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Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)
Dir. Walter Salles
Argentina/USA/Chile/Peru/Brazil/UK/Germany/France, Biography/Drama/Adventure, 2004
126 min, Color
Spanish/Quechua/Mapudungun with English subtitles
Synopsis: On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto’s values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.On a break before his last semester of medical school, Ernesto “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) travels with his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna) from Brazil to Peru by motorcycle. The two men soon witness the great disparities in South America, encountering poor peasants and observing the exploitation of labor by wealthy industrialists. When they reach a leper colony in Peru, Ernesto’s values have changed so much that he sides with the sufferers, forgetting his own comfort.
Producers: Edgard Tenenbaum, Michael Nozik, Karen Tenkhoff
Production Companies: FilmFour, Wildwood Enterprises, Tu Vas Voir Productions, BD Cine, Inca Films S.A., Sahara Films, Senator Film Produktion, Sound for Film
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Morán, Jean Pierre Noher, Facundo Espinosa, Mía Maestro
In the Shadow
Dir. Nicole Elmer
USA, Drama/History, 2011
98 min, Color
Synopsis: Exhausted from the demands of his gift as a healer, Diego lives in isolation in Puerto Rico. However, his life is disrupted when Hilary, a filmmaker, arrives. Intrigued by Diego’s mystery, she tries to get closer. As the two become attracted to each other, Hilary discovers Diego’s “gift” comes with a violent curse that changes their lives.
Producer(s): Robin Blesch
Production Companies: Blue Paper Film Works
Cast: Danny Trejo, Jorge Sermini, Michelle Keffer
Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
Dir. Allison Anders
USA/United Kingdom, Crime/Drama, 1993
92 min, Color
Synopsis: Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie’s boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute escalates towards violence, the violence of the world around them soon also impacts their lives. – Written by Reid Gagle
Producer(s): Carl Colpaert, Daniel Hassid
Production Companies: Channel Four Films, Cineville, Home Box Office (HBO), Showcase Entertaiment Inc.
Cast: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas
Dir. Gregory Nava
USA, Drama, 1995
128 min, Color
Synopsis: A second-generation Mexican immigrant narrates his family history, beginning with the journey of his father, Jose (Jacob Vargas), across Mexico to Los Angeles where he meets Maria (Jennifer Lopez) and starts a family. Each subsequent generation contends with political and social hardships, ranging from illegal deportations in the 1940s to racial tensions and gang fights in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet through it all, or perhaps because of it, the family remains strong.
Producer(s): Anna Thomas
Production Companies: American Playhouse, American Zoetrope, Majestic Films International, Newcomb Productions
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Edward James Olmos, Esai Morales
Nostalgia de la Luz (Nostalgia for the Light)
Dir. Patricio Guzmán
Chile/Spain/France/Germany/United States, Documentary/Drama, 2010
90 min, Color
Spanish/English with English subtitles
Synopsis: In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women sift through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped unceremoniously by Pinochet’s regime.
Producer(s): Jutta Krug, Meike Martens, Renate Sachse
Production Companies: Atacama Productions, Blinker Filmproduktion, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cronomedia
Cast: Gaspar Galaz, Lautaro Núñez, Luís Henríquez
Dir. Simon Brand
Colombia/USA, Drama/History, 2008
110 min, Color
Spanish/English/French with English subtitles
Synopsis: Paraiso Travel is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his beautiful girlfriend Reina leaves his life in Colombia to illegally cross the border and find fortune in New York. Marlon’s journey, which takes him through seedy strip clubs, dance halls, homeless hostels, and the streets of Jackson Heights, ultimately leads him to a place he could have never predicted.
Producer(s): Santiago Díaz, Isaac Lee, Alex Pereira, Juan Rendón
Production Companies: Paraiso Pictures
Cast: Louis Arcella, Angelica Blandon, Pedro Capo, Raúl Castillo
Searching for Sugar Man
Dir. Malik Bendjelloul
Sweden/UK/Finland, Documentary/Biography/Music, 2012
86 min, Color
Synopsis: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all. – Written by Kenneth Chisholm
Producer(s): Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn
Production Companies: Red Box Films, Passion Pictures
Cast: Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore
Dir. Gregory Nava
USA, Biography/Drama/Music, 1997
127 min, Color
Synopsis: In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez (Jon Seda), who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.
