5 Must Watch Latin Films at Miami International Film Festival

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Latin film has been having a breakthrough this past year, with some of the top films in world cinema representing South America and Spain. From March 1st through March 10th, the Miami International Film Festival is taking over dozen of local theaters and screening the best world cinema right in your backyard.

Although the festival is laden with incredible new and seasoned talent in the Latin film world, we narrowed down the extensive list to a top 5 which comprises various genres, from comedy, drama to horror. Because we couldn’t possibly cover every film we loved, you can check out the schedule here to discover and explore the many films of Latin cinema’s future.

No by Pablo Larrain
Olympia Theater- Gusman Center
March 5th, 7:00p.m.

Perhaps no Latin film has been as prominent in the past year as No by Pablo Larrain. The Academy Award nominated Chilean film follows advertising exec, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he is enlisted to work on the campaign to vote “NO”, and put an end to dictator Pinchochet’s reign. We get an inside look at the contrast of Saavedra’s cheery,often campy ads with the political unrest present in 1988.

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Amor Cronico by Jorge Perugorria
Olympia Theater- Gusman Center
March 7- 9:45 p.m.

“Amor Cronico“ follows the story of the lively Grammy nominated Cuban-born singer CuCu Diamantes on her tour around Cuba. The film is unique in its fusion of live musical performance footage with a fictional love story narrative and the result is the self proclaimed “first ever Cuban musical romantic docu-comedy.”

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Edificio Royale by Ivan Wild
Tower Theater
March 7- 7:00 p.m., March 9- 4:30 p.m.
Tickets-(March7) (March 9)

Edificio Royale is a comedy following the hijinks of residents of an apartment complex in Barranquilla, Colombia. We meet a series of kooky characters, like Zoila, who is obsessed with the advice of her TV psychic; Justo, an embalmer (played by Cuban actor Jorge Peruggoria, also director of Amor Cronico); and Humberto, who believes Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men is his long lost son.You can expect a fun time.

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The End (Fin) by Jorge Torregrossa
Regal South Beach Cinemas
March 4- 9:00 p.m. March 10- 3:30 p.m.
Tickets (March 4) (March 10)

I love myself a good end of times flick. The End follows a group of friends who decide to go on a weekend getaway, after being reunited by a friend nicknamed “The Prophet.” Long story short, The Prophet doesn’t show up, the power goes out, and one by one, people start disappearing. Is it zombies? Are they aliens? The Mayan prophecy come true? There’s only one way to find out…

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Halley by Sebastian Hofmann
O Cinema
March 9- 11:45 p.m.

Beto is a middle-aged man working as a night guard at a gym in Mexico City. We soon discover that Beto is suffering from a disease that is deteriorating his body, and he slowly secludes himself from society. Halley is a unique , beautiful, somber, and strikingly grotesque portrait of a man coping with his disease and its consequences. Don’t expect to come smiling out of this one, but you shouldn’t miss it either.

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