraction—from both the earth and from the people who do the work. In the aural collage of the film’s first half, troubling personal testimony intermingles with the “official word,” creating a subtle cacophony of conflict. Later, scenes of intense natural beauty in the highest human settlement in the world are complicated by the presence of brutal manual labor, but in the end Lamas’s searching work has a profound empathy written all over it.
Portland, OR: Feb. 9 - 25. Full lineup and details here.