Producer(s): Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. Moctesuma Esparza Robert Katz
Production Companies: Q Productions Esparza, Katz Productions
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra, Pete Astudillo, Constance Marie, Lupe Ontiveros
También la lluvia (Even the Rain)
Dir. Icíar Bollaín
Mexico/Spain/France, Drama/History, 2010
103 min, Color
Spanish/Quechua/English with English subtitles
Synopsis: A Spanish film crew helmed by idealistic director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) come to Bolivia to make a revisionist epic about the conquest of Latin America – on the cheap. Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as “Daniel,” a local cast as a 16th century native in the film within a film. When the make-up and loin cloth come off, Daniel sails into action protesting his community’s deprivation of water at the hands of multi-national corporations.
Producer(s): Juan Gordon
Production Companies: AXN, Alebrije Cine y Video, Morena Films, Vaca Films
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Tosar, Juan Carlos Aduviri
The Milagro Beanfield War
Dir. Robert Redford
USA, Comedy/Fantasy/Drama, 1988
117 min, Color
Synopsis: In the tiny town of Milagro, New Mexico, where the local water is a premium resource, shady developer Ladd Devine (Richard Bradford) has conceived a glitzy resort that will ultimately siphon off all the water from the neighboring crop-fields. When handyman and farmer Joe Mondragon (Chick Vennera) accidentally breaks a water valve reserved for major companies, he inadvertently sets off a small-scale water-rights war between the farmers and the developers.
Producer(s): Moctesuma Esparza, Robert Redford
Production Companies: Esparza, Universal Pictures, Wildwood Enterprises
Cast: Rubén Blades, Richard Bradford, Sonia Braga, Julie Carmen
The Science of Sleep
Dir. Michel Gondry
France/Italy, Comedy/Drama/Fantasy, 2006
105 min, Color
English/French/Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Soon after the death of his father, a distraught young man (Gael García Bernal) begins a job as a graphic designer, but has little chance to create. His intense dreams begin to overtake his waking life and he becomes increasingly caught up in flights of fancy. His hyperactive imagination then begins to interfere with his courtship of a pretty neighbor (Charlotte Gainsbourg).
Producers: Georges Bermann
Production Company: Partizan Films, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, TPS Star, Mikado Film
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou, Alain Chabat
Which Way Home
Dir. Rebecca Cammisa
Guatemala/Mexico/USA, Documentary, 2009
90 min, Color
Synopsis: In this gripping documentary, a group of young, unaccompanied Central American children struggle to make their way through Mexico, in order to ultimately reach the United States and jump the border to a new home. Director Rebecca Cammisa follows the struggles of these would-be illegal aliens as they battle poverty, dangerous train rides and potential predators, keeping their sights set on the possibility of a better life that awaits in a new country.
Producer(s): Rebecca Cammisa
Production Companies: Documentress Films, Mr. Mudd, Reason Pictures, White Buffalo Entertainment
The titles that follow were on our #CinePicks shelf in 2015.
While they’re not on our shelf currently, they’re still available for rent at I Luv Video!
7 Cajas (7 Boxes)
Dir. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori
Paraguay, Action/Thriller, 2012
105 min, Color
Spanish/Guarani/Korean with English subtitles
Synopsis: It’s Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay and the temperature is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and has his sights set on a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick US$100. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about.
Producer(s): Maneglia Schembori Realizadores
Production Companies: Maneglia Schémbori Realizadores, Synchro Image
Cast: Celso Franco, Lali Gonzalez, Nelly Davalos, Jim Hyuk Johnny Kim, Victor Sosa, Nico Garcia
Dir. Sterlin Harjo
USA, Drama, 2009
85 min, Color
Synopsis: Frankie and Irene have a difficult past, but Frankie needs Irene’s help with one task. He longs to get out of the hospital and go home to his daughter to make amends. Frankie has always loved Irene, and even though he drove them apart, she agrees to help him in his trying time. With the sounds and rhythms of their past providing the soundtrack for a redemptive journey, Frank and Irene ride together through Oklahoma for one last time. This unforgettable story about saying goodbye won the 2009 Best Film prize at the American Indian Film Festival and was also an official selection at Sundance.
