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The Best of ADIFF’s Latin American Films:
THE MALI-CUBA CONNECTION
(Africa MIA, Richard Minier and Edouard Salier, France/ Cuba/ Mali, 2020, 87 min. In French and Spanish with English subtitles)
THE ESMERALDAS BEACH
(Patrice Raynal, Ecuador/ France, 2020, 82min. In English)
(Trois machettes, Matthieu Maunier-Rossi, Haiti, 2019, 29 min. In Haitian Creole with English subtitles)
THUS SPOKE THE SEA
(Men sa lanmè di, Arnold Antonin, Haiti, 2020, 49 min. In French with English subtitles)
(Mario Delatour, 2020, Haiti/Cuba, 52 min. In French with English subtitles)
(La patota, Santiago Mitre,
Argentina/Brazil/France, 2015, 103 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Paulina lives comfortably, the daughter of a prominent left-wing judge, herself a student of law with a political career on the horizon. Eager to put her principles to action, however, she leaves all this behind to take up a teaching position in a border-region of northern Argentina, among an indigenous community mired in extreme poverty. Despite her best intentions, Paulina’s Guarani-speaking students at turns resist and actively subvert her civics lessons. When walking home late one night Paulina is attacked by a group of local boys, setting her on a collision course between her and her family’s expectations of justice. With a powerhouse performance by Dolores Fonzi as the epynomous character, Paulina examines a radical form of feminism that probes the limits of social justice in contemporary Argentina. Santiago Mitre’s third narrative feature premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, where it won Best Film and the FIPRESCI Prize; Turin, where it won Best Feature Film; Miami, where it won the Grand Jury Prize; Lima, where it won Best Screenplay; and San Sebastián, where it won the Horizons Award.
(Teresa Arredondo and Carlos Vásquez Méndez, Chile, 2018, 80 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Just days after the Military Coup of 1973, 19 workers were arrested and carried to the Laja Police Station. After being detained 5 days, they disappeared. The Police told to their relatives that they were transferred to a military regiment in the city of Los Angeles, but they didn’t find them there. They looked for 6 years until their remains appeared in the Yumbel cemetery. There was no explanation about how they got there. Almost 40 years after the massacre, one of the police officers involved, broke the silence pact they had made the night of the massacre and the case was reopened. This way is known that the 19 workers were killed in a forest near the town of Laja, and the Paper and Cardboard Manufacturing Company (CMPC) had relation with those deaths. The workers were captured, imprisoned, tortured and the night they were killed in the back. Despite the confessions and the investigation ́s findings, all the officers involved that night are free. Today, the case is still open waiting to know who will be convicted.
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THE WEASELS’ TALE
(El cuento de las comadrejas, Juan José Campanella, Argentina/Spain, 2018, 129 min. In Spanish with English subtitles
From Juan José Campanella, the director of the Oscar Award-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, comes The Weasels’ Tale / El cuento de las comadrejas. a comedic thriller that stars a bumper crop of well-known older Argentine actors. The film is the story of a group of four long-time friends, including a used-to-be-famous actress, her now disabled husband and an actor as well, who she eclipsed, and the sharp-tongued screenwriter and director of her greatest hits. Their coexistence is menaced by a young couple who, feigning to be lost, slowly insinuate themselves into their lives. It’s Sunset Boulevard meets The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, with a Latin twist. Financial gain, seduction, betrayal, and memories run amok are the elements that create the recipe for this delightful game of cat… and weasel.
THE INFINITE RACE
(Bernardo Ruiz, USA, 2020, 70 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
ESPN will debut the next installment in the Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series, The Infinite Race, on December 15. Directed by Bernardo Ruiz (Harvest Season, Reportero), the documentary explores the story of the Tarahumara, an indigenous community in Mexico, famed for their legendary running ability, and their preference for running barefoot, who inspired an ultrarunning craze across the world, and what’s happened as their homes and communities were ravaged by drug cartels and violence.
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(Três Verões, Sandra Kogut, Brazil, 2019, 94 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Over a trio of summers, a caretaker for luxury condominiums (Regina Casé) relies on her resourcefulness and her eye for opportunity to take advantage of whatever comes her way, in Sandra Kogut’s (Campo Grande) humorous and inventive episodic feature. Showcasing the rare talents of Brazilian acting legend Regina Casé — star of The Second Mother and TIFF ’00 selection Me You Them — the latest feature from director Sandra Kogut (Campo Grande, TIFF ’15) is a brilliant comedy about gross class disparity and the infinite resourcefulness of those who can never take anything for granted. Casé plays Madá, the fifty-something caretaker for a cluster of luxury beachside condos owned by a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family. Unfolding over the course of three consecutive summers — 2015 to 2017 — the film follows Madá as she invests in a roadside snack kiosk while tending to the every need of her condescending employers, becomes a bystander in a major money-laundering scandal, and eventually launches a whole new career.
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