The Ten Best Latin American Films of the Decade

The Ten Best Latin American Films of the Decade

Monday, October 18 - Monday, October 25, 2010

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We’re proud to present “The Ten Best Latin American Films of the Decade,” a special program of ten masterworks of Latin American cinema, as selected by a distinguished panel of critics, scholars and film professionals. A collaboration with Cinema Tropical, the New York-based organization dedicated to promoting Latin American filmmaking in the U.S., the series includes a special in-person screening with Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel, who will present her debut film — LA CIENAGA — and discuss her later features THE HOLY GIRL and THE HEADLESS WOMAN, both of which were also included in the top ten.

Under the initiative and coordination of filmmaker and blogger Mario Díaz (diazfilm.blogspot.com) this first-ever survey of its kind was culled from 33 prominent local voices in film whose work has been devoted to the promotion and dissemination of Latin American cinema in New York and the United States. In all, 121 films representing 14 Latin American countries were nominated for the distinction of being Best of the Decade, demonstrating the great quality and diversity of films from the region.


Whisky

Whisky

Monday, October 18, 2010
"A Latin American equivalent to recent films by Aki Kaurismäki. Sixty-year-old Jacobo Köller (Andrés Pazos) owns a none too successful sock factory; till a year ago, he lived with and looked after his... more...



The Headless Woman

The Headless Woman

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
"In what could be one of the greatest films ever made about the emotional realities of a damaged mind, this giddily disorientating latest from Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel (‘La Ciénaga’, ‘The... more...



Amores Perros

Amores Perros

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
"The most populous sprawl on earth proves a vivid barometer for the state of 21st-century civilisation in this feverish Mexico City triptych. González Iñárritu's Rottweiler of a movie slams street-level... more...



The Holy Girl

The Holy Girl

Thursday, October 21, 2010
"Martel’s very fine follow-up to ‘La Ciénaga’ is again set in that quiet provincial town in northern Argentina, though this time in winter, not summer. Events take place mainly at a faintly run-down... more...



Bus 174

Bus 174

Friday, October 22, 2010
"An intense, troubling, engrossing documentary from the streets of Rio de Janeiro, pieced together from TV news footage and interviews, about the hijacking of a downtown bus by one of the city's drug-dependent... more...



City of God

City of God

Friday, October 22, 2010
"If Amores perros is the Mexican Pulp Fiction, then City of God is the Brazilian GoodFellas.... The comparison isn't unapt, for Fernando Meirelles' brilliant... more...



La Cienaga

La Cienaga

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Lucrecia Martel in person! "Martel's debut is remarkable, a (presumably autobiographical?) slice of life focusing on the households of middle-aged cousins, the kind and sensible Tali... more...



Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Saturday, October 23, 2010
"Julio and Tenoch (García Bernal and Luna) are old mates - well, as old as their 17 years allow. Hanging out at a ritzy society wedding they try out some moves on the gorgeous, 28-year-old, unhappily... more...



Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"A fantasy about spooky fauns and scary fascists, Guillermo del Toro’s gothic allegory treats Spain’s darkest political hour as a Brothers Grimm fairy tale; it’s a brutal bedtime story designed...

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Silent Light

Silent Light

Monday, October 25, 2010
"The best yet from this rising star of thoughtful, artful cinema... It’s impossible to prise apart the real, the spiritual and the elemental in ‘Silent Light’, a tragic drama of... more...





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