Producer(s): Chad Burris
Production Companies: Dirt Road Productions
Cast: Bebe Harjo, Gabriel Pelayo, Frederick Schroeder
Blancanieves (Snow White)
Dir. Pablo Berger
Spain/France, Drama, 2012
105 min, Black & White
No Dialogue (with Intertitles)
Synopsis: Set in a romanticized 1920s Seville, Berger’s Snow White is Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who lives under the tyrannical rule of her monstrous, evil stepmother, Encarna. Carmen escapes and joins a troupe of bullfighting dwarves, and starts to attract a lot of press. Once the news reaches Encarna, she plots to find Carmen again, and destroy her once and for all.
Producer(s): Ibon Cormenzana, Jerome Vidal, Pablo Berger
Production Companies: Nix Films
Principal Cast: Maribel Verdu, Macarena Garcia, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Angela Molina
Dir. Alfonso Cuaron
United Kingdom/USA, Science Fiction, 2013
91 min, Color
English / Greenlandic
Synopsis: Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), helming his last flight before retirement. Then, during a routine space walk by the pair, disaster strikes: the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Ryan and Matt stranded in deep space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. As fear turns to panic, they realize that the only way home may be to venture further into space.
Producer(s): Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman
Production Companies: Esperanto Filmoj, Heyday Films
Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Dir. Frank Pavich
USA/France, Documentary, 2013
90 min, Color
English/French/German/Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky discusses how he would have adapted Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune for the big screen. This is a documentary that has to be seen to be believed.
Producer(s): Frank Pavich, Stephen Scarlata, Travis Stevens
Production Companies: City Film, Snowfort Pictures
Cast: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley
La Virgen de los Sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins)
Dir. Barbet Schroeder
Colombia/Spain/France, Crime/Drama/Romance, 2000
101 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: The writer Fernando Vallejo returns to Medellin, the city of his childhood, after an absence of over thirty years. Fernando meets Alexis, 16 years old, in a boys’ brothel. Alexis comes from the slums. He has been drawn into a world of killing. Love begins to blossom between Fernando and Alexis. But their love has no future … it is condemned before the fact by the harsh reality around them.
Producer(s): Margaret Menegoz, Barbet Schroeder
Production Companies: Canal+
Cast: German Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo
Mal Dia Para Pescar (Bad Day to Go Fishing)
Dir. Alvaro Brechner
Uruguay/Spain, Comedy/Drama/Western, 2010
110 min, Color
Spanish with English subtitles
Synopsis: Jacob van Oppen, the former strongest man on earth, and his manager Orsini, a scrawny yet dapper businessman who calls himself “The Prince,” make a good living by traveling around small South American towns and organizing wrestling exhibitions in run down theaters. Jacob is an uncontrollable titan of impressive dimensions who can only be appeased by the soft soothing melody of Lili Marleen. Once this oddball pair disembark at the village of Santa Maríam business really kicks off. Ever so resourceful, Orsini knows how to find the right combatant but fishing in Santa María could lead to a bigger catch than he’s hoped for. Although the cunning editor of the local newspaper is convinced to have sniffed out Orsini’s secret, he very well might be on a false track…. Mal día para pescar was an official selection in the 48th Cannes International Critic’s Week 2009.
Producer(s): Adolfo Blanco, Alvaro Brechner, Tomas Cimadevilla, Virginia Hinze
Production Companies: Baobab films
Cast: Gary Piquer, Jouko Ahola, Antonella Costa, Cesar Troncoso, Roberto Pankow, Bruno Aldecosea
Mosquita y Mari
Dir. Aurora Guerrero
USA, Drama/Coming of Age, 2012
85 min, Color
Synopsis: Mosquita y Mari tells the story of two 15-year-old girls growing up in Los Angeles. When Yolanda meets her new neighbor, all they see in each other are differences. As an only child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is going to college. For her part, street-smart Mari has to hustle to help her undocumented family stay above water. Despite Yolanda and Mari’s contrasting approach to survival, they are soon brought together when Mari is almost expelled after saving Yolanda from an incident at school. Determined to call it even, Yolanda convinces Mari to let her tutor her to prove to the school’s principal that she’s more than a delinquent. They then forge a friendship that soon proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Mosquita y Mari premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
Producer(s): Charlene Blanco Agabao, Chad Burris
Production Companies: Indion Entertainment Group, Maya Entertainment
Cast: Fenessa Pineda, Venecia Troncoso