Latin America Cinema

By Alice's definition, Latin America includes all the films we have from Mexico and South America. Largely represented here are the films of Mexico and Brazil, but there are also treasures from Argentina, Cuba and Colombia. Many of these films are set against a political or religious backdrop, particularly those from South America. For example the searing social commentary of 'City of God' leaves the viewer not only with the memory of an electrifying and well-crafted film but an insight into the harsh realities of Brazilian street kids. Celebrated film maker Hector Babenco did the same with the brutal but incredible, Pixote (1981), then turned to political prisoners with the fantastic 'Kiss of the Spiderwoman' (1985). Mexican films defy categorisation and cover subjects from dog fights ('Amores Perros') to young love ('Y Tu Mama Tambien') to sci-fi ('Cronos). Robert Rodriguez began his career here with 'El Mariachi'. New talents emerging include Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Alex de la Iglesia, and Guillermo del Toro who like Rodriguez has already made the move to Hollywood. To find films from a specific country use the By Country link to the left.

7 Boxes (2012)

Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori
Starring: Celso Franco, Victor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez

A.k.a. "7 cajas". It's Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of... Read more

Abel (2010)

Director: Diego Luna
Starring: Jose Maria Yazpik, Karina Gidi, Christopher Ruiz-Esparza

Abel, a nine-year-old boy, has stopped talking since his good-for-nothing father left home. Then one morning he starts to speak again, and appears to... Read more

Alamar (2009)

Director: Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio
Starring: Natan Palombini, Jorge Machado

Before his 5-year-old son, Natan, returns to Rome with his mother, Jorge is determined to teach him about their Mayan roots. Together, they journey to... Read more

Amazonia (2013)

Director: Thierry Ragobert

After a plane crash, Sai, a capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity, finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle. Unprepa... Read more

Amores Perros (2000)

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarria

A.k.a. "Love's A Bitch". Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu makes his directorial debut in an honest, raw, unapologetic look at the total human experience. S... Read more

Angel Negro ( Dark Angel ) (2000)

Director: Jorge Olguin
Starring: Andrea Freund, Alvario Morales, Blanca Lewin, Juan Pablo Bastidas

Angel Cruz (Blanca Lewin) is a beautiful young student who disappears on the night of her high school graduation. Was she killed in a tragic accident... Read more

Aquarius (2016)

Director: Kleber Mendonca Filho
Starring: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos

Clara (Sonia Braga - "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Reci... Read more

Autumn Sun (1996)

Director: Eduardo Mignogna
Starring: Federico Luppi, Norma Aleandro

"Autumn Sun" is that joyous, welcome rarity: a modern movie love story that works successfully on the heart and mind rather than the senses or prurien... Read more

Back to Stay (2011)

Director: Milagros Mumenthaler
Starring: Maria Canale, Martina Juncadella, Ailin Salas, Julian Tello

A.k.a. "Abrir puertas y ventanas". Three women react in different ways to a family crisis in this drama from Argentina. Marina (Maria Canale), Sofia (... Read more

Bailar Para Vivir ( aka Dancing For Life ) (2003)

Director: Cordelia Dvorak

In this extraordinary documentary, 11 Mexico City residents ranging from 16 to 85 years of age find pride and escape by pursuing the art of dance. Sur... Read more