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Latin American Cinema

Latin American Cinema

OVID offers as extensive a collection of recent feature films from Latin America as you’ll find anywhere.

Some are by well-known directors on the international stage, such as three by Pablo Larrain (including his first hit, TONY MANERO), Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas (OUR TIME), and also three by Raul Ruiz (including his last film, THE WANDERING SOAP OPERA).

But many more are by exciting, younger filmmakers such as Chile’s Dominga Sotomayor, the first woman to win Best Director at the Locarno Film Festival with 2018’s TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG.

Exploring this collection will be well-worth your while if you’re interested in films, well-known or perhaps unknown to you, from some of the most exciting developing film cultures to be found anywhere.

Also, note that OVID has an even more extensive collection of classic and contemporary documentaries from Latin America, which you will find here!

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Latin American Cinema
  • Cinema of Tears

    Directed by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos • Documentary • With Raul Cortez, André Barros, Christiane Torloni, Patrick Tannus, Cosme Alves Neto • 1995 • 95 minutes

    Personal view of the Latin American cinema by Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, based on an adaptation of a novel by Silvia O...

  • Cinema Novo

    Directed by Eryk Rocha • Documentary • 2016 • 90 minutes

    CINEMA NOVO is a film essay that poetically investigates the eponimous Brazilian film movement, the most prominent in Latin America in the past century, through the analysis of its main auteurs: Nelson Pereira do Santos, Glauber Rocha, Leo...

  • Patricio Guzmán

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    Patricio Guzmán was born in 1941 in Santiago, Chile. As an adolescent in the late 1950's he became drawn to documentary filmmaking when he had the opportunity to see some of the films of Chris Marker, Frederic Rossif and Louis Malle. He studied filmmaking at the Film Institute at the Catholic Uni...

  • Veronico Cruz

    Directed by Miguel Pereira • Drama • With Leopoldo Aban, Juan José Camero, Guillermo Delgado • 1987 • 96 minutes

    Miguel Pereira’s first feature is a profound and moving tale of a young shepherd boy growing up in a remote village in the Argentinian mountains. The film traces his life via his frie...

  • The Club

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Antonia Zegers • 2015 • 97 minutes

    In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to pur...

  • Our Time

    Directed by Carlos Reygadas • Drama • With Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Phil Burgers • 2018 • 87 minutes

    A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. Al...

  • Too Late to Die Young

    Directed by Dominga Sotomayor • Drama • With Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro • 2019 • 110 minutes

    Chile 1990, at the end of Pinochet's dictatorship, a group of adolescents living in a commune, attempt to make sense of their own burgeoning desires and tangled relationships while...

  • My Friend from the Park

    Directed by Ana Katz • Drama • With Julieta Zylberberg, Maricel Álvarez, Ana Katz
    • 2015 • 84 minutes

    Liz is struggling to adjust to her new life as a mother. With her husband in a different country for work, Liz has left her job to stay at home and care for their baby, Nicanor. Making things w...

  • Bluebeard (Kékszakállú)

    Directed by Gastón Solnicki • Drama • With Laila Maltz, Lara Tarlowski,
    Katia Szechtman • 2016 • 72 minutes

    Hailed as "an eerie high-modernist fable... mightily minimalist, and drop-dead gorgeous" (Film Comment), Kékszakállú is a beguiling portrait of several young women at the threshold of adu...

  • Post Mortem

    Directed by Pablo Larrain • Drama • With Marcelo Alonso, Jaime Vadell, Antonia Zegers, Amparo Noguera, Alfredo Castro
    • 2012 • 98 minutes

    The second part of director Pablo Larrain's celebrated trilogy about Chile during the dictatorial reign of Augusto Pinochet, Post Mortem is a "grim, intense...

  • This is Cristina

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    Directed by Gonzalo Maza • Drama • With Mariana Derderián, Paloma Salas • 2018 • 82 minutes

    Frances Ha is called Cristina in this Chilean generational comedy produced by Salma Hayek and directed by Gonzalo Maza, screenwriter of A Fantastic Woman and Gloria. Maza is renowned as one of the great s...

