Film Programs

CineLatino

As a nod to the popularity of one of our newer mini-festivals, CineLatino, the DFF programming team has assembled some of the year’s most anticipated films from Mexico and South America. Celebrate the diversity of Latino culture as you dip your toes into the warm cinematic currents coming from the south.

América
USA 2018 76 min.

Jocular and wrenching by turns, this poignant documentary centers on the plight of a young circus performer in Mexico and his brothers as they put their dreams for life on hold to care for their grandmother, América—who at 93 has more life of her own in her than even advanced dementia can contain.

The Angel
Argentina 2018 119 min.

As unabashedly stylish as its subject purportedly was, this dramatization of the life and crimes of Argentinian robber and serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch (who remains in prison today) examines the perverse sway beauty can hold over our sense of morality. Pedro Almodóvar co-produced.

Birds of Passage
Colombia 2018 125 min.

This epic follow-up to Embrace of the Serpent (DFF38) depicts the origins of the Colombian drug trade. When an indigenous family begins selling marijuana to Americans in the 1970s, greed and passion collide and a fratricidal war breaks out, risking ancestral ways of life, and actual lives.

Everybody Knows
Spain 2018 132 min.

Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo Darín star in this suspenseful tale of love and betrayal, secrets and lies set during a wedding amid the vineyards of Spain. Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, DFF34; The Salesman, DFF39) directs.

Last Stop
Mexico 2017 6 min.

The street vendors’ offerings are not what they seem.

Loveling
Brazil 2018 97 min.

A mother’s love knows no bounds—and neither does her anxiety—in this heartfelt and humorous family drama about the oldest son of a close-knit but sometimes chaotic Brazilian family leaving the nest for opportunities overseas.

Our Song to War
Belgium 2018 14 min.

Crocodile men, a mystic river, some kids who like fishing, and a war share the same Colombian land: Bojaya. In this place, villagers have strange beliefs and celebrate the Novenario death ritual.

DFF41 Matinee: Roma
USA 2018 135 min.

Celebrated auteur Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También) based Mexico’s submission to the 2019 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film loosely on his own childhood to craft a black-and-white, yet profoundly colorful, family saga–meets–slice of working-class life in 1970s Mexico City.

Rust
Brazil 2018 100 min.

The budding relationship of teenagers Tati and Renet is derailed when a video of Tati having sex with her ex-boyfriend is leaked to their classmates. The consequences are dire in this wrenching Brazilian disquisition on coming of age in the digital era.

The Summer of the Electric Lion
Chile 2018 20 min.

Alonso accompanies his sister Daniela, who is to become the seventh wife of a mysterious prophet.

The Wolf House
Chile 2018 74 min.

Banished from her home and pursued by a wolf, Maria finds shelter and relief in a home inhabited by pigs—but events quickly take a twisted turn in this Chilean fable made wondrous through stop-action animation, painstakingly crafted with paper, paint, tape, and other objects come to life.

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