  • 339 Amín Abel Hasbun. Memory of a Crime

    Directed by Etzel Báez • Drama • With Margaux Da Silva, Pericles Mejía, Guillermo Liriano, Pablo David Quinteros, Ernesto Báez, Héctor Then, Ico Abreu, Mario Núñez • 2014 • 97 minutes

    Based on a real story, 339 Amín Abel Hasbun is an intriguing account of the murder of Amín Abel Hasbun, a brilli...

  • A Family Submerged

    Directed by Maria Alche • Drama • With Mercedes Morán, Laura López Moyano, Marcelo Subiotto • 2018 • 91 minutes

    It’s summertime in Buenos Aires, and Marcela’s sister has suddenly passed away. As Marcela grieves, she must also face the painful process of purging her sister’s apartment of possessi...

  • Andrés Reads and Writes

    Directed by Daniel Peralta • Drama • With Fernando Mena, Gianfranco Bosisio, Nicolás Bosman  • 2016 • 96 minutes

    Andrés Centeno, a young factory worker, spends his nights working long shifts, leaving him in a continuous state of drowsiness. Running into a piece of his own life story, Andres will...

  • Araby

    Directed by João Dumans & Affonso Uchoa • Drama • With Aristides de Sousa • 2017 • 98 minutes

    Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano’s house to pick up clothes and ...

  • The Candidate

    Directed by Daniel Hendler • Drama • With Diego De Paula, Matías Singer, Ana Katz, Verónica Llinás, César Troncoso, Alan Sabbagh, Roberto Suárez. • 2017 • 84 minutes

    In this wry and timely political comedy of manners, Martín Marchand, the son of a wealthy businessman, retreats to his lavish, sec...

  • The City of the Future

    Directed by Cláudio Marques & Marília Hughes Guerreiro • Drama • With Gilmar Araújo, Igor Santos, Milla Suzart • 2016 • 75 minutes

    In Serra do Ramalho, Brazil, young teacher Milla finds herself pregnant by her colleague Gilmar. Gilmar is in a relationship with Igor, but Milla asserts that the ba...

  • Cows Wearing Glasses

    Directed by Alex Santiago Pérez • Drama • With Daniel Lugo • 2014 • 90 minutes

    Directed by one of the most talented emerging filmmakers coming out of the new wave of Puerto Rican cinema, Cows Wearing Glasses uses a subtle sense of humor to touch upon issues of aging. Marso, a lonely, eccentric p...

  • El Incendio

    Directed by Juan Schitman • Drama • With Pilar Gamboa, Juan Barberini • 2015 • 95 minutes

    On the way to closing the contract on their first home, Lucía and Marcelo withdraw a hundred thousand dollars in cash from their bank. The seller can’t make it to the signing and it gets postponed to the ne...

  • Extra Terrestres

    Directed by Carla Cavina • Drama • With Sunshine Logroño, Marisé Alvarez, Elba Escobar, Prakriti Maduro • 2017 • 110 minutes

    Teresa is a vegetarian and a successful astrophysicist who lives with her girlfriend, Daniela, in the Canary Islands. After years of self-exile, Teresa returns to Puerto R...

  • Family Life

    Directed by Alicia Scherson, Cristián Jiménez • Drama • With Jorge Becker, Gabriela Aranciba, Cristían Carvajal, Blanca Lewin
    • 2017 • 81 minutes

    When a married couple decides to move to France with their young daughter for a few months, they ask a distant cousin, Martín, to housesit and take c...

  • Good Manners

    Directed by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra • Drama • With Sabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo • 2017 • 135 minutes

    Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothi...

  • History of Fear

    Directed by Benjamin Naishtat • Drama • With Jonathan Da Rosa • 2014 • 79 minutes

    When a heat wave grips the suburbs, black-outs and waves of pollution push the social order to the brink of collapse, forcing each in-habitant to confront his own motives, instincts and fears.

  • Hopefuls

    Directed by Ives Rosenfeld • Drama • With Ariclenes Barroso, Sérgio Malheiros • 2015 • 74 minutes

    “Hopefuls” tells the story of Junior, a young player for Bacaxa A.C, an amateur football team from the city of Saquarema, on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. He has to deal with the unexpected pre...